One serious matter for all of us, however, is to question whether we – in the security systems sector – should be prepared to remain at the mercy of the consumer market when it comes to the pace and direction of change. I often attend the IBC broadcast conference and exhibition, normally hosted in Amsterdam, to investigate newly developing technologies. Why? Because I know, as sure as ‘eggs is eggs’, that the innovative R&D conducted by the major broadcast suppliers will spill over into the consumer market and, as a direct result of the huge numbers and buying power in that sector, will send successive waves of low cost electronic components heading towards us! The security industry has always has been – and still is – a voracious carrion eater of components, picking up the ‘scraps’ at the lowest cost in order to satisfy a market that does not really want to spend serious money in the search for seriously good image quality.
Whether those images are analogue or digital the facts remain the same – no one wants to raise the threshold in manufacturing quality standards as they would probably go bankrupt in the attempt! In general, the end user, the installer and the consultant want broadcast quality images but only if they come with ‘web camera’ type price tags. Our manufacters are perfectly capable of producing CCTV cameras, recorders and display equipment that provide the quality we have come to expect from our television pictures and and indeed they would LOVE to do so. BluRay, for example, produces most acceptable images as do other competing technologies in that field. It is perplexing that so many buyers of security systems continue to bury their heads in the sand. They remain reluctant to invest slightly larger sums in far better equipment that would, if installed correctly, easily give them images that are unquestionably ‘fit for purpose’. That is not always the case at present.
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