John Romanowich is the president and CEO of SightLogix, a manufacturer of automated outdoor video surveillance systems for perimeter and buffer zone security. His business and technical background includes post graduate studies at Rutgers Graduate School of Management, Columbia University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a former executive director and co-founder of Pyramid Vision Technologies (Sarnoff spinoff), a pioneer in intelligent video surveillance now owned by L3 Communications. He has also held management positions with Intel, IBM and the Sarnoff Corporation in video related technologies.
We spoke with Romanowich to get his perspective on the state of the industry relative to the professional security industry’s migration to an IP platform, justifying system acquisitions and emerging trends. His observations follow.
In the next 5-10 years, we’ll see more video surveillance cameras being automated, unlocking tremendous value for the $100 billion manpower market. At the same time, the costs to produce such “smart” systems will decrease to the point at which they become negligible relative to the value unlocked. The process of detection, which is now being performed by people, will be achieved by intelligent sensors that excel at determining – with great accuracy – if and when a security violation has occurred. Automation frees people to focus their attention where it is best suited, on making the appropriate response decisions.
We’re already seeing advancements in smart sensor technologies, which help personnel to make better decisions with greater efficiency. This is especially important when protecting large areas, such as those outdoors. These smarter systems are leveraging existing IT platforms as a standard business function with measurable accountability. Moving forward, as more sophisticated sensor technologies emerge and move onto the network, security systems will come to be managed just as any other information system, supported by the IT function, just as other departments across the enterprise are supported by IT today (e.g., accounting, manufacturing, CRM, etc.).
John Romanowich of SightLogix predicts that:1. The number of automated video
surveillance cameras will increase.
2. Smart sensor technologies will increasingly help manage security systems.
3. The key to ROI in security is automation.
4. Outsourcing security systems the way we outsource network operations today will shift capital expenses to operational expenses.