Articles by Eric Fullerton
The siliconisation of surveillance cameras has had a great impact on the security industry, especially this year. The cost of complex megapixel cameras has decreased dramatically as this functionality is now available on chips. The camera industry has gone from innovating on the camera’s performance and functionality to acting more like the PC OEM business, and this siliconisation is driving industry commoditisation. Commoditisation is levelling the competitive landscape as customers are not willing to pay for extra features that some companies provide as “premium” when adequate features are available from other companies. Siliconisation will continue to be an industry trend as companies may fall to the wayside if their economic models do not address end user value and value creation. Now our industry will need to regroup and see where we can add value. Today, the increase in camera resolution and slow increments in which features and functionalities are added within the VMS are not producing the innovative benefits that they once did and that end users have become accustomed to expect. Open standards approach At Vicon, we see a way to increase innovation is working with open standards and collaborating in teams together with innovative partners and end-users. Offering free and uninterrupted access to our APIs and underlying code for some proven and tested camera drivers is a springboard for reigniting innovation at the edge. At Vicon, we are implementing a standards-based approach to our business. We believe in protecting the end-customer and want our customers to have the freedom to choose a whole Vicon solution or to buy only the products that meet their needs. Siliconisation has led to a significant decline in the cost of complex megapixel cameras Vicon’s new strategy works optimally when we work together as a team with our Partners. The new Vicon does not have a company-centric approach, but rather believes in an end-user approach in which we, as a team ecosystem, work to create dynamic end-user solutions that address real problems. Giving end-user freedom of choice Over the last couple of years, we have seen a lot of industry consolidation resulting in companies reverting to a traditional propriety behaviour while trying to lock up their customers in propriety solutions. We may see that you have to buy a full solution from one vendor in order to get the maximum benefit of their solution, such as optimised recording servers. I strongly believe that there is a need for end-users to have a market that drives towards fully open standards to deliver solutions that are state-of-the art and give the end-user freedom of choice to select what solution they need. Now it will be more about how you provide a service, than how you package your solution. See the full coverage of 2015/2016 Review and Forecast articles here
The enhanced website provides users with a cleaner, more contemporary design and improved navigation Vicon Industries, Inc., (“Vicon”), trusted designer and producer of video security systems and high-performance IP cameras, is pleased to announce the launch of a redesigned, mobile-friendly version of its website, www.vicon-security.com. The enhanced website provides users with a cleaner, more contemporary design, improved navigation and a more engaging experience with the Vicon brand and products. Improved features The refreshed Vicon website, which features a responsive design, highlights Vicon’s vast team ecosystem of sales and integration partners, end-customers and industry innovators. As part of Vicon’s new approach to doing business, the redesigned site will be used to easily connect its stakeholders, not only to product information, but also insights on emerging market trends, educational resources, video tutorials, technology and innovation discussions and the latest news on open standards. “The new website is a big step forward for Vicon to better serve our vast ecosystem,” says Eric Fullerton, CEO of Vicon. “The redesigned site provides a platform for better articulating our open-standards strategy and empowers our ecosystem with the tools to create more dynamic integrated solutions.” To support Vicon’s open, standards-based business model and highlight what sets Vicon apart, a new section on the website called “Solutions” has been created to showcase Vicon’s wide array of products and make it easy for visitors to build a surveillance solution based on their needs. The icon-based Solutions section demonstrates the interoperability of Vicon’s products and through system diagrams, shows how customers have the freedom to choose an entire Vicon solution from select products that best meet their needs. Vicon’s impressive, global presence is also featured in this section, with examples of how our clients use Vicon products. Empowering partners To empower integration partners, Vicon has also launched the Vicon Developer’s Forum (VDF) microsite. The mission of the VDF is to help facilitate standard-based interoperability by providing the SDK and APIs for our software as well as the standards-based source code for our cameras. The VDF is a place where thought, innovation and integration all come together in order to create a superior end-user solution. Other new components of the redesigned site include: Simplified, visually-driven content for easier navigation New areas dedicated to Vicon’s product announcements and news Integrated social media tools to foster improved communications Icon- based product selections for easier navigation Addition of Parallax sliders, rotating banners and video boxes for engaging content
Continuing its goal of delivering open platform system solutions that provide the highest performance and value to its customers, OnSSI announces that its Ocularis 5 Video Management Software (VMS) now fully integrates with the latest IQeye megapixel cameras from Vicon Industries. Enhanced surveillance solution “The combination of Vicon’s leading IQeye cameras and Ocularis 5 provides users with an enhanced surveillance solution that delivers comprehensive intelligence and an improved user experience,” said Ken LaMarca, VP of Sales and Marketing, OnSSI. “This latest integration further demonstrates the power of OnSSI’s Ocularis 5 VMS platform to accommodate the leading surveillance products and technologies that users want.” Like OnSSI, Vicon is committed to the open platform model. Vicon recently updated the drivers of its cameras to ensure full integration between Ocularis and its wide range of IQeye cameras, including IQeye Alliance-mx dome cameras, IQeye Alliance-mini dome cameras, IQeye Sentinel Series cameras, IQeye R5 bullet cameras and IQeye 7 Series cameras. “As Vicon continues to develop and deliver open platform solutions, we are very pleased to offer enhanced IQeye cameras that seamlessly integrate with OnSSI's new and standards-based Ocularis 5 VMS,” said Eric Fullerton, CEO, Vicon Industries. “OnSSI has supported open platform solutions for years, and is an important player in our team-based ecosystem.” Suitable for various applications Ocularis 5 is based on a new recorder that accommodates a significantly higher density of cameras per recorder while maximising HDD storage without the need for user configuration. It features automatic load balancing for managing recordings across system servers and significantly improves network security. Ocularis 5 also allows for multiple recorders to be combined under the same Base (including legacy Ocularis 4.X recorders) with centralised user and event management. Vicon’s IQeye cameras are designed to provide superior image quality, stability and reliability in the harshest environments. With a comprehensive line of features and applications, the company offers a camera solution that will meet and exceed the demands of any installation. From high-definition to standard-definition IP display resolutions, Vicon’s range of open network cameras fit any size, any budget and any environment.
The event welcomes professionals who seek a deeper understanding of business opportunities available in the IP-enabled world We are very excited to announce new big names who confirmed to speak at All-over-IP Expo 2015, to be held in Moscow on November 18–19. Inspirational keynote hours delivered by security, video surveillance, identity management, access control, network and storage experts set the standard for the educational sessions this year. Eric Fullerton, CEO, Vicon Industries. Maarten Mijwaart, General Manager, Nedap Identification Systems. Erik Ejdrup, VP Sales, Ubiquitech. Baudouin Genouville, Global Alliance and Integration Manager, Suprema. John Waghorne, IAM Principal Product Manager, Oracle Corporation. Back in 2008, All-over-IP Expo began as a community welcoming professionals who seek a deeper understanding of business opportunities available in the IP-enabled world. We have been building a clearinghouse of knowledge and future vision from the world's most inspired business leaders ever since. Speakers to meet local sales partner and customers In 2015, global top-level keynote speakers are to meet up with local sales partner and customers across six theatres including Identity Management and Access Control Conference, Intelligent Video 2.0/Machine Vision Conference, Intelligent Video 2.0: Storage, Networks, Cloud Conference, Smart City Conference, Global Keynote Theatre and CEO Sessions. All-over-IP Expo 2015 is a networking platform for global IT, surveillance and security vendors, key local customers and sales partners where they share knowledge and exchange ideas that are financially rewarding for business. All-over-IP Expo brings together major brands to ensure the best marketplace for the latest technology and innovation, and to lead customers to the Next Big Thing.
Eric Fullerton will succeed Kenneth M. Darby as Chief Executive Officer and as a Director of Vicon Vicon Industries, Inc., a designer and producer of video security and surveillance systems has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Eric Fullerton, formerly Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Milestone Systems A/S, to succeed Kenneth M. Darby as Chief Executive Officer and as a Director of Vicon. In its search for a new CEO, the Board sought a candidate who could return Vicon to prominence in the video security and surveillance systems market and also integrate the businesses and operations of Vicon and IQinVision, Inc. following their recently completed merger. “We had very specific criteria for our new CEO, and we were highly strategic about finding the right person -Eric is that person,” said Julian A. Tiedemann, a Vicon Director, “No one better understands the market intersection of video management software and HD/megapixel cameras, which he demonstrated during his 10 year tenure at Milestone Systems, the world’s leading provider of open platform IP video management software. Eric has a recognized ability to set strategy, lead teams and drive growth and innovation at the highest level. He is also a natural cultural fit for Vicon. This is a great development for our company.” Following senior positions at netVigilance, Inc., Intel and Nokia, Fullerton joined Denmark based Milestone Systems A/S in 2004. During his tenure, the company grew from start up to more than $70M in revenue and was named a Europe Fast 500 company. “It is a great privilege to be asked to lead Vicon at this important juncture in the company’s history,” said Fullerton. “I see great opportunities ahead for us by combining IQinVision’s strong brand in HD/megapixel cameras with the long history that Vicon has in video management systems. I look forward to joining this great team."