The cost of replacing analogue CCTV cameras with IP cameras is expensive…

While IP cameras are often more expensive than their analogue counterparts on a one-to-one basis there is often no need to rip out analogue cameras if they still have life in them.  Most analogue cameras can be migrated to IP through the use of encoders; and indeed this is as a key foundation stone for the UK CCTV strategy over the next few years to avoid unnecessary cost.  Encoders can be deployed at the camera (network edge) or in the Control room.  Once you have encoders in place you can also start to add additional functionality to your system with the use of video analytics, which over the past couple of years have proven to offer demonstrable benefits; or driving additional services such as audio for announcements and commands, or connecting other equipment such as PIR’s / Redwalls or opening and closing barriers.

System integrators and end-users who wish to see the benefits of an IP-based solution should look to someone who really knows the technology and can give an impartial view. It is common sense that manufacturers will only support their own hardware and will promise the earth for it, whereas a distributor will have evaluated a number of solutions from different vendors and be able to say that product A is the best for solution B because of XYZ whereas product Y is the best for solution C because of etc etc.

To find out more about IP based CCTV security solutions visit the Controlware website here.

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8 Responses to The cost of replacing analogue CCTV cameras with IP cameras is expensive…

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  2. “System integrators and end-users … should look to someone who … can give an impartial view”

    By definition, is not your blog and website biased because you sell IP camera solutions?

    Who do you recommend for an impartial view?

  3. controlware says:

    To provide the quote in full and in context…

    “System integrators and end-users who wish to see the benefits of an IP-based solution should look to someone who really knows the technology and can give an impartial view.”

    Of course there are many consultants and companies who understand the technology and provide an impartial view regarding which solutions to use, but it is important for system integrators and end-users to work with organisations that know what they are doing to prevent deployment of solutions that dont deliver what they claim.

    As an independent value added distributor we provide a range of codecs and IP cameras from different manufacturers to meet the exact needs of users looking to migrate or upgrade their CCTV systems. The point is we do not manufacture hardware but do understand the technology and from this stand point can provide impartial advice and help design solutions.

    As I go on to say “It is common sense that manufacturers will only support their own hardware and will promise the earth for it, whereas a distributor will have evaluated a number of solutions from different vendors and be able to say that product A is the best for solution B because of XYZ whereas product Y is the best for solution C because of etc etc.”

  4. Carl Lindgren says:

    “Most analogue cameras can be migrated to IP through the use of encoders”. Of course they can, but that direction is a dead end. The cost of a good quality 4CIF encoder approaches that of a 4CIF IP camera. If you assume that IP will totally displace analog in a few years (something Controlware apparently espouses), the user would be stuck with a piece of worthless equipment.

    • controlware says:

      That “dead end” as you put it (using encoders) is what most users in the UK have been and are doing. Firstly I think we have to be careful to consider which environment we are talking about here. I guess from your point of view your casino network which I presume is made up of mostly internal cameras the cost comparison works better. If we are talking about a more general user there are usually also external domes to consider. For example with a town centre or any requirement for external CCTV the cost of an encoder is less expensive compared to the cost of a replacement external ptz dome.

      Its not just the cost of replacing the camera though is it? Its also the cost of installing the new cameras too, by adding encoders you dont have to alter the network that much. The replacement of say 500 odd cameras spread across a town is expensive, if you are working in streets there are also health and safety precautions to consider which could mean additional costs.

      By the way the rise of IP is not an assumption on our part. We see this happening in our market and it is what multiple independent market research sources such as JP Morgan, JP Freeman, IMS, Frost and Sullivan etc. are saying. The use of encoders was also one of the main message that came out of this years IFSEC show. http://www.info4security.com/story.asp?sectioncode=9&storycode=4122327.

  5. Rob Flanagan says:

    I agree with Carl Lingren re. ‘analogue a dead end..’ but there is a place for encoders. If you have a number of existing cameras dotted around a site with coax already in (a big expense in the 1st place) what can you do unless someone invents CAT 5 down coax (don’t think so). I think Controlware’s is impartial. They provide (as far as I am aware) an open platform solution compatible with many makes of IP cameras and encoders.

    • controlware says:

      Hi Rob,

      I agree with what you are saying about the encoders. Their use on the site you describe stacks up to me.

      Regarding management we do indeed have an open platform but we also provide Bosch, Verint etc. Basically we try to match the best platform to suit the needs of the project. We are pretty vendor agnostic in that respect.

  6. Rob Flanagan says:

    Sorry,, when I meant dotted around a site, I was thinking of underground cabling buried or such like before anyone says just replace it.

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