Defining the NVR category

Lines blur in recording mediums


Caswell said that currently in the market enterprise quality is more important and that’s what users are demanding.
“So the expectations are higher and as a result, suppliers of standalone DVR products are now introducing server-class motherboards. They’re introducing Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) systems, either within the box, which is what you need in a distributed environment or as a centralized storage and enterprise feature, like failover for the applications. Those are becoming the standard within any of the higher-end systems.”

When it comes to the reliability of a product, whether a DVR or NVR, the questions seem simple, according to Caswell. What happens if the recording station itself fails? Do I care enough to make sure if the recording continues on? “And if you can answer those questions, then you have an idea of whether you have an enterprise solution or just a standalone, check-the-box solution.”

Manufacturers in the NVR and DVR communities owe it to security resellers to make sure they are clear on what their systems can and cannot do and how they fit into the convergence space. If reseller’s can’t install a product without a major headache and roadbumps along the way, they won’t use it. These product categories are still currently viable, but the future is unclear. With everything moving to virtualization and hosted services, both these categories won’t be around forever, so it’s going to take some spot-on thinking by manufacturers to save these products and present migration strategies everyone can live with in the interim.

NVR Roundup


ACTi’s NVR Enterprise can support up to 64-channel simultaneous live view, remote recording for video backup and real-time playback. Other features include local schedule, event recording and eMap function.


American Dynamics’ VideoEdge NVR is a turnkey solution that lets you turn most standard commercial off-the-shelf computers into appliance servers. The bootable installation disc automatically installs an embedded Linux operating system, Web server, network security and storage applications to get you up and running within a couple of minutes.


Aventura Technologies’ License-Free NVR Version 7.0, offered in both hardware and software platforms, is available in a hybrid architecture to support legacy analog inputs. The feature-rich solution has a wealth of standard features from video analytics to PSIM to a virtual matrix.


The Q8108-R NVR from Axis Communications is designed for easy and discreet installation, as well as operation in vehicles. It supports HDTV recording and has an integrated PoE switch that offers an easy and cost-effective solution for powering as many as eight network cameras recording at full frame rate. It can be delivered as an out-of-the-box-ready solution withintegrated hard disk drives and AXIS Camera Station video management software.


Instek Digital provides an out of the box solution for Enterprise Digital Video Surveillance–fully integrated and tested high-end NVR software and hardware. The internal storage options of the “Box” range from 2 HDD, 4, 8, and 12 and the external extended storage options are flexible from SCSI to network iSCSI.


JVC’s VR-N1600 16-channel NVR is designed for large-scale surveillance systems. Milestone software is pre-installed and pre-licensed so there are no hidden or additional costs. All-in-one design including viewing, recording and playback assures high reliability and easy maintenance.


Kintronics’ IPNVR36CX8-NVR supports up to 64 cameras and up to 8 TB of storage in the server. The complete NVR system includes a computer that’s built to the exact system requirements and NVR software from OnSSI. It uses network attached storage and other secondary storage to increase the capacity of the system. It stores over 30 days of video depending on number of cameras, resolution, frame rate and motion detected.


QNAP’s VS-8040U-RP VioStor NVR is the 8-bay, 2U chassis network surveillance system designed for high quality megapixel recording, mass storage capacity and real-time monitoring. Based on Linux OS, the NVR supports 40-channel H.264, MxPEG, MPEG-4 and M-JPEG recording.


The TimeSight NVR reduces both risk and storage requirements via Video Lifecycle Management (VLM) resulting in higher video image resolution and longer retention times at a reduced cost. By leveraging the power of VLM, TimeSight can store months or years of high resolution video, in a single, “pizza-box” sized appliance.