According to anIMS Research forecast, 2013 will be the tipping point wherein networked or IP video surveillance equipment sales will overtake analog video surveillance equipment sales. This certainly is no surprise for those of us working in the field, as we’ve experienced first hand how the shift from analog to IP is increasingly gaining traction and penetration in the market.
There is no question as to the benefits that IP video provides. It breaks past the NTSC barrier, while enabling the use of HD and megapixel IP cameras, and many other advanced capabilities. It also gives organizations much more flexibility, along with the ability to reduce their TCO (total cost of ownership) as they boost the efficacy of their existing infrastructure.
Today the question for most organizations is no longer if the switch to IP is worthwhile, but which migration strategy should be employed to make it happen. Fortunately for Security and IT departments looking to migrate to IP video there are paths that don’t require organizations to rip and replace existing systems. Instead, they can leverage their infrastructure and make the switch in steps. In fact, there is more than one way to do this.
For example, one option would be to replace existing DVRs with multi-channel network IP video encoders. The encoders can send the digitized video over the network to a set of NVRs, while the analog switch is replaced by the IP network switch and video management software. Another option is through the use of hybrid recorders, which use video recorded by analog cameras and apply IP capabilities ‘on the edge,’ or from the hybrid recorder.
Even better news; organizations aren’t limited by these two options.In my article, ‘VMS Migration Strategies: Finding the Right One for You,’ you’ll be able to read more about the options I mention above and others. Whatever option is the right one for your organization, you can take comfort in knowing that you won’t have to break the bank to benefit from today’s advanced IP video capabilities.
Source: IMS Research, IP Trends in Security – A Survey of Systems Integrators and Installers in Europe and North America– 2012 Edition