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Commerical vs Consumer


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Consumer vs. Commercial Grade

For years the Commercial Surveillance system could clearly boost better quality and usability, high end DVRs, superior quality cameras and dedicated customer support.

Here at Signature Surveillance we install high-end consumer grade systems. We call them Enterprise Systems. The analog and IP systems that we install can boost many of the same better quality and usability features once only available on commercial systems. Our Analog systems currently have HD cameras that are rated as high as 900TVLs and IP HD cameras that boost megapixel quality. Couple these great image producing cameras with DVRs (analog) and NVRs (IP) that record in D1 resolution at 30 FPS per channel and suddentyl you realize the gap that seperates commerical and our Enterprise systems have narrowed to a thin line. POE (Power over Ethernet) capable IP systems allow cameras to be powered by internal and external network POE switches that drastically extend the range and flexibility of system installation and layouts. Our Enterprise systems have Internet and mobile device connection that use cloud technology. This enables our Enterprise systems to connect easily without having to consider network packet routing, firewalls and DNS provided services.

I have never installed commercial systems and I am certain that there are still differences other than the price. In my research of commercial systems, I have found that they have Storage expansion capabilities (NAS, Proprietary). eSata was listed as a benefit but our Enterprise systems now have that capability. Most of what I have found is only required for specific applications, specific clients (not our clients).

Watch the following video and for those of you that can remember the time when the superior Betamax DVR ruled the video recording market over the VHS. Remember how that gap narrowed and the VHS finally overtook the market entirely. I wouldn’t be surprised if several years from now something entirely different does’ come along and replace both the commerical and Enterprise systems that’s currently on the market. Did the DVD do that to the Betamax and VHS markets? For now I place my bet on the more economical, high quality Enterprise systems we install and support here at Signature Surveillance.



How Sony Lost the Original Home Video Format War



Remember a few years ago when Blu-ray battled HD-DVD in the high-def DVD format war? Sony and Blu-ray ultimately won out, but there was a time when the electronics giant wasn't as successful in getting its way.


As the Engineer Guys explained, the first home video recorder to hit the market back in 1975 was from Sony, and used the company's Betamax format. Soon after that, JVC released a competing home video recorder that was lighter, cheaper, and used VHS format tapes that could hold a two-hour movie instead of Betamax's one-hour limit—and that was the key.


As a result, VHS was readily embraced by the video rental industry because a single cassette could hold an entire movie. And it was that slight advantage in popularity and price that eventually gave VHS a greater market share that grew and grew until Betamax became nothing more than a footnote in the history of consumer electronics. If only Sony had released the PS3 back in the late 70s with built-in Betamax support, things might have been different.


The gap between Commerical and Consumer systems have narrowed.

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