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Cisco Targets Customers Who Will Buy Anything From Them

2009 Classic: Kudos to Cisco for finally coming out and being honest about their video surveillance strategy. It's basically about extracting as much money from loyal customers as possible. They say as much, "Once we've gotten to that point [a cu...

By John Honovich - almost 10 years ago

Is Cisco the Lindsay Lohan of Video Surveillance?

To get a sense of the widespread disrespect for Cisco in the security industry, consider the Editor of Security Systems News recent comment on our FTC article: "Cisco is the Lindsay Lohan of the industry right now." He was not even trying to...

By John Honovich - almost 10 years ago

Frustrates Competitors and Press in Other Markets

Here's evidence that Cisco's aberrant strategy is widespread and may ultimately result in a major IP video surveillance purchase. Prior to Cisco's $3 Billion USD acquisition of videoconferencing leader Tandberg, Cisco has been hyping their own vi...

By John Honovich - almost 10 years ago

Johnson Controls Unsubstantiated Claims of Massive Growth

Johnson Controls makes unsubstantiated claims to massive growth for its security integration business. They claim that their market share has increased from 2% to 5% in the last year - which implies that their revenue increased 250% (assuming the ...

By John Honovich - almost 10 years ago

Will Manufacturers Always Overstate their Product's Claims?

Integrators frequently lament the problem of over-stating performance claims. It is a fundamental issue in new technology deployments. In a survey article on "Game Changing" security technologies, the CEO of Henry Brothers states: "Capabilities w...

By John Honovich - almost 10 years ago

Does GE Security's Profitability Make it a Good Company?

At ASIS, the GM of GE Security reported that the division is double digit profitable. However, does that make it a good company or a good acquisition? It's totally believable that GE Security is quite profitable but it does not address the main s...

By John Honovich - almost 10 years ago

Examining Cisco's Defense of their Video Surveillance Strategy

Let's examine the validity of Cisco's numerous responses and public statements defending the Pelco deal and their general video surveillance strategy. There are 3 responses - a comment from Cisco on our Failure report, trade magazine listing Cisc...

By John Honovich - almost 10 years ago

Examining Video Analytic Management Test

Steve Hunt has published test results comparing Aimetis, Milestone and Verint as 'video analytics management' platform. Given the focus of this test, it's not surprising that Aimetis is ranked the highest (see his 1 page results for Aimetis, Mile...

By John Honovich - almost 10 years ago

Evaluation Metrics for Storage Savings

Properly evaluating TimeSight's extreme storage savings claims depend on carefully analyzing TimeSight's assumptions and contrasting that to competitive technology and common deployment scenarios. We examine this herein. TimeSight has to be evalu...

By John Honovich - almost 10 years ago

More Over the Top Marketing Claims

BRS Labs continues to be more brazen in their over the top marketing claims. With yet another group providing them an award based on zero testing or in-depth technical analysis, BRS Labs claims, "There is no required pre-programming or manual set...

By John Honovich - almost 10 years ago

Awards Benefit Manufacturers -- Not Users

Awards assist manufacturers in selling products rather than identifying the best solutions for user's needs. This is a growing concern as the number of awards are increasing substantially. This month [September 2009], both ASIS and Security Produ...

By John Honovich - almost 10 years ago

Beware of Manufacturers Claims of Support

One trick that manufacturers consistently use is to say they are "in talks with" and then list major integrators, end-users and other manufacturers. A SSN article has a prime example of this. A small new DVR manufacturer with only 700 total DVRs ...

By John Honovich - almost 10 years ago

Social Media Not Embraced by Security Market

While social media (twitter, facebook, etc.) receives a lot of mainstream media attention, social media is essentially irrelevant to the security market. While it may improve, I think it will be a slow and long process. To that end, Johnson Contr...

By John Honovich - almost 10 years ago

The Biggest Market Forecast for the Video Surveillance Industry

Business people love market sizing numbers and the bigger the market size, regardless of the accuracy, the better. To that end, in an IBD survey of the video surveillance industry, ABI Research is now projecting global video surveillance sales to ...

By John Honovich - almost 10 years ago

Examining Arecont Vision's Performance Claims

SecuritySquared has an interview with Arecont's VP of Sales NA. Arecont provides a straightforward sales pitch on the benefits of megapixel and H.264. The 2 aspects that I would flag are (1) the bandwidth benefits relative to MJPEG and (2) the ba...

By John Honovich - about 10 years ago

Ranks Among Top Selling VMS Providers

Aimetis announced their ranking in IMS's analysis of open platform network video management software for the Americas. They are in 7th. If you have never heard of Aimetis, this may be impressive. However, being 7th in a single category in a single...

By John Honovich - about 10 years ago

Video Analytics as Complex as ERP Software?

Is video analytics as complex as ERP software, so says ObjectVideo. In a recent blog post, ObjectVideo discussed how mature software like SAP and Oracle require training and configuration, contrasting it to the expectations in the security indust...

By John Honovich - about 10 years ago

Everyone Convinced Video Analytics Does Not Work?

A new blog on video analytics has been added. In it, an individual listed on LinkedIn as an ADT application manager, laments, "everytime if I talk about Video Content Analysis most people try to convince me by the fact that it won’t work!"  The g...

By John Honovich - about 10 years ago

Examining HDcctv's Bold/Dubious Claims

Info4Security features an interview with the HDcctv Alliance. Most of the article covers topics we have previously reviewed in our HDcctv competitive analysis. However, there are a few interesting points to consider: They claim an "an order of ...

By John Honovich - about 10 years ago

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