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No, NVRs are not "Outdated"

Recently, a competitor started claiming that On-Board Camera Storage is replacing "Outdated NVRs." On-Board Camera Storage is a Great Supplement to NVRs, but only using on-board camera storage is as smart as putting your application server on your AC pad.

What's the claim?

There's a security camera company that has been claiming that "outdated NVRs" are being replaced by on-board camera storage.

Who is Making the Claim

This claim is part of a section of their sales pitch which, depending on the salesman, implies or directly states, that only their equipment is secure. This sales pitch claims that the use of NVRs is somehow "outdated." This sales presentation spreads misinformation about the way that a NVR works.

Actually, "One of the Fastest Ways to Lose You Job" is Considering Outdoor Data Storage

One of the most oft repeated phrases in this company's presentation is that getting a NVR is "one of the fastest ways to lose your job." First, anyone using this degree of fear to sell should raise red flags. A good sales pitch educated and informs. It doesn't sell on fear. (We hope you recognize that we're using the phrase, ironically.) But let's talk about all the reasons why getting rid of a NVR is a terrible idea.

1. Two is Better than One, but Seven Backups is Best

One of the most dangerous aspects of this sales presentation is that it makes it seem like you have to choose between storage on the NVR level or camera level, when you can easily get both.

Many IP cameras models have the ability to have backup storage on the camera and at the NVR level. As long as you aren't considering budget level IP cameras, you should be able to setup on-camera storage and storage on the NVR.

With a SCW system you can easily get 9 different types of copies of the video if you want:

 on-board camera storage
 storage on the NVR
 a hot swap NVR (a backup NVR in a different on-site location)
 FTP backup of events with our Snapshot feature
 RAID on the NVR
 a backup via eSata through the NVR
 a NAS backup through the NVR
 a backup on your monitoring station through our CMS
 a backup in the cloud by either utilizing our Cirrus service or several other services that our cameras are compatible.


You can choose as many or as few of these as you want. There's no reason to reduce your options down to just on-camera storage.

2. Don't Store Company Data Outside

You wouldn't install a company server on your AC pad.

Storing video on a SSD or hardened flash drive in a camera outside - and nowhere else - is a terrible idea. Outdoor cameras are the most likely cameras to be vandalized or damaged. Most (and all of our) IP cameras will alert you if they are disconnected, damaged, have their image obscured, are painted, or turned to face a new direction. After you receive this alert, you'll want to rest assured that video wasn't destroyed if the camera was smashed or stolen. Having the files on the NVR means that a vandal would have to pass through multiple layers of security: having to get past your video surveillance, access control doors, and alarm systems.

Additionally, this solution only sends low resolution thumbnails to the cloud, which means that if the camera is vandalized, there's no cloud-based central repository for meaningful HD video data. There's just low resolution thumbnails.

you wouldn't put your server outside

3. The Entire Point of Security is to Create a Secure Perimeter.

Security exists to secure something, sometimes that is your family, sometimes that is money or inventory. In a corporate or government environment, the top priority always includes company and consumer data. That sensitive data needs to be in the most secure section of your building - usually in your server room or innermost vault.

Your surveillance footage also needs to reside in the same location because if your security footage is disabled, deleted, stolen, or destroyed, it becomes impossible to tell if other data was also accessed. Placing the storage outside means that a potential threat doesn't have to pass through as many security checks, as data that is stored in your inner sanctum.

Here's the Truth

Having only one copy of your surveillance footage is bad. You can easily get multiple copies of surveillance footage by using a NVR and IP camera system.


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    Learn when you would use VCA


    Remote Viewing


    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing

    How Patent Wars have changed Browser Support


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    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
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    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
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    Learn about automatic backup footage options



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    1 Click Firmware Update

    Learn when you would use VCA


    Remote Viewing


    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing

    How Patent Wars have changed Browser Support


    Hardware


    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    POE Switches for flexibility in cable runs
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Footage Download via USB

    Learn about automatic backup footage options



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    Software


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    Video Content Analytics (VCA) Search
    VCA Event based Email Alerts
    Remote Footage Download
    1 Click Firmware Update

    Learn when you would use VCA


    Remote Viewing


    Smartphone Apps
    Tablet Apps
    Windows Apps
    Mac Viewing Apps
    Internet Explorer Viewing

    How Patent Wars have changed Browser Support


    Hardware


    Cat5e (RJ45) Ethernet to Network
    Standard 3-Prong Wall Plug
    POE Switches for flexibility in cable runs
    VGA Monitor Out
    4K HDMI Out for TVs/Monitors
    Footage Download via USB

    Learn about automatic backup footage options