NLSS (Next Level Security) Product Examination

Author: John Honovich, Published on Oct 30, 2009

NLSS is developing an all-in-one NVR, access control and intrusion server with built-in analytics in an appliance smaller than your cable box at a price point less than today's mid-level DVRs with a managed services option.

[NOTE: This report is out of date and has been replaced with a March 2011 report covering the current competitive position of NLSS.]

NLSS Background

An ambitious offering, NLSS is led by Pete Jankowski and senior engineers who previously started and sold video surveillance companies to Verint and Cisco (respectively, Loronix and Sypixx).

Open Unified Platform

Leveraging two of the most powerful trends in today's market, openness and convergence, the NLSS product line plans to converge the 3 most commonly used security systems. Simultaneously, they plan to launch with support for both PSIA and ONVIF interoperability specifications.

Target Market and Timing

The product is scheduled for commercial release in Q2 2010 and will be sold through traditional security channels - integrators and alarm dealers.

The product is targeted at smaller facilities including multi-site chains and small/medium businesses.

Questions and Challenges

Given the ambition of this goal, it certainly faces some serious questions and challenges. First, will consumers want or be able to use an all-in-one solution? Two, will the NLSS product's performance and features be sufficient compared to the offerings of independent solutions?

Competitors

Given the breadth of the offering, it will face challenges from established competitors providing integrated solutions for distributed smaller sites including S2's integrated security management system, Exacq's embedded series3VR's smart recorder, Envysion's managed retail offering and Axis hosted video solution (AVHS).

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