What is an appliance?
“Appliance” is a common term in English, used in daily language, which is often translated as “device” or “application”. In the IT world however, “appliance” is a technical term. An appliance is distinguished by the fact that it offers an optimal interaction between hard- and software, that means hardware and software are perfectly adapted to each other. An appliance is no “all-rounder”, but instead is intended for a single task area – that is controlled perfectly. Take an everyday example: With your washing machine, you neither telephone nor make coffee. But for washing your jeans, there is nothing better suited for it than the washing machine.
Special appliance for video surveillance
In IT there are standard appliances such as mail-, spam- or firewall appliances. Similar to this, Dallmeier has developed a VideoIP appliance, which is specially designed for video surveillance purposes; for example via an elaborate hardware concept with extremely fail-safe components or with hard disks, which are optimised for continuous operation (24/7) and for saving image data. For you can easily imagine that an appliance which is designed for handling emails for example, cannot process large image data.
With the VideoIP appliance Smatrix Dallmeier has not taken a server or storage “off the shelf” and used it for video surveillance (a purpose that it was not intended for); instead the device is developed and designed from scratch for its specific assignment. And of course, the Smatrix, like the complete product range, is produced in Germany.