VMS is often considered an expensive option for CCTV surveillance applications, when compared with NVRs. However, by considering the surveillance system’s total cost of ownership; the multitude of operational savings; the integration options with third party systems; the site management advantages; the advanced functionality; and the system resilience, flexibility, and scalability, then the return on investment is in favour of VMS.
Nick Bowden, Managing Director of Digifort UK, supplying and supporting the Digifort VMS, looks at the true economics of VMS solutions and quantifies their many advantages.
His article provides integrators and end-users with some insight into the greater value and flexibility offered by VMS solutions, like Digifort, and what to look for when designing a system. It considers:
- One-time-buy VMS licensing
- VMS vs CMS vs NVRs
- Re-using legacy equipment
- IT infrastructure benefits
- Added value