A Better Look at the NVR-1012

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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.

Solution providers will find that the system can be set up to record based upon schedules, events, motion detection or other triggers. That recording can be stored as streamed video or in time lapse format. The included cameras offer resolutions ranging from 320 by 240 to 640 by 480 and support frame rates as high as 40 fps.

The included cameras also sport a very interesting feature—infrared for recording at night. Each camera has six infrared LEDs that are used to illuminate subjects at night, and the cameras can switch from day to night mode automatically. A 3x digital zoom rounds out the capabilities of the cameras.

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.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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