For channel partners and system installers, the 8000 series comes with a QR-coded panel that provides technicians with essential information about each unit. Using March’s GURU mobile app for Apple iOS and Android device, a technician can scan the code and instantly get information such as warranty status, parts information and even trouble shooting support.
March also offers the latest release of its Command Enterprise video management system software (VMS) and the March Network Searchlight, a Web-based application which help users speed up video investigations.
The company is also offering two new IP camera models, the HDMegaPX WDR MiniDome Z and the standard definition CAMPx WDR MiiDome. The cameras employ H. 264 compression and have wide dynamic range video capture ideal for variably lit areas such as retail stores and bank branches.
Although IP camera and IP-based NVRs have been around for nearly seven years now, it has only been in the last three to four years that they have enjoyed more widespread adoption, according to Ed Fitchett, president of Fitch Surveillance Systems Inc. in Toronto.
“I think 2013 will be the turn-around year for IP cameras,” he said. “A 2011 industry survey indicated that for the first time in five years, sales of IP cameras equaled those of analog units. This year IP will likely surpass analog.”
He said adoption is being diven by customers, even in the SMB sector, who are specifying high-resolution and high-definition cameras.