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Here’s why 2022 looks promising for Meraki IoT and physical security partners

Demand for IoT and video surveillance systems is exploding, and Meraki has the right solutions.

December 28, 2021

Here’s why 2022 looks promising for Meraki IoT and physical security partners
Multiple intersecting trends, ranging from growing cybersecurity concerns to the rapid adoption of 5G networks, is driving significant changes in the Internet of Things (IoT) sector. According to Fortune Business Insights, the IoT market is forecast to grow at a 25.4% CAGR, increasing from $381 billion in 2021 to $1.8 trillion in 2028.
Taking a look at Cisco’s decision to discontinue several of its IP video surveillance cameras (e.g., 3000-, 6000-, 7000- and 8000-series IP cameras) might lead some to think it’s moving aware from this space. However, nothing could be further from the truth. “The company is transitioning its physical security cameras exclusively to Meraki,” says Dan Stewart, Senior Business Transformation Engineer for Cisco Solutions at Ingram Micro.
A case in point is the Meraki MV2, announced in June. The MV2 combines a compact, flexible, and easy-to-deploy design with enterprise-grade security and analytics, making it accessible to businesses of all sizes, including small business customers. In addition, wireless mobile onboarding and USB-C power speed up deployments so customers can get smart physical security where it’s needed, fast. This simplicity also makes the MV2 ideal for organizations looking to expand coverage areas for ecosystem applications, like safe occupancy in the workplace or providing retail insights.
“Another case in point is the Meraki MV52, an ultra-long-range telephoto bullet camera announced last month,” says Stewart. “Combining the long-seeing lens and 4K video resolution, the MV52 delivers the enhanced detail needed to monitor roadways, capture license plates, secure perimeters and open areas and create safe environments.”
Additionally, the MV52 has a built-in 12V DC input for areas without AC power and can connect wirelessly to provide flexible connectivity options. And with 1TB of onboard storage, the camera allows for 170+ days of 24/7 storage, exceeding the most stringent industry regulation demands.
Creating a camera-first experience
While capturing video is a critical first step in physical security, it’s also vital to react and respond to events quickly. That’s where the Meraki Vision portal comes in. The Vision Portal enhances video access for camera users, accelerating investigation and incident response. “Physical security teams can now access the portal directly from vision.meraki.com, saving time compared to accessing through the Meraki dashboard,” says Stewart.
Meraki also updated the Vision portal with new capabilities, including:
  • Camera field of view on floorplan to improve navigation between cameras
  • New motion search functionality to more quickly find and review activity
  • Expanded export capabilities, including video wall exports, a global exports page, and a “combine exports” feature to aid in sharing video
These enhancements improve safety and security by streamlining, gathering and sharing video evidence and speeding incident resolution.
A complete solution
Today, physical security teams are increasingly tasked with expanding responsibilities, particularly managing new health and safety protocols while dealing with constrained budgets. Faced with a need to secure more with less, adaptability and agility are critical capabilities. Meraki MV smart cameras, Meraki MT (MT10, MT11, MT12 and MT20) sensors and the Meraki cloud-first platform provide a flexible and intelligent solution to create safe environments.
Another benefit of going with Meraki is integrating seamlessly with the Cisco ecosystem.  For example, suppose your customers want to capture metrics such as people counting, dwell times, object detection and room utilization. In that case, you can bundle cameras or access points with a Cisco DNA subscription (CCW SKU: MERAKI-DNAS-T-BUN).
Finally, Meraki smart cameras’ performance has been proven by leading analysts. For example, a study conducted by Forrester Consulting showed that Meraki MVs deliver:
  • A three-year 43% return on investment with a payback period of 10 months
  • Up to 75% savings in maintenance costs
  • Up to 60% reduction of video storage costs compared to legacy on-premises video surveillance systems
  • Up to a 98% time savings to access and share video footage compared to their previous system
With Meraki, physical security teams can operate more efficiently, eliminate complexity, and respond to new challenges. Meraki’s lineup of smart cameras, IoT sensors and the Vision portal extends physical security and IoT across more people, places, and things. 
Contact the Ingram Micro Business Transformation Center to see how these technologies can help your organization capitalize on this lucrative opportunity. To schedule a demo, enablement or training contact Dan Stewart and for sales-specific questions, contact Kevin Wills.