Understanding a VMS Systems Life Expectancy

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There’s a reason there are currently over one billion video cameras deployed globally. This technology is indispensable for security and safety purposes. A VMS system is vital to navigating this vast sea of cameras. 

Unfortunately, it cannot be easy to know how long you should keep your current VMS system. So what’s the average VMS system’s life expectancy? And what are some signs that you should consider upgrading your system? 

If you want to discover the answer to these questions, you’re in the perfect place. This guide will discuss everything you need about VMS life expectancy. Let’s get started!

What Is a VMS System?

Before we discuss the VMS system’s life expectancy, it’s essential first to have a good understanding of what it is. VMS stands for the video management system. 

It’s a combination of hardware and software that automatically watches over the function of security technology like cameras, sensors, and alarms. It’s not hard to see why VMS systems are prevalent. 

Last year the FBI reported that nearly seven million property crimes occurred. It makes sense that people are drawn to cutting-edge technology for security. 

VMS systems often incorporate motion sensor detection. The VMS will record and save footage as soon as the sensor is tripped. The VMS can then alert security or the police while tracking the intruders, both with cameras and audio footage. 

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What’s the Average VMS Systems Life Expectancy?

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to the life expectancy of a VMS system. That’s because different VMS systems have different life spans. Also, the way you use your VMS can speed up or slow down its deterioration. 

If you purchase a quality VMS system, it should last for decades. But, as we’ll see in the next section, there might be a good reason to upgrade your VMS system in the future.

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What Factors Determine When You Should Upgrade Your VMS System?

The reality is that most people immediately start their VMS system to break down before replacing it. So how is it time to upgrade? 

By going through the five factors in this section. It will give you a better picture of when to upgrade. And, when you start shopping for a new VMS system, make sure you follow these tips here

1. Scalability

There will likely come a time when you want to expand your security programs. Whether it’s more cameras or facial scanning technology, you will want to ensure that your VMS is scalable. Do your research to ensure that your VMS can support the latest technology. 

For example, you could merge your video surveillance with cloud storage. Older VMS systems will likely not be able to help this. 

2. Software Updates

It should be a large red flag if your VMS isn’t updating regularly. In order to function correctly with modern technology, a VMS needs software updates on a monthly or even weekly basis. 

For example, things like facial recognition rely on these updates to function. When the updates stop, it’s time to consider upgrading the VMS. 

3. Integration With Other Systems

Your VMS isn’t just integrating with your cameras. It should also connect with things like your alarms, access control, and intercoms. If it’s unable to do this, then your VMS is likely working at half capacity. As such, it’s time to upgrade.

Did you know that your VMS system is now capable of intelligence? You can learn more about it by exploring this article.

4. Ease of Use

Lots of different people will likely need to use your VMS. And, odds are, not all of them will be proficient in complicated software and hardware. 

Because of this, you should ensure that your VMS is pretty intuitive. If even experts have trouble using the VMS, that’s a clear sign that it’s time for an upgrade. 

5. Cybersecurity

Connectivity means accessing your VMS from remote locations is now possible. Unfortunately, if you’re able to do this, cybercriminals can too. Getting your system hacked is one of the top cybercrimes currently out there. 

Because of this, you want to ensure that your VMS secures your systems. The best indication of this is whether or not it updates regularly. Data systems have a better chance of getting hacked. 

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How to Find a Good VMS System

Your VMS system is kind of like a conductor, and the various security devices it controls are the musicians. Because the VMS is in control, it’s vital that you get it set up correctly. Otherwise, it could malfunction when you need it most. 

If you want someone to take over setting up your VMS system, consider a planning company like C&C Technology. We design the perfect system that’s intuitive and easy to understand. That way, you’re not left with a security system you can’t use. 

Want a technology group that takes a proactive approach to VMS system design and planning? Please read all about the process we take here at C&C Technology. 

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The Importance of a Video Management System

We hope this article helped you learn more about the lifespan of VMS systems. As you can see, it’s not so much a question of when your VMS will fail but rather when you want to replace it. Depending on how important security is to your organization, you’ll likely be upgrading your VMS every few years or so. 

However, that can vary from business to business. What’s important is that you have a VMS that makes you feel confident that your facilities are secure.

Last Updated on March 13, 2023 by Josh Mahan

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