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Windows XP Support Ends: How This Effects Your Surveillance
As you may have already heard, Microsoft has chosen to discontinue support for its XP operating systems. The company has decided to invest their resources in more advanced technologies, in order to continue providing new and improved systems. But what does this mean to you?
Many of the Digital Surveillance Recorders (DVRs) that have been installed in the last several years have been installed with Windows XP operating systems. Once Microsoft officially discontinues support for these machines (April 8, 2014), the level of security (and eventually functionality) will decrease dramatically. The machines will still run and record, but once support ends, they will become extremely vulnerable to hacking and bugs.
We want to continue to provide the best security possible for all of our customers. To make this transition process simple, affordable, and above all, safe, we’ve put together three fixed-price options to remedy the situation.
The average life of a computer for home use is about 5 years. You can imagine that a DVR functioning 24/7 and recording for a lot of that time might not have the longevity of most computers. And if they do, you’re looking at a (probably very) outdated computer, running on its last breaths. That’s why two of our three options listed below include the installation of a new machine all together.
Option #1: Upgrade your Operating System
If you’re currently pleased with the video and recording quality of your camera system, and the hardware is relatively new, this might be a good option for you. Our technicians will come to your site and extract your DVR, temporarily replacing it with a loaner from our shop, and return to the office to upload a more current operating system, like Windows 7.
OS Upgrades Starting at $815.00*
Option #2: Replace your DVR
If you have a system that records and looks the way you want it to, but the machine is very old, you may want to replace your DVR with a similar, but slightly newer version. This will ensure that both your hardware and your software are up-to-date, and much less likely to malfunction.
DVR Replacements Starting at (Prices do not include Hard Drive Space) :
Option #3: Upgrade your DVR to a Hybrid Recorder
More advanced recording technology becomes readily available every day. A hybrid recording system can harness the power of both old and new cameras, and provides a cost-efficient and gradual opportunity to upgrade your CCTV recording system to an IP/Megapixel system. The difference in quality between analog cameras and IP/Megapixel is vast- a megapixel camera will provide a much sharper image, and allows users to digitally zoom in on important details of recorded images. So, if you’re tired of grainy, pixelated images on your DVR but you aren’t ready to overhaul the whole thing, upgrading to a hybrid recorder is definitely the way to go. You can keep your cameras for as long as you need, and upgrade them in phases- whether that’s one, two, or five cameras at a time.
Hybrid Recorders Starting at $1,999.00*
Contact us today to learn more and get a price for your new system!
*Prices are subject to change. These prices are based on installation of only a recorder or upgraded operating system. If hardware is too old to upgrade, additional charges may apply. If client requests/requires additional equipment such as monitors and/or power supplies, additional charges may apply. These prices are assuming that cameras installed are compatible with proposed equipment. If not, additional charges may apply.