April 2009 Archives

Welcome To SIP, Video Surveillance

April 30, 2009 12:07 PM

Video surveillance is one of those huge markets where standards aren't used enough. Though I am not an expert in video surveillance, I have been on the edges of this market and its requirements in the past several years.

During this time, I have seen only two types of surveillance systems:

  1. The closed proprietary ones, where everything is done with some obscure protocol.
  2. The hybrid ones, where camera links use proprietary protocols, but some gateway along the way is capable of converting it to a standard protocol.

The standard protocol of choice in this industry is RTSP - Real Time Streaming Protocol.

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People have been talking about a "3 screens world" for a while now: the TV, the mobile phone and the PC. Now that media phones are sprouting around us, they are being touted as the 4th screen. Should we continue to count the screens around us?

We live in a world of gadgets.

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I'll be placing here links once in a while of news items and blog posts that I find interesting and are related to visual communications.

If you have items you'd like to feature here - just email me at [email protected].

Here goes:

  • Once in a while, I bump into an interesting question on LinkedIn.
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Video Calling Going Prime Time

April 9, 2009 4:16 PM

Visual communication is a different thing in different markets, with the consumers being the "late adopters" in this case. While this might be true, as we're still in the early adoption stages of these technologies/services, it is probably all about to change in 2009.

Living in Israel, I wasn't exposed to any videophone ad on TV, but there have been a few in the US, which were targeted consumers directly.

Here are some I bumped into following twitter:

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This might sound like an April fool's joke to some, but it really isn't: we've got a new class of phones (and screens), and someone decided to give it the (boring) name "Media Phone".

In-Stat even taken the liberty of writing a report on media phones. (free!). It is touting the media phone as "our 4th screen", after the PC, the TV and the mobile handset.

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Recent Comments

  • http://openid.aol.com/michelsjdave: I think you raise some very good questions, but I read more
  • Tsahi Levent-Levi: That's a good question. I'd say that the opinions on read more
  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/G7ndiFJhx.3s7G1hrt_anus.G_62rQ--#a68ba: Interesting post. I agree that it's not just niche apps read more
  • Tsahi Levent-Levi: Nick, While I think you are correct in your general read more
  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/00IYxJELxYh5QX0y9j2UEPZHoTE63GMy#a7928: Web Based TV is the future. No set top box. read more
  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/G7ndiFJhx.3s7G1hrt_anus.G_62rQ--#a68ba: Videoconferencing will never replace all in-person meetings. There are times read more
  • karleen: Hi Tsahi! Thanks for the post! It was very insightful! read more
  • vidtel.wordpress.com: I read your December 31, 2008 preview of the tiny read more

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