Enterprises wanting to leverage existing coaxial-cable infrastructure to support high-definition video have a new option, with Samsung Techwin America this week announcing its new 1080p HD analog video-surveillance product series that leverages the high-definition serial digital interface (HD-SDI) standard technology.

Samsung’s new solution is designed to let enterprises benefit from high-definition video surveillance without having to replace their existing coaxial-cable networking with an IP network at a given location, according to Ed Wassall, director of IP product development for Samsung Techwin America.

“A lot of people already have infrastructure in place and they need the higher-definition video associated with that,” Wassall said. “Rather than creating a greenfield installation of an IP network that may not be cost effective at that particular time, it gives them a migration path to digital images in a high-definition format in both 720p and 1080p — they can use a coaxial cable, in other words.”

Key components of the new offering are the SCB-6000 box camera and the SCD-6080 dome camera, which look different physically but have the same performance specifications, including full 1080p resolution, true day/night (ICR) functionality and SSNRIII (3D + 2D) technology. Four-channel versions of the cameras are available immediately, and 16-channel versions are expected to be available early next year, Wassall said.

Video is stored on the Samsung SRD-480D DVR that delivers 720p HD resolution for real-time recording and 1080p full HD resolution recording support. Audio can be recorded on all four channels of the DVR, which is expected to be available in November, Wassall said.

Pricing of the new Samsung gear is comparable to IP-based equipment with similar performance metrics, Wassall said. Enterprises can realize savings by not having to pay to upgrade its existing analog network to an IP network.

“If you tell me, ‘I’m really quite satisfied with the Samsung analog system I already have in place, but there’s a couple of places where I would like to have something in a higher resolution or higher definition,’ that’s where this comes into play,” he said.

“You would certainly be able to take the old camera out and plug the new camera in. It would need to be plugged into its new HD recorder to function correctly, but the customer now gets the availability of high definition without necessarily paying the price point for the IP network.”

In addition, the existing infrastructure can coexist with a new IP network that and enterprise may deploy in the future — the network management software supporting video surveillance is the same on both platforms, Wassall said. However, the new Samsung cameras will not work on an IP network, so they would have to be replaced if an enterprise abandons its analog infrastructure to migrate to an all-IP platform.