The Time Has Come for IP Storage

Make Use of Existing Infrastructure
Best of all, DVR upgrades make use of existing infrastructure – cabling, cameras, DVRs and software – while adding support for IP cameras, NVRs, VMS and PSIM systems. That is a strong competitive advantage for the integrator, and an opportunity to lower prices while increasing margins. For the customer, it also is a first step into IP. Multiple DVRs can share the upgrade’s IP storage, and NVRs, cameras and other IP devices can be integrated into the solution seamlessly.[IMAGE]dvr2.jpg[/IMAGE]

For either of these approaches to work, it is very important to select the right storage. Common off the shelf components assembled by the integrator can be complex and risky, especially for ongoing maintenance. 

Similarly, buying a generic IT solution is often not appropriate for video needs. IT products are designed for applications like databases and E-mail, with a balance of reads (playback) and writes (recording), and with frequent system downtime for maintenance activities. Video surveillance, however, is typically a non-stop, continuous recording model, with only intermittent playback for analysis after an incident has occurred. This disparity in workload results in poor results from IT solutions, which are designed not for video but for word processing and email.

Finding Flexible Video Storage
IT products range from desktop PCs and servers through to data center systems, and are often not intended for a cramped closet with other security gear. The best video storage is flexible enough to offer edge recording for local needs such as a bank branch or retail outlet, and be able to upload retained video to central security centers for long-term storage or rapid analysis. They also are able to be an archive solution for one or more DVRs and NVRs, such as video backup, or to support live streaming video from IP cameras and NVRs.

Thus, it is important that regardless of the vendor selected, integrators should choose storage designed for video use. The best is designed with the security practitioner in mind, with setup using familiar terms such as number of cameras, frame rate, resolution and desired retention period, instead of complex IT terminology.

Proven integration with cameras, video management systems, and physical security information management systems eliminates installation risk for the integrator. Additional support of access control, life safety, biometrics, video analytics, and other physical security applications allows the video storage to support other physical security applications for further benefits and cost savings while opening up new opportunities to the integrator.

Whether to increase and extend the life of existing DVRs, or for new all-IP deployments, shared video storage is a strong competitor for the attention of security integrators. By leveraging this new technology, integrators can win more business and retain more margin than ever before.

Jeff Whitney is Vice President of  Marketing for Intransa.

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