Top Video Surveillance Camera Trends from the Experts

Learn what’s new in the video surveillance camera field and make better choices.

Top Video Surveillance Camera Trends from the Experts

Whether its the growing impact mobile devices have on security or the number of megapixels your camera should have, these experts can help.

Greg Carter, director of Connected Physical Security Solutions, Cisco:

1. The emergence of new security solutions that use mobile devices.

2. Using cloud-based applications/services, and virtualization.

3. Being able to use new analytics tools and business models that can take advantage of virtualization, cloud, and big data.


Vance Kozik, director of Product Marketing, IP Surveillance, D-Link

1. More resolution, but not to the same level as consumer or DSLR cameras — most of the growth is in the 1.3 and 2 megapixel cameras. There are some 3 and 5 megapixel cameras, and a few 10 to 16 megapixel ones. But 3 megapixels is nine times that of the best analog or VGA camera.

2. Wide angle lenses, which let you cover an area where analog would have required 2 to 3 cameras, because you get enough detail. Here, it’s more cost effective to go with IP, from gear and install.

3. Remote visual verification is big, especially with people having smartphones and tablets, to access cameras remotely.  We’re about to release a cloud-enabled network video recorder (NVR), with free iOS and Android apps. In the analog world, this is also being addressed, to some extent. The digital video recorder (DVR) is the brains here, with motion detecting and recording, but a lot of DVRs have a network jack, like a DVR that supports IP.

James Marcella, Director of Technical Services, Axis Communications

1. Image quality: The move towards higher resolution imagery, megapixel and HD TV range — 702p or 1080p.

2. Ease of use and installation. The physical security industry is still shifting from analog to digital. The installer base — the people who are selling and installing — are still struggling with the idea of moving to the Internet Protocol, and the need to have network-savvy people to do this.

3. Edge-based storage and analytics. It’s about pushing intelligence out to the edge, programming the camera to make intelligent choices about the scene and what’s happening, to determine whether it will send that information, consuming bandwidth, or store it locally or notify somebody directly for mitigation. One example is active-tamper alarms. If somebody obstructs a camera’s field of view, by turning the camera, or spray-painting it, etc., the active-tamper feature notices it can’t see the scene and notifies somebody.

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