Digital video recorders (DVRs)(2,107)
VIVOTEK’s IP9191-HT is a professional H.265 box network camera providing true 3840x2160 resolution at 30 fps. With ultra HD resolution, 30 frames per second, and VIVOTEK’s SNV and WDR Pro technologies, this camera is capable of delivering clear, detailed images in a variety of challenging applications such as city surveillance, transportation and industrial monitoring. VIVOTEK's in-house algorithm brings video compression to next level. With VIVOTEK’s Smart Stream III technology, the IP9191-HT is capable of delivering excellent images while keeping bandwidth and storage consumption at extremely low levels, even smaller than typical 2-Megapixel image size. The IP9191-HT is further equipped with an i-CS (intelligent-CS mount) lens with LSC (Lens Shading Correction) and LDC (Lens Distortion Correction) calibration functions to obtain even better images. When combined with remote focus system, these features enable installers to adjust zoom/focus remotely. These function-rich combinations make the IP9191-HT suitable for a wide range of video surveillance applications. When housed inside the AE Series Enclosures, the IP9191-HT is excellent for long-range outdoor applications. Furthermore, when equipped with the 12-50mm AL-248 lens, the IP9191-HT is an ideal camera that could deliver exceptional images even from surveillance targets that are over 100 meters away.
The Avigilon AI Appliance adds patented Avigilon self-learning video analytics and Avigilon Appearance Search technology to almost any IP camera. When connected to Avigilon Control Center (ACC) software, customers can evolve legacy camera systems into powerful AI solutions, with automatic alerts of potentially critical events and the ability to search for and locate a person or vehicle of interest across an entire site. Engineered for high performance, capacity and resiliency, the AI Appliance will be offered in two models and features leading CPU and GPU hardware that simultaneously support Avigilon video analytics and Avigilon Appearance Search technology for up to sixty 2 MP resolution cameras.
The Contera® Indoor Dome megapixel camera features 1080p and 5-megapixel (MP) resolution for optimum performance. The Contera Indoor Dome combines a day/night mechanical IR cut filter with an integrated motorized remote focus and zoom varifocal lens for excellent, optimal image quality. Regardless of the time of day, the Contera Indoor Dome is prepared for any lighting condition. For applications with poor lighting conditions, Enhanced WDR™ (wide dynamic range) at 120dB provides the best visual balance to shaded and bright light conditions. For clear color images in low-light, NightView™ offers strong low-light sensitivity for capturing details in extremely poor-lit scenes. Built-in Smart IR LED illumination automatically adjusts output in response to the distance of an object in view to prevent over-exposure when the object is very close to the camera. The SD card slot supports up to 256GB of storage capacity for convenient onboard storage. The camera’s power can be supplied via a Power-over-Ethernet (PoE - IEEE 802.3af) compliant network cable connection. The Contera Indoor Dome is ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) Profile S and G compliant, providing interoperability between network video products regardless of manufacturer.
The Evolution 180 Outdoor Camera is built upon Oncam’s expertise and heritage on 360-degree technology. It is specifically designed for applications that require a dewarped panoramic view of an outdoor scene, without blind spots, from a single sensor camera. The 12MP high-resolution sensor and the built-in 3D dewarped panoramic video provides industry leading Panoramic+ views. The true day/night functionality allows images to be produced in all lighting conditions, including additional IR lighting. The camera is IP66, IP67, IP68, IP69K and IK10+ rated, making it a robust design. Its versatile enclosure enables wall and pendant mounting, while the integrated adjustable mounting allows for an angling of up to 45°. When angled, Oncam’s Angle Compensation Technology (ACT) corrects the view, straightening vertical lines in the scene.
The Contera® Micro Bullet outdoor-ready megapixel camera features 1080p and 5-megapixel (MP) resolution for optimum performance. The Contera Micro Bullet combines a day/night mechanical IR cut filter with an integrated 3.6mm lens. Regardless of the time of day, the Contera Micro Bullet is prepared for any lighting condition. For applications with poor lighting conditions, Enhanced WDR™ (wide dynamic range) at 120dB provides the best visual balance to shaded and bright light conditions. For clear color images in low-light, NightView™ offers strong low-light sensitivity for capturing details in extremely poor-lit scenes, and is further enhanced by built-in Smart IR LED illumination that automatically adjusts output in response to the distance of an object in view to prevent over-exposure when the object is very close to the camera. The Contera Micro Bullet is ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) Profile S compliant, providing interoperability between network video products regardless of manufacturer.
The IDIS 12MP Super Fisheye camera delivers 360° HD surveillance, with clear identification from center to edge and wall to wall. Built-in IR LEDs ensure nearly 50-ft night visibility, with support for true WDR up to 120dB. It offers camera-side and client-side dewarping (including on smartphones), giving users the widest choice of recording platforms and VMS options. And the groundbreaking ease and accuracy of IDIS's Smart UX Controls v2.0 allows for effortless dewarping, including agile PTZ in a dewarped state. The Super Fisheye also offers the benefit of IDIS Intelligent Codec with MAT, delivering up to 90% storage and bandwidth savings.
System OverviewWith upgraded H.265 encoding technology, Eco-savvy series brings high efficient video compression capability. It can save bandwidth and storage. Meanwhile, the series features starlight, smart IR technology and intelligent image analysis techniques. This series supports reminder function, meanwhile fully protected from dust and water, certified to IP67 and vandal resistant to IK10 standard. Functions ePoE technologyThe ePoE technology of Dahua, designed internally, adopts advanced 2D-PAM3 coding modulation from physical layer, and realizes full duplex transmission over 800 meters at the speed of 10Mbps, or 300 meters at the speed of 100Mbps via Cat 5 or coaxial cable media. Besides, it supports PoE and PoC power supply technology which has greatly simplified construction and wiring. Dahua ePoE technology offer a new way to accomplish long distance transmission between IP camera and network switch. It allows more flexible surveillance system design, improves reliability and saves construction and wiring cost. Starlight TechnologyFeaturing Dahua’s Starlight Technology, this camera is ideal for applications with challenging lighting conditions. Its low-lightperformance delivers usable video with minimal ambient light. Even in extreme low-light conditions, Starlight Technology is capable of delivering color images in near complete darkness . Wide Dynamic RangeThe camera achieves vivid images, even in the most intense contrast lighting conditions, using industry-leading wide dynamic range (WDR) technology. For applications with both bright and low lighting conditions that change quickly, true WDR (120 dB) optimizes both the bright and dark areas of a scene at the same time to provide usable video. Intelligent Video System (IVS)IVS is a built-in video analytic algorithm that delivers intelligent functions to monitor a scene for Tripwire violations, intrusion detection, and abandoned or missing objects. A camera with IVS quickly and accurately responds to monitoring events in a specific area. In addition to scene analytics, the camera supports face detection to quickly capture a face and upload the image to a server. The camera also offers tamper detection by recognizing a dramatic scene change and generating a warning message to inspect the camera. Protection (IP67, IK10, wide voltage)The camera allows for ±30% input voltage tolerance, suitable for the most unstable conditions for outdoor applications. Its 6KV lightning rating provides effective protection for both the camera and its structure against lightning. Subjected and certified to rigorous dust and immersion tests (IP67) and impact tests (IK10), the camera is the choice for installation in even the most unforgiving environments. Smart H.265+Smart H.265+ is the optimized implementation of the H.265 codec that uses a scene-adaptive encoding strategy, dynamic GOP, dynamic ROI, flexible multi-frame reference structure and intelligent noise reduction to deliver high-quality video without straining the network. Smart H.265+ technology reduces bit rate and storage requirements by up to 70% when compared to standard H.265 video compression.
Videotec is launching DELUX, the new imaging and encoding technology for outdoor surveillance that generates incredibly vivid and clear color video images day or night. In particular, thanks to the camera’s increased light sensitivity, the DELUX technology can obtain bright images with well-defined colors in very low light conditions – even typical night-time conditions to 0.006 lux (0.0006 lux in black and white). The technology offers significant advantages for video surveillance in sensitive outdoor areas where it is necessary to identify people, objects, moving vehicles and abnormal events with the highest levels of detail possible at all times, even at night. Developed end to end by Videotec’s R&D team, the new DELUX technology has now been integrated into the ULISSE COMPACT PTZ, the worldwide benchmark for the surveillance of urban and industrial areas, critical infrastructures, transportation, perimeters and borders. The ULISSE COMPACT is a Day/Night, FullHD 1080p camera with a 30x optical zoom and a frame rate of 60fps. It is capable of accurately pinpoint details in any scene – even dynamic, rapidly changing situations. In addition to improved light sensitivity, with outstanding color rendering and greater noise reduction, the DELUX technology has brought new advanced performances to the ULISSE COMPACT, namely in the control of speed proportional to zoom and management of Privacy Masking. ULISSE COMPACT’s robust mechanical construction guarantees unbeatable performance in all weather conditions, – from -40°C to + 60°C – with a rotation speed of up to 200°/s, highly accurate preset positioning, a wiper and an integrated LED illuminator. Thanks to the meticulous care taken in all of the DELUX technology design stages, significant reductions have been made to the costs of this new ULISSE COMPACT model. In addition to the improved performance, this has increased the model’s competitiveness thus responding to customer’s needs and an increasingly selective market.
Avigilon Appearance Search technology is a sophisticated deep learning artificial intelligence (AI) search engine that can sort through hours of recorded video with ease to quickly locate a specific person or vehicle of interest across all cameras on a site. This technology can save time and effort during critical investigations as it intelligently analyzes video data, helping to track a person’s route and identify previous and last-known locations. With the upcoming Avigilon Control Center (ACC) 6.10 video management software, Avigilon Appearance Search technology will allow users to initiate a search for a person by selecting certain specific physical descriptions, including hair and clothing color, gender, and age. The new feature is designed to provide security operators enhanced speed and flexibility when conducting a search for a person.
ConteraCMR® is a full line of cloud managed recorders, with four customizable platform choices. The Compact NVR Server, in a 2U rackmount form factor that can be configured for up to 24TB with optional RAID 5 for a maximum of 64 channels. The online Arecont Vision SysCon System Configurator™ simplifies selecting the best ConteraCMR platform for specific project requirements. All ConteraCMR platforms include a three-year manufacturer’s warranty. Tying the ConteraVMS®, an advanced video management system that can support up to 128 cameras, and Contera CMR platforms together over the cloud is ConteraWS® (web services). ConteraWS enables recording to occur locally on a ConteraCMR platform (or 3rd party compliant server running ConteraVMS software). Local recording eliminates the pitfalls of resolution and framerate restrictions that can limit other solutions. User profiles and cloud information is all stored in the cloud for convenient, remote access and management. Local administration is not required, reducing complexity and staffing needs. Therefore, the Compact NVR Server can be accessed remotely over the local area network just as in a traditional video surveillance solution. The system can be securely reached from anywhere via choice of a full-featured thick client, mobile apps, Apple TV app, and a multi-browser web client. Video also can be stored in the cloud for important clips, then shared as needed. Management is simplified with access to all ConteraCMR platforms via a single sign-on capability. Instant notification of alarm, motion, or system health events are sent to any authorized recipient via smartphone or computer. Software updates can be applied remotely, reducing time and cost to deploy. There is no need for port forwarding or use of a Dynamic Domain Name Service (DDNS). ConteraWS also brings advanced cybersecurity, offering multi-factor authentication, NIST-compliant data encryption, transport layer security, and requiring no open inbound ports. The complete Contera video surveillance solution offers the performance and reliability of local recording with the convenience and flexibility of a cloud application.
DeepSense series products adopt the most advanced AI technologies, including deep learning algorithms that primarily target people and vehicles, which provides higher flexibility and accuracy for end-users. This enables the Dahua DeepSense series to offer various advanced applications such as Face Recognition, ANPR, Metadata, People Counting, traffic data statistics, etc.The complete lineup of Dahua DeepSense includes network (PTZ) cameras, network video recorders, servers, and platform management products. Beyond seeing the world, the power of AI allows devices to perceive the environment and understand the world in a better way. System Overview Face detection AI network camera is designed to focus on the detection of frontal human faces, it adopts high performance smart chip with deep learning technology, which can provide high precision face detection. This product supports real-time face detection, face optimized snapshot, face enhancement and face attributes analysis. Functions Face CaptureFace capture is a software application that automatically captures faces from within a digital image or a video frame from a video source. Dahua cameras use advanced deep learning algorithms and are trained by a large number of face data sources, enabling the camera to locate faces quickly and accurately from the video source and capture facial images. Face AttributesThrough the use of deep learning algorithms to analyze facial images, Dahua cameras can extract six facial attributes from each frame, including gender, age, expression (happy, calm, surprised, sad, and angry), glasses, masks, and mustaches. Customers can acquire data of interest via face attributes statistics. MetadataMetadata is feature attribute information extracted from a target object which can be used for data retrieval. Dahua face recognition camera can extract six facial attributes and output the metadata for analysis. Starlight TechnologyFeaturing Dahua’s Starlight Technology, this camera is ideal for applications with challenging lighting conditions. Its low-lightperformance delivers usable video with minimal ambient light. Even in extreme low-light conditions, Starlight Technology is capable of delivering color images in near complete darkness. Wide dynamic range (WDR)Embeded with industry leading wide dynamic range (WDR) technology, vivid picutures are achieved even in the most intense contrast lighting conditions. For applications with both bright and low lighting conditions that change quickly, True WDR (120dB) optimizes both the bright and dark areas of a scene at the same time to provide usable video. Smart Codec (H.265+ & H.264+)Smart Codec is the optimized implementation of standard video compression (H.265 & H.264) that uses a scene-adaptive encodingstrategy, dynamic GOP, dynamic ROI, flexible multi-frame reference structure and intelligent noise reduction to deliver high-quality video without straining the network. Smart Codec technology reduces bit rate and storage requirements by up to 70% when compared to the standard video compression.
The Contera Bullet outdoor-ready megapixel camera features 1080p and 5-megapixel (MP) resolution for optimum performance. The Contera Bullet combines a day/night mechanical IR cut filter with an integrated motorized 2.7–12mm varifocal remote focus and zoom precision iris (P-iris) lens. Regardless of the time of day, the Contera Bullet is prepared for any lighting condition. For applications with poor lighting conditions, Enhanced WDR™ (wide dynamic range) at 120dB provides the best visual balance to shaded and bright light conditions. For clear color images in low-light, NightView™ offers strong low-light sensitivity for capturing details in extremely poor-lit scenes, and is further enhanced by built-in Smart IR LED illumination that automatically adjusts output in response to the distance of an object in view to prevent over-exposure when the object is very close to the camera. The Contera Bullet is ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) Profile S and G compliant, providing interoperability between network video products regardless of manufacturer.
The WRT-3301 is a dual purpose Wisenet WAVE server and client built into a compact mini-tower form factor. This ready to deploy solution can manage up to 170 Mbps of recording throughput on up to 32TB of storage for a single site, or as an addition to your existing Wisenet WAVE system. Wisenet WAVE VMS (Video Management System) Wisenet WAVE is ideally suited to meet the needs of customers looking for a reasonably priced and easy to use end-to-end video surveillance solution. A highly customizable IP video management platform, WAVE gives users the ability to create tailored network video solutions for any type of project, on any device. With an intuitive interface requiring little to no training, WAVE empowers new and existing Hanwha IP camera users to make the most of their cameras’ advanced features and onboard analytics such as intelligent video analytics (appear, disappear, loitering), market intelligence statistics (queue management) and sound classification (explosion, glass breakage, gun shot and scream detection). WAVE is ONVIF compliant which allows it to support many other ONVIF compliant devices.
New Wisenet Multi-sensor Cameras Hanwha Techwin has expanded its Wisenet multi-sensor camera line with Wisenet PNM-7000VD (2-head). It combines powerful performance at an affordable price. For maximum adaptability, configurable fixed-focus lens/CMOS sensor modules are available in multiple fields of view which can be easily installed onsite. A 2MP lens module is available for the PNM-7000VD, which enables installers to precisely customize the resolution and lens combination for a perfect fit to any environment. The camera brings a new level of quality and value to the multi-directional camera market with high frame-rates, true WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) and a powerful suite of analytics built in. Utilizing a single IP address requires only one VMS license, further reducing the cost to install, service and support. The PNM-7000VD camera is a perfect solution for hospitals, schools and retail and allows for individual on-screen displays and a full suite of video analytics including loitering, directional detection, fog detection, tampering, motion detection, object appearing/disappearing and objects entering or exiting an area. Hallway view aspect ratios are also supported for monitoring of vertical shaped areas.
Hanwha Techwin America continues to be an industry leader with extreme low-light capability due to a 1/2” CMOS sensor and one of the best in class F0.94 lens. extraLUX, is now available for its popular Wisenet X series camera range and is featured in the XNV-6085 (outdoor dome) camera. This extraLUX-enabled camera captures crystal clear, true-color images in low-light conditions without IR LEDs. The XNV-6085 includes a motorized vari-focal lens (4.1mm ~16.4mm) which will allow the user to remotely zoom in/out and focus. It also features full PTRZ (Pan, Tilt, Rotate and zoom) for additional control and positioning. Wisenet X series cameras feature Wisenet 5 technology providing 150dB Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), a comprehensive suite of license-free built-in analytics, enhanced device security and better compression and data transfer performance via Hanwha’s embedded WiseStream II compression technology and H.265 high efficiency encoding.
4 channels, Real Time / Timelapse / Event recording, 4, Inbuilt Multiplexer, 4096 GB storage, 30 fps storage rate, H.264, 1920 x 1080 resolution, USB, G.711, HDD, Recording, Playback, 30, IP ready, 325 x 255 x 55, 1.5, 12 V DC, 10 W, -10 ~ +55 C (14 ~ 131 F), 10 ~ 90Add to Compare
16 channels, Real Time / Timelapse / Event recording, 16, Inbuilt Multiplexer, 16 in, 6 out, 32,768 GB storage, 30 fps storage rate, H.264, 1920 x 1080 resolution, PAL / NTSC, USB, G.711, HDD, Viewing, Recording, Playback, Simulatneous Live, 30, IP ready, 440 x 460 x 89, 6.5, 100 ~ 240 V AC, 40 W, -10 ~ +55 C (14 ~ 131 F), 10 ~ 90Add to Compare
Support HDCVI/Analog/IP Video input H.264 dual-stream encoding HCVR7816S-URH:All channel 1080P real time recording 8 channel synchronous real time playback, GRID interface & smart search 2HDMI/VGA/TV simultaneous video output Support 8 SATA HDDs up to 32TB, 1 eSATA up to 16TB, 4 USB2.0 3D intelligent positioning with Dahua PTZ dome camera ONVIF Version 2.4 conformance Support Multi-brand network cameras: Dahua, Arecont Vision, AXIS, Bosch, Brickcom, Canon, CP Plus, Dynacolor, Honeywell, Panasonic, Pelco, Samsung, Sanyo, Sony, Videosec, Vivotek , and etc. Support RAID0,RAID1,RAID5,RAID10 Support hot-swap HDD Multiple network monitoring: Web viewer, CMS(DSS/Smart PSS) &Smart Phone(DMSS)Add to Compare
Dahua Technology, a manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China, recently announced the launch of XVR which is a true Penta-bird video recorder. Dahua XVR is an ideal one for all recorders which supports 4 mainstream analog camera types in the market as well as IP camera. It offers compatibility as well as storage flexibility. Penta-Brid Dahua XVR is a newly developed HD Video Recorder based on industry leading open structure to be compatible with multiple access technologies. It is the perfect solution to upgrade existing video surveillance systems. XVR supports 4 mainstream analog camera types in the market, not only traditional CVBS (analog) camera, but also HDCVI, AHD and TVI, as well as IP camera. Moreover, XVR recognizes the signal formats from camera automatically, including both Dahua camera and third party camera. True plug & play makes operation more users friendly and convenient. All these features make XVR a true Penta-brid video recorder. Compatibility POC (power over coaxial) helps XVR to simplify users’ network cable construction, eases the wiring of power cable and maximizes users’ benefits. In addition, users can switch video channel type in OSD menu or HDCVI UTC controller. High Performance Dahua XVR changes to a newly designed chassis with low-noise fan and hive structure heat dissipation. Smart H.264+ Codec is applied to XVR to save up to 50% bandwidth and storage. The upgrade of power electronics components and interface protection enhances XVR’s quality in terms of anti-crosstalk, anti-ESD and anti-surge.Add to Compare
4 channels, Real Time / Timelapse / Event recording, Inbuilt Multiplexer, 4,096 GB storage, H.264, 1920× 1080 resolution, PAL / NTSC, USB, G.711, HDD, 30 fps, 260 x 220 x 40, 0.75, 12 V DC, 10 W, -10 ~ +55 C (14 ~ 131 F), 10 ~ 90Add to Compare
HIKVISION DS-9016HFI-S Intelligent Hybrid DVR supports H.264 video codec, offering real-time viewing and playback with the resolution up to 1280X720, as well as 1280X1024 resolution in VGA displays. The unique feature of the product is its intelligent video analytics and seamless joint of analog and IP solution.Besides, DS-9016HFI-S supports self-diagnosis, reporting and processing once malfunctions occur. The user-friendly GUI of DS-9016HFI-S comes with Windows-style interface and an aesthetic, efficient operating panel.Key Features:Support IP camera with resolution up to HD 720p (1280X720), as well as support analog cameras and IP cameras simultaneously in two ways: sixteen analog cameras plus eight 4CIF IP cameras, and sixteen analog cameras plus four mega pixel IP cameras.High resolution VGA displays (1280X1024).Support Digital Zoom in preview and playback mode.Mouse control PTZ movement.Support maximum Hard Disk Drives capacity (more than 2 TB). Recorded file can be locked in order to prevent the data from being overwritten. Locked file can also be unlocked.HDD can flexibly be set in redundant mode, read-only mode, or read and write mode.Easy to manage backup device by formatting, creating folder, and playing recorded files in backup device.Support remote downloading with resuming capability.Manage and configure IP camera (ex. compression parameters, motion detection, and sensor alarm) locally on DS-9016HFI-S Intelligent Hybrid DVR.Add to Compare
16 channels, Real Time / Timelapse / Event recording, Inbuilt Multiplexer, 16 in, 6 out, 32768 GB storage, H.264 / MJPEG(IP) , 1920 × 1080 resolution, PAL / NTSC, USB, G.711, HDD, Playback, Recording & Viewing, 30, Hybrid and IP ready, 440 x 460 x 89, 6.5, 100 ~ 240 V AC, 40 W, -10 ~ +55 C (14 ~ 131 F), 10 ~ 90Add to Compare
4 channels, Real Time / Timelapse / Event recording, Inbuilt Multiplexer, 4000 GB storage, 25 fps fps storage rate, H.264, 1920 x 1080 resolution, PAL / NTSC, HDD, Simultaneous view, record, playback, backup & remote monitoring, 205 x 205, 0.5, 12 V DC, 10 W, -10 ~ +55 C (14 ~ 131 F), 10 ~ 90Add to Compare
16 channels, Real Time / Timelapse / Event recording, Inbuilt Multiplexer, 16 in, 3 out, 8 TB GB storage, H.264, 1920× 1080 resolution, PAL / NTSC, USB, G.711, HDD, 30 fps, Yes, 375 x 285 x 55, 2.35, 12 V DC, 15 W, -10 ~ +55 C (14 ~ 131 F), 10 ~ 90Add to Compare
8 channels, Real Time / Timelapse / Event recording, Inbuilt Multiplexer, 4 TB GB storage, H.264, 1920× 1080 resolution, USB, G.711, HDD, 30 fps, 325 x 255 x 55, 1.5, 12 V DC, 10 W, -10 ~ +55 C (14 ~ 131 F), 10 ~ 90Add to Compare
8 channels, Real Time / Timelapse / Event recording, Inbuilt Multiplexer, 4,096 GB storage, H.264, 1920× 1080 resolution, PAL / NTSC, USB, G.711, HDD, 30 fps, 205 x 205 x 40, 0.5, 12 V DC, 10 W, -10 ~ +55 C (14 ~ 131 F), 10 ~ 90Add to Compare
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In today’s market, efficient use of bandwidth and storage is an essential part of maintaining an effective video surveillance system. A video management system’s ability to provide analysis, real time event notifications and crucial image detail is only as a good as the speed and bandwidth of a surveillance network. In the physical security industry, H.264 is the video compression format used by most companies. Some companies also employ H.264 enhancements to compress areas of an image that are irrelevant to the user at a higher ratio within a video stream in order to preserve image quality for more important details like faces, license plates or buildings. The H.265, H.264’s successor, will be increasingly used for compression in the future. Some companies are already using H.265 in their cameras and video management systems, while a host of other manufacturers are certainly preparing for its broader adoption in the years to come. Video Compression Technologies Reduced bandwidth and storage requirements are the primary benefits of video compression technologies Reduced bandwidth and storage requirements are the primary benefits of video compression technologies. In some cases, H.265 can double the data compression ratio of H.264, while retaining the same quality. Increased compression rate translates into decreased storage requirements on hard drives, less bandwidth usage and fewer switches – all of which reduce overall costs of system ownership. H.265 compression delivers a lower bitrate than H.264, which is relevant to end users and integrators because the lower bitrate reduces strain on hardware and can reduce playback issues. It’s very important that the compression format that is used is supported in all of the different components of a system: cameras, desktop computers on which the VMS is running and the VMS itself. It is also good for end users and integrators to understand the basics of video compression. Having a basic understanding of compression allows users to tweak settings to reduce bandwidth usage even more. Many cameras come with default settings that can be changed to ultimately reduce costs. ONVIF Physical Security In the physical security industry, ONVIF is working to incorporate into its specifications the use of new formats such as H.265 but is not directly involved in developing the compression standards themselves. With Profile T, the new ONVIF video profile released will employ a new media service that is compression agnostic. This means that it can support new video compression formats, including H.265, as well as new audio compression formats, with the ability to include new video and audio codecs as needed in the future without having to redesign its media service. In the physical security industry, ONVIF is working to incorporate into its specifications the use of new formats such as H.265 Standardization organizations that are directly addressing new compression standards include the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) and a joint commission of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)/International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), which is addressing the coding of audio, picture, multimedia and hypermedia information. Other compression formats on par with H.264 and H.265 are being developed by companies such as Google. H.265 Compression Formats Using products that employ H.265 compression will reduce costs through bandwidth reduction, as will changing default settings on cameras, which are often conservative. Having a basic understanding of compression formats and how to tweak camera factory default settings also gives integrators the ability to further reduce bandwidth for added costs savings and increased system performance. These enhancements will analyse which parts of an image are most important and adjust local levels of compressions accordingly It is also worth noting that H.265 enhancements will likely be developed by camera manufacturers to further reduce bandwidth, as was the case with H.264. These enhancements will analyze which parts of an image are most important and adjust local levels of compressions accordingly. While H.265 itself is ready for prime time, its value as a tool for IP-based surveillance systems is dependent on support for the codec in all parts of the system – the VMS, server hardware, graphics cards and camera. Though widespread H.265 adoption is predicted, providers of these components are jumping on the H.265 bandwagon at different rates of speed. ONVIF is including support for H.265 in its new video profile, Profile T, because it believes it will become the most widely used compression format and ONVIF recognizes the need to anticipate that migration as a future need of the industry. The new media service, which will be implemented with Profile T, will be future-proof in that when new compression formats are released in the future, ONVIF can adopt them very quickly. That flexibility will definitely help integrators.
According to IHS Market, it is estimated that there are over 60 million security cameras in the United States, and other reports say these cameras capture more than four billion hours of footage per week. Over the last decade, IP camera technology has dominated the conversation as it has provided users with a broad offering of enhanced image quality and features. With a large percentage of existing security systems relying on analog, many end users looking for high definition (HD) video quality have been forced to take on a complete system overhaul. Infrastructure Overhaul For HD Video To make the switch, customers would need to change everything, from cameras to hardware to wiring– not to mention the lengthy installation process that would ensue. IP cameras also require higher Internet speeds and more cloud space. Whether constrained by budget, bandwidth or storage, many end users have been unable to adopt this new video surveillance method.Thanks to technological advancements within the security industry, HD over Coax offers a viable solution for integrators and end users alike Thanks to technological advancements within the security industry, HD over Coax offers a viable solution for integrators and end users alike. By utilising the current Coaxial cables, this offering yields high definition video, while requiring minimal infrastructure changes and is an optimal surveillance choice for security customers. Plus, with new advancements and updates being made frequently to this technology, there is a solution for every security need. The enhanced alternative of HD over Coax has been warmly welcomed in the security industry, thanks to its simple solutions and ever-evolving features. Many new analog HD cameras are “plug and play,” able to connect directly to existing Coaxial cables. This eliminates the need for a complete system change, creating cost-savings for the end user and an enhanced video quality offering. Easy Solutions For HD Video As a result, integrators can cost-effectively upgrade their customer’s surveillance solution while using their legacy infrastructure, making it an attractive option for end users and an easy sell for dealers. Latency in video is another common issue with network-based camera systems, where even the slightest delay in video surveillance can hinder security response HD over Coax cameras themselves are always expanding and evolving to meet a wide array of security needs. With the introduction of fisheye and multi-sensor cameras, users now have a multitude of coverage options, not to mention the introduction of 4K bringing resolution options to the same level as IP. Some newer technologies are even touting 4K cameras paired with 4K digital video recorders (DVRs) made specifically for analog systems. Longer cables grant transmission for up to 1600 feet, double the distance of standard analog solutions, and triple that of IP systems. This single cable is able to transmit both HD video and audio. Recently, broadcast quality audio over Coax has become available in limited models, a substantial improvement over older analog technology, which was unable to transmit audio. Stopping Video Delay Latency in video is another common issue with network-based camera systems. Even the slightest delay in video surveillance can hinder security response. IP cameras are forced to compress and packetize their video for transmission. The outcome of this is a reduced number of images per video, which in turn causes delay. HD over Coax on the other hand, delivers an unlimited amount of HD images in real time, with smooth motion and impressive clarity. Additionally, the point-to-point transmission delivers uncompressed video free of lag. Another touted benefit is that, unlike IP networked cameras, analog systems provide a more secure video transmission. With so much sensitive information housed on a businesses’ network, adding another point of network access through an IP camera can create concerns for cyber security risks. HD over Coax delivers an unlimited amount of HD images in real time, with smooth motion and impressive clarity Preventing Network Hacking With HD over Coax, the physical connections between the camera and DVR prevent network hacking. By keeping the video surveillance system offline, security professionals are able to direct their attention to the physical threats at hand, rather than having to focus on deterring cyber security risks. One of the primary difficulties of deploying HD video solutions is the fact that many older systems utilize a wide variety of HD standards and platforms. To make matters more complicated, after HD over Coax was brought to market, manufacturers raced to create their own version of this technology. Today, the most popular proprietary standards are HD-CVI, HD-TVI and AHD. However, integrators and customers found that attempting to manage multiple HD technologies proved to be near impossible.Integrators and customers found that attempting to manage multiple HD technologies proved to be near impossible Diversifying Surveillance Through One DVR To combat these issues, manufacturers have introduced products with more flexibility to their portfolios. One example of this is the penta-brid DVR which grants the ability to seamlessly integrate multiple technologies deployed across one application. This means that systems with diverse camera brands and technologies, such as a mix of HD-CVI, HD-TVI, AHD, analog or IP, can be connected through one DVR. For many end users with legacy analog systems, penta-brid DVRs give them greater freedom to choose between a variety of solutions, rather than being limited to one option. With video resolution increasing, the space needed to store the footage is similarly rising. Penta-brid technology has been able to adapt to these evolving needs, giving users ample storage space to house the HD and 4K surveillance video with some of the newest models including H.265 compression. HD Casino Surveillance Made Simple For casinos, HD images are critical for identifying unauthorized personnel and unlawful behaviours to create a safe environment for guests and staff While HD over Coax is beneficial to many end users and integrators, those in the casino and hospitality markets find it crucial. With a combination of high profile guests, large amounts of cash on hand, constant crowds and strict industry regulations, reliable video surveillance is a must. Deploying new IP systems comes at a stiff price. When looking to upgrade their video surveillance, casinos must also be mindful of the installation process. When moving to an IP-based system, ripping out old wires and replacing them with new is the standard practice. This practice can be both disruptive and costly, not to mention gaming regulations require casino activities be monitored at all times so a complete system shutdown would result in revenue loss. This cost can be hard to justify, especially when the current legacy analog system remains in working condition with only the lower image resolution to date it. For these scenarios, the most cost-effective option is to leverage the legacy infrastructure, replace the existing cameras with new devices, and reap the benefits that HD video has to offer without any lapse in security. For casinos, HD images are critical for identifying unauthorized personnel and unlawful behaviours to create a safe environment for guests and staff. HD over Coax cameras now offer the same resolution as IP cameras with a plug and play approach, that cuts down on expense without sacrificing quality. For businesses and applications that are unable to adopt IP technology, whether it be cost or time prohibitive, HD over Coax now features most of the same benefits IP has to offer without breaking the bank. By providing clear images in real time, maximizing existing infrastructure, and affording cyber security benefits, HD over Coax provides an attractive solution for many end users and integrators.
Dollars spent by video surveillance customers must go towards ensuring high-availability capture, storage and on-demand access to live and archived video. Reaching this goal mandates high-availability of independent components – camera, network, storage (edge, external), internet connectivity, display, all Video Management Software (VMS) components and an architecture that can take advantage of this. In this note, we focus on seeing our way through to a video surveillance architecture, that provides high availability storage, access to live and stored video content. Of all options available to store recorded video, edge recording is the only one that is unaffected by network failure Edge Recording Of all options available to store recorded video, edge recording is the only one that is unaffected by network failure. This makes edge storage a must-have. But, this has some limitations at present: Edge storage capacity is limited. Edge media has a short lifetime, rated only for thousands of hours of continuous recording. Most cameras are not secure and physical damage to the camera could lead to catastrophic loss of edge stored content. As storage and compression technology evolve, the constraints imposed by (1) and (2) could go away. However, securing cameras will continue to be a barrier for most installations. Secure External Storage It is thus imperative to also store video in secure external storage. Such an architecture uses edge storage to fill in content gaps created by network, external storage outages. As edge storage technology improves, larger gaps can be filled in, but one will always need external storage. By our definition, ‘external storage’ is a solution stack that includes storage media and all software (including VMS) that provide access to this storage. Access To Live And Archived Video Access to live video can either be met by external storage or directly by the camera Every surveillance solution needs to provide access to live and archived video. Access to live video can either be met by external storage or (and) directly by the camera. All things being equal, having the camera directly provide live video access, is a higher-availability solution. There is dependence on fewer components in the chain. Solutions in the market use one of the above two approaches for access to live video. Due to limited capacity and low physical security of edge storage, it makes sense at present, to have external storage meet all requests for archive video. Thus, we are led to an architecture that has heavy dependence on external storage. Dual-Recording For high-availability, external storage must be architected with redundancy. Ideally, independent components that make up external storage – storage media, associated hardware and software (including VMS components), should be individually redundant and have smart interconnectivity. However, solutions in the market rigidly tie these components together. Failure of a single component causes failure of external storage. For e.g. hardware failure of a server causes VMS component failure AND storage failure. DR provides a smart way to provide high-availability for external storage For these solutions in the market, high-availability is achieved by having additional external storage units that step-in during outages of primary units. If these additional units continuously duplicate primary units, access gaps are minimized, and archive access is un-affected during primary unit outages. This is the idea behind Dual-Recording (DR). To meet cost budgets, these additional units can be configured to store subsampled (framerate, resolution) video content. A small number of additional units can support concurrent outages of all primary units. A few-to-many redundancy. Rising Need For Dual-Recording Most cameras cannot be physically secured, and video content produced by a camera must be stored externally. Many VMS solutions use external storage to service live video access requests. Edge storage limitations impose restrictions on edge archive access at present. So, external storage is used to service requests for archive access too. Thus, a surveillance system ends up being over-dependent on external storage. DR provides a smart way to provide high-availability for external storage. As edge storage improves, it will be able to service archive access requests. VMS software will need to evolve, to use this capability smartly.
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