Defining the NVR category

Lines blur in recording mediums

VIVOTEK’s NR7401 NVR provides an elegant recording solution for VIVOTEK network cameras and allows users to perform real-time monitoring and recording up to 9 channels at the same time. The integrated PoE function reduces cabling problems, making NR7401 a cost-effective recording system.

NUUO’s IP+ version 3.2 software allows for an easier management and cross-over from DVRs to NVRs and allows users to simultaneously record and display live different frame rates and resolutions. The multiple live-view display assists remote operators and users to obtain a different live video stream from multiple NUUO servers such as DVR, NVR and Hybrid. A dual monitor displaying up to 128 channels is a new function exclusive to this model.

Sidebar: IMS beacon on NVRs
SD&I magazine recently discussed the state of network video recorders (NVRs) with IMS Research Analyst Gary Wong, Wellingborough, England.

SD&I: Where do you see the market for NVRs headed?

Wong: In a global sense we see the market continuing to grow rapidly for hardware NVRs. However it is growing quicker in some regions than in others. For example, in Asia there is a greater affinity for hardware NVRs than in North America or Western Europe.

SD&I: IMS recently released their “10 for 2010” report on upcoming trends in video surveillance, in which you predicted that network camera prices will drop in 2010 and video management software will evolve in 2010. How will that affect the growth of NVRs?

Wong: The growth of VMS will not necessarily impact the growth of hardware NVRs. While there is preference for VMS rather than hardware NVR solutions in the U.S. and Western Europe, we see both forms of recording continuing to grow strongly over the next three to four years. The adoption of VMS is partly project driven. At the lower end of the market, if you are only talking about a 16-camera project, it makes sense to have a hardware-embedded device but if you’re talking about projects of 100+ cameras, it generally makes more sense to switch to the software solution.

SD&I: In what areas, DVRs, NVRs or VMS, can we expect to see the most growth for 2010 and beyond?

Wong: At the enterprise level, we see enterprise DVR growth dropping off over the next few years and as enterprise systems transition towards IP, NVR and VMS adoption will increase. In a global sense, we see DVR growth slowing over the next five years and VMS growth strengthening.

SD&I: In 2007, IMS released a report predicting that by 2010, the combined market for network cameras, video servers and NVRs was forecast to exceed $2.6 billion. Have you found that we have met that predicted forecast?

Wong: Unfortunately that forecast has not held true. When the forecast was initially released in 2007, it underestimated the severity of the economic downturn and as a result, we haven’t really seen the $2.6 billion target. We estimate that network video surveillance sales in 2010 will be around the $2 billion mark.