Articles by Ken LaMarca

7 Steps To Make VMS System Design And Installation Easier

For those of you old enough to remember, video matrix switchers were once the heyday of surveillance camera control. These cumbersome antiques were at the heart of every major video surveillance system (video surveillance at the time) in premier gaming properties, government installations and corporate industrial complexes. They required more physical labor to construct and configure than perhaps the pyramids – maybe not – but you get the picture. And then digital video made its way...

Advanced VMS Security Solutions Take Investigations To New Heights

Video surveillance systems have proven to not only be a deterrent to crime, but are also now being used to collect data points to actually help detect abnormal behaviours which can alert authorities of potentially evolving situations. In either case, recorded video is critical for investigations to provide all but irrefutable evidence to prove or disprove that an incident took place and the identity of the individuals involved.  Sounds like a pragmatic approach that’s quite simple in...

Why Video Management Software Is Integral And Interwoven Into 2018’s Security Outlook

  The record-breaking attendance at the 2017 industry trade shows was a clear indication of a growing need for and interest in security. While cybersecurity was a main theme, with encryption and automatic-updating technology taking center stage, customized solutions and visible examples of increased manufacturer’s support were also highlighted. These latter two are interwoven through activities such as manufacturer’s training seminars that highlight the advan...

Video Management Systems Evolve Beyond Traditional Physical Security

Over the course of 2016, we witnessed a continuation of the prevalent trend towards more integrated and intelligent networked systems using Video Management Systems (VMS) as the central control platform.   One of the drivers behind this is open platform solutions that support more advanced physical devices such as IP cameras with on-board analytics, which continues to shift emphasis from the physical aspects of video and access control systems to the collection and correlation...

Building Integrator/Provider Partnerships For Enhanced VMS Solutions

Merging objectives into a business relationship requires ongoing communication along with a shared vision and values A myriad of books has been written on business relationships. From establishing and maintaining business relationships to compensation issues and contract terminations, there’s a how-to book out there on most every aspect of business. While I have never published a business “how-to” book, I do have the benefit of experience in successfully navi...

Falling Prices And Open Security Systems See Increased Competition Amongst Security Providers

Ups and downs tested the staying power of security system providers in 2015, which was a dynamic year for the security market. A key development in the security industry has been the acquisition of VMS leader Seetec by OnSSI, which has enabled it to serve customers globally. The security market in 2015 also witnessed a growing trend towards supporting diverse security systems from different manufacturers. Falling Prices And Increased Competition On the bright side, while the economy has not ye...