While VMS solutions have been used historically for video surveillance applications, that is changing. Today’s VMS are integrating that video with other systems, including access control as well as other non-security systems — because that’s what end users want.
According to Reinier Tuinzing, strategic alliance manager, America, for Milestone Systems, based in Beaverton, Ore., increasingly knowledgeable and savvy end users will drive the growth and expansion of these multi-faceted systems.
“Clearly the opportunity for installers and integrators is the shift to video installations integrated with other security and business systems. As customers learn more about what is possible — and real — they will start to request new functionality to extend their investment in a video system. This is no longer a basic video system that is installed and forgotten until something happens,” Tuinzing says. “Now there are a variety of add-on capabilities that extend the capabilities of the installed cameras to new levels. With an open platform, the capabilities are only limited by the integrator’s and customer’s imaginations. I think there are a lot of really smart people out there who are going to develop solutions that we cannot even think of today.
As VMS manufacturers continue to increase the number of products, technologies and systems their solutions will integrate with, these efforts only will be helped by open architectures and systems, as well as interoperability standards such as ONVIF and PSIA.
“What is possible with an open-platform video management system is only up to the imagination. Einstein said it best: ‘Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions,’” says Milestone Systems’ Reinier Tuinzing. “Just imagine what solutions will look like five years from now."
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