Guest Column | April 7, 2014

IP Video Provides Multiple Benefits For SMB Customers

IP Video Benefits To SMBs

By Chris Sessa, Director of Sales, Eastern North America and Canada, Arecont Vision

There are specific benefits SMBs can achieve by migrating from a conventional analog video system to an IP video surveillance platform using megapixel cameras. The top four benefits for SMB users across every vertical market are: lower total cost of ownership (TCO), increased image quality, ease of installation, and reduced maintenance.

Lower Total Cost Of Ownership (TCO)

TCO is determined by numerous factors and their effects over time begin with the purchase of system components and include system design, site preparation, installation, commissioning, training, and maintenance. IP surveillance systems using megapixel cameras significantly lower TCO in each of these areas. The fact is single or multi sensor megapixel cameras deliver far greater area of coverage in varying lighting conditions than conventional IP, VGA, or analog cameras. Reducing the number of cameras in a system also decreases the need to purchase related accessories and additional network and storage capacity, which also contributes to lower overall costs. In addition, using fewer cameras decreases installation time and material which reduces TCO even further.

Increased Image Quality

From a performance perspective, megapixel surveillance cameras deliver superior image quality with significantly enhanced coverage capabilities. The ability to electronically zoom into live scenes and recorded video while maintaining high resolution and wide area coverage is simply not possible with conventional IP or analog pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) and fixed cameras. Today's megapixel cameras can provide images at many resolutions from 1.3 megapixels to as high as 40 megapixels. This gives system designers the flexibility to choose the resolution they need for a specific camera location and application. Additionally, a single 3-megapixel camera can replace two to five standard-definition VGA (video graphics array, 307,200 pixel) cameras, while 180-degree or 360-degree multi-sensor panoramic  megapixel cameras can replace many standard-definition cameras with the ability to “see” everything over wide coverage areas. These performance advantages make megapixel imaging a real game-changer.

Ease Of Installation And Reduced Maintenance

Megapixel cameras also set new benchmarks for ease of installation. Since megapixel cameras can be set-up remotely with no need to perform on-site fine tuning, installation and implementation are faster and easier. And because megapixel cameras offer digital PTZ in the recorded image without moving parts like mechanical PTZ cameras, they typically have fewer failures over time. The savings in installation and long-term maintenance results in a much lower TCO, given field service and maintenance costs over the life of a system as compared to conventional cameras. Multiply the time and cost reductions across multiple cameras and the savings can be considerable.

Lower TCO, increased image quality, ease of installation, and reduced maintenance provide a compelling proposition for SMBs to consider IP video surveillance solutions employing megapixel cameras. All these benefits make it easy to see that IP systems with megapixel cameras simply make good business sense.