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.

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.

Port of West Sacramento Chooses DNF Security for Major Surveillance Upgrade

June 28, 2011

As a major port in the west coast, the Port of West Sacramento is centrally located among the busiest transportation grid of major highways, airports, and national railway systems. With an extensive amount of industrial and agricultural goods shipped in and out their harbors everyday, the Port of West Sacramento’s aging, decentralized surveillance system was just not cutting it. A major upgrade was in order, but with the installs of highly advanced cameras and more demanding surveillance applications, the Port decided that DNF Security’s line of video storage, video management engines (VME) and video workstations were the best choice to transition their surveillance environment to a more efficient system.

Learn more about how our surveillance solutions helped the Port of West Sacramento on this latest case study.

DNF Security Product Spotlight – Falcon Video Storage Series

June 21, 2011

Powerful yet cost-effective, DNF Security’s Falcon Video Storage Series is ideal for entry-level or midrange surveillance environments in need of a reliable video storage and management solution. All Falcon appliances solutions are simple to install, easy to use, and utilizes the latest in surveillance technology to scale and grow your environment at your own pace.

Check out our over 25 different flavors of Falcons on our products page.

“How to build a resilient Video Surveillance & Storage Solution? When ‘Up-time’ is a Must!”

June 11, 2010

When it comes to security solutions, there are two major issues that we come across with everyday: one is the possibility of failover, and the other is redundancy. It is a frustrating situation to be in, but there are ways to eliminate these unfortunate predicaments and design a Resilient Surveillance and Storage System.

Tune in on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 10:00am PST (1:00am EST) as we present our weekly DNF Security Webinar. This week’s webinar is titled “How to build a resilient Video Surveillance & Storage Solution? When ‘Up-time’ is a Must!” We will cover the following:

  • How to define, the high availability, redundancy and failover requirements from Server- to-Storage?
  • What are the parameters of design and the components to choose from?
  • What are the statistical possibilities of failover?
  • What are the tools and techniques in designing a resilient & robust system?

Walk away with a better sense of how to build a resilient video surveillance and storage solution.  Register here for more information:

Webinar: “What’s the best Storage for my Surveillance System – NAS or iSCSI?”

May 21, 2010

What’s the best storage solution for your surveillance project? Tune in to this Thursday to find out!

DNF Security’s “What’s the best Storage for my Surveillance System – NAS or iSCSI?” webinar is this Thursday at 10am PST. If you are looking to improve your surveillance project through better storage solutions, then this is the webinar for you. We will answer all your inquiries, including:

  • Do I need more storage for my surveillance system?
  • How can advanced storage solutions solve my surveillance problems?
  • What are my storage choices and how much will it cost?
  • How can camera solutions, such as advanced IP cameras, benefit from better storage?

Learn about how NAS and iSCSI storage technologies can improve the efficiency of your surveillance project. Register today for this free webinar.

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