The software that powers video surveillance systems can be classified into two categories: Licensed and License Free Software.
Licensed software is often created by a manufacturer whose primary business model is selling such software on a per camera basis with commercial off-the-shelf servers. License free software is generally included by manufacturers whose primary aim is to sell recorders with the free software as an added incentive.
The primary difference between the two categories is whether each camera requires a license/Cost-Per-Camera to be added to the system.
Thus, the type of software used causes a significant variation in pricing when comparing two proposals. Unfortunately, the true differences between the software powering these systems is often poorly explained and only realized after the system is operational.
This article provides an in depth comparison of licensed vs. license free software features in relation to video surveillance systems.
Although not always the case as it varies with manufacturers, the following features are what is generally included with each respective software option.
Which Software Type Do You Require?
This will, of course, depend on your requirements and applications. If you’re installing a small system only requiring playback when there is an occasional incident, then a free software system may be perfectly fine. On the other hand, if you require enterprise features, hundreds of cameras, or have a sufficient budget, licensed software will provide a higher quality system.
If you want to discuss your options and the benefits of both, reach out to Square Security here or call 416-460-7218 and we would be happy to recommend what system would work best for your application.