IP Video as the Premier League

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On-Net Surveillance Systems Inc. (OnSSI) has deftly positioned itself among vendors of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) equipment, using a March 17 press release on NVR integration to somewhat matter-of-factly classify its Ocularis video management software as a "video-centric" PSIM solution.

I won't argue with OnSSI's conceit. The definition of PSIM is somewhat protean. Witness the debate on the precise size of the PSIM market.

But given that there are close to two dozen vendors of video management systems and software, and that until last year, OnSSI was re-branding Milestone's XProtect software, the move may be an attempt to stand out from the pack. Whether you see Ocularis as a PSIM solution may not matter. What does is OnSSI's implied assertion that open systems now exist as a separate segment apart from proprietary end-to-end.

By casually dropping "PSIM," into its latest materials (right now, you won't find the term in the Ocularis product or solution descriptions on its site), OnSSI's suggesting that its real competition is QuantumSecure, VidSys and Proximex, IT-oriented suppliers of intelligent platforms that integrate physical security. To be fair, companies like Milestone and Genetec can make the same claim, but many legacy surveillance systems can't. Open and proprietary are not simply two categories for the same product, goes the reasoning, they are two different leagues. In this, the company may be right on the mark.

On-Net Surveillance Systems Inc. (OnSSI) has deftly positioned itself among vendors of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) equipment, using a March 17 press release on NVR integration to somewhat matter-of-factly classify its Ocularis video management software as a "video-centric" PSIM solution.

I won't argue with OnSSI's conceit. The definition of PSIM is somewhat protean. Witness the debate on the precise size of the PSIM market.

But given that there are close to two dozen vendors of video management systems and software, and that until last year, OnSSI was re-branding Milestone's XProtect software, the move may be an attempt to stand out from the pack. Whether you see Ocularis as a PSIM solution may not matter. What does is OnSSI's implied assertion that open systems now exist as a separate segment apart from proprietary end-to-end.

By casually dropping "PSIM," into its latest materials (right now, you won't find the term in the Ocularis product or solution descriptions on its site), OnSSI's suggesting that its real competition is QuantumSecure, VidSys and Proximex, IT-oriented suppliers of intelligent platforms that integrate physical security. To be fair, companies like Milestone and Genetec can make the same claim, but many legacy surveillance systems can't. Open and proprietary are not simply two categories for the same product, goes the reasoning, they are two different leagues. In this, the company may be right on the mark.

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