Pre-Loaded VMS Gives Integrators New Solutions for Small Installations

And why the savings from IT-based white-box servers can actually hurt your bottom line.

Pre-Loaded VMS Gives Integrators New Solutions for Small Installations

Cost vs. Performance

With surveillance systems potentially costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, small businesses must often sacrifice the quality of the system for white-box solutions. Picture quality, system flexibility, and scalability prove to be superior using IP-based systems, however, far too often, integrators rely on low-cost IT-based servers to satisfy small installations. Not to mention, implementing video management software (VMS) with outdated or low-quality white-box solutions will succumb to severe video latency.

As video surveillance becomes more advanced, integrating video analytics has become common practice. Now, not only will video systems monitor customer activity, they will recognize patterns in the way people shop, browse, and move about the store. These insights allow small businesses to place in-store displays in high traffic areas helping turn passive surveillance into an active revenue generating tool.

Additionally, advanced video systems can alert store owners and employees if a customer appears to need help, identify potential shoplifting, and help optimize store layouts to maximize profitability.

Most integrators are tempted to cut costs for small installations by turning to the short-term savings associated with white-box servers. These front-end savings quickly deteriorate, however, as the cheap IT-based white-box servers fail to meet the high throughput requirements associated with IP video. While tempting to cut costs on smaller project installations, integrators need to focus on identifying quality NVR servers capable of operating at a high-rate well into the future.

Pre-loaded VMS Streamlines Small Project Installation

The pressure that integrators face to keep costs down leads to the acceptance of low-quality white-box servers. While the use of cheap servers may be trending upward in large data centers, they predictably fail when attempting to run IP video. Bought strictly on price, white-box servers become an expensive liability.

When upgrading an ineffective video system, a new network architecture needs to be created. Usually, this means switching from DVR to NVR servers. This transition adds scalability and significantly increases throughput. By pre-loading NVRs with the VMS of the integrator’s choice, there is no need to wait for parts to arrive and delay the installation any further. When done properly, integrators will be able to arrive on-site with a complete plug-and-play solution.

Any VMS on Any Server — Preloaded

All BCDVideo servers can be preloaded with the VMS of the integrator’s choice. This makes them well suited for any IP video surveillance application. They can be used as a unified security solution or as a stand-alone platform for video storage, access control, or license plate recognition. No matter the brand of VMS, BCDVideo servers offer significantly higher performance standards than any other server.

BCDVideo products have always been made to support maximum I/O video bandwidth. This allows for more video ingestion and cameras per server than any other manufacturer in the security marketplace. In addition to needing fewer servers for any project size, the BCDVideo recording platform is custom-built as a cost-effective unit for the lifetime of the security system.

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