Is IP surveillance impacting the Security industry?

23 08 2010

This question was raised in the Video Surveillance Group on Linkedin:  my reply….

The impact: Awareness. There now is an actual path of progession. Mirroring such industries as IT, most were aware that advancements would bring options. Cost being an early deterent, is being replaced with needs.

Craig has a valued point we shouldn’t overlook. Current install base of Analog does dominate the landscape. A large % of these maynot see or need to jump right to IP. The question Craig asks: is the client actually a Networked Solution?

We’re slowly being handed options that make more sense (cost) in upgrading a current solution as the user(s) become more capable of understanding the benefits.

IP is not a replacement for Analog, it’s a better solution for enterprises that understanding the strains of managing a large network. Following Mitch Vine’s point, progression is the nature of the beast, though I don’t see it as a death march. Then again that will be determined by manufactures. Simon Carroll relates the big concern of Shared Network sources [storage, BW, etc] Which points to IT Depts becoming more involved with Security/Access Control. Unlike most, this challenges Organizational Charts of responsibility.

The key to IP is “USING” the benefits associated with it or should we say the “APPS” that allow us to create an ROI on the content collected. If all we see the system doing is monitoring or recording events it’s hard to argue the two platforms. Those of us from the IT world remember debating Pear to Pear Networking / to Sever based, everything changed once the Apps appeared, then decisions became much clearer. Being able to not only sharing the data but make use of it in helping an organization make better decisions.

IP opens the world to using Video content for more than just surveillance….

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