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Why Everyone (Now Crestron too) Likes to Integrate with Lilin Cameras & NVRs

Lilin processes video within the cameras and NVRs themselves, making it faster and easier to create drivers, but don’t call them ‘drivers.’ New products at ISE 2015.


Lilin's Jason Hill rockin' the camo cam at ISE 2015.

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Julie Jacobson · February 11, 2015

Merit Lilin has been in the CCTV business for three decades but it’s only been in the last few years that the company has come on strong in the custom integration business.

Initially partnering with Control4 for home automation, Lilin now offers Crestron drivers for its cameras and NVRs, and the rest of the major home control companies will have them soon.

One of the most recent drivers is for Lilin’s new 360-degree camera. But don’t call it a driver. The term irks group vice president Jason Hill, who told us at ISE 2015 that integration doesn’t require laborious “drivers” to make the product work with third-party control systems.

That’s because all of the data-crunching for the camera—including some pretty complicated algorithms for video analytics and de-warping—occurs in the camera itself, meaning the technology is attached to any Lilin “driver” written for third-party controllers.

Lilin has the hooks for companies like Control4 – and most recently Crestron – to latch onto Lilin cameras and their software.

Lilin Loves the Custom Install Channel

Well established in the security industry, Lilin kind of lucked into the integration business, Hill says.

“I guess we’re really good at this but we didn’t really know it.”

While Panasonic used to dominate the CCTV category among home systems integrators, their disappearance opened the doors wide for a good surveillance company that would pay attention to the channel.

“We’re the only manufacturer really putting an effort into this sector,” Hill says. “We love it.”

VIEW LILIN CAMS IN THE SLIDESHOW BELOW

At ISE 2015, Lilin is showing its new custom-finished camera housing (like camouflage), the new 360-degree product, and a pinhole camera that few others offer.

“There are only three pinhole cameras that use IP,” Hill says. “And no one else has one that supports custom integration.”

The cameras came in two parts: the head and the base, where the video is processed. One wire connects the head and base, which can be powered via PoE or standard electric.

Lilin at ISE 2015: Stand 10-N114 (Control4)
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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at jjacobson@ehpub.com

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