Secure-i launches HVR
CHICAGO--The owners of integration firm Secure Integration in November launched a new company and a new acronym: HVR. It stands for hosted video recorder, and it is the basis of the business model for Secure-i, a company that will be offering Web-accessible video surveillance to the residential and small business marketplace.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s very similar to video-as-a-service models,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Andres Armeda, Secure-i chief technology officer, Ã¢â‚¬Å“but the underlying problem that other companies have is deployment ... Most other solutions have a hardware requirement or software solution that you need to install locally.Ã¢â‚¬Â This is not the case for Secure-i.
Through a partnership with Axis, the company is able to deploy Axis cameras that come embedded with Secure-i firmware, so that installers simply plug the camera into a broadband connection and it immediately begins streaming back to Secure-iÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s central servers and is accessible for viewing via the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Web site.
Further, said Armeda, Ã¢â‚¬Å“itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an open environment. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll expand into Google Maps, Facebook, and so forth.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Now Secure-i is looking for partners to resell the service. Currently, Toepfer Security of Wisconsin, Paragon Solutions Group of Minnesota, and ESS Home Theater of New Jersey are among partners whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve joined the program. Secure-i will not be selling directly to the consumer, and its integration firm will not be offering the solution at a price competitive with partners, to avoid conflict of interest.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re focusing on the one-to-four camera sale,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Armeda. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Now installers are able to push into a new market with a very professional product.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The company uses a third-party data center, Server Central, to house the storage, and end users can purchase different levels of service, with more or less storage available to them.
Further, Secure-i will only be selling the HVR. The cameras must be purchased from either Anixter or Scan Source, which distribute Axis cameras. The installer marks up the camera, then gets a percentage of the minimum 12-month contract the end users signs with Secure-i.