IndigoVision will be revealing for the first time a new range of high-performance standalone Network Video Recorders (NVRs) for its complete end-to-end IP Video solution at the ASIS 2009 show. The new NVR-AS 3000 range has more than double the performance of the company’s existing models and has excellent green credentials with extremely low power consumption.
Each NVR can record video and audio from up to 64 cameras and playback up to 20 video streams at full framerate simultaneously. Several models are available with different storage capacities from either integrated fixed disks or hot-swappable removable drives. All the NVRs use the latest hard drive technology from Seagate, with disks that have been developed for continuous video surveillance recording. Each disk drive has a 5-year warranty.
The high-performance specification of the new NVRs, coupled with IndigoVision’s class-leading compression technology means that each NVR can record both MPEG-4 and H.264 video from multiple cameras for long periods. For example, a single NVR-AS 3000 could record H.264 video from 32 cameras continuously at 4SIF, full framerate, based on moderate motion levels for 50 days.
As with all current IndigoVision standalone NVRs, the new 3000 range is based on a robust LINUX architecture and provides high-levels of redundancy. The new models can be configured to have RAID 0, RAID 1 or RAID 5 disks and all have redundant network connections and internal power supplies with redundant power connectors. Using ‘Control Center’, IndigoVision’s Security Management Software, users can implement advanced redundancy strategies. NVRs can be configured to work as failover backups and mirrors for primary NVRs. The backup NVR can continuously record the same video in parallel as the primary NVR (mirroring) or automatically takeover recording if the primary NVR fails. Due to the distributed architecture of IndigoVision’s IP Video solution, the backup NVRs can be located at a different physical location to the primary NVRs, adding further to the resilience of the system. Sophisticated webs or chains of NVR redundancy can be implemented allowing the user to choose their level of redundancy based on a risk/cost analysis.
Alongside the NVR-AS 3000 IndigoVision is also launching the Compact NVR. Based on the same technology, the Compact NVR is designed for smaller applications such as retail outlets and commercial premises. The unit allows 20 cameras to be recorded and played back at the same time and consists of a single removable drive for easy archive or securing of evidence. The Compact NVR is smaller in size than the NVR-AS 3000 and can be mounted horizontally or vertically.
The NVR-AS 3000 range has extremely low power consumption ranging from 32W (Compact) to just 53W (RAID Array). This means running costs are much lower compared to PC-based recording servers with attached storage. They can be stacked densely in a 19 inch rack and any AC cooling plant can be smaller, both helping to reduce the overall cost of the recording solution and physical footprint - an important consideration in many control and plant rooms.
The ‘AS’ in NVR-AS 3000 stands for ‘Alarm Server’ and means that each NVR can also store system-wide real-time alarm information that is configured in ‘Control Center’. This ensures that automatic alarm events can still operate even though a ‘Control Center’ workstation is inoperative, adding further redundancy to the system. A typical event would be an access control alarm, generated from an attempted illegal entry, triggering the nearest camera to pan and zoom to a pre-configured position so that the area around the entrance could be monitored and recorded.