Multi-sensor panoramic cameras are the fastest growing IP camera category recently. The predicted compound annual growth rate of 180- and 360-degree cameras for 2014 to 2019 is almost 30%. This is ahead of the figures given for boxed and fixed dome IP cameras. This rapid growth rate shows that there is still an upside in the market for these solutions.
However, all the benefits that these cameras can bring also come with their own specific set of requirements that may pose as challenges or difficulties to their application. Thus, it is necessary for installers and integrators to weigh the benefits against potential problems.
Bandwidth and Storage Concerns
Users want to deploy more cameras on their network and need to minimize storage and bandwidth costs.Storage can make up 30 to 50% of the total cost of a video surveillance project, often surpassing the cost of the cameras themselves or the VMS system licenses.
The ability of users to use different camera streams for different purposes such as low resolution for the video wall or when streaming to multiple users. Conversely, high resolution recording can take place during specific events based on event-based camera templates.
Weighing the Pros and Cons
Panoramic cameras give them many advantages, but they are not the only solution available out in the market. Although they are capable of enhancing situational awareness, they have limitations when it comes to close ranges. Users are encouraged to test the cameras before they make a purchase to make sure the cameras can meet their requirements.