IP CCTV or analogue CCTV, which is best?

July 27, 2009

Info4security.com open a new dabate about the best technology to use for CCTV security.

Analogue CCTV has been around for a very long time, is expensive to maintain and difficult to integrate. IP based systems on the other hand deliver improved control of video data and integration with Access Control, Intruder and other external systems.

Is it now time to replace this technology and move to IP based CCTV?

What are the benefits of IP CCTV?

What are the challenges involved with moving to an IP based CCTV system?

How much will it cost?

Find out the answer to all these questions and post what you think here at the info4security discussion page.


Dedicated Micros – right or wrong? IP CCTV surveillance

July 8, 2009

Mike Newton, CEO of Dedicated Micros, has written an article about how IP CCTV solutions were expensive and unreliable compared to analogue / hybrid solutions.

Is he right?

Mark Harraway, Country Manager of Controlware UK, responds to Mike’s observations and provides an alternative cost breakdown for a 750 camera system using IP which is significantly more cost effective than the solution proposed by Mike Newton.

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Take CCTV security surveillance to the next level with intelligent tracking

July 2, 2009
ICN (Image Content Navigation) addresses a major issue for the management of large video surveillance systems.

When tracking a person or object around a site it is often difficult to keep up with the target. While a map based GUI interface (available with some CCTV management platforms) partially addresses this issue by illustrating camera locations on a map, it does not provide the means to track an object as it moves between areas covered by different cameras. Having to quickly remember camera names or identification numbers, especially if CCTV operators are unfamiliar with the site complicates this task further.

ICN solves this problem by connecting adjacent cameras together with an invisible mesh of hyperlinks.  All the user has to do is ‘point and click’ on the hyperlink in the video to switch cameras and continue tracking, instantly navigating from one camera to another and keeping up with the object or person. Any number of video channels can benefit from ICN support even tracking of many objects in multiple views from both live and recorded video.

ICN banishes slow response times and improves operator navigation. In the future this technology will develop further so that it is possible to tag an object allowing the surveillance system and cameras to automatically track objects as they make their way around monitored sites.

ICN is available for the Cware management platform and the Cware Mobile Module that enables remote viewing and control of live and recorded video on mobile phones. To request a brochue add your email address here.

Office view Cware ICN

Office view Cware ICN


Make CCTV security become more proactive with Intelligent Video Analytics

July 1, 2009

When released Intelligent Video Analytics was heralded as ‘the next big thing’ for CCTV allowing automatic identification of suspects and replacing the need for CCTV operators entirely. As a technology it has not yet lived up to its billing but that said Analytics has made strides forward and without a doubt has a key role to play in the future of CCTV.

Analytics today can analyse video and send alarms very accurately on motion, object size, direction, people counting, loitering, removed or left objects and many other functions. With the improvements in processor and memory technology Analytics is now available at the network edge in cameras or encoders themselves. This reduces server loading across the network by allowing video to only be transmitted when an alarm condition is broken.

An open management platform can easily integrate Video Analytics into security operations. By combining Analytics, Access Control, building management, intruder and fire systems together into a single management interface security operations are easier to manage. Video is even supported remotely thanks to Transcoding technology that enables not only the monitoring of video but also the control of PTZ cameras and Analytics from mobile phones. This enables security personnel on the ground to see and control video data on the move allowing better coordination of security operations between the control room and mobile patrols.

Click here for more information concerning Open Management CCTV surveillance.


IP CCTV is easy to use, saves costs, improves efficiency and resilience

June 30, 2009

To find out more about the benefits IP CCTV security systems can deliver and to receive a free article outlining the cost breakdown for a 750 camera system sign up here


High quality CCTV monitoring from Mobile Phones

June 23, 2009

View Live high quality  CCTV video with full PTZ camera control and alarm alerts on your mobile phone via wireless and 3G technology

Users such as security and emergency services personnel are able to benefit from comprehensive access to high quality real time video while on the move.

This powerful add-on module for the Cware management platform provides mobile users with the same functionality as control room operators enabling personnel on the ground to have access to detailed video information that increases the likelihood of identification and apprehension of suspects.

For more information about this powerful module click here.