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Just walk into a Best Buy and look at all the digital cameras in the aisles.  Not too long ago, these aisles were not overcome by the digital revolution.  Good old fashioned film cameras filled the shelves--those that produced negatives or slides that you actually had to develop!

Pictured above is a traditional film camera manufactured by Nikon.

You remember, right?  Take a shot and hope for the best.  Travel halfway around the world to witness a rare bird, for instance, then hope that you got the right shots, in the right light, with no blurriness, etc.  We had to pay for all those bad shots that didn't come out well while hoping for the golden one or two that we were proud of.

 Anyway, I digress.  My point is, why did it take so long for digital to take over?  Some might be asking the same questions about security cameras.

 Pictured above is an Megapixel (network) camera manufactured by Arecont.

Network video surveillance cameras are finally set to surpass their analog predecessors in terms of sales.  This will occur in 2014 according to a recently released IMS Research report as reported in the September 2011 edition of Security Systems News magazine (

And it's not just from the growth of the network market, which consists of IP video cameras and megapixel cameras as well.  It's also due to the decline of the analog sales.  According to the report, "the transition in terms of the shipments of networks cameras themselves will not occur until 'far beyond' 2014."

IMS's Gary Wong states that manufacturers are to credit for the rise in network sales due to their prioritizing the equipment over analog.  This results in greater product variety and availability.

Wong also says that mid and enterprise-level are most responsible for network video surveillance sales increases.  Usually with electronic equipment such as cell phones, the low end (consumer) market makes up most of sales, but not in this case.

"With regard to declining demand, in a rather perverse way, the economic downturn may have also served to accelerate the transition from analog to network with end users raising return-on-investment and future proofing on their list of priorities," says Wong.

According to Wong, two things that still need to be overcome are price and end user education.  But he does state that in recent years, the level of education has increased.

So if you're a facilities manager, security director or other person in charge of security decisions, think of issues such as video footage quality--specifically when it's time to hand it over to the police.  Can the thieves be identified?  Has the money you've invested been able to produce a discernable video clip?

This may not be the case with analog.  But with network equipment, the odds are stacked more in your favor. 

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