by Bob Cutting
On a very recent trip to China I experienced one of those very cool moments when you see a lot of engineering investment, business strategy and hard work all come together.
I was in Guangzhou at the Global Digital Surveillance Forum, and one of our OV Ready partners that is based there hosted a demonstration of this open standard analytics integration with a Pelco Sarix camera embedded with ObjectVideo software. The demonstration went well, but it was during the impromptu reception afterward in a cramped conference room when I had this epiphany.
Eight companies were represented, small and large, each from various areas within the video surveillance market. With my Mandarin ranging from rusty to non-existent, I sat back and tried to take it all in. Drawings were sketched; ideas were shared; solutions were crafted. And while I could only understand the occasional “OnBoard” and “ObjectVideo” and “OV Ready”, the flow of the discussion was clear:
Software companies AND device manufacturers were sharing experiences of their independent OV Ready integrations. Together, these companies were collectively showing what they can accomplish together as a collaborative network of intelligent solution providers.
Most importantly, ObjectVideo didn’t lead the discussion. Rather, I sat back with a satisfied smile on my face.
The point: Open standards and a clear path to interoperability gets companies to talk together. This is no longer the finger-pointing “I’m-not-going-to-build-it.” SDK days. Published standards transcend project-specific integrations and shift the discussion from engineering cost to strategic investment, meeting a dramatically greater number of customer solution requirements.