Professional video recorders, everything you need to know
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Companies are increasingly demanding advanced professional video recorders to improve their video surveillance systems and increase the security of goods and people.

These video recorders are managed with a VMS solution that allows monitoring the CCTV system, cameras, recorders, interphones and any device in the video surveillance system.

What are VMS solutions for video surveillance systems?

The technology consultancy Gartner defines a video management system (VMS) as a solution that “organizes a surveillance workflow by integrating, mainly, cameras, encoders, recording systems, underlying storage infrastructure, client workstations. , gateway systems and analytics software, by providing a single interface for managing the video surveillance infrastructure ”.

VMS manage the video surveillance infrastructure and, above all, manage events provided by IP or analog devices integrated into the system. This management translates into carrying out specific tasks such as sending an email, capturing photos or activating or deactivating relays.

These systems are implemented in technological architectures that can be simple and complex and differ from each other based on different parameters such as the number of cameras, the days of recording, the physical location of the cameras, etc.

The technological architectures of VMS systems can be traditional or in the cloud . Both implementations have advantages and disadvantages, and choosing one or the other will depend on the risks that you want to assume based on the advantages obtained.

Next, we show the pros and cons of implementing a VMS with traditional architecture and architecture in the cloud , based on the notes of the engineer Gastón A. Addati in a text from the CEMA University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and from the contributions of the CISO of LANACCESS, Antonio Marco in this article .

Disadvantages of implementing VMS with traditional architecture

According to Addati, these are the main drawbacks of implementing the system with traditional architecture:

1. High initial cost. Companies that do not have servers, storage devices, or high-speed networks that allow VLANs to be configured, infrastructure maintenance, backups, etc., have to invest a large amount of money at the beginning.

2. Investment in qualified technical personnel. Implementing a VMS solution in a traditional architecture requires highly qualified technical personnel with advanced knowledge to support the architecture, give it maintenance and act in case of emergencies.

3. Stoppage of activity. Maintenance tasks on these traditional architectures are typically performed when the system is idle. This hurts the company, since it will suffer stoppages in its video surveillance service.

However, despite these disadvantages, traditional architecture also offers different benefits, according to the same author.

Advantages of implementing VMS in a traditional architecture

These are the most prominent benefits of implementing a VMS system in a traditional architecture:

  • High speed. Because data is stored locally, the highest possible speed is guaranteed , as there are virtually no delays on a local gigabit Ethernet network.
  • Maximum possible security. Assuming that total security does not exist, local storage offers great security, since it is not exposed to cyber attacks .
  • No recurring expenses. Local VMS video recording systems are owned and purchased and do not require a recurring service fee. It is paid once at the beginning and never again .

Despite these benefits, a cloud VMS system also offers distinct benefits, according to Addati.

Advantages of implementing a cloud-based VMS

These are the main benefits of implementing a VMS in a cloud architecture for companies:

I – Low initial investment: Companies do not have to invest large amounts of money up front to implement or manage a complex IT infrastructure. All you need is an Internet connection and the payment of a periodic fee for life.

II – Constant update. The software is always up-to-date and, therefore, the system does not force the activity of the video surveillance service to stop .

III – Mobile administration. In a cloud architecture, administration can be done from any device with an Internet connection , be it a computer, a tablet or a smartphone.

However, despite these benefits, the CISO of LANACCESS, Antonio Marco , considers that a cloud-based VMS system also has different drawbacks.

Disadvantages of implementing a cloud-based VMS

These are the main drawbacks of implementing the system with cloud architecture:

  • Lack of visibility and control: If the right tools are not implemented, the company that opts for a cloud solution can lose the visibility of the network and the control of key aspects of IT management and security.
  • Data Breach: IT professionals can better protect sensitive company data by exerting great control over network infrastructure and physical hardware.
  • DDos attacks: Businesses are migrating their workloads en masse to the cloud and this is known to the attackers. They know that if they invest in these attacks, they can reap a lot of benefits. To counter these attacks, they have to invest money in advanced security solutions that hamper the productivity of the company.

Of all the VMS on the market, the LANACCESS VMS is the one that offers the most advantages to companies. It allows to react earlier and better , thanks to the automated proactivity of the system processes and in the most intuitive and user-friendly way.

All the advantages that the LANACCESS solution offers compared to other solutions on the market are possible thanks to its advanced features.

Discover the advanced features of the LANACCESS VMS

The LANACCESS VMS solution has different outstanding modules:

Central station

It is the heart of the VMS , where operators have access to the main and most used functionalities:

  • Video in real time.
  • Viewing and downloading of recordings.
  • Interactive maps.
  • Security and technical alarm console.
  • Video wall control .
  • Intercom.

Control Panel

With this module, administrators will be able to configure the VMS and parameterize it according to their requirements and carry out the following tasks:

  • Equipment registration.
  • Editing and managing permissions and users.
  • Maintenance tasks scheduling.

State of the Park

This module allows to know in real time and in a simple way the status of the security devices through the following tools:

  • Web Report.
  • Supervisor.
  • Alarm Manager (Technical and Security).

Download server

It is a recordings download service that automates processes and allows downloads to be carried out on servers.

It is useful to avoid losing performance when balancing the workload on different computers.

The process of downloading to servers is automated and scheduled in a delayed manner in those hours with little workload on the equipment and the network allows this process to be expedited unattended.

Streaming server

This module makes it possible for remote users with a limited bandwidth connection to view the video captured by professional video recorders, made in Spain .

Video viewing is carried out by multiple operators without duplicating streams and preserving low speed link resources.

It is useful in two specific use cases: banks connected with law enforcement agencies and in the comprehensive management of city chambers (traffic, municipal offices, etc.).

App

The LANACCESS VMS has an App that allows in a cyber- safe way to access the visualization or recordings of the CCTV system at any time and in any place from a tablet or smartphone.

Integrations

The LANACCESS video surveillance system is open to the integration of new devices that offer added value to companies:

  • IP cameras.
  • IP video intercoms.
  • Automatic doors (via IP).
  • IP speakers.
  • POS system (points of sale) and ATMs.
  • IP input and output modules.
  • Infrared IP spotlights.

LANACCESS also has an SDK (standard protocols) to integrate the solutions in third-party platforms.

If you are interested in benefiting from an advanced VMS solution with all these features, you should contact us. LANACCESS is the best video surveillance solution that companies have to take advantage of the advantages of digital transformation and maximize the security of goods and people.

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