Incorporating Analog Cameras with Video Servers

December 11, 2015
Existing analog surveillance systems can easily be upgraded to IP surveillance systems by incorporating video servers. This allows for digital delivery and control of video without the replacement of every camera with a network camera. By connecting existing analog cameras to video servers, you can digitize, compress and transmit video over the network. This reduces installation costs by incorporating older equipment into the network video system and allowing for better measurable, storage on standard PC servers, and remote recording and monitoring. 

Video Servers 101

Video encoder—eliminates the need for dedicated equipment such as monitors and DVRs by using standard IT equipment and infrastructure. Each video server can connect between one and four analog cameras to the network through an Ethernet port. Like network cameras, video servers contain built-in analog-to-digital conversion, compression, Web and FTP servers, as well as processing power for local intelligence. Incoming analog feeds are converted into digital video, transmitted over the computer network, and stored on PCs for easy viewing and accessibility. Once the video is on the network, it is identical to video streams coming from network cameras. Analog cameras of all types—fixed, dome, indoor, outdoor, pan/ tilt/zoom, and specialty cameras—can be integrated into network video systems using video servers. A video server has a coaxial input that connects it to the analog camera. The server in turn connects to the network via an Ethernet port. All video is digitized and compressed within the video server and sent over the network via a network switch to a PC, which typically runs video management software for storing and monitoring the video

Rack-Mounted or Stand-Alone?
Video servers save space by fitting into existing server rooms, eliminating the need for dedicated CCTV control rooms. If coax cabling has already been run to a central room, a video server rack can be used. Rack-mountable video servers come as “blades,” which are essentially video servers without their casings. This allows the video servers to be placed in server racks, which are common in IT environments. Placing blade video servers in racks allows them to be managed centrally with a common power supply. One standard 19- inch rack that is 3U high can fit up to 48 channels—meaning that up to 48 cameras can be digitized on a single rack. The functionality of a blade server is exactly the same as a standalone video server. Blades are interchangeable and hot-swappable in the rack, and they provide network, serial communication and I/O connectors at the rear of each slot. In an analog camera system where coaxial cabling has not been run to a central location, it is best to use stand-alone video servers positioned close to each camera. This method reduces installation costs because it uses existing network cabling to transmit video, instead of running coaxial cabling to a central location. It also eliminates the loss in image quality that occurs over longer distances when video is transferred through coaxial cabling. A video server produces digital images, so there is no quality reduction due to distance.


The advantages of CCTV – minimizing breakdown in production and other losses

December 11, 2015
In today’s industrial firms, security systems – and especially video monitoring systems – are becoming of increasing importance. In addition to intruder detection systems and solid locking systems, CCTV systems help to reduce commercial risks. Modern systems even allow around-the-clock remote monitoring via mobile networks, which can be very useful in order to prevent intrusion and damages. 

Breakdowns in production, caused by damage to production plants, may quickly result in lasting li...

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10 Reasons why you should have a Monitored Security System

December 11, 2015

  1. Homeowners sometimes falsely believe that an activated security system will work just as well as one that is monitored.
  2. What is the Difference?

  3. An activated security system is one that can be armed and disarmed. A monitored system is one that is linked to a service that can summon appropriate help when the alarm goes off.

  4. Here are ten key advantages ofhaving a monitored security system.
  6. :Help comes within minutes of a home invasion when the alarm has been triggered.

  7. 2. AVOID ...

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Home Security Alarms: For Safety and Resale

December 11, 2015

Home security has become one of the top things people look for in a property. Along with lot size, square footage, and location, the kind of home security system a house has in place is now truly a deciding factor for buyers. Due to this trend, having a security alarm is not only important when living in a house, but when selling one, as well.

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The demand for security alarm systems is increasing, and more and more options are becoming available for residential use....

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The Top 8 Reasons to Get a Home Security System

December 11, 2015

There are a lot of elements to think about when it comes to home security systems and that includes how the security system could benefit you and your family. Here are a few reasons how that is true.

1. Protects Valuables

This is, of course, the benefit most people immediately think of. We likely all know someone who has lost electronics, jewelry, or other high-value items due to a home invasion. The tragedy is compounded when the item is an irreplaceable family heirloom. A home security system...

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I am with a limited Budget, does an IP Camera System suit me?

December 11, 2015

Yes, an IP-based security camera system is actually very affordable and potent enough to provide a value for money on investment if used to its fullest.

The cost of cabling CCTV cameras (also called "analog") can be 2-3 times more expensive than the cost of installing IP cameras. How is that possible? Consider this fact: CCTV camera systems require two separate cables, one for powering the cameras and the other for sending video signals. This lends to the increase in installation costs.

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What Does an IP Camera System have?

December 11, 2015

If you are  wondering about switching from analog to IP video, or you are looking for video surveillance system for the first time, it's important to know what equipment you will need to deploy your new IP cameras. IP video provides a great solution for your long-term security requirements so that you can expand upon the number of security cameras in the future. offers ready-configured IP security camera systems with everything you need to get started.We can also provide you the...

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How to use License Plate Recognition

December 10, 2015

License plate recognition, or LPR, is an incredibly useful software feature that allows you to track traffic, control entry into your business, find stolen vehicles, and much more. But do you know how LPR works and when to use it?

License plate recognition software is based on a database - your camera captures video of the license plate numbers and then either stores it for later use, or compares it to an existing database. For example:

  • Secured & gated entrances, such as military bases or permi...

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