Upgrading Now Rather Than Later

Work Smarter: Why It’s Worth Upgrading Now Rather Than Later

Upgrading Security Technology Leads To Long-term Cost Savings

Many businesses put every available dollar into their operation and are doing more with less. Businesses that make the investment to upgrade their security technology, whether it has become obsolete or no longer meets their needs, often notice long-term cost saving and ROI in other areas. Older equipment typically requires monitoring from additional personnel or uses costly communication protocols, which is why many business owners are replacing outdated equipment.

Some companies upgrade to comply with new regulations; others replace existing protocols or outdated technologies that are proving to be too costly. With today’s technology, there’s never been a better time to replace older equipment. Four security trends are encouraging businesses to upgrade:

1. Remote Monitoring for More Freedom

The demand to remotely access, view and control security systems from mobile devices is growing. Business owners are becoming interested in this ability, as it enables them to set alarm systems and remotely view cameras from their smartphones or tablets, providing greater freedom. Remote monitoring systems record and collect video, and is stored in the cloud, so footage can be viewed from anywhere in the world by using a password and secure Internet connection. The newer systems also enable delivery to a remote location via multiple streams over low bandwidth.

2. IP Video for Better Performance

More and more businesses are migrating from outmoded VCR and early DVR analog technology to Internet protocol (IP)-based video surveillance and access control. Many businesses are choosing to undergo migration because analog video has reached its performance peak and does not have the flexibility, functionality, scalability or clarity of current digital systems.

The newer technology is starting to become a cost-conscious solution for smaller security systems with 16 cameras or less. The versatility and scalability of IP cameras enable the system to easily grow as the businesses’ needs expand and change. It is also simple to upgrade because software can be directly downloaded to the camera, and software is less likely to become obsolete, as upgrades are available. The resolution of megapixel cameras zooms in on details without losing quality – providing clear evidence when needed.

Some businesses begin with a hybrid solution that helps to bridge the gap between analog and IP systems. That means analog and IP video can be transmitted simultaneously until fully switching over to IP video.

3. Access Control to Secure Additional Areas

Mobile devices are also making an impact in the area of access control. Mobile technology enables organizations to be less dependent on costly infrastructure required for connecting servers, panels and readers, as electronic locks respond to a mobile device’s encrypted “open” command. The ability to secure areas in this way allows more companies to secure additional assets, like interior doors, filing cabinets and storage areas, or other parts of the company that might have been cost-prohibitive to secure in the past.

4. Smart Video Surveillance Systems to Eliminate False Alarms

Smart video surveillance systems can process visual information in the same way as humans, distinguishing between certain alarm triggers (like people or cards), sending alerts when predefined rules are violated. Companies are starting to implement these types of systems to reduce storage and bandwidth requirements and help eliminate time wasted on false alarms.

Technology is continually changing, but when it can help your business work smarter while also better protecting your assets, it’s worth upgrading sooner rather than later.

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NVR and DVR Service Plans (Do you need one?)

Service, It’s What Everyone Needs

NVR Security CabinetLiquid Video Technologies, Inc. has had the opportunity over the last 14 year to see the birth of some amazing technologies. From analog camera with poor resolution to high quality digital mega pixel cameras that see in the dark,  has well as in the light,  VCR video recorder to state of the art networked web accessible DVR and NVR.

Technology (VCR’s, DVR’s and NVR’s)

DVR’s allow our customers to replace their multiplexors and time-lapse VCRs with a surveillance solution that is both hassle-free and easy to use.  Instead of constantly replacing videotapes and having to fast forward and rewind through hours of recordings to find what you want, a DVR stores the video to a hard drive, and allows you to search for it by entering the date and time you desire.  You can also view your cameras over the internet, allowing you to check on your business while at home or on the road.  The DVR’s we provide are unique in that they are powered by Linux rather than Microsoft Windows.  Linux is more stable, less likely to crash, and is immune to almost all known computer viruses.

NVR’s – A Network Video Recorder is a device for storing digital CCTV images on an IP network. The NVR is therefore a networked computing device and benefits from this in such aspects as location (which is independent of camera or control room location), security and network access and functionality. Put simply this means NVRs can be written to and read simultaneously thus allowing the viewing and analysis of one stream of video while another stream is being written. Commonly equipped with hot-swappable additional storage, NVRs are easily scalable and their contents can be subject to the back-up, recover and disaster recovery regimes that already exist on the IT network that they share.

Our Service Plan

Security Technology today is only as good as the service plan that comes with the devices installed on the customers end. This is why we offer a 1 to 3 Year Warranty on the DVR Surveillance units and 3 Year on Cameras that we install. We also guarantee our labor for 1 Year. The support after the sale is just as important as the initial products and services, then LVT should be primary source for all your security and IT needs.

Liquid Video Technologies, Inc. is here to serve you and we understand that installing a Digital Video RecordersCamerasAlarm Systems and Networking are not a onetime proposition. Service is critical to the continued operation of your equipment and business. Since we are a technology company and our markets are dynamic, we are here to support your needs for today as well as those of tomorrow.

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How Video Recorders Provide Critical Support to the Enterprise (Part 1)

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More cameras, storage, sharing of security video and more uses…all of which leads to an expanding array of storage choices: digital video recorders (DVRs), hybrid DVRs and hybrid network video recorders (NVRs), pure NVRs, virtual storage, storage in the cloud and, for some, especially retail, storage to analytics by a specializing third party. Emerging slowly and expensively are solid state storage beyond limited at the edge solutions; a 4-terabyte unit, however, can clock in at $29,000, not a viable choice, at least for now.

Most enterprise security leaders are more cautious. Look at Hideaway Pizza, a 12-restaurant chain based in Tulsa, Okla., which views video surveillance more as a critical enabler of operational excellence.

Loss prevention no doubt impacts the bottom line; but, more importantly, issues center on the performance of the kitchen and wait staff, their interaction with customers and the quality of the food. And with that in mind, Hideaway Pizza equips a typical restaurant with up to 25 cameras covering the front of the house, the kitchen, cash drawers, bar area, entrances, exits and parking lot — “pretty well every nook and cranny,” notes Tyson Smith, the chain’s IT director.

Using video surveillance as a management and training tool can definitely contribute to a restaurant’s success, but only to the extent that the video surveillance system – and storage and retrieval of the images – is reliable and easy to use.

Overcoming Its Legacy

According to Smith, Hideaway Pizza had the right idea, but was hampered by the deficiencies of its legacy technology. Video wasn’t recorded during updates of the operating system; there was a limit to the number of users who could log on to view video at one time; and it was impossible to manage the recorders from a central location. Even more troublesome, “the systems would be down and we wouldn’t know why,” says Smith. “There wouldn’t even be an alert. Managers would have to call and say ‘My cameras aren’t working,’ and we’d have to deploy someone to the site to try to figure out what was going on.”

Smith went to a hybrid NVR solution based on Hideaway Pizza’s mix of analog and IP cameras. “We’re deploying mini-dome cameras in our newest restaurants, and we’re replacing the recorders that are getting old and breaking down,” says Smith. “We have analog cameras in our older locations, so the hybrid recorder gives us a really good platform for both instances.”

The hybrid NVRs accommodate up to 32 IP cameras, 32 analog cameras or any combination of the two. They have onboard video storage of up to 12 terabytes, with the option of hard disk mirroring for redundant storage.

Security video intelligence played a distinct role at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Fla., a 350,000-square-foot multi-use convention, spectator, show and banquet center connected to the 1,641-luxury-room hotel. The hotel’s integrator deployed the intelligent video management system with use of server client as well as mobile applications.

More generally, there is storage action when it comes to industry-generated standards.

And, speaking of those standards, ONVIF, a global initiative for IP-based physical security products, made news at the late September ASIS International exhibition with its Profile G – the specification designed to store, search, retrieve and play back media on devices or clients that support recording capabilities and on-board storage.

Closing the Standards Loop

“The introduction of Profile G will complete the circuit between live video and the other half of the equation, which is video storage,” says Steven Dillingham, chairman of ONVIF’s Profile G Working Group. Profile G encompasses devices ranging from cameras and encoders to NVRs and client systems such as video management systems, building management systems and physical security information management (PSIM) systems, among others. For example, Profile G can be deployed between a PSIM solution integrating video playback from a NVR, including specific features such as starting and ending recording; searching video using various filters such as time, event or metadata; video retrieval and playback; and, on the receiver side, creating a source of IP media.

In another industry interoperability move, Microsoft Global Security, which is responsible for providing physical security at Microsoft Corporation, has joined the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) board of directors, signaling its support for the PSIA’s system-level approach to developing standards for the security industry.

Microsoft’s three Global Security Operations Centers (GSOCs) monitor 700 sites, in more than 100 countries worldwide for nearly 200,000 active personnel access accounts. Technologies include nearly 20,000 access control points and video cameras, connecting to more than 1,000 IP addressable DVRs. These sites also include more than 9,000 other devices, including duress alarms, biometric security systems and environmental alarms. The several million transactions per month have led to a significant migration and expansion of the technology to a mostly virtualized, cloud environment at Global Security.

“We are making standards and interoperability core to our security strategy here at Microsoft Global Security,” says Mike Faddis, Microsoft Global Security’s group manager, who will increasingly be basing purchases and security ecosystem on tools and technology from vendors who have adopted security standards and have a focus on interoperability with others.

IP-based security video, Cat6 wiring and Power over Ethernet or PoE, as compared to coax, are viable trends.

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How Video Recorders Provide Critical Support to the Enterprise (Part 2)

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DVRs on the Rope?

So it would be understandable for some to assume that DVRs are about to disappear. That may be true when it comes to some installations, where enterprise security leaders go all-IP. But in general, DVRs, as well as analog cameras, are holding their own – for now, at least. Annual sales of DVRs and other analog products continue to grow steadily, if not modestly. The analog market is vital. That vitality comes from the drives that they use. As long as you can get cheap drives, you can fix your DVR. No one is going to dump a working 16- to 24-camera DVR just to go to NVR.

Another factor driving DVRs’ continued impact is price, which for some DVRs is not just a fraction of an NVR’s, but also a fraction of the price of DVRs in the past. And these units come with more features, too, such as H.264 encoding, some sort of audio support and a lot more. DVRs have apps and can connect to Web servers.

Still, NVRs will gain a greater role, especially given the continued growth of IP video systems, and more specifically integrated systems running on network infrastructure. But there is an open architecture twist. Newer video management systems (VMS) can often be installed on plain server computers. NVRs, however, serve a purpose where a dedicated network recorder is preferred. So, as prices come down on NVRs and IP cameras and installation becomes less complex as a result of technical advances, NVRs will be growingly more attractive, down to one- to 32-channel security video installations, for instance.

Of course, many NVRs can support up to 300 cameras on a single server, remote management, hot-pluggable storage in the field, providing redundancy and large amounts of storage in a limited rack space. NVRs also stand out in reliability and manageability. At times, DVRs can experience drive failures compared to NVR drives in properly designed IP systems.

When considering the difference between NVRs and DVRs, it can also depend on the intelligence of the camera. With a DVR, things like changing frames per second and the quality of the saved video are done in the recorder itself. With an NVR, that responsibility is flipped because IP cameras can be programmed to determine the number of frames, where to look in a scene for motion, what video to send and other needs. Newer NVRs can program cameras.

Infrastructure Essential

Of course, there is the issue of the network or networks on which the camera and/or the NVR are located. Having IP cameras on the same network as the NVR is always preferred.

When it comes to storage, however, remember that most existing cameras are analog and, in migrating to IP, there is an acknowledged hybrid approach, which has created HVRs or hybrid video recorders, DVRs and NVRs that support both analog and IP camera connections, to make it easier to transition smoothly to IP systems. With a hybrid recorder, enterprises are able to not only swap out their cameras on a case-by-case basis but also continue to use the hybrid (provided it offers full IP capability) once the transition is complete. Basically, these hybrid NVR/DVRs are appliances (purposed built computers) that, at the same time, handle IP cameras and directly connected analog cameras. And, unlike a “pure” NVR, a hybrid DVR/NVR eliminates the need for a separate video encoder when connecting to analog cameras.

Another trend is so-called serverless computing and storage.

System on a chip or SOC comes together with scale out design, a key for video recording data streams with longblock random writes. The scale-out design distributes incoming video recording streams across all resources to dissipate pixel storms, eliminates all single points of failure including any individual appliance and maximizes frame rate capture for the best recording results.

 


VIDEO STORAGE OPTIONS – THREE WAYS

 

Looking at a network for video storage? Look at these three general network storage options for storing, managing and securing video surveillance data.
  1. Network storage as a surveillance storage target, featuring simplified, scalable network storage for recorded or archived surveillance video files. This option uses a network storage device, often a double-, quad or six-bay desktop model or a multi-drive rackmount array, as a simple surveillance storage target that works in conjunction with video management solutions (VMS).  This targets enterprises that already have video surveillance but need to meet the demand of growing storage space and regulation requirements, enabling the opportunity to pair preferred video management software with powerful, cost effective and scalable storage and data protection.
  2. An integrated VMS that has smart network storage with video management software and IP cameras for an integrated video surveillance solution. This approach incorporates embedded or PC-based third party VMS applications to ensure fast, efficient and reliable recording of video surveillance files to a deployed network storage device. It aims at distributed enterprises and others with limited IT and surveillance support through storage capacity, security and compatibility. Mobile device applications allow the surveillance administrator to access video feeds on the go, anytime, anywhere.
  3. A hosted video surveillance solution leverages the power of cloud storage and the ubiquity of a browser-based video management system interface. An enterprise can take advantage of cloud storage technology to deliver cost savings without compromising performance, capacity or security. Using a service provider of cloud storage in combination with a network storage device and integrated video management software allows enterprises to record and store high definition video locally, for instance, while also providing economical access to standard resolution video data stored securely in the cloud.

 


PROTECTING YOUR NECK WHEN NETWORKING

 

A network video recorder (NVR) includes software that records video information to a storage device. It also is a way that makers of the software have brought traditional computer and server sources to enterprise security operations and ever tighter with IT infrastructure.

Similar in many ways to traditional DVRs, NVRs differ in that they record footage that has been already been processed and encoding by the camera, rather than at the DVR unit. Once the information is processed, it is sent along the network for storage and remote viewing.

One benefit: A unit can be located anywhere; it doesn’t have to be near the cameras. This is ideal for security purposes, as it means the unit can be safely kept in another building or at a different site, according to information through recording software source Wavestore. Its technology and commentary from the top security executive at Burlington Coat Factory was featured in the June 2013 Securitymagazine and is available on www.securitymagazine.com. Among key NVR buying tips:

  • Works with existing, future security cameras;
  • Easy to install, maintain;
  • Handles various compression formats;
  • Handles third-party applications; and
  • Allows for expansion as needs grow.

Before choosing an NVR, however, enterprise security and integrators first calculate storage needs. Too much or too little storage picked can be an expensive decision. Just right for today and tomorrow is best.

Maximizing storage is important. At a project at Sanford, Florida’s Public Safety Complex, housing fire and police headquarters, the city updated and augmented is arrays to accommodate the significant increase in camera load for the complex. Additionally, to maximize storage resources, each camera has H.264 compression functionality to reduce bandwidth and storage, but also has a Motion JPEG option for live viewing capability.

Then there is recorder maintenance. Unlike alarms, locks and sensors that are easily tested to confirm their status, video recorders require special attention. Problems often aren’t detected until an attempt to retrieve event video fails because the footage isn’t there. “Health Check” features are available, which would assess all video recorders across an enterprise’s network and performs a regular checkup of diagnostics to ensure operational status.

Remote video storage services enable enterprise security executives to control the number of cameras from which video is pulled, how long video is stored, how much video is stored, image sizes and number of frames-per-second to be transferred to the monitoring center for safe keeping.

Retail surveillance boasts distinctive video storage needs. Some of these operations have pioneered analytics uses beyond shoplifting, sales associate theft and slip and fall investigations. While DVRs continue to play a major role at stores within a chain, there is an expanded need to aggregate video data in-house or through a third-party for customer demographics, traffic patterns and more sophisticated heat mapping.

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IP Surveillance Systems – Choosing the Right IP Video Storage for Your Enterprise

 

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IP Surveillance Systems – IP Video Storage

The migration from analog to digital has been on the rise for several years and thanks to new computer technologies, video over IP is more prevalent today. With the expansion of surveillance technologies, companies have enjoyed the benefits of IP surveillance systems because they are great investments that have both functional and financial benefits. IP surveillance systems are also cost effective with a high return on investment (ROI); they provide superior image quality and can be accessed remotely.

To help you choose the best option for your business, we’ve examined some common IP video recording solutions:

1) IP Camera with Embedded Storage

Some IP cameras offer a SD card slot that allows users to install a memory card for storing video or image snapshots, which is convenient for those who want to have an alternative backup. This type of solution, also known as an edge recording solution, secures the recording footage at the camera site, especially when a connection issue occurs between camera and the viewing location (whoever sees it and manages it on the other end). There is still a video in it, which can be retrieved when the connection gets back online.

The downside is that the performance may not be as good as expected, not to mention the limited amount of video that is stored due to the fairly small size of SD card storage available in the market today. If you have more than one IP camera, management and access to video footage is difficult because you must access the cameras one by one.

2) VMS or CMS

Another way to record videos is through PC-­based VMS (video management software) or CMS (central management software). A VMS or CMS has the capability to integrate with all kinds of video analytic components, such as people counting, bag detection and license plate recognition. In order to meet your surveillance requirements, you will need a powerful computer or server and a large amount of storage with hundreds of terabytes. Therefore, this type of solution is good for large-scale and heavier surveillance requirements. It may include airports, train stations and enterprises. These not only cost a lot more, but also require a group of trained people to operate, maintain and upgrade when expansion is necessary.

3) Cloud Recording

While cloud computing makes it easy to access anything from anywhere, it is not a practical solution for video surveillance today. Video surveillance requires a large amount of storage capacity and traffic, and a lot of bandwidth for recording videos and browsing. The higher the resolution of video with a higher frame rate, the more bandwidth it requires, and since cloud services charge by usage, it may involve high monthly costs. Therefore, cloud recording is more suitable for event/alarm recording, or for a lower resolution recording that requires less bandwidth.

4) Standalone NVRs

The standalone NVR (Network Video Recorder) is a recording solution that provides a little bit of everything, is easy to manage, affordable and ideal for small and medium-sized businesses. While it does not require special training, it requires some basic network knowledge to setup and configure properly. There are also many online guides that can help with configuration and setup. Furthermore, a standalone NVR can be accessed through Internet Explorer, is high quality and can support four to eight cameras. It has the added benefit of built-­in storage, so if network communications are severed or interrupted, surveillance recording will continue without data loss or interruption. If you plan on expanding your surveillance application in the near future, this kind of solution may not be the right fit, especially if you are going to adopt video analytics or integrate with others (like Point of Sale/POS).

IP surveillance used to be complicated and faced limitations because of network infrastructures that were lacking in bandwidth and not ready for it. But today, with new technologies that simplify installation and greater network bandwidth, it is expanding, improving and affordable. Set realistic expectations and look for a system that meets your current surveillance requirements. Chasing an advanced feature may not always be the right thing for your business.

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