classic | mobile
Follow us on:
Follow us on Facebook  Share via Twitter  Share via LinkedIn
 

Search...
Hi-Tech Security Solutions Business Directory


The journey continues
April 2010, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring

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:

  • Is technology outpacing operator capability?
    June 2016, Leaderware, This Week's Editor's Pick, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Training, Conferences & Events
    Along with a new and increased focus on obtaining and using intelligence, technology is going to change the way the control room is designed, organised and ultimately staffed.
  • Hikvision buys Pyronix
    June 2016, Hikvision South Africa, This Week's Editor's Pick, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, News
    Pyronix, a security manufacturer focusing on intrusion alarm systems, has announced its acquisition by Hikvision.
  • Advanced licence plate recognition solutions
    June 2016, News, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
    VIVOTEK has found another new licence plate recognition (LPR) partner in Spanish-based video management company, Neural Labs.
  • Seeing through the fog
    June 2016, Graphic Image Technologies, Government and Parastatal (Industry), CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
    Thermal imaging cameras operate by detecting the heat signatures generated by people and objects and using this to generate a picture of the environment.
  • Dinner and surveillance
    June 2016, Axis Communications SA, This Week's Editor's Pick, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Products
    Upmarket restaurant and bar group, The Baron, use Axis cameras for a clearer picture.
  • Theatres on the Bay protected
    June 2016, Hikvision South Africa, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
    Hikvision surveillance solution upgrades surveillance security at performing arts centre.
  • New PoE switches
    June 2016, Dahua Technology, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
    Dahua has released a new range of PoE network switches for the surveillance market.
  • Low-power thermal camera core
    June 2016, FLIR Belgium BBVA, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Products
    FLIR Systems launches next generation high-performance uncooled thermal camera core. Boson incorporates powerful system on-a-chip onboard processing capabilities.
  • WQHD resolution DVRs
    June 2016, TeleEye (South Africa), This Week's Editor's Pick, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Products
    TeleEye has launched the GN Series, a new generation of DVRs with WQHD resolution. WQHD is a video resolution standard equivalent to 2560 x 1440 pixels.
  • CMS for mobile surveillance
    June 2016, Reditron, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Asset Management, EAS, RFID
    Dahua’s Digital Surveillance Software-Mobile offers real-time monitoring, playback and GPS.
  • The future of cameras in marketing is hot
    June 2016, Sensor Security Systems, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
    Heatmapping can identify the busy periods in a shop and offer the managers the ability to raise the efficiency of their outlet.
  • 360-degree panoramic CSI
    June 2016, Hikvision South Africa, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
    Hikvision has provided a state-of-the art surveillance solution to Colorado’s Greenwood Village Police Department for use in its crime lab.

 
 
         
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.