IC Realtime Brings Verizon 4G LTE & Cloud to Surveillance
At ISC 2013, IC Realtime demo'd new iOS and native Mac apps, plus partnership with Verizon that allows dealers to earn RMR on 4G LTE service. Plus ... building a better hog trap.
Julie Jacobson · April 17, 2013
In just a few short years, IC Realtime has grown from nothing to the #1 brand among CE pros who install security cameras and DVRs/NVRs. Now the CCTV company offers even more with its new cloud-based networked video recorder, native Apple Macintosh application, improved iOS app, and an important partnership with Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ).
When we visited IC Realtime earlier this year at CES 2013, the company showed a few innovations that were quite important, but somewhat expected of a robust surveillance system.
First, the company launched its first cloud-based storage solution, iVault, to complement its flagship on-site hard-drive DVRs. The system is important not only for backing up footage in case the local DVRs die, but also for simplifying remote monitoring and control of a surveillance system.
Next, IC Realtime endeared itself to Mac users everywhere by creating a native application for Safari – no need to run parallel apps, as many manufacturers require.
At the same time, the CCTV company launched rich iOS and Android apps that allow users to manage system back-up, view cameras, control pan-tilt-zoom and access virtually every other function that is available from a computer.
But perhaps the most interesting new development is IC Realtime’s partnership with Verizon, as demonstrated at the recent ISC West conference in Las Vegas.
Through the Verizon Partner Program, IC Realtime can resell the provider’s 4G LTE service, providing a new source of recurring monthly revenue (RMR) for dealers.
Currently, IC Realtime is not embedding 4G communications directly into its cameras but that’s the plan; for now the company is using external 3G/4G-enabling devices, with drivers for many off-the-shelf modems.
We have noted in the past that 4G-enabled surveillance is one of the most compelling reasons for a cloud-based monitoring and control solution – remote 4G cameras can be aggregated in the cloud with local cameras (and controls) to present a unified interface across a variety of smart devices.
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Ultimately, IC Realtime will create a consumer-friendly 4G camera to be sold through Verizon stores.
“The plan is to go through retail,” says IC Realtime’s Chris Callaway, who notes that the company needs to prepare for “the daunting task of supporting consumers.”
Building a Better Hog Trap
At ISC 2013, IC Realtime demonstrated one implementation of its 4G surveillance solution: the Wild Hog Trap Management System, created for the state of Tennessee to manage the pesky hog population.
For the task, IC Realtime and its sister company M2M Advisors created a special camera box with four PIR sensors built in – special sensors that are unaffected by the sun, and sensitive only to hog activity.
“We tried every PIR imaginable,” says M2M’s Adam Cohen.
Rather than standing around and monitoring the hog pen, Tennessee wildlife officers now can be alerted immediately when a hog enters the area, check the cameras remotely, and drop the gate.
In addition to the hog-trap product, IC Realtime and M2M Advisors are rolling out a variety of covert 4G camera systems starting at $1,995 – cameras built into faux “Danger High Voltage” boxes, construction cones and fake meters, for starts.
The company also is offering a NEMA 3R-rated line of solar-powered, UPS-enabled enclosures.
Also at ISC West, IC Realtime showed a prototype WiFi-, Ethernet- or 4G-enabled outdoor camera with a dome that rotates through a wiper to maintain a clear view at all times.
IC Realtime recently opened a 20,000-square-foot integration center in Pompano Beach, Fla., and the company plans to open a center in Arizona later this year.
The centers showcase IC Realtime’s robust integration with virtually all the major home control brands. Now the company will add Verizon 4G LTE to the showcase.
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at email@example.com
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