NVRs make it easy to benefit from HD solutions and integrations to access control, alarm systems, intercoms and other technologies Developments in the IP video camera market have a direct impact on the other components in a system. With the emergence of higher definition cameras – whether 4K cameras or 8K or even higher – the market now needs back-end devices that can perform the decoding work. Also, more intelligence is needed, including smart functions such as people counting and heat mapping – and there are more functions on the way, according to video manufacturer Dahua. The adoption of a stronger algorithm (i.e., H.265) will facilitate development in the industry, and Dahua has already established a complete solution based on H.265. Most people are over-optimistic about cloud storage, according to Dahua. The fact is, unsafe or unstable networks can cause a great loss of data in some cases unless there is a local backup, according to the company. NVRs make it easy to benefit from HD solutions and integrations to access control, alarm systems, intercoms and other technologies. Customers should also pay attention to convenience and intelligence. In Dahua’s home-use NVR portfolio, PoE or Wi Fi versions can make configuration super easy. NVRs for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) have additional intelligent functions that are helpful for analytics. “The trend has always been that users seek the ability to record at the best resolution and best frame rate, with the best storage compression to provide them with the ability to store video longer, while keeping costs low,” comments Jessica DeCotis, North American Marketing Manager of Bosch Security Systems. “These capabilities are getting better every year with each new product release.” Supporting advanced compression and mobile access The trend has always been that users seek the ability to record at the best resolution and best frame rate, with the best storage compression to provide them with the ability to store video longer, while keeping costs low Other manufacturers are also responding to changes in the market. Panasonic says the move to higher-megapixel cameras and true 4K HD imaging requires more advanced compression recording algorithms as well as the flexibility to support storage onboard cameras or “at the edge.” Panasonic’s advanced NVRs incorporate distributed processing and H.264 compression algorithms to improve bandwidth utilisation while also accepting HPEG-4 and JPEG formats to allow simultaneous, live viewing of multiple cameras. Remote and mobile access by the end user and the integrator is also a growing trend. Installers and end users want to be able to use their choice of device – smart phone, tablet or PC – to access their NVRs and set parameters for recording or viewing recorded streams. Panasonic NVRs support mobile access and control via apps that enable mobile camera monitoring and recorder management through compatible smart phones and tablets. Scalability and third-party compatibility Apart from utilising powerful, yet reliable, hardware, the engine that makes Genetec’s Security Appliances so robust and scalable is Genetec Security Center. Based on its open-architecture, the unified Genetec Security Center platform seamlessly integrates access control and video surveillance, while maintaining support for third party integration and a range of IP cameras, encoders, readers and door controllers. Scalability is also well maintained through the Genetec Federation feature that allows customers to centralise their monitoring, reporting, and alarm management in one location, fed from multiple sites or organisations.