by Paul Brewer
We’ve all gotten spoiled by our HDTVs at home. I for one will never go back to NTSC. Is the security industry heading down that same path? You would certainly think so if you walked the show floor at ASIS this week where there was more HD than at your local Best Buy. But the question that kept nagging at me: Is the rest of the industry ready for HD? Will a 1080p, or a 5 MPixel IP camera swamp the network, flood the DVR and generally be just too much for the current state of the video ecosystem?
This recent Pelco/Cisco announcement shows that there is hope. Pelco and Cisco have teamed to jointly develop new HD IP cameras based on Pelco’s Sarix platform. This is a great team that will be able to support HiDef from the lens to the user.
What does all of this mean for the world of video analytics? ObjectVideo has been working with HD for years—mostly on military and other federal projects. The benefits of HD are clear. More pixels means greater range, wider fields of view and more pixels on target. In addition, the benefits of deploying analytics at the edge to reduce network load are compelling.
The industry is opening its eyes to HD, which will only make the value of analytics even greater.