The surveillance Video Management System model is simple. Furnish a way to capture and synchronize video, audio and text. Support a stable architecture to archive this information. Provide an uncomplicated and efficient way to access and serve this information. Finally, deliver a way to alert and search out important events. Capture, Store, Manage and Serve. The concept is simple. The true magic is in the “HOW”.
The VMS market has become arguably stagnant and has not yet embraced the new technologies and methods we enjoy at home. We have become accustomed to outdated and clunky VMS interfaces, high cost inefficient hardware and limited scalability. Furthermore, we’ve allowed the video surveillance industry to fall behind in its utilization of the latest technologies. Why would we purvey surveillance technologies that are so far behind the tools and toys we use at home? Why is it so much easier and my experience so much more rich using my “consumer” video and audio devices in my personal life? It could be argued that my ability to view, manage, find and share information on my TV or laptop is far superior to the techniques, hardware and methods we are familiar with in the surveillance industry.
Today we have much more to work with. We have infinite sources of High Definition video, the ability to run Platforms and Software as a Service, Cloud utilization, Social Media, 3D Mapping techniques, mobile hardware and streaming applications, and much more efficient abilities to save and share information. These are all burgeoning and converging technologies commonplace in our homes today. New VMS applications must incorporate these new tools and be intuitive to setup, easy to access and find events, limitless in their ability to scale across the enterprise, low cost, capable of running on any hardware or operating system and allow for rapid integration with other, synergistic technologies. We now have the new tools. Why continue to design and deploy surveillance based on outdated limitations?
Bridging the gap between these two worlds will require the industry to finally embraced these new technologies. What is needed now is a universal video management platform. When this new platform and methodology emerges, it will need to appeal to both the exacting professional and less-technical consumer. The solution will need to be able to meet these expectations, provide a bridge between the old methodologies and be truly embraced by both the professional and less technical consumer.