Surveillance Over IP

There will be a focus on security and surveillance over IP at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo next week. Well at least we will have a session devoted to the topic. I had expected the market for these products and services to grow faster than it has. You would think that just as IP is changing the way we transmit voice and video, the same change would have to happen to the security market as primarily voice and video are what this market transmits today.

The benefits in going IP are huge. For example IP allows multiple people to easily tap into camera feeds. Moreover IP should allow the straightforward building of networks of security cameras and cost should drop considerably.

I was reminded about this market when I read that SBC Communications would offer IP-Based surveillance equipment.

Customers most likely to benefit from SBC IP Surveillance would include those with a distributed environment, limited support capability, data closets, and sensitive equipment locations including data centers, environmentally at-risk locations, and companies in regulated industries with strict compliance responsibilities, such as medical or financial facilities.

SBC IP Surveillance is available today in California, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia.

I think this announcement may serve as a basis for the security and surveillance over IP market to grow nicely. It is infinitely logical that this market has to move to Internet protocol.

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