Technology Tribute: H.264

September 30, 2011

H.264 MPEG-4/AVC

Does it ever seem like technological innovation is making life more complicated, not less? H.264 Video compression technology might be the exception that proves the rule. With the ability to provide higher resolutions within smaller files than competing codecs, H.264 has drastically increased the amount of video data that can be captured, transmitted and stored by a single system.

Compared to the preceding technology, H.264 allows users to transmit video clips using up to 80% less bandwidth. That means the same pipe that once carried a single feed can now transmit five. H.264 video encoding also dramatically reduces storage requirements, permitting users to store and retain more images. In the words of one video compression expert: Better compression means greater flexibility – the more efficiently data is handled, the more choices you have with your existing resources.” For more information about H.264 video technology, check out this article By Yu Kitamura in Security News.


Defining the ‘Needs’ for School Surveillance Systems

September 22, 2011

Keeping schools safe has always been a priority, but it seems that these days it’s more of a necessity. As we live in a post 9/11 world, the need to protect students and teachers in the educational space is urging many schools across the country to implement video surveillance systems across their campuses. But when it comes to buying a system, what are their needs?

Here are some common concerns and requirements schools have before choosing a system:

  1. Cost Effectiveness: Working with a tight budget is difficult and schools are looking for a solution that won’t cost them an arm and a leg
  2. Easy User Experience: It’s more likely that those that will be monitoring the surveillance system won’t be a tech-savvy as an IT manager, so it is important for the overall surveillance solution to have a relatively easy user interface.
  3. 24-hour Monitoring: Once schools out, that doesn’t mean that the cameras are turned off. Having the system on at all times is a requirement to keep the property safe.

Speed up your Storage with Solid State Drives

September 21, 2011

Arguably the most important data storage innovation in decades, the Solid State Drive (SSD) continues to revolutionize enterprise storage.  SSDs speed and reliability make them the preferred solution for I/O intensive applications. Now, solid-state storage is getting even faster with PCIe SSDs. These card-based devices exploit the incredible bandwidth advantage of the PCIe interface to eliminate HBA bottlenecks and provide high bandwidth, low latency access to storage resources. At StoneFly, we are testing PCIe SSDs in our new StoneFlex Unified Storage & Server (USS™) Appliance.

Click here for more info about USS™ and read how StoneFly is using the latest technologies to enhance SAN performance.


Defining VSaaS for Surveillance

September 15, 2011

In our last blog we explored Cloud Computing layer Infrastructure-as-a-Service (or IaaS) and the advantages of utilizing it to your IT infrastructure. Now it’s surveillance’s time.

Video-Surveillance-as-a-Service or VSaaS – like IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS – is a cloud computing element, but designed for the video surveillance environment. The way it work is that video resources from on-site cameras are streamed to systems at the provider’s site. VSaaS is quite cost effective, saving on maintenance costs, and interestingly enough, has no need to integrate a VMS to view your video resources.

Essentially there VSaaS can be divided by the following:

  • Hosted Video: Video streamed off-site over the WAN to a hosting provider’s data center.
  • Managed Video: Video resources are streamed to the end-user’s site and managed by the hosting provider remotely.
  • or a combination of both!

To learn more about VSaaS, check out this interesting article on CSO Online.


What you need to know about IaaS Cloud Computing

September 13, 2011

In cloud computing we all know that there are three layers of Cloud Stack: Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), and of course Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). But when it comes to IaaS, it is more considered as the base of the other cloud services.

I came across this interesting article on techno-pulse.com about IaaS and found some interesting facts about this interesting infrastructure.

Here are some of the highlights you need to know about IaaS:

  • It saves on operation costs by allowing you to pay for the resources you utilize
  • Flexible resource manageability for easy scalability
  • Elastic load balancing

To learn more about IaaS or just cloud computing in general, check out StoneFly’s cloud appliance the Cloud USS at www.StoneFly.com for more information.


Hybrid Surveillance Systems for Casinos

September 8, 2011

When it comes to surveillance systems, casinos are known to have very sophisticated systems in their facilities. And although implementing a complete IP solution would be ideal, having a hybrid solution with pre-existing CCTV components is another alternative. In the SourceSecurity.com article, Specifying  IP Video CCTV Systems for Casinos, is an interesting piece that points out the advantages of integrating a hybrid solution to casino facilities.

According the article, here are some of the highlights of implementing a hybrid solution:

  • High-quality frame rate video
  • Fault tolerance, redundancy, diagnostics and hardware monitoring
  • Little or No Latency

For more information about hybrid surveillance solutions, check out this video.


DNF Security partners with Arecont Vision

September 6, 2011

This week DNF Security announced a technology partnership with leading IP-camera provider Arecont Vision. DNF Security has worked with Arecont Vision to set up DNF video storage solutions to Arecont’s MegaLab in Los Angeles, California.

MegaLab is a unique facility where end users and integrators can come and see these systems operating in real time. With Arecont Vision’s line of dynamic IP cameras bundled with leading VMS, video storage solutions, and now DNF Security’s high performance storage appliances, visitors can witness how these solutions work together before buying.

For more information about this partnership check out our latest press release. And for more information on how to visit Arecont Vision’s MegaLab visit their website at www.arecontvision.com.