On Monday, Cisco Systems announced a strategic technology agreement with video and security systems company Pelco. The companies are jointly developing a new high-definition Internet Protocol security camera.
Cisco said the cobranded cameras will bring together Pelco's leadership in imaging with Cisco's IP networking experience to deliver the next generation of high-definition security cameras. The cameras will be built on Pelco's Sarix technology platform and sell via Cisco Authorized Technology Providers. The devices are expected to be available at the end of the year.
Bill Stuntz, general manager and vice president of the Cisco Physical Security business unit, said the combination of Cisco's IP networking expertise and Pelco's imaging expertise is a win-win for customers.
"After conducting an extensive evaluation of current technologies, we found that Pelco has developed one of the most advanced IP HD imaging systems in the global security marketplace," Stuntz said. "When this product has been provided, we can take advantage of our expertise to deliver best-in-class solutions for customers."
High-Tech, Hi-Def Security
Pelco will supply Cisco with a line of HD imaging technologies that will be used to extend its existing camera line and network -centric video surveillance systems.
Cameras cobranded by Cisco and Pelco will feature Sarix technology, including full-frame-rate video, H.264 compression, advanced low-light performance , embedded analytics , and autofocus. As joint development proceeds, the companies promised top IP networking features will be embedded.
Pelco President and CEO Dean Meyer said Pelco and Cisco are natural partners to drive the next generation of physical security systems. "Our shared commitment to our customers and proven success in working together will allow us to deliver new features and capabilities that meet the needs of today's safety and security professionals," Meyer said.
Cisco's Next Acquisition?
Zeus Kerravala, a vice president at the Yankee Group, sees a clear market for an HD IP security camera. In his travels, he sees corporations using surveillance cameras more. He has also noticed more integration between physical security and network security.
"With video especially, the more you get, the higher quality you want," Kerravala said. "So it's not surprising that Cisco is developing an HD IP security camera. People expect HD quality now."
Could Pelco be Cisco's next acquisition target? It's possible. Cisco and Pelco are not strangers. Pelco joined Cisco's technology developer program in 2008. The company has already completed interoperability testing between its Spectra IV IP and IP110 Series cameras and the Cisco 1520 Wi-Fi Mesh Access Point.
"I can see Cisco acquiring this company. Cisco has done about 105 acquisitions and you may be looking at 106," Kerravala said. "This fits the mold of Cisco's acquisition strategy. It's a smaller company with a niche product. It's a good product they could move into their channel and make it big."