Hi-Tech Security Solutions Hi-Tech Security Solutions
Follow us on:
Follow us on Facebook  Share via Twitter  Share via LinkedIn
   
 




















 

The journey continues
1 April 2010, CCTV, Surveillance

The surveillance industry can be tough and competitive, with a never-ending array of newer, better toys. A poetic Rob Anderson puts it in perspective.

“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you... If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two imposters just the same....” (Rudyard Kipling)

The words from the poem 'IF', by Rudyard Kipling, possibly written during one of his many stays in Cape Town still rings true within the current CCTV environment.

It was not too long ago that we debated how video tape storage would be replaced with something digital. And then what is the best compression format: embedded technology or PC-based. Big decisions, often involving big money.

And then the differing technologies matured and prices dropped. We had products with differences in the replay results, and a slowing down of the marketing drive. We had a clear upper end and lower end of the market and we forgot about tapes.

Who would have expected that those IT chaps would enter the CCTV industry? They arrived with a whole pack of new terms that the traditional CCTV experts had not met before. Again, there was a massive rate of change as the IP age arrived.

Every magazine and marketing story now refers to IP CCTV as if the analogue age has long gone.

Clients are calling for CCTV (that must be IP). But speak to the manufacturers and you will find that the greatest part of the market is still analogue. Why? Well, mostly due to cost. The IP solution is still, in most cases, more expensive. And we all have to admit that the extra money is not providing anything extra that most clients will need. Unless of course the need to mention in passing, that “we have just installed an IP CCTV system”.

So, once again a difficult environment with fast moving product changes, marketing strategy pushing for IP and a new bunch of people in the industry: the IT companies.

So how do we make the correct decision on a purchase? Who should do the installation, the traditional installer who understands CCTV or the IT man who understands networking? Or maybe you are lucky to have a hybrid service provider that understands the 'new picture'.

Well, the most important fact to understand is that the new IP CCTV age is still in its volatile development phase. Maturity in this market has not yet arrived. When it does, there will be a slowdown in change, lower prices and some understood and respected standards. There will also unfortunately be many people with expensive systems that could have been simpler and cheaper, while still achieving the same desired results.

So rule one in the run up to maturity, do not make rash decisions on product and technology. Decide on the payback period and actual needs, and expect to have outdated technology soon after purchase. Sometimes, using the old technology at cheaper prices to see you through to the point that maturity arrives in the IP market is a more appropriate decision.

We still have very good quality analogue systems, video over CAT5 technology and storage systems that provide solutions that solve most clients’ problems. They can still provide the best solution for rand spent.

And never forget the age-old rule in CCTV – good pictures start with good lenses. All the latest technology and IT expertise will never correct the results of a badly manufactured lens.

Therefore, 'IF' you can offer an honest solution to your client, when all around you are following the latest advert, and still keep your head, and your honour, “you will be a Man my Son!” (With apologies to Rudyard Kipling.)

For more information contact Rob Anderson & Associates, +27 (0)31 267 4150, rob@robanderson.co.za, www.robanderson.co.za


  Share via Twitter   Share via LinkedIn      

Further reading:

  • Camera Selection Guide 2014
    April 2014, Camera Selection Guide, CCTV, Surveillance

  • The CCTV journey continues
    April 2014, CCTV, Surveillance
    Rob Anderson continues his examination of the analogue to IP procession and finds the success of a project is not about technology, but the manner in which installers approach it.
  • There’s an app for that
    April 2014, Graphic Image Technologies, CCTV, Surveillance
    Everyone wants an app for everything, including remote viewing.
  • Forget about image quality – usability is key
    April 2014, Axis Communications SA, CCTV, Surveillance
    Only a careful assessment of all the parameters can lead to the correct specification of what type of camera is needed to achieve optimal image usability.
  • The new black in surveillance
    April 2014, Technews Publishing, CCTV, Surveillance
    Never mind the megapixels, the onboard storage and the intelligent analytics, there is a new black in the surveillance world. To date, analogue has the lead in this fashion saga. Can IP catch up?
  • IP storage on growth path
    April 2014, CCTV, Surveillance
    A research note from IHS Technology commenting on recent findings from a new report on the market for enterprise and IP storage used for video surveillance.
  • Image quality counts
    April 2014, Axis Communications SA, CCTV, Surveillance
    Hi-Tech Security Solutions spoke to Martin Gren, one of the founders of Axis Communications and asked him about the state of the IP surveillance market and where Axis sees itself going over the next year.
  • Changes in the surveillance ­distribution market
    April 2014, Elvey Security Technologies, Pinnacle Security/Devtrade Distribution, Security & Communication Warehouse, CCTV, Surveillance
    Smaller companies are coming under threat as profit margins narrow and customers demand product in record time. The ability to keep stock levels high, coupled with on-board skills sets will see larger companies, with more capital dominate the ­market.
  • Thirty surveillance minutes in seconds
    April 2014, Graphic Image Technologies, CCTV, Surveillance
    Hi-Tech Security Solutions spoke to Laurence Smith about the benefits of video synopsis and Briefcam’s latest software.
  • What to look out for in 2014
    April 2014, CCTV, Surveillance
    IP is the way to go as it offers so much more than analogue CCTV. MJ Oosthuizen takes a look at what we can expect to see over the next year in this fast-growing ­market.
  • Directory of CCTV product, solution and service providers
    April 2014, Technews Publishing, CCTV, Surveillance

  • The importance of CCTV training
    April 2014, Reditron, Axis Communications SA, Elvey Security Technologies, CCTV, Surveillance
    In this article we take a look at what suppliers are doing to provide installers with ­adequate CCTV training. A number of comprehensive courses are available and ­provide skills from the most basic level up to programming status.

 
 
 
Search...
Hi-Tech Security Solutions Business Directory


         
Contact:
Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd
1st Floor, Stabilitas House
265 Kent Ave, Randburg, 2194
South Africa
Publications by Technews
Dataweek Electronics & Communications Technology
Electronic Buyers Guide (EBG)

Hi-Tech Security Solutions
Hi-Tech Security Business Directory (HSBD)

Motion Control in Southern Africa
Motion Control Buyers’ Guide (MCBG)

South African Instrumentation & Control
South African Instrumentation & Control Buyers’ Guide (IBG)
Other
Terms & conditions of use, including privacy policy
PAIA Manual
         
    Mobile | Classic

Copyright © Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd. All rights reserved.