Panoramic Camera Business Case

Author: John Honovich, Published on Aug 05, 2009

Mobotix has a new video presenting the benefits and busienss case of their panoramic cameras. Key points including replacing 4 cameras and not needing an NVR because of 4GB on-board storage and DVR functionality built into the camera. The latter points are core to Mobotix's general marketing and are not really panoramic specific. The first point, about replacing 4 cameras, is pure over-marketing. At best, these cameras would replace the deployment of 2 traditional fixed cameras. Those traditional cameras would likely have greater effective resolution/image quality for the smaller areas they cover.

Other issues that should be taken into account: 4GB is small amount of storage especially for a megapixel camera. Additional on-site storage will be needed (though Mobotix support of direct recording to NAS devices makes this inexpensive). Also, Mobotix uses an example of a retailer. Retailers usually want PoS integration which is something that Mobotix's VMS software lacks. Finally, Mobotix's panoramic cameras work only with Mobotix's VMS software.

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