Getting the best performance out of your network video recorder

The network video recorder (NVR) records your surveillance video and audio but also ties the entire security system together. If it fails, it can put your entire security camera system out of action. Situations like this can be avoided by choosing the right NVR. With an Axis NVR you will get an out-of-the-box ready recording solution that simplifies every step from design to maintenance. And it is a perfect match for other Axis products.

Imagine this: During the last week, your shop has seen increased shoplifting. On top of that, cash has been missing from the register. No worries, you have a network security camera system, so you will know what is going on.

However, when you sit down to go through your recordings, the monitor is blank. There is nothing on the recorder. Malfunction. Bye-bye evidence.

The recorder ties the system together

A network video recorder (NVR) is one of those set-and-forget pieces of hardware equipment that should always work, in this case, helping you to protect your staff, goods, and premises.

Its primary function is to store video and audio recordings, but a recorder is more than a hard drive. It also works as a server, connecting the whole system and all its devices. It can, for example, provide live images and power other devices.

If your NVR fails and you can’t access your recordings, it is a dramatic blow to your video surveillance system. NVR failure can occur if the system isn’t designed correctly or not performing well enough. For example, the CPU may not be powerful enough, or there could be a network disruption.

Future-proof your recording solution

Choosing the right NVR is not always easy. For system integrators, a common pain point is to select a model that is sure to work with the surveillance camera system that their customer needs.

“It’s hard to know in advance that the NVR will be able to cope with the number of devices and amount of data it will handle,” explains Rémy Javelle, Global Product Manager, Axis. “It also needs to be future-proof, in case new features are released or if updates affect its performance.”

During installation, it can be complicated to configure the system as it was initially designed. “Post-installation, it’s important to document the configuration in case anything is changed in the future,” Javelle says. “Video management software tools such as AXIS Site Designer and AXIS Installation Verifier will address this effectively.”

Easy to design, install and operate

“At Axis, we can provide an end-to-end experience for video surveillance systems, which will significantly simplify the process,” Javelle explains. “You’ll get all the hardware, software, and support that you need from one supplier.”

One significant advantage of an Axis NVRs is that it provides an out-of-the-box-ready setup. It is easy to install and operate. The compact size makes it a good fit even if space is limited, for example, in a small shop’s backroom.

When you choose an Axis end-to-end solution, you can access several useful tools, including AXIS Site Designer and AXIS Recorder Toolbox. These tools simplify and eliminate mistakes during configuration, make maintenance more straightforward, and keep your system updated.

“Axis supports the entire end-to-end solution, and we won’t give up until we have solved any issues,” says Javelle. “As an installer, you don’t have to spend time – and money – going back to the site. Users don’t have to worry about discontinued components or updates.”

One purchase gives you total TCO control

If you have a network surveillance system with components from various suppliers, you may end up with multiple license fees. Buying cheap may turn expensive down the line when there are additional costs, for example, when you need to export files.

The Axis license model is simple. You pay an initial fee – one device means one license. There are no hidden, additional costs. It gives you full control of the total cost of ownership.

Handpicked products that you can rely upon

Axis end-to-end systems include carefully handpicked equipment matched to provide optimal performance. By selecting the right components for each product and testing it thoroughly, we can offer you a low failure rate, high availability, and a long lifecycle. And our offer goes beyond the hardware to include AXIS Camera Station software.

It doesn’t matter where in the world you are located. You will get the same high standard of support. Axis will handle certifications for most countries globally to ensure that customers don’t need to certify or worry about any of the products they buy from Axis.

If you want to learn more about Axis NVRs or end-to-end solutions, try AXIS Site Designer and design an AXIS end-to-end Solution using the one-click Recording Solution Selector. It is an easy way to find a recommended solution for your needs. Or get in touch with your local Axis sales representative for a demo.

And don’t miss this practical guide to choosing your next NVR.