IP vs. Traditional CCTV: An Industry Roundtable (part 1)

Integrators and manufacturers weigh in on the pros and cons of deploying the different video surveillance systems

Provinsal: IP video provides a means of linking data. End-users are driving the convergence through their demand. Analog data was an obstacle that existed in the past. The majority of analog cameras are being converted to an IP format in a DVR for storage. The end-user can use the IP formatted data on the DVR in the same manner as video from an IP camera or NVR. SDKs and other types of software interfaces to the data now enable convergence of video security and other systems.
Forest: IP-video is one of many contributing forces that are driving security convergence. The ability to share video over a LAN/WAN is beneficial to corporate security. End-users can leverage existing analog cameras to support convergence efforts by deploying video encoders that convert the analog video signal to a digital signal that can be transmitted across the IT backbone to a recording solution that supports IP video.
Aronson: IP video can be delivered anywhere on the data network. This is a major enabler for leveraging the video system across lines of business. Analog technology inhibits this. Use of video outside of the security infrastructure requires some type of IP encoding.
Gorovici: IP-based video is driving security convergence the same way the Internet drove business practices. It is the only logical path for the future growth of the security industry. IP video employs the latest technology, which allows for more robust features and functionality. It is more cost-effective and provides the greatest level of scalability and flexibility.
Rakow: IP video facilitates communication between video surveillance and access control — this is the heart of convergence. Analog cameras can be fitted with signal converters, but it is not quite as good.
Surfaro: Both technologies offer opportunities for convergence by means of getting the video system funded. Funding for security solutions requires justification and metrics for any deployment. When a physical security professional is able to make a business case for deploying an electronic security and surveillance system, funding comes more quickly and the collaboration with other internal departments such as IT strengthens their position within the organization.
Banerjee: IP video’s ability to be integrated into many different enterprise systems — POS, manufacturing/process controls and with other security functions — has spurred convergence within end-user organizations. Analog cameras can be used in integrated systems, as long as IP video encoders are installed to create streams of digital video that can traverse the network.


  • Guy Apple, vice president of marketing and sales for Network Video Technologies (NVT)
  • Phil Aronson, president of Aronson Security Group
  • Dr. Bob Banerjee, product marketing manager of IP Video products for Bosch Security Systems Inc.
  • Jean-Pierre Forest, CPP, director of security solutions for Avigilon
  • Eli Gorovici, president and CEO of DVTel, Inc.
  • Duncan Havlin, vice president of product management for Samsung GVI Security
  • Mickey Lavery, system specialist for I2C Technologies LLC
  • Fredrik Nilsson, general manager of Axis Communications Inc.
  • Mark S. Provinsal, vice president of marketing and product strategy for Dedicated Micros Inc.
  • Joel Rakow, Ed.D., president of Ollivier Corporation
  • Moti Shabtai, Executive VP, Strategy and Products, NICE Systems
  • Steve Surfaro, Group Manager, Strategic Technical Liaison, Panasonic Security Systems

Please check out SecurityInfoWatch.com/STandDextras to read part 2 of this roundtable see the panel’s answers to these questions:
• What’s the best or most efficient way for end-users to migrate from analog to an
IP-based video surveillance solution?
• Are megapixel and HD technology driving increased migration to IP-based video?
• Does a lack of operating standards impact the effectiveness of IP-based video?
• How much longer will analog remain a viable technology choice for end-users, or, when do you see the security industry migrating to IP-based systems exclusively?