According to Axis Communications , results of an independent study that compared costs of analogue and IP video surveillance systems demonstrated that IP-based systems cost 13 percent less than corresponding analogue systems.
Conducted by Lusax, a research group based at Lund University in Sweden, the study was based on a survey of US integrators actively selling and installing both analogue and IP-based professional surveillance systems.
They were asked to provide bids for both types of surveillance systems for a retail store with 14, 25 and 40 cameras. For all three scenarios, IP surveillance systems turned out at a lower total cost than the analogue systems.
Bodil Sonesson Gallon, Vice President, Global Sales at Axis Communications says that the benefits of modern IP technology become evident when looking at the full system solution including cameras, recording, storage and installation.
A similar study from 2007 showed that IP-based surveillance systems were more cost-efficient in installations where the number of cameras exceeded 32. Presently, the IP cost advantage is also valid for systems with a lower number of cameras.
Lusax specialises in the dissemination of new IP and IT-based technology within the global security market.
Professor Thomas Kalling, Head of Lusax is not surprised by the results and says that the market for IP security products has developed rapidly with cost differences becoming insignificant.
He concludes that the focus can now shift to the real advantages that come with the superior functionality of IP solutions such as image quality and flexibility, factors that really drive return on investment.
Axis is an IT company offering network video solutions for professional installations, focusing on security surveillance and remote monitoring.