When it comes to implementing IP-based surveillance solutions, many organizations do not realize that existing IT frameworks may not be fit for purpose. A poorly designed network infrastructure can negate any quality and performance benefits afforded by investing in new cameras and software solutions.
One of the top trends in today’s security landscape is the transition to IP-based surveillance. With capabilities including high-definition cameras, improved third-party sub-system integration, and new levels of scalability, it’s clear that this represents a significant step forward.
This technical paper explores the key considerations for establishing high-performance network infrastructure, including integrating legacy analog technology, choosing between transmission modes, selecting the right compression standard, dealing with WiFi and mobile devices, selecting storage, and more.
Can any legacy analog equipment be used?
Having an IP surveillance network does not preclude the use of legacy technology such as analog camera solutions. This is an important point as it allows existing system assets that remain of operational use to be retained.
Existing systems assets that remain of operational value can be retained for a cost-effective upgrade path.
Network-based encoders, ideally suited for centralized or edge encoding of analog video data, can be used to convert analog data to a digital video signal. This data can be viewed using an integrated, open architecture video management system, and recorded on a variety of network attached storage solutions, such as primary and hot standby storage.
In order to achieve these benefits, it is important to be aware of several key elements relating to network design. Failure to do so can result in poor performance and ROI.