Standard, Schmandard. I couldn't find my rant from a year or two ago on video standards, but I'm sure you don't want to hear it again anyway.
This is on the manufacturers, of course.
Today, there are two video standards; NTSC and PAL. When manufacturers decide that good products are what sustains their business, not the latest gadgetry, this situation will correct itself. It's not a thousand more pixels, or 6 more feet of IR illumination. It's a good product at a good price that plays with the other products that are available.
Keep engineering systems that are made up of proprietary components that are incompatible with the rest of the world and the standards situation will continue to languish. And, using “booth babes” to sell the latest, not very useful gadgets, is ineffectual as well.
I concede that this is a far more complex problem than when the previous standards were conceived. From the imager all the way through to the RJ45 connector, the configurations are endless. There are answers though. It is not an insurmountable task.
PTZs may be the easiest example. If you build a PTZ camera that is only compatible with your protocol and I’m not a big fan of your user interface or controller, you’re just asking the customer to keep looking.
I do believe we’ll get there but it’s going to take a shift in attitude. (see Apple vs. PC)