The Case Against Hybrid DVRs

By: John Honovich, Published on Oct 10, 2009

A number of IP Video manufacturers object to hybrid DVR systems, contending that they are essentially tools of incumbents manufacturers to delay and scare the move to higher value pure IP systems (using all IP cameras or analog cameras plus encoders).

The most passionate and repeated case is being made by UK manufacturer, Controlware. In a series of posts against hybrid DVRs, they level the following objections:

  • They suspect that,"hybrid technology is mostly being promoted for the simple reasons that the majority of manufacturers don’t have a pure IP offering, or the expertise to support IP deployments"
  • Lack of support of 3rd party cameras, locking in to proprietary legacy systems
  • Limited to a maximum frame rate of 12.5 fps
  • Limited in maximum storage and redundancy
  • Hybrid cannot offer iSCI storage
It's a very weak case overall. Going point by point:
  • Genetec recently released a hybrid DVR. Their explanation: A hyrbid DVR extends Genetec's reach to "projects that would otherwise gravitate towards legacy DVR and access control solutions because of cost sensitivity and complexity aversion." Surely, Controlware does not think that Genetec is doing this because their pure IP offering is not good enough. While some legacy DVR manufacturers may be pushing hybrid as a stop gap, even IP video software leaders see the genuine customer value in hybrid DVRs. [Update: this offering was discontinued.]
  • Some hybrid DVRs have limited 3rd party camera support just like some IP video software applications have limited support. Many hybrid DVRs have fairly broad support including recently released products from Genetec, Salient, 3VR and Exacq.
  • Many hybrid DVRs have support up to a full 30 fps. However, even with those models that do not, usually it is not an issue. Indeed, most sites that want 8 - 16 cameras only, usually record at 15fps or lower.
  • Many DVRs now support external storage, iSCi and redundancy. For instance, Intransa has a program that certifies and provides external iSCI storage for American Dynamics, Bosch, Honeywell, Pelco and Vicon DVRs. Intransa's not the only one, simply the one with the most public demonstration of such wide interoperability.
Comments : PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports on Storage

Directory of 68 Video Surveillance Startups on Sep 18, 2019
This directory provides a list of video surveillance startups to help you see and research what companies are new or not yet broadly known. 2019...
Genetec Stratocast VSaaS Tested on Sep 05, 2019
The VSaaS market is rapidly expanding in 2019, with Verkada, Meraki, Eagle Eye, Avigilon and numerous startups growing their market share. When we...
UK Facewatch GDPR Compliance Questioned on Aug 27, 2019
Even as the GDPR strictly regulates biometrics, a UK company called Facewatch is selling anti-shoplifter facial recognition systems to hundreds of...
Proactive CCTV "Only Affordable Video Archiving Solution" Profile on Aug 12, 2019
Proactive CCTV is claiming to offer "the only affordable video archiving solution on the market", reducing the storage typically required for H.265...
Razberi Technologies Company Profile on Aug 06, 2019
Razberi says they have doubled their revenue in the first half of 2019, citing their proprietary camera hardening and cybersecurity capabilities...
Avigilon Blue VSaaS Tested on Aug 05, 2019
Avigilon says Blue is a "powerful integrator cloud service platform", easy to set up and configure, quickly scale business, by leveraging cloud...
History of Video Surveillance on Jul 19, 2019
The video surveillance market has changed significantly since 2000, going from VCRs to ab emerging AI cloud era.  The goal of this history is to...
New GDPR Guidelines for Video Surveillance Examined on Jul 18, 2019
The highest-level EU data protection authority has issued a new series of provisional video surveillance guidelines. While GDPR has been in...
Startup Vaion Launching End-to-End AI Solution Backed with $20 Million Funding on Jun 17, 2019
An EU / USA video surveillance startup, Vaion, founded by ex-Cisco Senior Directors is launching an end-to-end VSaaS platform with $20 million in...
Directory of 30+ VSaaS / Cloud Video Surveillance Providers on Jun 07, 2019
This directory provides a list of VSaaS / cloud video surveillance providers to help you see and research what options are available. 2019 State...

Most Recent Industry Reports

ONVIF Suspends Huawei on Sep 20, 2019
Huawei has been 'suspended', and effectively expelled, from ONVIF so long as US sanctions remain on the mega Chinese manufacturer. Inside this...
Open Access Controller Guide (Axis, HID, Isonas, Mercury) on Sep 19, 2019
In the access control market, there are many software platforms, but only a few companies that make non-proprietary door controllers. Recently,...
Axis Perimeter Defender Improves, Yet Worse Than Dahua and Wyze on Sep 19, 2019
While Axis Perimeter Defender analytics improved from our 2018 testing, the market has improved much faster, with much less expensive offerings...
Directory of 68 Video Surveillance Startups on Sep 18, 2019
This directory provides a list of video surveillance startups to help you see and research what companies are new or not yet broadly known. 2019...
Uniview Prime Series 4K Camera Tested on Sep 18, 2019
Is the new Uniview 'Prime' better than the more expensive existing Uniview 'Pro'? In August, IPVM tested Uniview 4K 'Pro' but members advocated...
US Army Base To Buy Banned Honeywell Surveillance on Sep 17, 2019
The U.S. Army's Fort Gordon, home to their Cyber Center of Excellence, has issued a solicitation to purchase Honeywell products that are US...
Vivotek "Neural Network-Powered Detection Engine" Analytics Tested on Sep 17, 2019
Vivotek has released "a neural network-powered detection engine", named Smart Motion Detection, claiming that "swaying vegetation, vehicles passing...
Schmode is Back, Aims To Turn Boulder AI Into Giant on Sep 16, 2019
One of the most influential and controversial executives in the past decade is back. Bryan Schmode ascended and drove the hypergrowth of Avigilon...
Manufacturers Unhappy With Weak ASIS GSX 2019 And 2020 Shift on Sep 16, 2019
Manufacturers were generally unhappy with ASIS GSX, both for weak 2019 booth traffic and a scheduling shift for the 2020 show, according to a new...