Since the publication of “the true Cost of IP CCTV” in the CCTV industry press there has been much debate concerning which technology to use.
Analogue, hybrid and IP CCTV all have their champions and we have seen some heated debate in favour of each technology both in the press and in forums such as the CCTV group on Linkedin.
While it can be argued that some manufacturers are saying what they are saying because they do not have an IP solution it must be said that the debate is an ideal opportunity for all elements of the industry to come together in order to discuss fundamental issues that affect the industry as a whole. This is healthy for the industry and the fact discussion is taking place in a transparent way with the participation of users is great too. Everyone has an opinion and it is a great thing that everyone has an opportunity to say what they want to say and this extends even here on the Controlware Blog where all on-topic comments are posted.
It is certainly true to say that no single technology fits all users at the moment and this is confirmed from the feedback coming out of these debates. We have been quite clear in outlining our preference for IP based CCTV transmission (based on the fact that IP is a global standard technology for integration of different applications – voice, data, video, broadcast video and as such offers the most ideal real-world workable solution today see here for more).
A word of caution though. Sometimes it is all too easy to discuss technology based on its merits alone. As an industry we must remember that the user is the most important person in all of this. Users buy the systems and at the end of the day have to live with them so as an industry that includes manufacturers, distributors (such as Controlware), installers, consultants and users we all have a duty of care to provide each user with the best possible solution for their needs.
Long may transparent debate continue because its healthy for the industry as a whole.