Got IP? More companies do.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

LAS VEGAS--The list of manufacturers introducing IP cameras at last week's ISC West was long and varied as companies traditionally known for other areas of expertise jumped into the crowded camera space.
Pelco, Cisco, Dedicated Micros, Speco Technologies and Lenel each announced their respective versions of network-ready cameras at this year's conference. Lenel's line of four branded digital cameras also includes lenses, housings, monitors, mounts and additional video management accessories. Cisco's IP surveillance camera is part of its new product portfolio--also introduced at the show--supports motion triggered, 720 X 480 resolution using MPEG-4 encoding with Power over Ethernet connectivity.
Steve Collen, director of product marketing for Cisco, said the company has been plugging away on product development since the acquisition of Sypixx last year.
"Our first differentiator is our IP video surveillance camera," he said. "This is the most significant item we released."
Collen said security and networking security functions are embedded to effectively authenticate the camera--specifically, preventing an individual from connecting a rogue camera on the network.
For Lenel, which is part of UTC Fire & Security, the decision to roll out cameras was part of its drive to become a one-stop shop for video solutions. According to Pelco's press release, the introduction of the new cameras now means the company is 100 percent converged with the IT industry.
Gary Perlin, vice president of video products for Speco, noted that the company had previously taken a backseat approach to IP capability, as the first cameras to come to market were expensive and challenging to operate. Now that the industry has progressed with IP, the company designed a competitively priced, user-friendly model.
Dedicated Micros not only showcased its IP camera at the show, but an analog version as well. Alan Calegari, president and CEO, said he is "always looking forward" for business opportunities and will focus on providing IP-capable solutions to the retail, banking and transportation markets.