In these tough economic times, there are many companies that simply will not consider an upgrade to a new IP video system. Still, you can achieve a significant upgrade to your CCTV surveillance without a complete system replacement. Start by thinking about which cameras in your system would really benefit from an update. You do not have to replace them all - start with the critical scenes that make the most difference. Then think about an update to your monitors - small money and a big difference.
Finally, start replacing your recording devices focusing on the critical cameras (likely the cameras you just upgraded). Sure, it is not a new system, but squeezing a big performance increase out of your current installation for a small amount of money may be the next best thing.
Rich Anderson is the president of Phare Consulting, a firm providing technology and growth strategies for the security industry. A 25-year veteran of high tech electronics, Mr. Anderson previously served as the VP of Marketing for GE Security and the VP of Engineering for CASI-RUSCO. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.