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The Future of Video Management Systems

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Approach, State and Effect: VMS providers are looking at all the open standards in the market and taking the standards into account to help drive the development of solutions and interoperability. We're beginning to see VMS sales coming up to the level of DVR sales, indicating people are becoming more comfortable with IP-based solutions. In the next year or two, we expect VMS sales to overtake DVR sales.

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									     VIDEO/IP/CCTV                    By Karen Duane Johnson




      The Future of
      Video Management Systems
      The industry buzz and intelligence from the field

            H       ow do you meet the needs of the end user?
                    Where is the market growth? What’s the
                    buzz about open platforms and analytics?
            Manufacturers, software developers and systems
                                                                   Exacq Technologies, Fishers, Ind.
                                                                      Approach, State and Effect: We started with the
                                                                   legacy analog cameras that are already installed
                                                                   in the field. Ripping out perfectly useful analog
            integrators weigh on this critical topic and more.     cameras to replace them with IP cameras or plug-
                                                                   ging those cameras into IP encoders is not often
            DVTel, Ridgefield Park, N.J.                           an option for end-users. We introduced a hybrid
               Approach, State and Effect: VMS providers are       solution using a video capture card to bring the
            looking at all the open standards in the market        analog video into the same server that handles
            and taking the standards into account to help          the IP cameras. Being able to provide a solution
            drive the development of solutions and interoper-      that works with the technology of the past, pres-
            ability. We’re beginning to see VMS sales coming       ent and future is very appealing. Open and In-
            up to the level of DVR sales, indicating people are    tegrating: A successful VMS will be built on and
            becoming more comfortable with IP-based solu-          adopt open standards. We see the importance of
            tions. In the next year or two, we expect VMS sales    integrating not only with IP cameras, but with
            to overtake DVR sales. Open and Integrating: It’s      different access control systems as well. Open
            critical to offer an open-standards IP-based secu-     standards like ONVIF and PSIA will create more
            rity operations center. DVTel supports many of the     opportunities for these entities to work together.
            most popular brands of IP cameras, encoders, ac-       ONVIF and PSIA Standards and VMS Providers:
            cess control readers and panels, and intercoms,        ONVIF and PSIA offer more integration between
            ensuring users won’t be locked into proprietary        VMS software, IP cameras and access control sys-
            hardware. ONVIF and PSIA Standards and VMS             tems. We are in the process of finishing our sup-
            Providers: DVTel believes in open standards and        port for these new standards and will be rolling
            partners regularly with the best-in-breed solution     them out soon. Investing in VMS: A VMS solution
            providers of storage, PSIM, server and wireless        should incorporate the various pieces of the end
            systems and is a member of both ONVIF and PSIA.        user’s physical security system—from existing in-
            Investing in VMS: The foundation of a VMS solu-        frastructure to access control. Teaming with Video
            tion is the ability for the user to integrate video,   Analytics Providers: This is happening now in the
            audio, data, access control and alarm management       industry. We are seeing more analytics solutions
            functionality and requirements into one command        that reside on edge devices like cameras; this will
            and control center. When reviewing VMS solu-           continue to develop in the industry.—Roger D.
            tions, systems integrators should look at two criti-   Shuman, marketing manager, Exacq Technologies
            cal components–bandwidth and storage. Teaming
            with Video Analytics Providers: Earlier this year,     GVI Security, Carrollton, Texas
            DVTel acquired video analytics company ioimage.           Approach, State and Effect: For smaller sys-
            We recognize that video analytics is an important      tems, it has been common for IP camera vendors
            piece of the security puzzle to innovate end-to-       to provide freeware. However, such offerings are
            end, IP-based physical security solutions to grow      inadequate for the 16- to- 32 cameras user. Like-
            and to meet the changing needs of our customer         wise, the VMS software created for enterprise ap-
            base. We’ve also seen an increase in the number        plications, consisting of hundreds of cameras, is
            of third-party video analytics integrated with DV-     way too complex for the mid-market. What has
            Tel’s enterprise level system, which was why we        been needed is software that frees the mid-market
            were keenly interested in buying a video analytics     from being constrained to using 
								
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