April 10, 2008 -- Berk-Tek and Ortronics recently teamed up with associated vendors in the CCTV security market to host a seminar titled "CCTV Convergence," held in February at the Affinia Manhattan Hotel in New York City for over 100 security and IT ntegrators and end users.
The seminar and trade show focused on the physical cabling and component requirements for network integration, as CCTV progresses from legacy analog, through hybrid scenarios, to total IP connectivity. Because of the first seminar's success, two more have been planned for this year, in Anaheim on May 20, and Chicago on June 24.
Vendors participating in the seminar series include: Berk-Tek, a manufacturer of copper and fiber cable products; Ortronics/Legrand, a manufacturer of structured cabling connectivity and physical support products; NVT, a manufacturer of CCTV video and camera power transmission equipment (PVD) for convergence to UTP; JVC, a manufacturer of analog and IP cameras and network video recorders (NVRs); and S2 Security, provider of hardware and software for access control and integrated security systems.
According to a press release, in addition to educational presentations by all of the participating companies, the New York City seminar featured a hands-on demo that included separate analog and IP-based camera systems. Each camera ran through a 100-meter UTP NetClear structured cabling channel incorporating Category 5e media for the analog cameras and Category 6 for IP. The analog demo employed NVT's video and camera power transmission equipment to convert the analog camera's coax media to UTP. The IP demo included IP cameras, connected with RJ-45 jacks and the S2 NetBox access control, all powered by a PoE [Power over Ethernet] midspan injector through the UTP cable. The two demos were connected with one fiber optic cable, which allowed them to share the same monitor and reside on the same network, through the JVC hybrid DVR.
"As CCTV is quickly moving from analog to an IP-based network, we realize there is a lack of education being provided on the how's, when's and why's of these emerging trends," comments Geoffrey Anderson, national marketing manager for JVC. "By bringing together experts on cabling, active equipment, components and even access control, we provided insight on preparing today's network for tomorrow's applications."
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