SSN:Smart Home Adoption to Benefit Security

July 22, 2016

Security System News ran a recent article sharing information from market research firm Parks Associates. Parks is predicting that an increase in smart home controllers will help drive the increased adoption of home security systems—moving the penetration rate of home security systems past the 20 percent mark up to 26 percent by 2020.

Parks Associates estimates that by 2020 more than 50 percent of U.S. broadband households will have a smart home controller, up from 13 percent in 2015, and 24 percent will have an IP camera, up from just under 10 percent in 2015.

In addition to the dramatic increase in smart home controllers, unit sales of IP cameras will reach nearly 6 million in 2016, including 3.2 million first-time sales. By 2017, the number of replacement or additional IP camera sales will exceed the number of first-time sales, according to Parks.

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Leveraging the Cloud For Video Surveillance Solutions

August 4, 2011

In today’s Internet-enabled world, businesses need to utilize the public network infrastructure for their video surveillance needs.  Many organizations assume cloud-based technology consists of data stored on someone else’s servers sitting in a data center.  However the cloud is not a box sitting in a rack, it is a network communications backbone that enables technology to work in new ways.

In the past, video surveillance focused on digital video recorders sitting onsite in a closet or underneath a monitor.  While digital cameras are certainly in the mix now, analog cameras are still popular with an older generation of cctv installers.  The learning gap tends to scare many installers from making the jump to more advanced solutions.

However, there are many new experts in the video surveillance field that utilize technology to provide much more complete and effective solutions.  A recent study by Lusax, a research group at Lund University in Sweden, found that the installation of a mid-sized IP video surveillance system costs less than installing a corresponding analog system.  These solutions don’t stop at a box in the closet but expand to multiple options for the business.

The importance of thoughtful planning of a video surveillance system cannot be overlooked.  Decisions today will still be impacting the solution for years to come.  Consider not only the initial needs of the solution but also where the system will be in 5 years.

ControlByNet’s white paper:  Leveraging the Cloud for Video Surveillance Solutions: From the Small Business to the Enterprise Organization outlines multiple IP security scenarios and how they may benefit an organization.  The full white paper can be downloaded at Report: Network video product sales to surpass analog in 2014

July 27, 2011

While the market continues to meet  some resistance from installers, recent reports continue to indicate that the tide is turning and that networked video solutions will surpass analog equipment in the near future.

Report: Network video product sales to surpass analog in 2014

Transition of enterprise users to network video, increasing price competition cited as factors

Updated: 07-21-2011 8:27 am

According to a new report from UK-based market research firm IMS Research, sales revenues from network video products are expected to surpass analog equipment in 2014. However, in terms of shipments, analog cameras are expected to continue to outsell network cameras.

The report, “The World Market for CCTV and Video Surveillance Equipment – 2011 Edition,” estimates that the world market for video surveillance equipment in 2010 achieved growth in excess of 10 percent from 2009. This growth was attributed largely to sales of network video equipment.

“Whilst the global analog video surveillance equipment market was relatively depressed in 2010, the network video surveillance market has continued grow almost three time as fast as the total market in 2010, over 30 percent,” IMS Research Senior Analyst and report author Gary Wong said in a statement. “If the Chinese analog video surveillance equipment market was removed from the equation, both the EMEA and the Americas analog markets contracted in 2010.”

In addition, the report cites two key factors for the anticipated decline of the analog market – the transition of enterprise users to network video solutions and increasing price competition in the mid-to-low tier of the analog market.

IMS says that the growth of network video surveillance continues to be bolstered by government stimulus-funded projects, as well as increasing market penetration by higher-value IP video products such as HD cameras.

ControlByNet Expands i-flashback Hosted Video Surveillance Solution to Support Panasonic IP Cameras

July 21, 2011

ControlByNet, (CBN), a leader in cloud-based, hosted video security surveillance solutions, announced today support for certain Panasonic IP cameras for ControlByNet’s i-flashback REMOTE, a hosted solution that provides web-based controls for video hosting providers to manage multiple servers, users and accounts. ControlByNet’s addition of Panasonic IP camera support is in direct response to customer demand and recently allowed a large property management customer to avoid purchasing new cameras at one of its communities, providing immediate savings.

“While we like to assist with the architectural design of the surveillance installation to guarantee the highest quality, we also understand cost needs to be considered in the implementation which can sometimes mean keeping existing equipment,” said Ryan Strange, CEO of ControlByNet.  “We consider ourselves a valued partner with Axis Communications, but must respond to market needs and know that in order to continue to grow we can’t be limited to one camera manufacturer.”

ControlByNet’s multi-site central authentication server (CAS) allows customers to have a securely hosted CAS, which not only authenticates users across all the hosted properties but connects directly with onsite managed servers for larger installations.  It creates a true ‘single sign-on’ regardless of where the video is physically located.  The user logs into a branded website and a customized link is presented with a list of authorized sites.

“Our CAS provides customers with an unmatched solution in the market.  For multi-site customers ControlByNet’s CAS is a huge benefit for simplicity of access, support and management,” added Strange.  “There’s not another solution out there that can operate over the Internet in this regard.”

As a cloud-based video surveillance solution, i-flashback requires efficient network cameras.  ControlByNet carefully considers and tests products before supporting additional brands.  ControlByNet is currently considering Sony and Bosch, among others, for testing for compatibility with its customers.

“It is very rewarding to have our software platform validated by actual customer field implementations and increasing recurring revenue” said Strange.

ESX Wrap Up

June 15, 2011

ControlByNet exhibited at the ESX show last week in Charlotte. Overall more than 2,200 security integration and monitoring company attendees visited the show – a 16 percent increase over 2010.

The show went well, although even with the increase in attendees the foot traffic seemed a little light overall.  However, there were still some high quality leads and it is always good to see some competitor products, as well as the new technology making its way in the industry.

A few things that stuck out from the event:

Hosted video providers are heavily targeting the 1-4 camera installations.  Clearly it’s easier to penetrate small businesses with a hosted solution as the up-front cost is usually significantly lower.  The software requirements (features, flexibility) do not have to be very advanced to satisfy the local flower shop or deli owner.  ControlByNet was the only company showing a hosted solution for larger organizations…whether that’s a good or bad thing is yet to be seen!

Mobotix was making a big push with its cameras.  Since Mobotix generally sells higher-end cameras, it was surprising to see such a presence in an area where cost matters a great deal.

There were a lot of small integrator companies.  I expected some larger companies to visit and check out the latest technology, but most of the visitors were neighborhood cctv/alarm companies.  Those groups make great resellers and are valuable customers, but I thought more national integrators would attend.

All in all we viewed it as a good show.  The city of Charlotte is always a great place to go and the ESX folks did an excellent job.

You can check out the official ESX wrap-up report here: