Add Video Surveillance to Your Managed Services Portfolio

Last fall I predicted that video surveillance would emerge as a hot managed service in 2008. Two pieces of anecdotal information are now backing up my prediction.

When we publish the MSPmentor 100 -- a listing of the top 100 MSPs -- on January 28, you'll see data indicating rapidly growing interest in managed video surveillance services. This trend became clear to me back in October.
Now, peer bloggers are write about the rise of managed video surveillance. Smith on VoIP, one of my favorite blogs about IP and unified communications, offers the following perspective:

Like VoIP, IP surveillance is rapidly turning the traditional surveillance technologies on it’s ear. Legacy equipment manufacturers and VAR’s are quickly learning that the move to IP based solutions is inevitable. The same joys of IP based voice communications are realized with IP based surveillance. Lower TCO, increased scalability, more/better access to the technology and of course more functionality. As I have stated before, the parallels between the current surveillance marketplace and the voice marketplace are strikingly similar.
You can read Smith's complete perspective here. And be sure to check back January 28 for additional trends culled from our MSPmentor 100 research survey.
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