Good security is a good business practice. Stores, medical clinics, service stations, restaurants, banks, credit unions, libraries, parking lots, and other public areas all benefit from video surveillance as a crime deterrent and evidence when an event occurs.


Digital security surveillance (DSS) solutions using IP cameras and network video recorders (NVRs) have radically improved video surveillance. Today’s DSS solutions offer the following advantages:


  • Image quality.  IP cameras provide superior evidence. Their high quality images make it possible to zoom in with much less loss of detail than analog cameras, increasing the video’s value for applications ranging from retail fraud (monitoring point-of-sale) to license plate recognition.
  • Open platform solutions. Intel® processor-based platforms for NVRs enable a wide choice of software, cameras, servers, monitors, and other components instead of being locked into a single supplier. Greater choice leads to greater competition in pricing and features.
  • Hybrid systems. Businesses with analog cameras don’t have to switch all at once. Hybrid NVRs can handle both types of cameras. What’s more, analog-to-digital encoders enable connecting analog cameras to standard NVRs.
  • Inexpensive storage. The shrinking costs and increasing capacity of today’s hard drives makes them ideal for video storage. Video management software (VMS) running on NVRs improves storage reliability and access to video files. Video can be easily transferred over the Internet to the cloud or other offsite resources for archiving. Digital video is also easier to edit and forward to law enforcement agencies or other entities.
  • Video analytics. Using video analytics software to automatically scan footage, identify certain trigger events, and issue alerts reduces reliance on live viewing. Analytics solutions are available that can identify shelf sweeping motions consistent with shoplifting, loitering in parking lots or building perimeters, and other suspicious activities.


Network Video Recorders (NVRs)

Small business DSS solutions involving multiple cameras need a NVR to collect, process, and store the video (Figure 1). The NVR may be connected directly to a monitor to enable live viewing, as well as searches of already processed and stored video. With many NVRs, live and stored videos can also be viewed remotely over the web using a desktop PC, laptop, tablet, or even a smart phone.



Figure 1. Diagram of a small business DSS system running over a network. Note that video analytics can be incorporated in the NVR, saving the need for separate station.


NVRs powered by Intel processors can benefit from powerful integrated HD graphics capabilities. The 4th and 5th generation Intel® Core™ i5/i7 processors and the Intel® Xeon processors E3-1200 v3 product family include on-chip graphics that eliminate the need and expanse of a discrete graphics card. The onboard Intel® Quick Sync Video provides hardware-accelerated decode, encode, and transcode, delivering fast processing of up to 20 or more simultaneous streams of video. The processors also connect to and independently display on up to three monitors at resolutions up to 4K.


For video processing and analytics performance, these processors include Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (Intel® AVX2). Intel AVX2 is a 256-bit instruction set extension designed for floating point-intensive applications like video processing and analytics. It improves performance by enabling wider vectors, new extensible syntax, and rich functionality. The result is improved data management and performance in image processing, audio and video processing, and analytics.


Powerful, Compact Cost-Effective NVRs

The NVi5 5604 NVR Tower for SMB and Retail from NEXCOM comes with a 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor which supports up to 16GB DDR3 1333/1600MHz memory (Figure 2). The NViS5604-i7 provides high quality digital recording, real-time display, and supports a wide range of megapixel IP cameras. Moreover, the NViS5604-i7 offers the rich I/O configurations, including, HDMI, VGA, 3x COM ports, 2 Intel® GbE ports, 4x USB3.0 and 2x USB2.0, and audio interfaces. It can support 4 x 3.5" SATA removable drives for plenty of storage, but offers both software-based RAID 0/1/5/10 and optional hardware-based RAID.



Figure 2. Nexcom NVi5 5604 NVR Tower for SMB and Retail


The xVAULT XNVR 100 Series from Seneca provides high definition IP recording for single site and remote locations (Figure 3). This appliance combines simplicity with a robust, ready-to-use solution. In-house certification testing with leading video management software (VMS) platform ensures seamless installation with VMS solutions and cameras from many manufacturers. Available with a range of 4th generation Intel Core processors, it is an all-in-one system for video recording, client viewing, and remote viewing. It can handle up to 100 Mbps of throughput, connects to up to 16 IP cameras, and offers up to 12 TB of storage



Figure 3. Seneca xVAULT XNVR 100 Series



The Husky* M30 Hybrid from Milestone Systems is a hybrid NVR that supports up to 16 analog and 4 IP cameras (Figure 4). It is a perfect solution for businesses looking to make the first step from the analog to the digital video surveillance world. Equipped with an Intel® Core™ i5 processor and 8GB RAM, the Husky M30 Hybrid includes Milestone XProtect VMS. The M20 Hybrid provides 4 TB storage and is ready to connect and use right out of the box. ONVIF compliance ensures compatibility with hundreds of cameras from a wide variety of manufacturers, as well as many third-party video analytics applications for license plate and facial recognition. HDMI and DVI video-out ports provide options for monitors, while four USB ports allow a mouse or devices like thumb drives and external hard drives to be connected. Media streams, camera settings, recording settings and schedules, as well as events and alarms, are configurable by channel to optimize surveillance coverage and HDD usage. For streaming and archived video viewing, the M30 can be accessed locally or remotely.



Figure 4. Milestone Systems Husky* M30 Hybrid

Start with an Intelligent NVR

NVR solutions like the ones featured here help small businesses quickly take advantage of today’s high resolution IP cameras and modernize their video surveillance operations. To learn more about these and other advanced DSS solutions, be sure to check the listings in our constantly updated Solutions Directory.



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Nexcom and Seneca are Associate members of the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance. Milestone Systems is a General member of the Alliance.


Mark Scantlebury

Roving Reporter (Intel Contractor), Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance

Associate Editor, Embedded Innovator magazine