GDSF is a conference dedicated to digital video solutions. In its 9th year, its theme was "Driving IP Convergence."It was divided into two tracks: HD Video Surveillance and Management in Security.
Microsoft's keynote speech addressed cohesive security measures. "Over the past five years, Microsoft has consolidated more than 60 security, building and management subsystems worldwide into one platform with total situational awareness, utilizing applications like SharePoint and InfoPath that already exist in the enterprise version of Microsoft Office," said Mohan Shanmugasundaram, Technical Program Manager and Senior Security Consultant for Asia, Microsoft Global Security. "Now, the security and safety of more than 700 sites / buildings, 30 million square feet of properties and 90,000 employees are managed by three global security operation centers with less than 30 people."
The results of a video analytics test were discussed by Michael Brown, MD of Australian system integrator VideoControlRoom. "With enough time programming and testing, you can achieve near 100-percent accuracy with analytics, but in real life, no one has the available resources to do this," he said. "There's still a very steep learning curve, with today's technologies, for users.
Network video standards were discussed and debated at GDSF, as a special session on interoperability gathered representatives from the HDcctv Alliance, ONVIF and PSIA. "Standardization removes risk," said Todd Rockoff, Executive Director of HDcctv Alliance. "A standard means there is only one way to do things. Proprietary systems were attractive in the beginning, but customers know the risk now and are demanding better alternatives.
Bob Cutting, VP of Product Management for ObjectVideo, represented the PSIA, a global consortium for physical security. "It's very rewarding to sit down with competitors, partners and system integrators," he said. "Integrators are the perfect source of requirements, since they're out there and know the pulse of the market."
Tony Yang, International Marketing Director at Hikvision Digital Technology, spoke for ONVIF.
"Today, we have 180 members and more than 100 conforming products, along with a testing tool," he said. "A major goal in the IP world is to make it as easy as the analog world, not just for manufacturers but for end users as well."
High-resolution video was a hot topic across the showground and at GDSF. Megapixel surveillance was explored by Arecont Vision and Hikvision. Hikvision discussed a large-scale success story in Shanghai ahead of the World Expo, with more than 12,000 surveillance spots boasting 2-megapixel network cameras.
IP-based video has increased but faces installation challenges. Jim Voss, Director of the Imaging Business Unit for Pelco, scrutinized the fundamental design of IP imaging systems, addressing industry-wide challenges.
Panasonic shared its "SmartHD" concept on leveraging existing investments, delivered by Masashige Tsuneno, Systems Architect for Panasonic System Networks. He outlined the technology breakthroughs and crucial benefits of hybrid and IP surveillance.
Seagate explored how the adoption of HD and megapixel cameras changes storage requirements. Danny Lim, Marketing Manager for Asia Pacific, provided tips for meeting changing needs and overcoming pain points.
Genetec emphasized simple management platforms. Eliminating "feature creep" in software development makes the user experience smoother, since most operators are retirees or near retirement, said Charles Cousins, MD for Asia Pacific, Genetec.
Maximizing the value of analytics for successful deployments was discussed by Andy Low, VP of WPG System, representing ObjectVideo. He covered platform flexibility, architecture and ease of use.