Pelco by Schneider Electric, and Cisco at ASIS 2009 announced a strategic technology agreement to pursue the joint development of new high-definition (HD) Internet Protocol (IP) video security cameras built upon Pelco's Sarix technology platform. The new co-branded video security cameras will bring together Pelco's imaging with Cisco's IP networking expertise to deliver the next generation of high-definition IP video security cameras. These cameras will be sold globally by Cisco Authorized Technology Providers and are currently projected to be available from the end of 2009.

"The combination of Cisco's IP networking expertise and Pelco's imaging expertise is a win-win for customers. After conducting an extensive evaluation of current technologies, we found that Pelco has developed one of the most advanced IP HD imaging systems in the global security marketplace," explains Bill Stuntz, general manager and vice president of the Cisco Physical Security business unit. "When this product has been provided, we can take advantage of our expertise to deliver best-in-class solutions for customers."

According to Pelco President and CEO Dean Meyer, "Pelco and Cisco are natural partners to help drive the next generation of physical security systems. We're excited to work closely with Cisco to combine their deep understanding of IP networks with Pelco's industry-leading Sarix technology to drive innovative HD IP camera development for the global security market. Our shared commitment to our customers and proven success in working together will allow us to deliver new features and capabilities that meet the needs of today's safety and security professionals."

Pelco will initially supply Cisco with a complete line of HD imaging technologies that will be used to extend Cisco's existing camera line and network-centric video surveillance systems. Cameras co-branded by Cisco and Pelco will feature the powerful functionality of Sarix technology, including full-frame-rate video, H.264 compression, advanced low-light performance, embedded analytics, auto focus, and easy installation. As joint development proceeds, best-in-class IP networking features will be embedded into the co-branded cameras.

This agreement is the latest collaborative effort between Schneider Electric and Cisco.