The first part of Controlware Country Manager Mark Harraway’s “Why go hybrid?” article as published in the September edition of Professional Security Magazine.
There has been a lot of talk within the trade about the future roadmap of systems and the industry seems to have adopted a message of Going hybrid in order to manage the migration to IP. While I welcome the fact that the industry has accepted that IP is the future of CCTV and integrated security solutions, I am disappointed that the industry seems to be pushing end users and consultants down the road of hybrid recording solutions to bridge the gap between analogue and IP, just like it did in the disjointed evolution of telephony and broadcast, instead of enabling and future-proofing its customers with IP based solutions now.
I suspect that hybrid technology is mostly being promoted for the simple reasons that the majority of manufacturers don’t have a pure IP offering, or the expertise to support IP deployments, and this is a quick fix for them until they develop their capabilities; or they are trying to ensure that customers are tied to their solutions, rather than having the ability to maximise their budget in a competitive IT market. If so, this will mean that until these manufacturers have caught up with the rest of the IP industry, end users will, effectively, end up buying the same systems twice.