The right migration strategy offers the benefits of the latest surveillance technology – HD, better performance in low lighting conditions and greater flexibility for remote monitoring that is both scalable and cost effective.
This year, sales of IP video security cameras overtook analogue, and the reasons are clear:
- IP cameras, especially HD ones, offer huge performance advantages – in terms of resolution and clarity – over their analogue counterparts.
- IP cameras also offer more flexible monitoring, recording and management features than their analogue cousins.
- The ability of IP cameras to perform live monitoring across multiple locations has encouraged many large public and private organisations to deploy them.
- Because of their greater coverage – through superior resolution and Pan-Tilt-Zoom capabilities – it is often possible for fewer IP cameras to cover the same area as a greater number of analogue cameras, thus increasing the former’s price competitiveness.
Which migration strategy is best for your installation?
Selecting the right migration path is crucial to ensure a future proof, cost effective, timely switch over.
Many enterprises are simply replacing their entire analogue network with IP cameras – a more expensive solution which does make sense if the existing infrastructure (coax cables, power supply, housing, etc.) needs replacing.
As an alternative to this, installing encoders will enable analogue images to be converted for use on an IP network, but will deliver none of the resolution benefits of HD or Full HD cameras. As a result if your reason to migrate is picture quality this is probably not the best solution for you.
A hybrid recorder, like an encoder will give you an IP solution but won’t offer a difference in picture quality. The main benefit here is you are installing a recorder that can be used with your existing cameras whilst allowing you to install IP cameras capable of much higher resolution at a later date.
Similarly, installing IP cameras with dual output is step one of a two-stage process requiring the subsequent deployment of an IP network and IP recording solution enabling you to slowly migrate your solution over time.
Replacing analogue cameras with IPELA Hybrid cameras and installing a Hybrid Receiver delivers all of the benefits of a true IP HD solution, whilst enabling you to reuse the existing coax cables, power supply and housing, saving significant time, money and service disruption.
Careful consideration of the right migration strategy for your needs is imperative. Sony has the technologies, the solutions – and the worldwide partnerships – to help. Please contact us for further information.