We receive many enquiries from customers asking about repairs or upgrade to their aging analogue CCTV systems. If your budget allows, we will always recommend an IP based (digital) CCTV system for new installations. IP based CCTV systems utilise Cat5e cable which means new cabling is required if replacing an analogue system. However, there are scenarios where it may make sense to upgrade an Analogue CCTV system and reuse the existing Coaxial Cable using HD-CVI technology.
What is HD-CVI?
HD-CVI stands for High Definition Composite Video Interface. This is a new technology to security cameras that has greatly improved the method of transmitting video signals over coaxial cables. Until this new technology appeared, analogue CCTV video was restricted to low resolutions (i.e. 720p or 1MP). HD-CVI technology gives the ability to capture Ultra HD Resolution (8MP) over coaxial cabling.
When does it make sense to upgrade to a HD-CVI system?
If you have an existing analogue CCTV system that has failed or no longer meets your requirements in terms of video resolution, has limited analytics and does not give you the ability to review footage remotely then you should consider an upgrade. Assuming your coaxial cables are in good conditions then they can be reused for a new HDCVI system. This will reduce labour cost and still give you a solution that will give you access to the latest CCTV features, i.e. Ultra HD resolution, smart analytics and remote view through your mobile phone.
When should you replace with a new IP based CCTV system?
If budget is not an issue or cabling is easy to replace then you should consider replacing with a new IP based CCTV system. This will allow you to integrate your CCTV system with other IP based devices and it will give you access to more sophisticated analytics.
Check out our HDCVI CCTV Package, available for a limited time only.