NLSS is likely the most interesting recent startup in the video surveillance market. The founder's last startup was sold to Cisco. Plus, NLSS has an extremely ambitious and broad product plan covering IP video, analytics, access control, VSaaS, etc.
The big concern many, including myself, have raised since their 2009 launch was whether the company was spread too thin - trying to do too much. In our original report, a skeptical reader's quip summed up this concern, "I would like to see a lens on this box."
Now, in early 2011, NLSS has launched its two initial product lines: a Gateway (an appliance that records video, does analytics, etc.) and an HD decoder (for video display). Additionally, it's VSaaS offering, called Remote Management Services is now available.
The key challenge in considering NLSS is that it does not fit into any existing category so it is hard to simply judge it better or worse. NLSS's value depends on what alternative category you contrast it to (VMS software, Hybrid DVR, NVR appliance, Hosted VSaaS, etc.). Inside our Pro report, we are going to contrast it to a number of common alternatives including Milestone Essential, GVI Razberi, 3VR SmartRecorder, Axis AVHS and QNAP/Synology NAS NVRs. This will help show specific strengths and weaknesses.