360 Video Security had been around for some time now but it never made the real jump from promising and cool technology to a serious part of any Video Security solution. With the growth of vendors producing and selling 360 technology its expected to see a good growth the coming years in thsi market. The benefist are evident but there are stil some issues that keeps 360 from growing sky high.
A few Benefits of 360 IP VIDEO SECURITY:
– Replacing several cameras with one 360 Camera (this is a argument thats debated a lot but with the growth of resolution this should be reality soon)
– The big problem with fixed cameras and pan-tilt-zoom cameras is that they’re never facing in the right direction when something happens, with 360 you always have the right view.
– 360 Video win combination with Video Analytics will be be a Killer App, several vendors are already developing solutions for this
– Eliminate blind spots & Heighten situational awareness Improve the reaction time of First Responder
At this point we see 3 leading technologies/solutions. Fisheyehe is the most most well known technology, already several years ago IPIX tried to build this market but never had real success. Main reason was the fact that at that point there was no integration with any of the leading Video Management System’s. The leader in this space is Sentry360 (www.sentry360.com).
Immervision (www.immervision.com) from Canada is creating a technology called Panamorph, not very different from Fisheye but with a slight advantage in the pixel count. Another difference is the view, Panamorph is having an oval shaped view and Fisheye is round, from the oval the extra pixels are coming. The 3rd “technology” is used by for example Arecont and Avigilon (www.arecont.com/www.avigilon.com), here they use multiple lenses (so cameras) in one package. The benefits against the other “one lens” technologies are simple, more resolution, but the downside is more bandwidth.
The key to success is integration, integration with NVR’s, with analytics solutions etcetera!
Thanks: SMART IP VIDEO BLOG