• Raising the bar for fully integrated video surveillance solutions

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ASK THE EXPERT Stuart Rawling, director of partnering and integration for Pelco by Schneider Electric and part of the Pelco family for over 10 years, focuses on advancing company-wide product integration objectives. In 2012, Rawling was elected as the vice chairman of Open Network Video Interface Forum s 9 (ONVIF s) communication committee group.

Q: Why is integration important in the video surveillance industry? What are the benefits?

A: Integration of surveillance and security products enable operators to easily access shared information from physical security devices and optimize system effectiveness. Plus, video surveillance systems are more efficient and intelligent through integration. For example, combining video with access control and/or building management systems gives security operators broader views into what is occurring or has occurred, simplifying decision-making. And because integration equals flexibility, customers can include cameras, recorders, and other elements in their installations.

Q: Why is Pelco committed to product integration?

A: Users want interoperability, so we build solutions that can be pieced together with products from other manufacturers. Our customers appreciate the flexibility and integration capabilities of Pelco products, so our team focuses 100 percent on building best of breed tools that are easy to integrate. We keep pace with the rapidly-evolving video market to give customers the most flexibility when choosing best-of-breed solutions, including involvement with industry alliances such as ONVIF, the global leading standardization initiative for IP-based physical security products. Integration and interoperability are keys to our long-term vision and product development strategy, so we continue to invest in growing our integration support and development teams.

Q: What is Partner First?

A: It’s our groundbreaking technology partnership programme that enables us to forge mutually-beneficial relationships with other manufacturers. It allows our development teams to work together with them to ensure a high level of interoperability between video surveillance products and joint solution deployments.

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