Is Managed Video Ready for Central Stations?By John Honovich, Published May 06, 2009, 08:00pm EDT
The happy press for managed video continues to roll with new articles in SSN [link no longer available] and Central Station [link no longer available] magazine. The articles both argue for the benefits of central stations to re-sell managed video offerings (this is Secure-i's pitch). Most interesting quote is Secure-i's claim that they "give a central station a service that they pay in the ballpark of five bucks a month for, and then they turn around and resell it for $30 to $40 a month."
I am still sketpical of the economics of managed video as the costs I have seen are fairly high, making it frequently more expensive than a DVR. Plus, these services tend to require multiple year contracts making them not significantly less flexible than buying a unit.
Also, most of the managed video providers only support Axis cameras.
Both of these things (costs and camera support) will change over time. However, I do not see how the main barrier, upstream bandwidth limitations, will disappear anytime soon.
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