The Next Wave of Technology in Video Surveillance

Expert tips on DVRs versus IP video surveillance.


Roger Finger, Principal and Senior Consultant at systems integrator IP Pro Tech in Oregon, a Certified Milestone Partner, has this interview published this spring in Security Dealer magazine and on www.securityinfowatch.com:

Q. What is the best transition strategy for companies that already own DVR systems?

A. We often encounter companies that have an existing DVR system and lots of analog cameras already in place. They can switch over to IP video now by running the analog cameras through a video encoder. It's a short term strategy, but a good way to preserve the existing investment. Or, they can start small by adding megapixel cameras on high value areas like merchandise racks or bank teller lines. IP video systems scale beautifully.

Q. Since IP Pro Tech is a company specializing in IP video surveillance, how do you overcome the cost argument?

A. We constantly fight the battle of analog versus digital in the customer's mind. The industry is in a state of transition right now. The DVR guys are going to come in a little bit cheaper than IP video, so we have to justify why IP systems are worth a premium price.

It's all about return on investment (ROI). This system will be in place for approximately 5-10 years. What is the likelihood that you will experience a loss during that period? When you amortize the purchase over a 5 year life cycle, the cost differences between DVR and IP video vanish and the real question becomes ‘How well is this system doing its job?

Lately, with the megapixel cameras, we have a very dramatic talking point. We liken it to HDTV. If you were going out to buy a camera right now for personal use, what would you buy? You would buy a digital camera, of course, and with the most pixels you possibly could. Would you buy a VCR or a DVD player? Of course, you would buy the DVD.

It's the same thing with IP video surveillance systems. You can buy a DVR now, but you know you're at the tail-end of that technology lifecycle. In the long run you get better value with the IP approach because you are investing for the future.


Q. You seem to be a forward thinker, so what is the next big opportunity?

A. The next big opportunity will be the integration of IP video with access control. IP Pro Tech is beginning to offer these types of IP access control systems. The most obvious application is secure door entry with a remote key lock that triggers the IP video camera, either taking snapshots of people as they badge in or from a central security desk buzzing people in after monitoring that they are who they should be. This integrated solution is relevant for lots of government accounts, secure IT facilities, and educational institutions.

A. We constantly fight the battle of analog versus digital in the customer's mind. The industry is in a state of transition right now. The DVR guys are going to come in a little bit cheaper than IP video, so we have to justify why IP systems are worth a premium price. It's all about return on investment (ROI). This system will be in place for approximately 5-10 years. What is the likelihood that you will experience a loss during that period? When you amortize the purchase over a 5 year life cycle, the cost differences between DVR and IP video vanish and the real question becomes ‘How well is this system doing its job?' Lately, with the megapixel cameras, we have a very dramatic talking point. We liken it to HDTV. If you were going out to buy a camera right now for personal use, what would you buy?
 
You would buy a digital camera, of course, and with the most pixels you possibly could. Would you buy a VCR or a DVD player? Of course, you would buy the DVD. It's the same thing with IP video surveillance systems. You can buy a DVR now, but you know you're at the tail-end of that technology lifecycle. In the long run you get better value with the IP approach because you are investing for the future. A. The next big opportunity will be the integration of IP video with access control. IP Pro Tech is beginning to offer these types of IP access control systems. The most obvious application is secure door entry with a remote key lock that triggers the IP video camera, either taking snapshots of people as they badge in or from a central security desk buzzing people in after monitoring that they are who they should be. This integrated solution is relevant for lots of government accounts, secure IT facilities, and educational institutions.


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