Panasonic hearts Pelco, and vice versa

I'm working on a round-up of TechSec, day two, but in the meantime check out this announcement that came into my box this week: Panasonic and Pelco have entered into an "interoperability effort." Next up: cats on roller skates and a Bush/Castro family picnic. If you don't think the security market has changed significantly in the past five years, you're not paying attention. Whether it's the IP movement or just new business realities coming to bear, old rivals are making new bedfellows all over the place. Anyway, I don't have a web link, so here's a cut and paste of the release:
Panasonic and Pelco Enter Interoperability Effort. Secaucus, NJ (February 24, 2009) – Panasonic System Solutions Company and Pelco have aligned under the Panasonic Solution Developer Network (PSDN) in an effort to expand the interoperability of both companies’ video surveillance solutions to best serve the needs of customers. As a new PSDN member, Pelco plans to support Panasonic’s i-Pro network camera lineup under its enterprise-class IP-based video security system and management platforms. The joint effort reflects both companies’ commitment to interoperability and meeting the market demand for integrated security solutions at the enterprise level.
I mean, seriously, Pelco wants to make it possible for Panasonic cameras to more easily integrate with Pelco video management software? This seems like a really good sign for integrators and end users looking forward to an interoperable future.
Pelco currently supports Panasonic i-Pro network cameras with its Digital Sentry Digital Video Management System (DVMS). Expanded interoperability efforts will focus on Pelco’s Endura platform, supporting the i-Pro cameras. Panasonic and Pelco will work together to quickly accomplish the interoperability to meet existing customer demand. “Everything we do at Panasonic System Solutions Company is about empowering customers and serving their needs,” said J.M. Allain, President, Panasonic System Solutions Company. “We are committed to an ‘Open Infrastructure’ and are pleased to work with Pelco and other industry suppliers to meet the demands of end users on a common platform – the IT network.” “Delivering open and integrated systems is a cornerstone of Pelco’s product development focus,” said Dave deLisser, Director of Integration at Pelco. “We are excited about expanding our interoperability with Panasonic i-Pro cameras to our enterprise class video management systems.”
I actually believe those quotes to be true, but some of the old-school guys in the industry have got to be thinking this is bizarro-world.
Panasonic System Solutions created the PSDN program several years ago to develop partnerships that complement and extend its lineup of security and surveillance products to better meet both integrator and end user requirements. As part of its “Open Infrastructure” initiative, the PSDN program provides members, including Pelco, with development tools, technical information and assistance to integrate with Panasonic products. In September 2008, Panasonic announced the global expansion of its PSDN program, better enabling multinational integrators and end users with broader interoperability. Through PSDN, Panasonic is helping to provide resellers with expanded product solution offerings and end users with seamless security solutions.


I don't understand why this is strange. In the analog world, it's not big deal to connect an analog Panasonic SDIII camera to a Pelco DX8100 DVR. The only difference is because analog has standards, no one needed to spend lots of money actually implementing interoperability.

These seems to me more of a reflection of the immaturity of the IP camera space than the reluctance of traditional video surveillance companies.

Good point. And I totally agree with you about the immaturity of the IP camera space vs. analog (obviously). My point was that in this new day and age, companies that are traditional rivals are actually spending money and resources to interoperate and announcing it via press release. They used to interoperate just because once you'd figured out how to accept an NTSC and a PAL feed, you were pretty much all set development-wise.