Preparing your IT Environment for IP Video Surveillance

October 25, 2011

ATTENTION IT Integrators! Preparing your IT environment for IP surveillance isn’t as difficult than you think.

According to the CRN.com article “How To Integrate Video Surveillance Into Your IT Solutions” about 90% of the installation process are processes you already know.

Think about it, configuring storage, servers, and critical software applications to your IT environment is pretty much the same as integrating an IP surveillance environment. The only difficulty that you might face is installing the video cameras, but even so,  camera manufacturers often provide a wealth of resources for successful integration.

For more information about IP surveillance integration, check out our video “IP Network Storage For Security Surveillance” on our DNF Security YouTube page.

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Port Surveillance – Top Concerns

October 11, 2011

Surveillance in Ports is nothing new. With millions (possibly billions) of dollars worth of inventory passing through their docks everyday, security is a top priority. Which is why many ports today are opting for more sophisticated and robust surveillance systems that can deal with their demanding requirements. Based on our experience, here are some top concerns ports have on implementing a surveillance system:

  • Scalability and Flexibility: The ability to grow the number of cameras on the fly is something ports look for, and its important to have a solution that will give them the ability to do so.
  • Need for Advanced Applications: Advanced video analytics, high mega-pixel cameras, and a video storage system that is able to handle them are all just some features ports are looking for.
  • Around-the-Clock Surveillance: Theft is always an issue, but in the case of ports, its vital to have around-the-clock monitoring.

See how DNF Security helped the Port of West Sacramento upgrade their surveillance system to IP on this Case Study.


IP Surveillance: A Bandwidth-eater?

October 3, 2011

Let’s face it, implementing an IP surveillance environment fills up a lot of your IT resources. From the sophisticated megapixel cameras to the VMS, it’s clear that IP requires not only regular maintenance, but also bandwidth. But there has always seems to be this misconception that IP surveillance is just a big bandwidth-eater. But that’s not the case. With video compression standards like H.264 video streams from those high-resolution cameras can be condensed into smaller files, which minimizes local bandwidth disruption.

However if there has to be a concern over excessive bandwidth consumption, then it would probably be downloading video streams across the WAN. That’s because:

  1. Multiple locations are being utilized.
  2. It may compromise video quality if you need to transmit the resources to another location.
  3. There is a need to define which video areas need to be focused on…which means, more system planning and maintenance.

Want to know more about how your surveillance system really effects your bandwidth? Check out this article on IP Security Watch.


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.


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.


Wireless Cameras and Wireless Networks – the next ‘Big Thing’ in Surveillance?

August 26, 2011

While aimlessly surfing the web, I came across this interesting article by SecurityInfoWatch.com. The article discusses the trends and popularity of wireless surveillance networks, and it got me thinking …is wireless the next ‘big thing’ in IP surveillance?

It might be difficult to say right now but it’s hard to deny advantages of going wireless, namely –

  • The obvious – No Cabling! No cables means easy set up and low maintenance
  • Monitor Remotely  – on offsite locations or even through mobile devices
  • Cost Effective….in the long run – going wireless reduces maintenance cost
  • Quality of Equipment – these days wireless cameras are made with the most IP video technology, rivalling their ‘wired’ counterparts

Banks, ATMs and IP Surveillance – a Match Made in Heaven

July 15, 2011

The other day, while just clicking through the web, I found this article “How to Gear Up ATM Security Using IP Surveillance?” and it really caught my attention. We all know that IP Surveillance has its advantages, (including higher levels of image resolution, etc.) but there is no other industry that benefits from an IP environment than banks.

Here are some highlight advantages that the article addresses:

  • High resolution streaming makes it possible to detect thieves with much precision than CCTV.
  • Mobility of IP enables surveillance personnel to access video footage remotely.
  • IP Video prevents a process called “skimming” from ATMs.

Want to learn more about how to implement IP to your surveillance environment? Watch this informative webinar on DNF Security’s YouTube page.