Network video recorders (NVRs) are at the centre of today’s IP video security systems

Network video recorders (NVRs) are at the centre of today’s IP video systems. The video surveillance market includes a wide range of NVR choices for integrators and end users alike. NVR appliances include purpose-built machines that have embedded software systems as well as servers that are sold by video management system (VMS) software vendors and that have been pre-installed and preconfigured with their latest software capabilities.

This article will take a look at some of the latest NVR products available on the market.

Many choices, common interface

Hikvision provides a full line of NVR appliances, ranging from 4-, 8- and 16-channel plug-and-play models with integrated 802.3af/at PoE to the enterprise-level 9600 Series with options for up to 256 channels. Hikvision’s 9016HQHI “Tribrid” recorder in its Turbo HD line can connect analogue, IP and HD-TVI cameras simultaneously. It has 16 analogue inputs that autodetect HD-TVI or traditional analogue and 16 IP inputs that support cameras with up to 6-megapixel resolution. All of Hikvision’s NVRs use a common graphical user interface (GUI), so integrators only need to learn one GUI.

Targeting commercial applications

Bosch offers a line of video storage for customers who have up to 128 channels with a focus on storage and all-in-one video management solutions. Bosch targets commercial applications, such as retail and hotels – anywhere from small stand-alone sites to multi-site applications.

Bosch’s all-in-one DIVAR IP appliance comes fully loaded with video management software and advanced features that set Bosch appliances apart, according to the company. This includes built-in Dynamic Transcoding technology, which comes standard in the DIVAR IP appliances. Dynamic Transcoding together with the free Video Security app offer instant access to smooth live streams or HD images from a mobile device, regardless of available bandwidth.

Pre-verified and tested hardware

Genetec network security appliances provide access to pre-verified and tested hardware configurations for video surveillance and access control deployments. Preloaded with Windows, Genetec Security Center and application wizards, Genetec network security appliances reduce the time and effort needed to deploy and commission systems in the field.

Genetec has invested in growing its portfolio of network appliances to suit the requirements of projects in various industries, ranging from compact appliances for small sites to highly scalable solutions for more complex system deployments.

For SMBs and other single-site
customers, the appliances offer
a flexible, cost-effective solution
for replacing aging DVRs or
deploying new IP video solutions

The Genetec line of NVR appliance products starts with the SV-16, an entry-level appliance, designed for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMB). The SV-32 is designed specifically to meet the needs of larger retail and banking customers. The SV-32 is also powerful enough to host the Genetec mobile server for handheld/mobile devices (smart phones or tablets) with access to advanced mapping functionality.

The Genetec SV-PRO is the best suited for mid-sized enterprise and commercial, governmental and education verticals requiring the support of up to 100 cameras/256 readers. Essentially a 1U rack-mounted server, the SV-PRO was designed to accommodate up to 16 terabytes of storage with available RAID configuration options for added reliability.

Finally, the partnership between Genetec and BCDVideo has yielded a whole range of robust servers for deployments of large-scale, enterprise surveillance systems. The BCDVideo SuperNova Series servers can scale to hundreds of cameras offering on-board storage for up to hundreds of Terabytes. Through BCDVideo, Genetec also offers high performance client workstations designed to use Security Center GPU decoding capability to display more cameras and higher resolution video from a single workstation.

ONVIF-compliant, integrated system-in-a-box

Panasonic System Communications Company of North America brings a range of end-to-end surveillance and recording solutions to the market. The new WJ-NV300 is an ONVIF-compliant, fully integrated network video surveillance system-in-a-box providing full HD and 4K camera viewing and recording of up to 32 channels through a built-in mouse-driven graphical user interface and featuring flexible camera and storage expansion options. There’s no PC required for this all-in-one device, which offers 128Mbps recording bandwidth and two internal HDD slots with 3 and 4 terabyte drive storage capacity. Other features include: built-in full HD video decoder via dual HDMI outputs; real-time H.264 re-encoder to improve streaming to mobile terminals; and free Security Viewer 2.1 Free Android/Apple iOS APP supports mobile control.

The i-PRO WJ-ND400 Network Video Recorder records up to 64 network cameras simultaneously with multi-format recording in H.264, MPEG-4 and JPEG to deliver recording performance to meet the needs of today’s high-resolution IP cameras. The recorder supports up to nine removable 3 and 4 terabyte drives, and flexible recording modes include: Emergency, Scheduled, Manual and Event as well as playback video motion detection search.

A flexible and hardware-agnostic approach

As a software company committed to remaining hardware-agnostic, OnSSI works with leading server manufacturers like BCDVideo, Iomnis, Seneca and VVST to bundle their hardware with OnSSI’s Ocularis video management software, primarily Ocularis PS, Ocularis IS and the newly released Ocularis 5.0 Professional products. When dealers and integrators purchase these appliances, Ocularis is pre-configured, pre-licensed and ready for installation at their customers’ locations.

Latest assortment of NVR products and solutions cover a wide market range
ONVIF-compliant, hardware-agnostic
approach, 
flexibility and scalability are
some of the features 
trending in the
latest NVR products
 

By partnering with a number of industry-leading server providers to deliver appliance solutions powered by OnSSI’s Ocularis VMS, these bundled devices can be easily scaled and configured to meet the needs of end users and applications of all sizes. For SMBs and other single-site customers, the appliances offer a flexible, cost-effective solution for replacing aging DVRs or deploying new IP video solutions. Banks, convenience store chains, pharmacies and other multiple-site customers benefit from the convenience of a single, easy-to-use solution for managing and storing video from all of their locations. For larger sites, appliances powered by OnSSI offer the ability to quickly and easily scale their surveillance solutions to accommodate additional appliances as needed and/or to mix and match multiple versions of Ocularis within the same system without incurring additional licensing fees.

Building blocks for a customised, scalable solution

The Milestone Husky Series consists of all-in-one network video recorder (NVR) appliances. Pre-installed and optimised with Milestone System’s video management software (VMS), the industrial-grade surveillance solutions are designed to perform in a variety of configurations to suit any customer – from a single flower shop to a complex multi-site educational campus. Milestone Husky integrated solutions offer entry-level workstation and rack-mounted models. Any business is able to mix multiple models, cameras, and even third-party add-on software for a customised, scalable solution that reduces total cost of ownership without compromising on quality and Milestone’s feature set.

Milestone NVR appliance products include the Milestone Husky M10, an entry-level product for single location business such as retail shops and restaurants. Offering greater customization options, the Milestone Husky M30 easily integrates Milestone XProtect VMS add-ons and third-party hardware and software for comprehensive surveillance solutions, aimed at markets such as education. The Milestone Husky M50, also pre-installed with Milestone XProtect VMS, is a fully-customised, rack-mounted unit, with the highest storage capacity, memory and CPU power for large, complex surveillance environments such as a banking deployment.

Using Milestone Interconnect, all Milestone Husky NVRs can be extended beyond a single site installation using the Milestone high-end XProtect Corporate platform for a centralised view of all connected sites plus the advanced features from the VMS.

Dahua’s large portfolio of
NVR products and solutions
cover a wide market range.
Each NVR series targets a
specific market

Offering Strong Stability and Reliability

Dahua’s complete NVR lineup ranges from entry-level to high-end. For example, the Beneficio series integrates 4K and H.265, giving a good balance of performance to price. This series is suitable for small applications such as home, small office and convenience stores. Dahua also has Pro and Super NVR series that offer strong stability and reliability with integration of value-added functions such as intelligence, POS integration and fisheye dewarping for medium-to-large applications with sophisticated demands.

Dahua’s large portfolio of NVR products and solutions cover a wide market range. Each NVR series targets a specific market. For example, the NVR6000 series is applied in airports and safety city projects, while the NVR4000 series is for retail shops and offices.

Dahua’s robust R&D capability enabled it to introduce an ARM-based H.265 4K NVR. Capabilities provide integrated functions beyond basic demands, such as VMS, POS and fisheye dewarping that make storage simple and smart. Dahua also offers interoperability through partnerships with other third party brands to broaden the selection range for customers. Dahua also emphasises technical support.

Share with LinkedIn Share with Twitter Share with Facebook Share with Facebook
Download PDF version Download PDF version

Author profile

Larry Anderson Editor, SecurityInformed.com & SourceSecurity.com

An experienced journalist and long-time presence in the US security industry, Larry is SourceSecurity.com's eyes and ears in the fast-changing security marketplace, attending industry and corporate events, interviewing security leaders and contributing original editorial content to the site. He leads SourceSecurity.com's team of dedicated editorial and content professionals, guiding the "editorial roadmap" to ensure the site provides the most relevant content for security professionals.

In case you missed it

What are the challenges and benefits of mobile access control?
What are the challenges and benefits of mobile access control?

There is a broad appeal to the idea of using a smartphone or wearable device as a credential for physical access control systems. Smartphones already perform a range of tasks that extend beyond making a phone call. Shouldn’t opening the door at a workplace be among them? It’s a simple idea, but there are obstacles for the industry to get there from here. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What are the challenges and benefits of mobile access control solutions? 

Securing a sustainable future
Securing a sustainable future

The UK Government has set out an ambitious ten-point plan, known as the green industrial revolution, with an aim “to forge ahead with eradicating its contribution to climate change by 2050.” This makes our government the first major economy to embrace such a legal obligation. Green recovery Acknowledging climate change and meeting net-zero is a demanding challenge especially for those affected by the pandemic. But the UK Government, with the launch of its aspiring strategy, is investing everything in its power to promote a ‘green recovery.’ Here, Reece Paprotny, Commercial Manager and Sustainability Champion at Amthal, highlights how the fire and security industry has an opportunity to use the current recovery period to explore its own sustainable journey and embrace the significance of environment, economic and social collaboration, transparency, and accountability. Employing sustainable technologies Pressure is mounting on construction to find ways to reduce emissions and help meet net-zero targets The perception is that COVID-19 presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to re-write the existing rulebook. This is riding on the significance of changing public support for more environmentally friendly living opportunities, with associated cost savings, efficiencies, and cleaner industries. Innovative sustainable technologies are the key to kickstart this route to success.  Nowhere can this be seen more than in the built environment, which currently contributes to 40% of the UK's carbon footprint. Pressure is mounting on construction to find ways to reduce emissions and help meet net-zero targets. This is through the entire life cycle of a building, to reduce their impact on the environment from planning stages, through build and demolition. Building the right environment By creating the right policy environment, incentives for innovation and infrastructure, the Government can encourage companies to seize the sustainable opportunities of new technologies and value chains linked to green sectors. They can accelerate the shift of current carbon-intensive economic and industrial structures onto greener trajectories, enabling the UK to meet global climate and development goals under the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Transparent working practices Each industry sector is expected to engage and pledge its support to achieve the significant deadlines. Every company can make a difference, even with small steps towards a sustainable future. So whilst elements such as safety and security represent just one component of building the right sustainable environment, it paves the way to opening up our sector to greater efficiencies, transparent working practices, and encourages collaborative use of resources. Sustainability in security The security sector has a significant opportunity to incorporate ‘going green’ into its practices In fact, the security sector has a significant opportunity to incorporate ‘going green’ into their processes, and practices. This is right from product lifecycles to more environmentally friendly work practices when it comes to maintenance and monitoring services. When integrating environmentally friendly practices, starts with the manufacturing and production of the wide variety of systems in operation for the security sector. And some certifications and guidelines can be achieved, such as the ISO 14000 which looks into eliminating hazardous materials being used which in turn will reduce carbon footprint.  Upgrading supply chain process Observing the complete supply chain and working with partners to reduce unnecessary travel, shipments, and transportation of products, can all contribute and create sustainable processes.  In the maintenance and monitoring of products, it is essential installers and security specialists consider their own environmental impacts. Simple changes such as switching company vehicles to electric options for site visits can make a significant difference to climate change and improving air quality. Presenting sustainable ways of disposing of products at the end of their natural lifecycle is key to change in our sector. This is especially in the security industry where many customers will need a complete overhaul of outdated solutions or need systems upgrading due to changing threat levels. Sustainable evolution Progress is being made, specifically in the fire and security industry, in its sustainable evolution. Businesses are trying to develop a reputation for “sustainability” or “good corporate citizenship.” And it has gone well beyond the theory to the practical, where companies recognise activities have an impact on the environment and are also reviewing the social and economic influences. Three pillars of sustainability In a recent interview, Inge Huijbrechts, the Global Senior Vice President for safety and security and Responsible Business at Radisson Hotel Groups sees her vision to combine safety, security, and sustainability. Inge focuses on three pillars, namely, Think People, Think Community, and Think Planet. Think People means that we “always care for the people in our hotels and our supply chain.” So, in outwards communications, safety and security were always part of the Think People focus area. Think Community is caring and contributing in a meaningful way to communities where we operate. Finally, Think Planet makes sure that “our footprint on the environment is as light as it can be in terms of energy, water, waste, and carbon, and making sure that we incorporate sustainability into our value proposition.” Moving forward Apprenticeship schemes are integral to ‘think people’ and have a role to play in the social impact on the security industry There are immediate actions that can be taken by companies in the security industry to support sustainable development, working right from within a company to supporting industry-wide initiatives. From a social perspective, at a foundation level, “Think People’ can see the Living Wage Foundation as an example of a commitment to a team.  This is for businesses that choose to go further and pay a real Living wage based on the cost of living, not just the Government minimum. Apprenticeship schemes are also integral to ‘think people’ and have a pivotal role to play on the social impact on the security industry.  It addresses the sector-wide issue of finding employees with the right mix of skills to collaborate and meet discerning consumer demands for increasingly smart security solutions for homes and businesses. Impact of the full lifecycle of products From an environmental view, or ‘think planet,’ we need to collectively look at all elements of our industry, with a desire to analyse the impact of ingredients used, supply chain, or manufacturing alone, and also consider the full lifecycle of our selected products from creation to end of life. As Jamie Allam, CEO Amthal summarises, “This is a long-term, sustainable investment in our people, our products, and our business based on our values.” “When put together, a social team which feels empowers and operates in environmental optimum working conditions is in a position to provide a great experience to our customers, creating an economic positive difference. It forms the basis of a sustainable sector vision for the security industry-wide to adopt.” Taking action Amthal is taking action based on the ready-made universally agreed UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Also known as Global Goals, these are at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member states. This agenda is a plan of action for people, the planet, and prosperity. By being an early adopter, we believe we can engage with customers, partners, and suppliers on these issues and generate opportunities to innovate for mutual and industry sector benefit. Together, we can contribute to building a more sustainable security sector and future, and contribute to the UK Government’s green industrial revolution.

What is the impact of privacy concerns on physical security?
What is the impact of privacy concerns on physical security?

Adoption of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by the European Union in 2016 set a new standard for data privacy. But adherence to GDPR is only one element, among many privacy concerns sweeping the global security community and leaving almost no product category untouched, from access control to video to biometrics. Because privacy concerns are more prevalent than ever, we asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What is the impact on the physical security market?