Hikvision Pens Article Analyzing Why New Analog HD is Good Bet for Casino Operators

October 30, 2018

Hikvision Pens Article Analyzing Why New Analog HD is Good Bet for Casino Operators

In the article, “Analog in Gaming: A Good Bet,” Hikvision’s gaming business development manager, Scott Bartlett, outlines why analog HD technology can help casinos leverage existing infrastructure to upgrade video surveillance while reducing downtime.

“While 'upgrading' to analog may sound counterintuitive, new analog HD systems are high performing, affordable, and they provide exceptional images and storage capabilities uniquely suited to the requirements of casinos. They can be installed relatively easily, require minimal downtime, and have features that enable casino owners to meet complex and diverse regulatory requirements,” said Bartlett, in the article.

Uniqueness of Gaming Vertical
Casinos have a large footprint, are always open and highly regulated, often with different regulations in each state. Casino owners do not want any downtime for system upgrades. All these factors and more mean “security integrators do not dabble in casino work – they specialize in it.”

Improvements to Analog HD
Continuous operations, and a reluctance to shut down parts of a casino to pull cable, make analog HD a very appealing option for casino retrofits. Bartlett said in the article that “a  casino looking to upgrade a 1,000-camera system, the cable costs alone (assuming average run per camera being 200 feet) would be approximately $50,000 and the labor to pull in new cabling would be approximately $150,000 in a non-union environment.” Analog HD offers cost savings by reducing cabling costs and re-using the existing cable infrastructure.

In addition, analog HD quality has improved significantly, so that cost savings do not dictate a sacrifice in high resolution video and imagery. Hikvision offers analog HD solutions with 5MP resolution at 30 fps (frames per second) over coaxial cable, with plans to offer 4K resolution towards the end of 2018.

Bartlett is the gaming business development manager for Hikvision USA. Previously, he spent more than 20 years running an integration business that specialized in gaming, and he has completed work in hundreds of casinos in North America and around the world.

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The I-series NVR (such as the DS-7716NI-I4) is one of Hikvision's most popular and feature-rich recorders. As such, many firmware revisions have been introduced over the years to continually ensure the product is compatible with the newest technology available. Due to the many revisions, we recommend that the user closely follows the instructions below in order to reduce the amount of time spent as well as the chance of failure.


Database Optimization and Repair

As more affordable IP cameras are introduced over time with greater video resolution and data sizes, more efficient database management also becomes necessary. The introduction of firmware v4.0 brought about a new database architecture in order to be futureproof.


After upgrading to v4.X, the recorder database will need to be converted and optimized. If you are experiencing issues where playback is expected but not found, make sure "Database Repair" is performed as indicated in the procedures and scenarios below.


Preparing the Upgrade

Before proceeding with upgrade, it is recommended that NVR configuration file is exported from the NVR over the network or on to a local USB drive.


Upgrading from v3.4.92 build 170518 or Older

  1. All recorders must reach v3.4.92 before proceeding further. Upgrading from versions before v3.4.92 directly to any version of v4.X will likely cause the recorder to fail.
  2. If the recorder is already at v3.4.92, a full factory default is highly recommended before upgrading to any version of v4.X. There is a high chance of unit failure (requiring RMA) if the unit is not defaulted before upgrade.
  3. After reaching v3.4.92 and performing a full factory default, an upgrade directly to v4.50.00 is acceptable.
  4. After the upgrade is completed and the recorder is reprogrammed, it may be beneficial to perform a Database Repair. For details, refer to the section "Database Optimization and Repair" above.
  5. To verify repair progress, you may refer to the HDD status, or search the recorder log for repair started and stopped entries. Note that while the HDD is repairing, new recordings are still being made, but some existing recordings may not be searchable until repair is complete.
  6. If you continue to observe playback issues after database repair, ensure there are no power, network, or motion detection issues. Should the problem persist, contact technical support.


Upgrading from Any v4.X Build to v4.50.00.

  1. Any v4.X build can be upgraded directly to v4.50.00.
  2. Export configuration is highly recommended before performing the upgrade.
  3. If upgrading from any v4.X version that was not v4.22.005, a Database Repair is recommended. Refer to Step 4 and onwards in the previous section.



Downgrading is not recommended. Due to new features and parameters constantly being added, downgrading may cause the NVR to factory default itself or require a manual default to operate properly.

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