Panasonic Embraces Advidia OEMing of ACTi, Dahua and Hikvision

Author: John Honovich, Published on Jul 26, 2016

Clever move or surrender?

When Panasonic bought Video Insight in 2015, the focus clearly was their VMS. But Video Insight also offered their Advidia camera line.

Since Panasonic is a major camera manufacturer, common sense would suggest they would kill Advidia. But they are doing the opposite.

In this note, we examine what Panasonic is doing, how it impacts their strategy and why we think this is actually a clever move to compete with Dahua and Hikvision.

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Comments (11)

Well, one drawback of selling only high end cameras and a proprietary VMS is you eliminate yourself from contention when trying to bid a job that only requires high end cameras in one or two spots and can function just fine with low end cameras in most spots. In order to beat all-Hikvision bids, you want to either add your own low-end line or buy one.

Will these become compatible with their NVRs? Some of us are, unfortunately, tethered to NVRs at this point.

Compatible with Panasonic NVRs?

Panasonic notes:

*Note that Advidia cameras and encoders are not natively compatible with Panasonic existing i-PRO embedded recorder series (WJ-NV300 and WJ-ND400) and Panasonic Video software series (WV-ASM200).

Meaning no direct integration, only ONVIF integration.

Panasonic software WV-ASM970, WV-ASM200 only supports ONVIF cameras via Panasonic NVRs. Their software is separate from VI software, thus you can't use the free VI VMS for recording and existing WV-ASMxxx for viewing.

Do Advidia's cameras work with any NVR's or DVR's at all, or do they only work with the major VMSes, or just VI?

Aren't they at least ONVIF?

I wonder what the issue is with the compatability. It looks like everything is ONVIF compliant from my research. Cameras claims to be ONVIF compliant along with the recorders. Very odd.

WJ-NV300: Onvif Compliant

Source: http://security.panasonic.com/products/wj-nv300/

WJ-ND400: Onvif Compliant

Source: http://security.panasonic.com/products/wj-nd400/

I was told that Advidia's cameras build by HIK?

As the title indicates, Advidia cameras are a mix of OEMs from ACTi, Dahua and Hikvision.

Panasonic ND400's supports most of the ONVIF cameras. unfortunately none of Panasonic NVR's support VMD on the NVR side. so you are stuck with schedule and 24hr record.

advidia oems Hik Dahua ACTI and Panasonic( for a short period those cameras are rare if you have one ) they dropped the "P-series" when they got bought by Panasonic.

there is supposed to be Panasonic NVR integration into Video insight at the end of this year Hopefully along with a few other features.

It is not official yet but I have heard they are planing to drop the ND-400 in favor of VI. there has also been talk of a pre-loaded server ( my bet is Dell) for enterprise with VI to replace the aging ND400

*sigh* you mean there's another population of crap cameras we all have to fight our way through identifying. another population of cameras with no viable support path because if you call Panasonic with a bug they'll just shrug their shoulders and blame it on their ODM partner. Sort of like how people suppress Dynacolor bug reports today.

Sure they might not be crap cameras but based on the samples I've seen I'm not optimistic.

well you wouldn't call Panasonic per se you would call Video Insight as they are actively maintaining them for the foreseeable future.

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