Hanwha Techwin America respond positively to worldwide 1TB HDD shortage
Hanwha Techwin America respond positively to worldwide 1TB HDD shortage

Samsung has taken positive action in response to the worldwide shortage of 1TB HDDs by introducing new models to its H.264 SRD series of DVRs. "The immediate availability of these new models will ensure continuity of supply to our customers during a time when all market sectors, and not just the security industry, are affected by the severe shortage of 1TB HDDs," said Peter Ainsworth, Senior Product Manager for Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd. "A new 500GB storage version, which shares the same features as the other DVRs in the SRD series, offers an easily upgradable and cost-effective solution for those looking for the best quality digital video recording." Samsung has also introduced models which are being supplied without HDDs to give customers the flexibility to purchase additional approved HDDs by way of one of its HDD upgrade kits, which can be easily installed on-site without voiding the warranty of the DVR. These are available as 500GB upgrades and there are currently limited stocks of 1TB or 2TB upgrade kits also available.The eight and sixteen channel models all have built-in DVD drives featuring Virtual Progressive Scan (VPS) which eliminates the problem of blurred edges on moving objects, to provide picture-perfect still frames whilst a built-in web-server allows live and playback viewing options with the ability to back up incidents via a web browser. A dual codec operation delivers different streams for both high performance recording and optimised transmission, and selected models offer both Pelco Coaxitron and Samsung SSVC coaxial control protocols to provide users with full control of camera functions, as well as access to set-up menus from the convenience of a control room.Additional installer and operator friendly features include a multiple language on-screen display and a fully removable back panel so that hard drives can be swapped and upgraded without having to unplug all the cables.  Data from ATM, POS or access control devices can be captured with the text data saved along with associated images to be played back if required at a later date.Available from all Samsung distributors, the new DVRs are offered with full support services from Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd, including free system design, free technical support and a full three-year warranty.

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Hikvision introduces revolutionary DS-9016HFI-S Intelligent Hybrid DVR
Hikvision introduces revolutionary DS-9016HFI-S Intelligent Hybrid DVR

HIKVISION DS-9016HFI-S Intelligent Hybrid DVR supports H.264 video codec, offering real-time viewing and playback with the resolution up to 1280X720, as well as 1280X1024 resolution in VGA displays. The unique feature of the product is its intelligent video analytics and seamless joint of analogue and IP solution.Besides, DS-9016HFI-S supports self-diagnosis, reporting and processing once malfunctions occur. The user-friendly GUI of DS-9016HFI-S comes with Windows-style interface and an aesthetic, efficient operating panel.Key Features:Support IP camera with resolution up to HD 720p (1280X720), as well as support analogue cameras and IP cameras simultaneously in two ways: sixteen analogue cameras plus eight 4CIF IP cameras, and sixteen analogue cameras plus four mega pixel IP cameras.High resolution VGA displays (1280X1024).Support Digital Zoom in preview and playback mode.Mouse control PTZ movement.Support maximum Hard Disk Drives capacity (more than 2 TB).                                                           Recorded file can be locked in order to prevent the data from being overwritten. Locked file can also be unlocked.HDD can flexibly be set in redundant mode, read-only mode, or read and write mode.Easy to manage backup device by formatting, creating folder, and playing recorded files in backup device.Support remote downloading with resuming capability.Manage and configure IP camera (ex. compression parameters, motion detection, and sensor alarm) locally on DS-9016HFI-S Intelligent Hybrid DVR. 

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Dahua unveils new video recorder - XVR
Dahua unveils new video recorder - XVR

Dahua Technology, a manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China, recently announced the launch of XVR which is a true Penta-bird video recorder.  Dahua XVR is ideal for all recorders, supporting 4 mainstream analogue camera types in the market as well as IP cameras. It offers compatibility as well as storage flexibility.   Penta-brid Dahua XVR is a newly developed HD Video Recorder based on industry leading open structure to be compatible with multiple access technologies. It is the perfect solution to upgrade existing video surveillance systems. XVR supports 4 mainstream analogue camera types in the market, not only traditional CVBS (analogue) camera, but also HDCVI, AHD and TVI, as well as IP camera. Moreover, XVR recognises the signal formats from cameras automatically, including both Dahua cameras and third party cameras. True plug & play makes operation more user friendly and convenient. All these features make XVR a true Penta-brid video recorder.  Compatibility POC (power over coaxial) helps XVR to simplify users’ network cable construction, eases the wiring of power cable and maximises users’ benefits. In addition, users can switch video channel type in OSD menu or HDCVI UTC controller.  High performance Dahua XVR changes to a newly designed chassis with low-noise fan and hive structure heat dissipation. Smart H.264+ Codec is applied to XVR to save up to 50% bandwidth and storage. The upgrade of power electronics components and interface protection enhances XVR’s quality in terms of anti-crosstalk, anti-ESD and anti-surge.

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Verint Nextiva EdgeVR high-performance IP-based network video recorder for large-scale video operations
Verint Nextiva EdgeVR high-performance IP-based network video recorder for large-scale video operations

Verint's Nextiva® EdgeVR™ is an enterprise-class, IP-based Network Video Recorder designed for large-scale, geographically distributed operations. Available with hybrid IP/analogue capabilities, this true IP video solution more readily scales to IP video operations than analogue-based, hybrid NVRs, for greater long-term value and lower migration costs. And with all of the features that you've come to expect in a Verint® Network Video Recorder - high-quality imagery, optimised bandwidth utilisation, a secure embedded operating system, and industry-leading system interfaces - EdgeVR delivers superior performance and unsurpassed value. Hybrid system and superior H.264 performance EdgeVR delivers high-resolution images for both recording and live video viewing. Built with an innovative and powerful H.264 video compression engine, EdgeVR provides superior video quality at significantly lower bit rates, reducing storage and bandwidth requirements. Available with a hybrid analogue/IP video option, this intelligent NVR can support up to 64 IP and analogue video cameras. And EdgeVR is fully integrated with Verint's industry-leading Nextiva multi-port video encoders, wireless edge devices, and IP cameras, so it can be easily incorporated in almost any security surveillance system. Ideal for large-scale video operations Built on Verint expertise from more than 80,000 DVR implementations, EdgeVR provides the reliability, scalability, and flexibility that large-scale operations need. EdgeVR features RAID1 support, an embedded operating system for superior security, redundancy, and reliability. This high-performance NVR also provides powerful programming capabilities, flexible storage options, and the ability to set different resolutions, frame rates, and image retention for general surveillance, motion detection, transactions, and alarms. EdgeVR supports VGA, composite or DVI outputs, with one monitor used for quad or full-screen display and the other for full-screen sequencing. Users can search for and view video by time, date, transaction, or event. And day-at-a-glance, week-at-a-glance, and motion-based searches help users quickly pinpoint video of interest. EdgeVR operated with Nextiva Op-Center for centralised, enterprise-wide NVR management and Vid-Center for remote, enterprise-wide NVR viewing.

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Honeywell adds mobile capabilities to Performance Series DVR
Honeywell adds mobile capabilities to Performance Series DVR

Honeywell has announced new mobile remote access capability to its popular HRDP H.264 digital video recorder (DVR). The new Remote -View app allows users to view live video on their Apple iPhone® from CCTV surveillance systems that use Honeywell's HRDP H.264 DVR.Users download the free Remote-View app from the Apple iTunes store and set up connection parameters. Then, they simply select the DVR from a drop-down list and click Connect to see live video on their iPhone device. Instead of using a computer in order to bring up a GUI or web browser where they can dial in, the functionality is completely mobile."Today, almost everyone is carrying a wireless device of some sort," said Bill Durno, global product marketing manager, Honeywell. "This new app allows anyone with an HRDP H.264 DVR, Internet connectivity, and an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to see their office or home anytime, anywhere within the coverage area for their mobile device. We also expect to support additional mobile platforms to increase remote access capability in the near," added Durno.The HRDP H.264 DVR, part of Honeywell's cost effective Performance Series portfolio of video surveillance products, supports a feature set comparable to many high-end embedded DVRs but at a much lower price. The DVR offers H.264 video compression for clear crisp video and extended storage times. It also supports a user-friendly front panel control, mouse operation, and IR remote control, wizards for fast and easy setup, and graphical search engines to help operators find evidence video quickly. An internal DVD-RW and two USB ports make it easy for users to copy evidence video to portable media.The HRDP records at a rate of up to 200 ips PAL. When it detects motion, the HRDP can automatically boost the recording rate to capture additional details of the scene. It is ideal for a wide variety of surveillance applications requiring high image per second recording or for capturing maximum detail of activity through building entrances and exits, such as small to medium-sized retail, financial, warehouse, and educational facilities.For more information visit www.honeywell.com/security/uk/performance.Apple, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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Hanwha Techwin America’s new four-channel H.264 DVR provides users with multiple remote viewing options
Hanwha Techwin America’s new four-channel H.264 DVR provides users with multiple remote viewing options

The SRD-440 is fully compatible with the free Samsung iPOLiS MOBILE app which can be downloaded from iTunes and the Android market. It supersedes the SRD-450 and is likely to be equally popular with installers who are looking to recommend an economically priced recording solution for small retail and office environments, and particularly so where the user wishes to keep a watchful eye on their premises out of business hours. “Although priced as an entry-level DVR, the SRD-440 certainly does not compromise on quality,” said Peter Ainsworth, Senior Product Manager for Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd. “It is equipped with a range of impressive features including the ability to record high quality CIF video in real time across all channels, as well as single channel audio recording, whilst there is the option to record up to 4-CIF over selected channels.” The SRD-440 also provides users with the option to remotely view live or recorded video over the Internet via a browser and is supported by Samsung’s license free NET-i Viewer software which enables the centralised monitoring, control and administration of Samsung DVRs and iPOLiS network devices, even when the client has multiple sites and is using a mix of analogue and IP equipment. The utilisation of ‘network-friendly’ H.264 compression ensures the SRD-440 makes the most of available bandwidth whilst also maximising the amount of video, which can be stored on the SRD-440’s 500GB internal hard disk drive. A built-in USB slot provides a quick and easy way to extract recorded video of any important incidents. A 22 language graphical user interface has been designed to make it easy for users with minimal training to configure and control the SRD-440 and when needed, to take advantage of the wide range of search and playback options. Available from all Samsung distributors, the SRD-440 is offered with full support services from Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd., including free system design, free technical support and a full three-year warranty.

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Network friendly entry level 4-channel DVR from Hanwha Techwin America
Network friendly entry level 4-channel DVR from Hanwha Techwin America

Samsung has introduced an entry level 4-channel Digital Video Recorder (DVR) for small retail, office and domestic environments. The SRD-450 provides users with the option to remotely view live or recorded video over the Internet via a browser, even on a smart phone, and thanks to the utilisation of ‘network-friendly' H.264 compression, which is far more efficient than other compression methods; the SRD-450 makes the most of available bandwidth to display quick and clear video. The use of H.264 compression also maximises the amount of video which can be stored on the SRD-450's expandable 500GB internal hard disk drive. To further make best use of the internal hard disk drive, the SRD-450 can be programmed to only record if activity is detected by its Motion Detection feature, whilst recorded video of any important incidents can be easily backed up via a USB output using an easy to operate search facility. Although offered at a budget price point, the compact SRD-450 does not  compromise on quality and is equipped with a range of impressive features including the ability to record high quality CIF video in real time across all channels, with the options to record up to 4-CIF over selected channels, and single channel audio recording. With only five sets of buttons on the front panel and a simple to understand on screen display menu, the SRD-450 has been designed for ease of use. Remotely accessing video over the Internet, for example, is as simple as inputting the DVR's IP address onto a web browser and then entering a user name and password. The SRD-450 features a cool running design that negates the need for a fan resulting in completely silent operation, which makes the SRD-450 ideal for domestic applications where any noise might inconvenience the customer.  As is the case with all Samsung professional security products, the SRD-450 is offered with full support services from Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd, including free system design, free technical support and a full three-year warranty.

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Digital video recorders (DVRs) - Expert commentary

ONVIF Profile T and H.265: the evolution of video compression
ONVIF Profile T and H.265: the evolution of video compression

In today’s market, efficient use of bandwidth and storage is an essential part of maintaining an effective video surveillance system. A video management system’s ability to provide analysis, real time event notifications and crucial image detail is only as a good as the speed and bandwidth of a surveillance network. In the physical security industry, H.264 is the video compression format used by most companies. Some companies also employ H.264 enhancements to compress areas of an image that are irrelevant to the user at a higher ratio within a video stream in order to preserve image quality for more important details like faces, license plates or buildings. The H.265, H.264’s successor, will be increasingly used for compression in the future. Some companies are already using H.265 in their cameras and video management systems, while a host of other manufacturers are certainly preparing for its broader adoption in the years to come. Video compression technologies Reduced bandwidth and storage requirements are the primary benefits of video compression technologies Reduced bandwidth and storage requirements are the primary benefits of video compression technologies. In some cases, H.265 can double the data compression ratio of H.264, while retaining the same quality. Increased compression rate translates into decreased storage requirements on hard drives, less bandwidth usage and fewer switches – all of which reduce overall costs of system ownership. H.265 compression delivers a lower bitrate than H.264, which is relevant to end users and integrators because the lower bitrate reduces strain on hardware and can reduce playback issues. It’s very important that the compression format that is used is supported in all of the different components of a system: cameras, desktop computers on which the VMS is running and the VMS itself. It is also good for end users and integrators to understand the basics of video compression. Having a basic understanding of compression allows users to tweak settings to reduce bandwidth usage even more. Many cameras come with default settings that can be changed to ultimately reduce costs. ONVIF physical security In the physical security industry, ONVIF is working to incorporate into its specifications the use of new formats such as H.265 but is not directly involved in developing the compression standards themselves. With Profile T, the new ONVIF video profile released will employ a new media service that is compression agnostic. This means that it can support new video compression formats, including H.265, as well as new audio compression formats, with the ability to include new video and audio codecs as needed in the future without having to redesign its media service. In the physical security industry, ONVIF is working to incorporate into its specifications the use of new formats such as H.265 Standardisation organisations that are directly addressing new compression standards include the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) and a joint commission of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)/International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), which is addressing the coding of audio, picture, multimedia and hypermedia information. Other compression formats on par with H.264 and H.265 are being developed by companies such as Google. H.265 compression formats Using products that employ H.265 compression will reduce costs through bandwidth reduction, as will changing default settings on cameras, which are often conservative. Having a basic understanding of compression formats and how to tweak camera factory default settings also gives integrators the ability to further reduce bandwidth for added costs savings and increased system performance. These enhancements will analyse which parts of an image are most important and adjust local levels of compressions accordingly It is also worth noting that H.265 enhancements will likely be developed by camera manufacturers to further reduce bandwidth, as was the case with H.264. These enhancements will analyze which parts of an image are most important and adjust local levels of compressions accordingly. While H.265 itself is ready for prime time, its value as a tool for IP-based surveillance systems is dependent on support for the codec in all parts of the system – the VMS, server hardware, graphics cards and camera. Though widespread H.265 adoption is predicted, providers of these components are jumping on the H.265 bandwagon at different rates of speed. ONVIF is including support for H.265 in its new video profile, Profile T, because it believes it will become the most widely used compression format and ONVIF recognises the need to anticipate that migration as a future need of the industry. The new media service, which will be implemented with Profile T, will be future-proof in that when new compression formats are released in the future, ONVIF can adopt them very quickly. That flexibility will definitely help integrators.

HD over Coax provides cost-effective video surveillance upgrade
HD over Coax provides cost-effective video surveillance upgrade

According to IHS Market, it is estimated that there are over 60 million security cameras in the United States, and other reports say these cameras capture more than four billion hours of footage per week. Over the last decade, IP camera technology has dominated the conversation as it has provided users with a broad offering of enhanced image quality and features. With a large percentage of existing security systems relying on analogue, many end users looking for high definition (HD) video quality have been forced to take on a complete system overhaul. Infrastructure overhaul for HD video To make the switch, customers would need to change everything, from cameras to hardware to wiring– not to mention the lengthy installation process that would ensue. IP cameras also require higher Internet speeds and more cloud space. Whether constrained by budget, bandwidth or storage, many end users have been unable to adopt this new video surveillance method.Thanks to technological advancements within the security industry, HD over Coax offers a viable solution for integrators and end users alike Thanks to technological advancements within the security industry, HD over Coax offers a viable solution for integrators and end users alike. By utilising the current Coaxial cables, this offering yields high definition video, while requiring minimal infrastructure changes and is an optimal surveillance choice for security customers. Plus, with new advancements and updates being made frequently to this technology, there is a solution for every security need. The enhanced alternative of HD over Coax has been warmly welcomed in the security industry, thanks to its simple solutions and ever-evolving features. Many new analogue HD cameras are “plug and play,” able to connect directly to existing Coaxial cables. This eliminates the need for a complete system change, creating cost-savings for the end user and an enhanced video quality offering. Easy solutions for HD video As a result, integrators can cost-effectively upgrade their customer’s surveillance solution while using their legacy infrastructure, making it an attractive option for end users and an easy sell for dealers. Latency in video is another common issue with network-based camera systems, where even the slightest delay in video surveillance can hinder security response HD over Coax cameras themselves are always expanding and evolving to meet a wide array of security needs. With the introduction of fisheye and multi-sensor cameras, users now have a multitude of coverage options, not to mention the introduction of 4K bringing resolution options to the same level as IP. Some newer technologies are even touting 4K cameras paired with 4K digital video recorders (DVRs) made specifically for analogue systems. Longer cables grant transmission for up to 1600 feet, double the distance of standard analogue solutions, and triple that of IP systems. This single cable is able to transmit both HD video and audio. Recently, broadcast quality audio over Coax has become available in limited models, a substantial improvement over older analogue technology, which was unable to transmit audio. Stopping video delay Latency in video is another common issue with network-based camera systems. Even the slightest delay in video surveillance can hinder security response. IP cameras are forced to compress and packetise their video for transmission. The outcome of this is a reduced number of images per video, which in turn causes delay. HD over Coax on the other hand, delivers an unlimited amount of HD images in real time, with smooth motion and impressive clarity. Additionally, the point-to-point transmission delivers uncompressed video free of lag. Another touted benefit is that, unlike IP networked cameras, analogue systems provide a more secure video transmission. With so much sensitive information housed on a businesses’ network, adding another point of network access through an IP camera can create concerns for cyber security risks. HD over Coax delivers an unlimited amount of HD images in real time, with smooth motion and impressive clarity Preventing network hacking With HD over Coax, the physical connections between the camera and DVR prevent network hacking. By keeping the video surveillance system offline, security professionals are able to direct their attention to the physical threats at hand, rather than having to focus on deterring cyber security risks. One of the primary difficulties of deploying HD video solutions is the fact that many older systems utilise a wide variety of HD standards and platforms. To make matters more complicated, after HD over Coax was brought to market, manufacturers raced to create their own version of this technology. Today, the most popular proprietary standards are HD-CVI, HD-TVI and AHD. However, integrators and customers found that attempting to manage multiple HD technologies proved to be near impossible.Integrators and customers found that attempting to manage multiple HD technologies proved to be near impossible Diversifying surveillance through one DVR To combat these issues, manufacturers have introduced products with more flexibility to their portfolios. One example of this is the penta-brid DVR which grants the ability to seamlessly integrate multiple technologies deployed across one application. This means that systems with diverse camera brands and technologies, such as a mix of HD-CVI, HD-TVI, AHD, analogue or IP, can be connected through one DVR. For many end users with legacy analogue systems, penta-brid DVRs give them greater freedom to choose between a variety of solutions, rather than being limited to one option. With video resolution increasing, the space needed to store the footage is similarly rising. Penta-brid technology has been able to adapt to these evolving needs, giving users ample storage space to house the HD and 4K surveillance video with some of the newest models including H.265 compression.  HD casino surveillance made simple For casinos, HD images are critical for identifying unauthorised personnel and unlawful behaviours to create a safe environment for guests and staff While HD over Coax is beneficial to many end users and integrators, those in the casino and hospitality markets find it crucial. With a combination of high profile guests, large amounts of cash on hand, constant crowds and strict industry regulations, reliable video surveillance is a must. Deploying new IP systems comes at a stiff price. When looking to upgrade their video surveillance, casinos must also be mindful of the installation process. When moving to an IP-based system, ripping out old wires and replacing them with new is the standard practice. This practice can be both disruptive and costly, not to mention gaming regulations require casino activities be monitored at all times so a complete system shutdown would result in revenue loss. This cost can be hard to justify, especially when the current legacy analogue system remains in working condition with only the lower image resolution to date it. For these scenarios, the most cost-effective option is to leverage the legacy infrastructure, replace the existing cameras with new devices, and reap the benefits that HD video has to offer without any lapse in security. For casinos, HD images are critical for identifying unauthorised personnel and unlawful behaviours to create a safe environment for guests and staff. HD over Coax cameras now offer the same resolution as IP cameras with a plug and play approach, that cuts down on expense without sacrificing quality. For businesses and applications that are unable to adopt IP technology, whether it be cost or time prohibitive, HD over Coax now features most of the same benefits IP has to offer without breaking the bank. By providing clear images in real time, maximising existing infrastructure, and affording cyber security benefits, HD over Coax provides an attractive solution for many end users and integrators.

Video surveillance must modernise in storage, recording and on-demand access
Video surveillance must modernise in storage, recording and on-demand access

Dollars spent by video surveillance customers must go towards ensuring high-availability capture, storage and on-demand access to live and archived video. Reaching this goal mandates high-availability of independent components – camera, network, storage (edge, external), internet connectivity, display, all Video Management Software (VMS) components and an architecture that can take advantage of this. In this note, we focus on seeing our way through to a video surveillance architecture, that provides high availability storage, access to live and stored video content. Of all options available to store recorded video, edge recording is the only one that is unaffected by network failure Edge recording Of all options available to store recorded video, edge recording is the only one that is unaffected by network failure. This makes edge storage a must-have. But, this has some limitations at present: Edge storage capacity is limited. Edge media has a short lifetime, rated only for thousands of hours of continuous recording. Most cameras are not secure and physical damage to the camera could lead to catastrophic loss of edge stored content. As storage and compression technology evolve, the constraints imposed by (1) and (2) could go away. However, securing cameras will continue to be a barrier for most installations. Secure external storage It is thus imperative to also store video in secure external storage. Such an architecture uses edge storage to fill in content gaps created by network, external storage outages. As edge storage technology improves, larger gaps can be filled in, but one will always need external storage. By our definition, ‘external storage’ is a solution stack that includes storage media and all software (including VMS) that provide access to this storage. Access to live and archived video Access to live video can either be met by external storage or directly by the camera Every surveillance solution needs to provide access to live and archived video. Access to live video can either be met by external storage or (and) directly by the camera. All things being equal, having the camera directly provide live video access, is a higher-availability solution. There is dependence on fewer components in the chain. Solutions in the market use one of the above two approaches for access to live video. Due to limited capacity and low physical security of edge storage, it makes sense at present, to have external storage meet all requests for archive video. Thus, we are led to an architecture that has heavy dependence on external storage. Dual-recording For high-availability, external storage must be architected with redundancy. Ideally, independent components that make up external storage – storage media, associated hardware and software (including VMS components), should be individually redundant and have smart interconnectivity. However, solutions in the market rigidly tie these components together. Failure of a single component causes failure of external storage. For e.g. hardware failure of a server causes VMS component failure AND storage failure. DR provides a smart way to provide high-availability for external storage For these solutions in the market, high-availability is achieved by having additional external storage units that step-in during outages of primary units. If these additional units continuously duplicate primary units, access gaps are minimised, and archive access is un-affected during primary unit outages. This is the idea behind Dual-Recording (DR).  To meet cost budgets, these additional units can be configured to store subsampled (framerate, resolution) video content. A small number of additional units can support concurrent outages of all primary units. A few-to-many redundancy. Rising need for dual-recording Most cameras cannot be physically secured, and video content produced by a camera must be stored externally. Many VMS solutions use external storage to service live video access requests. Edge storage limitations impose restrictions on edge archive access at present. So, external storage is used to service requests for archive access too. Thus, a surveillance system ends up being over-dependent on external storage. DR provides a smart way to provide high-availability for external storage. As edge storage improves, it will be able to service archive access requests. VMS software will need to evolve, to use this capability smartly.