Can hybrid recording platforms deliver the flexibility required by today’s CCTV systems?

An excerpt from Controlware Country Manager Mark Harraway’s “Why go hybrid?” article that was published in the September edition of Professional Security Magazine.

The “Hybrid” commercial strategy seems to encourage NVR / DVR sales teams to push their products under an unconvincing banner of “Hybrid”; thus tying the end user to them for all future upgrades / additions; or restricting the ability of the end user to tailor or even meet their operational requirements e.g. I might want company X for high end external PTZ’s but company Y for low cost internal cameras but if company Y are not supported in the “Hybrid” recorder then you can’t use them and you are unlucky to get them supported if the manufacturer has an equivalent product.

In a company review of manufacturers IP commitments, most of the manufacturers supported their own IP cameras, with non-committal open/cross-platform statements such as:

“It is compatible with all of company x’s analogue and IP cameras, plus all third-party analogue cameras and many third-party IP”
or
“The inclusion of support for selected third party IP cameras provides users with a central recording, telemetry control and viewing solution for a mixed installation (analogue and IP).”

So there is a key market issue around clarity concerning what is supported, or how a “Hybrid” recording systems can meet the goals of an IP solution by offering a totally open and flexible future proof platform.

To read the complete article click here.

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