Need a "Business Class" IP Camera/NVR Manufacturer

Is there a clear set (two or three) "industry standard" business manufacturers of NVRs and IP Cameras?

   I just had a Lorex system dumped in my lap. This company has 40 IP Cameras and 3 NVRs. I just came to find out that the maximum number of concurrent users on the NVRs is 3 (yes three). That is laughable.

   I am finding that the security camera/NVR world is different from the computer world. I need to start looking elsewhere and wanted to pick a "industry standard" business solution is there is such a thing.
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Steven CarnahanAssistant Vice President\Network ManagerCommented:
Not sure what you are getting at.  We use OpenEye.  Here is their breakdown:

OpenEye Commercial Recorders (embedded)

Models:  EasyNVR, EasyDVR, E-Series Max, E-Series Slim, E-Series NVR, and E-Series (OE3)

NOTE:  All figures are inclusive of RADIUS, Remote, Web Viewer, and MDVR/EasyMobile apps.  See previous note for further explanation.


4 CH:  3 simultaneous connections

8/16 CH:  5 simultaneous connections

EasyDVR:  3 simultaneous connections

       E-Series Max:  7 simultaneous connections

       E-Series Slim:  7 simultaneous connections

       E-Series NVR:  4 simultaneous connections

       E-Series (OE3):  4 simultaneous connections

As a financial institution we have the OE3 DVR systems installed at each of our 11 locations and have never experienced an issue with exceeding the 4 simultaneous connections.

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LockDown32OwnerAuthor Commented:
Thanks Steven but the above still look a little "home" oriented. I am looking at a NVR with 32 or more channels and way more then 4 or 7 simultaneous connections. I'll hit their web page and see if they have anything that foots the bill.

Update... I hit their web page. They do have a enterprise division that foots the bill but pricing and availability is not available. If you google them you don't get a ton of hots.

A better explanation might be..... if I were new to computers and looking for a computer who would be the major players that I should look at?  The reasoning being that if you stick with a major player you can't go too far wrong.....
What exactly are you looking for? There are brands like Panasonic or even Lorex. Lorex is owned by FLIR, which is large in the security field. What i will warn about Lorex is that they have a lot of stuff that is proprietary. Some of their stuff is compatible with other brands, but you have to pay attention.
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LockDown32OwnerAuthor Commented:
What am I looking for? From above: "A better explanation might be..... if I were new to computers and looking for a computer who would be the major players that I should look at?  The reasoning being that if you stick with a major player you can't go too far wrong....."

Lorex is not  major player and I think that is where my predecessor went wrong. I simply want to know who the major players are i.e. if I asked the same question about hard drives (I used computers up above) it would be "Who are the major players in the hard drive arena"? an answer might be "Seagate and Western Digital".

So... who are the major players in the NVR/Camera arena?
Steven CarnahanAssistant Vice President\Network ManagerCommented:
So perhaps what you are looking for would be the report from Business News Daily?

Again, we use OpenEye because that is what our security firm installed.  Being a financial institution we have, on average, 12-14 cameras per location with 11 locations so approximately 132-158 total cameras.  You can access these cameras either by web browser or by software.  Both options allow search, zoom and other options.  We have several individuals at each location that access the cameras on a regular basis as well as a few individuals that perform most of the research. These individuals have a different software that also allows them to configure the system such as setting trigger locations for what to start recording on and other options.  Setting up trigger spots on the camera is important because you don't want it recording motion simply because someone has one of those solar flowers on their desk constantly moving.

There is also a central monitoring station at each location that is running 24/7 so anyone who has access to the location of this central station can look at the cameras at anytime.  That station also has the ability to perform search, zoom and other options. This station also allows you to configure the system.

It really depends on what you want from your system.  Different organizations have different needs.
LockDown32OwnerAuthor Commented:
That would have been nice Steven but that link is more a sales gimick then it is a review. A "Top 10" would be nice. FYI I called Open Eye yesterday and they have yet to get back to me.
LockDown32OwnerAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys
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