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Getting the best performance out of your network video recorder

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.

How IP intercoms can enhance video surveillance systems

Customer attitudes and demands have continued to shape the security sector, driving ongoing market and industry changes. As a result, new use cases have emerged for security and safety, related to building access, communication and control across a variety of sectors. These have set the scene for security professionals to rethink how intercom technology is being used, taking advantage of advanced capabilities to help intelligently support end users and system owners. This would span automated monitoring and remote management to convenient, safe and secure ways to grant access to premises.

Smart intercoms deliver value

IP intercoms continue to grow in popularity, due to the increased functionality they support. This is true for all segments of the market, from advanced enterprise level security systems to private residential properties. Integrating technology into IP intercoms ensures that organizations have the flexibility to incorporate the functions they need for their business, especially when it comes to remote access.

Contactless methods (for example, QR codes or Bluetooth) are becoming more popular due to concerns around health and hygiene. These also simplify operations by allowing the distribution of temporary access rights digitally, in contrast to manually handling physical keys or access cards, which can be time consuming and costly for security personnel.

Implementing intelligent video or audio analytics capabilities can further support security teams by detecting incidents and triggering actions. For example, if an unauthorized person enters a restricted area or loud voices (or even gun shots) are detected, the intercom can automatically alert security staff, start a video recording and play a deterring message.

When integrated with an access control system, a similar response can be triggered when someone has been denied access. This can be done directly from the intercom, provided it has a built-in camera. If additional identity verification is needed (for example, if an access card has been stolen and the individual is attempting to use it), then this can be done by visual inspection.

Improving efficiency and security for both residential and commercial premises

Security managers are tasked with monitoring multiple entrances to a premise and controlling entry, regardless of the type of property. This can be difficult to achieve manually, but IP intercoms allow security teams to manage visitors and maintain safety from a centralized location, which may even be off-premise.

For residential properties, IP intercoms can offer improved convenience through remote unlocking of doors for known visitors, such as couriers. Calls from visitors can be received on a dedicated answering unit in an apartment, on a tablet when sitting in the sofa or on your mobile device when at work, whatever is most convenient at the time.

It’s a similar scenario in professional environments, where it can also be integrated with the corporate phone system and answered on the normal reception phone, or even in the video management system on the screens in the security office.

Thinking beyond traditional applications

Outside of the more common door access role, organizations are becoming more aware of the benefits of IP intercoms. New cases are arising in a number of sectors, which require technology to support staff in remote monitoring and communication.

In the healthcare sector, patient monitoring can be challenging from both a staffing and personal safety point of view. This is especially true for busy medical facilities, where multiple patients may require intensive care by a reduced number of staff. IP intercoms can support medical professionals by allowing them to reliably monitor and communicate with more patients, using high-res imaging and bi-directional audio capabilities. In addition, this type of technology helps reduce patient contact, thereby mitigating exposure to infectious diseases and helping to conserve on personal protective equipment (PPE).

This remote approach is also seen in other sectors. For retailers, deliveries are always coming and going. Controlling building access can be time-consuming and inefficient for store staff, IP intercoms allow them to control access for visitors – especially delivery drivers needing to access loading bays – without interfering with or distracting from other tasks taking place during the working day.

In recent times, many organizations have changed their routines when it comes to working remotely or on-site. For schools, offices and industrial companies, keeping track of who is entering premises is more important than ever, when it comes to protecting assets and people, but also from a liability perspective. An intercom can allow organizations to handle and manage visitor access and can be an important tool for tracking activities and events should an incident occur.

Investing in IP intercom solutions yields rewards

As security and safety demands change, organizations are continuing to look for technology solutions which are intelligent and integrated. IP intercoms offer many functionalities, especially when incorporated with video surveillance, access control and audio capabilities. The flexibility that these systems offer allow organizations to use them in a way that suits their needs and specific use cases – even outside of traditional applications. Ultimately, implementing IP intercoms will help support different types of staff in a number of scenarios, allowing them to perform at a higher standard, while improving efficiencies.

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