Smartvue’s new total solution

Wireless video maker to compete with wired solutions on price, performance
Friday, August 1, 2008

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Here in the company’s hometown, wireless IP surveillance maker Smartvue used the recent ESX show to provide interested parties a sneak peek of its newest release, the S8 system, looking to deliver further on the promise of its tagline: “Amazing video technologies made elegantly simple.”

Perhaps most unique about the new S8 offering, which should hit the market in Q4 this year, is the VideoInsight peer-to-peer server. “One of the challenges of setting up an Internet-enabled system is remote access,” said Martin Renkis, company founder and CEO. “If you say, ‘Hey, I want to check it out from my cell phone,’ that’s not a simple proposition.” Smartvue’s new server “works like Skype,” allowing millions of users to access two-way audio, one-way video, through any Internet device, meaning any browser on any platform, Mac included. The peer-to-peer server is self-configuring for remote access, getting through “100 percent of firewalls ... It builds a virtual VPN tunnel between the devices automatically.”

Combined with the S8 IP camera (2 megapixel, wide-dynamic ranges, H.264) and the S8 NVR (1TB standard, eSata compatible, handles 20 cameras), Smartvue is selling an IP surveillance solution that the company promises can be set up in minutes by just about any installer and is competitive on price and performance with any wired solution.

Bill Hapner, who sold his stake in integrator Beacon Technologies to come over to Smartvue as vice president of sales, said the new solution will “expand the current surveillance market. We’ll have cost parity with the total cost of the solution, selling the camera for less than $500 and the NVR for less than $1,500 ... And what are the advantages? A better picture, wireless remote access, you can move the camera anytime you want, etc.”

Hapner said the possibilities for leasing the system or offering video surveillance as a service ought to appeal to what he sees as the integrator of the future, one who’s comfortable with IT and networking.