Key reasons to select IP CCTV in 2010 #4 Total Cost of Ownership

January 26, 2010

Here we look at the key drivers for selecting IP over analogue, and what people should be aware of when looking at specifying CCTV projects.

Total Cost of Ownership

It is recognised that some components of an IP solution may be more expensive than an analogue one.  However when the total cost of the deployed solution is calculated, IP has been shown to be more cost effective overall than analogue systems.  These savings can be made in reduced cabling costs by only using one cable to carry video, audio, telemetry and in most cases power to the camera through PoE (Power over Ethernet).  Further savings can also be made in reduced storage costs by use of different compression techniques such as H.264 and recording profile planning by using the on-board memory of the camera or encoder to only record on alarm or at different frame rates / resolutions.  With advances in hardware platforms such as the servers and RAID arrays more and more cameras can be supported per server (We can currently support 64 cameras at 4CIF / 25 fps per server today for instance).  Operational costs can also be offset by using IP CCTV systems for other purposes such as ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) or using them for measurement of marketing and promotional activities as shown in retail applications.

If you or one of your clients is debating whether to go IP then the decision has to be Yes! You should not only consider IP on its technical merits raised here but also look more widely to see if there are any other benefits that can be gained. If you are looking at challenges in your business and want to improve efficiencies then look at IP to see what can be achieved.

Previously we have spoken specifically about the cost advantages of IP over analogue systems. If you would like to read these arguments and a detailed cost breakdown then please drop us an email at or visit

Also if you would like to challenge Controlware to prove that IP can be just as cost effective, provide a better service than analogue or allow you to enable an upgrade to IP without replacing your entire system then please contact us.

IP CCTV or analogue CCTV, which is best?

July 27, 2009 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.

See the benefits of IP CCTV now and in the future

July 3, 2009

CCTV solutions come in many different shapes and sizes but they all include the same components namely cameras, management viewing software and recording hardware. The challenge for the 21st century is that analogue systems have reached the very limits of their technology boundaries, making systems even more expensive by providing low quality video and frame rates. However when you look at the latest Internet Protocol (IP) CCTV solutions these overcome many of these problems.

IP CCTV solutions support far greater image quality through H.264, Megapixel and High Density (HD) technologies that deliver higher frame rates. Lower cost installation is achieved through reduced storage costs, Power over Ethernet (PoE) and also trouble-free integration with the existing IIT network infrastructure without impacting on network services. IP based systems also support video analytics and advanced Image Content Management (ICN) tracking technology that help CCTV operators manage large quantities of video based data, improving the reaction time to events.

Acting as the heartbeat of the building IP technology will become the basis for controlling not just CCTV but building management, access control, and even cashless catering systems. Therefore when specifying security systems all relevant stakeholders in the process must look at IP based surveillance for a future proofed, cost-effective and integrated security solution.

For the latest IP based CCTV and case studies click here.

IP CCTV can deliver huge benefits over analogue systems

June 24, 2009

Here are some reasons why….

Improved video quality
IP CCTV solutions support far greater image quality through Megapixel and High Density (HD) technologies that deliver higher frame rates. This enables CCTV to be of high enough quality to clearly capture an incident in progress and therefore identify the persons involved and if necessary bring in law enforcement agencies in order to prosecute with confidence.

Future Proofing
By deploying an IP CCTV solution future proofing can be achieved by enabling integration and support for new technologies and applications such as H.264, HD, Megapixel cameras, proximity access control and identification, Video Analytics, Facial Recognition and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR). Integration with these technologies enables CCTV to be extended to provide an additional level of security for traffic monitoring, parking, and access control applications.

Linking CCTV with Access Control technology can deliver real benefits. For example in a school a single card could be used for students and staff for access to secure areas, library card identification, time and attendance records and cashless vending. CCTV images can be linked to Access Control records so that in the event of crimes such as vandalism, pilfering or identity theft rather than simply having a database you have a visual image to quickly identify if the access records are correct and also avoid any rebuttal from potential suspects.

Secure access remote access enables an IP based solution to be monitored from anywhere not just in a central control room. Using the integrated intelligence of IP based solutions automated audio response and alarm escalation out of hours can also be achieved as well as incorporation of help points and streaming video to mobile phones.

Cost savings
• IP based surveillance typically has a lower total cost of ownership than traditional CCTV due to the application of recent technological advances.

• CAT 5 structured cabling reduces installation costs.

• Taking advantage of PoE technology means fewer cables need to be run to cameras than traditional cabling and resilience can be increased through the use of Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS).

• Latest recording compression standards such as H.264 also provide a saving of up to 75% capacity over traditional analogue solutions whilst maintaining high quality video recordings.

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