Although IP will also record the strongest growth rates in the video security market in 2014, analogue video technology is still widespread – clever solutions are in demand for an economic transition from analogue inventory structures to network-based video security. eneo has taken up the challenge and builds the bridge from traditional CCTV to IP video security with its iRAS software.
Last summer the analysis institute IHS research determined that only 28.2 percent of German retailers still operate pure analogue video security systems. About 50 percent of the surveyed companies use hybrid surveillance solutions, in which established CCTV infrastructures and associated analogue video technology are supplemented or replaced by network products step by step.
The decisive factors for this are, on the one hand, the technological benefits, above all the extremely high image resolutions of IP cameras, and on the other hand the savings potentials opened up by IP products, such as 360° panoramic cameras which significantly reduce the number of cameras in the system. At the same time, the investment in the analogue system remains protected during the gradual transition from analogue to IP.
Is it therefore not a question of analogue or IP, but of intelligent management of the transition from the analogue inventory structure to network-based video security. Solutions are in demand that combine technologies and help to rationally design the change from analogue to IP efficiently and economically, and this are already in demand at the level of small and medium-sized applications. In a hybrid system the analogue hardware is ideally used until it fails when it is then replaced by IP products.
Intelligent technology mix
This is where the sustainable and eneo solution-oriented product philosophy comes in. The declared aim is to give specialist installers maximum design options, whether for the bridge from analogue to IP, or whether for a full IP solution. A key role here in the future will be played by the iRAS cross-recorder management software. From a central operating unit, it can control and manage the network video recorders in the eneoPNR series, the hybrid video recorders in the DMR series as well as the digital video recorders in the DLR series. Additional options arise on the IP-side through the fact that all eneo IP cameras support ONVIF Profile S and can be readily combined with ONVIF-compliant IP products from other manufacturers. By the way, the possibility of a gradual transition also assists those installers for whom IP has certain hurdles: with eneo they can gradually enlarge their IP expertise and eneo will give even further support in this learning process in the future through appropriate training.
Multiple transition scenarios
The transition from CCTV to IP-based video technology while maintaining the analogue existing technology is feasible with eneo in various ways. The control software serves iRAS as the interface that ensures the interoperability of technologies. It forms the basis on which installers can create a future-oriented hybrid system that will provide maximum flexibility and freedom to customers because of its expandability. At the same time, iRAS allows the technology change to IP to be made step-by-step and in economically meaningful way. "The charm of iRAS", explains Jan van der Meulen, eneo IP Product Manager, "for customers is not only that they can use the same software to operate all device types without media discontinuity, which means without having switch between multiple client applications, but also in the fact that there is life after migration for iRAS." After all, the day will come when the last analogue cameras are replaced by IP models and also the relatively costly hybrid recorders have been replaced by more cost-efficient NVRs in the PNR series, but customers can still work as usual with iRAS in the resulting pure IP system." In addition to stationary control furthermore, with the RAS Mobile app they always have network access when they are mobile.