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Healthcare: Importance of integrating legacy analog with new IP video surveillance systems

Cost is often a major consideration when it comes to deciding whether or not to upgrade video surveillance technology. While many corporations, schools, and government facilities may be eager to embrace the latest technology available, budgets often dictate their adoption rate.

Nowhere is this struggle more evident than in the healthcare market where many hospital camera systems are greater than five-years old and comprised of analog-based security surveillance systems. Since hospitals are vast and diverse environments, with multiple floors and entrances and the need to continuously protect employees, patients and visitors, the number of camera systems at these facilities can be significant. The average hospital of 300-500 beds can have as many as 200 cameras installed, but for many larger hospitals that number can be much greater.

When faced with such a large-scale task of upgrading the camera system, what is a hospital security department to do? Because hospital security staff are often managing video from hundreds of cameras, it’s important for them to have a single interface to view live and recorded feeds from both analog and IP cameras.

Many hospitals are beginning to recognize that there is a migration path that enables them to integrate legacy, analog cameras with new IP surveillance cameras and leverage the benefits of both types of technologies. By implementing a unified solution it provides a single solution to manage video from both DVRs and NVRs.

Offering a unified solution approach provides a clear technology migration path. It’s important to give security directors the necessary tools to incorporate newer technology over a period of time, but still have the ability to use their existing analog cameras and recorders. They want to maximize their investment and strategically switch to IP without engaging in an endless cycle of rip and replace.

Taking a unified solution approach also provides healthcare facilities with the flexibility to add megapixel camera technology when and where they need it most. In addition, hospitals with multiple campuses also have the added benefit of pushing critical information to operators in different locations, enabling them to view surveillance footage or alarms immediately.

For the healthcare industry, these technological advancements are critical to ensuring they have the resources available to continue to deploy the best security solutions possible

The victor unified video management solution from American Dynamics can help your healthcare facility better manage its migration to IP. Also, visit the Healthcare Security Solutions area on the Tyco Security Products website for more on security integrations.

Has your healthcare facility migrated its surveillance system to IP? If so, how was the experience? If not, what questions do you have about IP migration?

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  • posted at 3:37 pm
  • November 10, 2011

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