Integrated Systems

Video management

by Mark Rowe

A server-based CCTV system running Aimetis Symphony video management software (VMS) is competitively priced against an NVR-based system, even when camera numbers are small, according to the Aimetis UK distributor, Security Buying Group.

However, unlike most network recording systems, Aimetis allows for unlimited expansion, with little or no risk of system obsolescence, it is claimed. Cameras can be added individually, or well into the hundreds. The software features analytics of all types; specification of server and camera failover paths; definition of camera record resolutions and frame rates in ambient and alarm modes; automatic optimisation of video streams for client viewing; joining multiple sites, servers and buildings together for central management and operation; inclusion of RAID and other storage options; and allowance for unlimited client views.

Paul Scott is technical manager at Security Buying Group, the UK’s Aimetis distributor. He said: “When Aimetis Symphony software is deployed on a single server it is a very cost-effective, IP CCTV solution. Aimetis systems have a high camera density, allowing over 100 cameras per server with real-time recording and multi-client viewing. This means a VMS is by far the most effective approach for an expanding or continually changing CCTV system. Cameras can usually be added very easily, without adding extra servers. This eliminates the need for an escalating number of NVRs and their management. Whatever the expectation of the CCTV system, Aimetis has the flexibility and capability to handle it, now and well into the future.

“Aimetis allows systems and sites to be joined as “server farms”. A simple license upgrade on a video channel enables analytics capability. A wide range of different manufacturers’ IP cameras are compatible, from Axis to Vivotek. Whatever the CCTV and security strategy being implemented, Aimetis remains competitive in small and large IP systems alike.”

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