A Better Look at the NVR-1012By Frank Ohlhorst | Print
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Live Monitoring and Video Playback are just two of the features of the NVR-1012 Video Surveillance kit that could benefit the security-conscious small business.
Billed as an instant surveillance system, the NVR-1012 consists of a QNAP storage server, a pair of wireless MPEG-4 network IP cameras and QNAP’s surveillance management software. As packaged, the system uses wired connections, but installers can incorporate a wireless access point or router to deploy the IP cameras wirelessly.
One of the most impressive capabilities of the system is the ease of setup. The initial setup can be accomplished in six simple steps that consist of basically plugging everything in and running a wizard application to handle the basic programming of the system. But don’t let the easy setup fool you—the product is chock full of features that make it a good solution for most any surveillance situation.
The server portion of the kit is basically an intelligent NAS unit that features a Web portal for access. All setup is done via a browser-based interface, and storage can be added via the unit’s USB and eSATA ports. Solution providers can bundle in as much as 2TB of storage via the expansion ports and can even offer removable storage for archival purposes.
The system features a nifty monitoring application that is run via Internet Explorer. Users can view in real time a grid of the cameras (as many as four at a time) on a single screen and can even use two-way audio to interact with those on the other side of the camera—an ideal feature for those who want to combine the system with a locked door that can be "buzzed" open, such as in a shipping department or delivery bay. The NVR-1012 retails for $999, and interested solution providers should contact QNAP directly for information on partner opportunities and current distributors.