US Government Looks to Apple for Surveillance Network
An unspecified "large government entity" is going with a Mac solution for a video surveillance network, according to a piece in Security Systems News
... and the vendor cites the fact that with "Apple they couple the Unix reliability with a world-class user interface" as a reason why the Mac OS X-based system wins out over Red Hat Linux.
, a video management software manufacturer that makes solutions for both Red Hat Linux and Apple operating environments, along with Windows. Chris Gettings, VideoNEXT's CEO and president, notes that his Mac OS and Unix/Linux installations are most attractive to government clients because they don't "have some of the memory-leak issues that seem to plague different versions of the Windows systems. The reason why the Mac-based solutions are gaining a foothold with government is because of the ease of use of the operating system. "With Apple they couple the Unix reliability with a world-class user interface," Gettings notes. Thatís the stumbling block on Red Hat. Itís a little bit complicated ... The user interface for Apple is marvelous. Itís so easy to use and intuitive. Itís the hallmark of the platform.Ē
The Siemens salesperson that got the mac system into the unnamed government organization recounts that the requirements were "low bandwidth, and I need to make sure nothing is going to hack into my network via your system." The salesperson says that "viruses, hacking, all of those things are dramatically minimized with Apple and it eliminates a lot of those challenges.Ē
Price has often been held up as a reason why government - with its reliance on low-bid contracts - has been reluctant to go with Apple. VideoNEXT's Gettings made the point that the hardware consistency on the Apple side makes his systems operate in a much more stable way. Gettings recounts how he ordered two Dell servers two weeks apart and discovered an undocumented change in one component degraded his system performance. Gettings claims that he can run up to fifty cameras on a Dell or HP server, but with a similarly scaled Apple system, he can run sixty.
Single anecdotes don't often count for much when it comes to the market as a whole. However, in the often monolithic and conservative government procurement environment, one high-profile success could lead to a shift in attitudes that could make for a significant change.