Axis Communications, a provider of network video, announced the results of an independent study comparing costs of an analog versus an IP video surveillance system. The study, conducted by Lusax, a research group at Lund University in Sweden, demonstrates that an IP-based system represents on average 13-percent lower cost than a corresponding analog system.
Specializing in understanding the dissemination of new IP and IT-based technology within the global security market, Lusax and Axis based the study on a survey of integrators who were actively selling and installing both analog and IP-based systems. The integrators were asked to provide bids for both types of systems for a retail store with 14, 25 and 40 cameras, and for all three scenarios the IP-based system returned a lower total cost than the analog system.
“The market for IP security products has developed rapidly and is much more mature than only a few years ago. Both integrators and installers have learned to benefit from using standard, off-the-shelf products for recording and storage, which has a positive effect on the total system cost,” said Thomas Kalling, Professor and Leader of Lusax.
A similar study conducted in 2007 showed that an IP-based surveillance system was more cost-efficient in installations, but only when the number of cameras exceeded 32.
“We are continuing to see the increasing benefits that modern IP technology brings to its customers, including scalability, quality and total cost of ownership,” said Fredrik Nilsson, GM of Axis Communications. “As IP adoption grows, cost-effectiveness needs to grow as well. This study validates the efforts Axis has made to deliver products that support that belief. We expect to see this cost advantage increase in the future as IP innovation continues, especially with the rise of hosted solutions.”