by David McGuinness
It wasn’t just the 13 hour time zone difference that kept me running on caffeine and adrenalin throughout the course of CPSE in Shenzhen, China this week. It was the sheer number of meetings and exhibits at CPSE 2009. Talk about a vibrant business environment — one hall was dedicated to international exhibits (Panasonic, Sony, Siemens, Axis and WPG System with OV, and the large domestic players that have sizable international distribution like Hikvision and Dahua) and the others were purely domestic products and solutions. There was a lot to take in!
Video surveillance is clearly becoming a hi-def industry based on all of the HD product demonstrations in Shenzhen. HD was a headline at ASIS this past September but the sheer volume at CPSE was overwhelming. As noted around the industry, HD can be a true differentiator that moves the market for IP video. China is still very much an analog market, but just a few percentage points in conversion growth will result in sizable channel counts for IP.
The OV network in the region has grown considerably with the OV/WPG System partnership, and the momentum is increasing. While most of the OEM solutions in the region have been focused on the analog infrastructure, new IP releases are imminent. And that’s where the heavy meeting schedule contributed to the lack of sleep. Product status reviews, project reviews, pipeline reviews, regional customization, etc. Oh, and prospective OEM partners.
The collective outlook for 2010 was very positive, so it’s time to start banking some sleep hours.