Trend 2: Standardization
Interoperability was a buzzword, as buyers become more selective about best-of-breed solutions. HD based on analog infrastructure offers real value, as megapixel IP video has yet to approach the tipping point of 50 percent. HD remains the quickest way for analog manufacturers to upgrade to high resolution, as seen by EverFocus Electronics' HDcctv-compliant products.
In network video, Merit Lilin showcased its complete product lineup o f ONVIF - compliant solutions, including a 600-TVL camera and MPEG-4 DVR. Hikvision had a plugfest at its booth, demonstrating its camera compatibility with Milestone Systems. More ONVIF-compliant solutions were available, including a DVR from Telexper and network cameras from Zavio.
Trend 3: Navigating Mobile Video
Mobile video solutions were bountiful, to meet onboard monitoring demand for buses, trains and service vehicles. A KCA mobile video system included a DVR and camera for recording, integrated with GPS, map displays and tire pressure sensors for a vehicular black box. A PlusTek mobile NVR navigated with Google Maps and used analytics to detect dangerous behavior, such as drivers nodding off.
Mobile storage devices require robust design. "The system has anti-vibration features for vehicle applications, along with a fanless design," said Beryl Chen, Sales and Marketing Account Manager, iSAFE Technology. "Images stream at D1 with 25 to 30 fps for each channel." The Dahua Technology mobile DVR was shockproof as well, with a 3-G module enabling remote surveillance. Lanner's mobile DVR supports 3-G and Wi-Fi, compressing images in H.264.
In cramped quarters, mobile devices need to take up less space. "We have compact products that can be used with mobile NVRs on fire trucks, police patrol cars and buses," said Laurence Lin, Executive VP of EtherWan.
Despite being small, mobile devices pack functionalities. "Mobile DVRs with Intel Atom CPUs are our main focus in 2010," said Cheryl Chang, Sales Manager of the Surveillance Business Unit, Yuan High-Tech. "Features such as 3-G, Wi-Fi and GPS will become available shortly."
The increase in networked devices and broadband applications has made remote monitoring a reality. "We will have more innovative products such as CMS and intelligent DVRs that enable remote monitoring with Web browsers," said Chaewon Yeo, Assistant Manager of Overseas Sales for Tibet System. QNAP Systems also has a Linux-based NVR that supports 120 channels of simultaneous monitoring, said Jacky Cheng, Manager.
The boom in smart phone s has yielded a larger selection of monitoring programs. Several iPhone and smart-phone apps were available from AVTech, iCatch and JAMA Electronics.
The Koangyow Integration Machine mobile surveillance solution lets users remotely monitor their homes, with integration for up to 16 intrusion zones. Other mobile platforms were also supported. "Provideo 3-G applications are available for PoS, which support Symbian, Windows Mobile and Google Android," said Ah-B Wu, Project Manager.