Cisco builds CCTV into ISRs

News by Richard Thurston

Businesses will be able to roll out IP-based surveillance using their Cisco networking gear, following the introduction of a CCTV module into the integrated service routers this week

Cisco has built a CCTV module into its most popular branch office platform, which will enable businesses to roll out IP surveillance to their remote offices.

The networking giant has now sold in excess of 4million integrated services routers (ISRs). The two higher end models, the 2800 and the 3800, plus the ruggedised model, the 3200, have gained the module, Cisco said on Tuesday. The routers are now able to support both IP and analogue CCTV, with both wired and wireless cameras.

Images can be stored locally or sent across the network for centralised monitoring and storage. As with other features on the ISRs, CCTV can be configured remotely.

ADT, the physical security firm, will work with Cisco on the offering as a systems integrator.

"This will allow us to offer our customers the latest in physical security systems and services, taking advantage of existing systems," said Nick Samanich, a director of ADT.

Though the ISRs support non-IP cameras, Cisco is keen to migrate customers to IP equipment. Cisco offers its own IP cameras.

The new module permits the usual IP CCTV features such as pan, tilt and zoom, and embedded motion detection.
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