Yes, but in this case analytics is not at the edge, its severbased due to demands like redundancy and failover functions are requested. The site is a remote site and only have one available IP port, using an analytics brigde/encoder adds more hardeware to the site and more maybe power needs. Connecting the only the encoder to the existing port, would give me the ports I need but wouldn't give me the option to monitior and configure the actual camera remotely.
Plus the size of the existing communication box dosen't allow more room to fit an additional router or and/or encoder. That means that I have to buy a bigger box to fit the additional equipment. If i connect the encoder and the camera it also costs me to licences in the VMS instead of one..
Is adding ports to thermal cameras such a bigg cost? I mean now that thermal cameras are becoming more and more mainstream, would you not have these ports as a standard to a themal camera? Or at least as a cheap way to add a USP?
to sum things up: I would like to replace the existing thermal cameras and install new ones that has I/O and audio ports, move the existing ones to sites where there is no demand for additional loudspeakers or flashing lights, "only analytics" is needed.
Analytics is hard enough as it is...