The true cost of IP-based video
Analog systems might have lower initial costs, but look long-term for real savings.
Many buildings today still have the same access control, alarm panels, intercom and closed-circuit TV (CCTV) systems they had in the 1990s. After Sept. 11, 2001, however, renewed emphasis was placed on how to better secure buildings, borders and assets. Today, many facilities managers are using high-tech cameras and video analytics to protect assets. Most of these systems are based on digital video recorders (DVRs), which are called hybrid systems: taking analog video streams, digitizing and packetizing them so they can be viewed over a network.
The next evolution in IP video surveillance is the network video recorder (NVR). NVRs are the first open system, IP-based solutions, since they are digital from system core to the edge. Recent industry reports conclude that an average of 15 percent to 20 percent of video surveillance installations are true IP-based solutions. Another 50 percent of video surveillance installations are based on DVR technology.
In the physical security market today, the key questions are what percentage of DVR-based installations will migrate to true IP-based solutions and how quickly? End-users and integrators alike tend to focus on initial overall system cost to determine their technology options and ultimately how much IP they install. Initial cost tells only half of the story and can be misleading.
The true cost of ownership should be evaluated to ensure a valid comparison.