Is Managed Video Ready for Central Stations?

Author: John Honovich, Published on May 06, 2009

The happy press for managed video continues to roll with new articles in SSN and Central Station 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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