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Panasonic, BerkTek sign security pact

Panasonic Systems Solution Company, a division of Panasonic Corp., and BerkTek announced the signing of a security pact at the BICSI Fall Conference in Las Vegas. "As we are moving towards and IP environment, the picture quality and the cabling...


November 1, 2009  


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Panasonic Systems Solution Company, a division of Panasonic Corp., and BerkTek announced the signing of a security pact at the BICSI Fall Conference in Las Vegas.

“As we are moving towards and IP environment, the picture quality and the cabling it runs on will matter,” said Paul Weintraub, Group Manager of Panasonic’s IP Channel Security Systems Group. “We all know that with disparate systems and no structure to the cabling system that video can end up in chaos.”

Carol Everett Oliver, marketing analyst specialist with BerkTek, said the goal of the alliance will be to put together engineered “solutions and systems” that provide reliability, reduce risk and provide a returnoninvestment.

Cooperative activities will include collaborative training for the sales channel and endusers and joint trade show participation and support.

Weintraub, a RCDD, said the message from the two firms is that you need quality cable running a video surveillance system, otherwise at some point there will be a disconnect from the capture to the recording. As a result, there will not be usable information.

“By working together with BerkTek we are going to get that message out there not only to IT integrators, but also to all of the security integrators that are migrating this way,” he said. “IP is going to be the way of the future.”

IMS Research predicts the demand for video surveillance equipment is expected to remain comparatively strong in 2009, “buoyed by government investment and the emerging trickledown from financial stimuli.”

The research firm is projecting that the global video surveillance market will begin to recover in the later stages of 2010. Improving economies, the transition to IP and emerging markets are all vital ingredients to the recovery, it predicts.

“The long term trends that will affect the CCTV and video surveillance market are the shift to network video surveillance, the increasing use of video content analysis, and the anticipated increased interoperability between network products,” says Simon Harris, senior analyst at IMS.

“The economic downturn will have negative impact in some market verticals, but overall market growth is expected to remain at a solid level. Our research concludes that the market for IP video surveillance management software will remain very strong.”

The BICSI Fall Conference, which took place at the MGM Grand Hotel, drew an estimated 3,500 delegates including 164 from Canada.

Conference closing activities included a panel on trends in key ITS areas such as outside plant, networks, grounding and bonding, wireless and security.

The conference concludes with a major opportunity,” said BICSI president Ed Donelan. “Never before have we in the ITS industry been afforded an opportunity to engage with IP convergence, integration and commissioning of technologybased IP systems.

“Education, training and knowledge assessment is paramount to continued career advancement.”