Total Cost of Ownership
arrive at the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for any system, it
is important to consider all the costs over the expected life
cycle for the system. Advantages and cost savers that are relevant
to will include:
In comparison to CCTV systems, this is an area where IP surveillance
offers clear cost advantages. Installation costs are low since
network video can be run on existing computers and network infrastructure.
And where cabling is concerned, vastly
reduces the need for dedicated cables. A single cable, capable
of carrying 40 Mbps can carry around 40 video signals if each
camera produces 1 Mbps in order to give the desired image and
sound quality. In an analog solution, 40 separate cables would
Thanks to the fact that a network video solution includes no moving
parts, the repair and servicing costs associated with analog tape
drive mechanisms are completely eliminated.
Network cameras can be used for different purposes at different
times of the day. For example, a camera can be used within an
open Intranet application for employees to check when visitors
have arrived during the working day. Outside
office hours, the same network camera can be used to view a reception
Combining high-quality images and sound, network video makes all
kinds of remote communication feasible. Two examples of applications
are remote meeting participation and remote guidance.
Using network cameras to guide people mending equipment at a distance
can speed up repair times and reduce system downtimes dramatically.
Using network video to participate in a meeting remotely saves
on the travel expenses which would otherwise be necessary, and
is the best way of simulating physical presence.
While the cost of equipment based on analog technology is expected
to remain static, network video technology, being based on standard
IT equipment like network switches, routers and PC servers is
likely to come down in price over time. This means reduced costs
for any system enhancement over the years to come.