Implementing CCTV surveillance systems is a costly affair for many businesses. Fortunately, these systems are scalable to the extent that the businesses may install a basic surveillance system first, and expand it later on. The scalability applies to the entire business security camera system, whereby you can gradually increase the number of cameras, as well as addsecurity camera systems nyc extra storage to the video storage system to cater for the business' growing needs.

Reasons for Expanding the Storage Capacity

Analog CCTV camera systems store video recordings on a hard drive that is inside the DVR, whereas the IP camera systems store video images directly to an on-site or off-site server. The amount of data that can be stored will depend on factors such as the Retention Period i.e. duration that video images have to be stored before they can be archived, deleted, or overwritten. Other factors include the Video Compression Ratio, Record Mode, Frame Rate, and Record Size.

How to Add Extra Storage for Your business security camera system

1. DVR Storage Systems

DVRs come with internal hard disk drives, which support storage capacities of between 500GB and 2TB. Therefore, adding extra storage to such a system only requires you to swap the existing hard drive, with a higher capacity drive. However, more advanced DVRs have been introduced, which allow you to create a stack effect, using multiple hard drives, and by so doing, expand the storage capacity to up to 12TB.

2. IP Storage Systems

IP surveillance systems do not require DVRs since they store video on PC or server hard drives. For this reason, it is possible to add extra storage in the form of external hard drives. You can use the range of external storage solutions including shared network drives, RAID, NAS, and SAN to create virtually unlimited storage.

On the other hand, an IP-based business security camera system can store video images on remote servers or in "the cloud." In such a case, adding extra storage is just a matter of contacting the hosting provider and requesting for additional storage space.

If you need assistance with your surveillance video storage system, contact I-Tech Security!


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