An integrated IP video portfolio, on the other hand, is designed to enable the technologies to work seamlessly with each other and with the analog video equipment already in place. This enables users to keep existing cameras and CCTV monitors and supplement them with newer IP video technology. Video encoders can digitize video from analog cameras so it can flow through Ethernet cables.
Opting for Buy what you need, not what turns your head IP VIDEO By Eran Wachman S o your organization has decided to make the switch from Bundled Software Development Kits (SDKs) allow for the analog video to IP. It is a sound decision — IP video de- development of custom applications and the integration of livers a slew of beneﬁts, including ﬂexibility, scalability existing ones. Linking video surveillance, access control and and the ability to integrate physical security with other analytics could help a corporate campus security guard deter- business systems. How the organization proceeds with mine which staff members swiped their ID badges, when the the migration will largely inﬂuence the degree of success. badges were swiped and whether anybody followed them into Organizations can go one of two routes: deploy an assort- the building without swiping a badge, or “piggybacking.” ment of point products; or deploy a comprehensive, integrat- ed IP video portfolio. While the ﬁrst choice may be appealing Pieces of the Puzzle: Cameras, Codecs and COTS at ﬁrst glance, there is no guarantee that these products will When it comes to the individual components of an IP vid- work well together, or at all, and chances are good that the eo system, it could be a big mistake to buy something just organization will have to hire a third-party consultant to per- because of the hype that surrounds it. It is important to stay form integration services and ongoing system upgrades. focused on whether the feature set will help an organization An integrated IP video portfolio, on the other hand, is de- meet its security and operational objectives. If the answer is signed to enable the technologies to work seamlessly with no, move on, no matter how loud the siren song. each other and with the analog video equipment already in At the center of any video surveillance solution is the place. This enables users to keep existing cameras and CCTV camera. Choosing from the broad array of IP cameras in the monitors and supplement them with newer IP video technol- ogy. Video encoders can digitize video from analog cameras so marketplace can be daunting. Not all products are the same, it can ﬂow through Ethernet cables. Virtual matrix (or soft- and an organization should assess its needs carefully before ware switching) technology enables organizations to contin- making a huge investment. Will the cameras be used outside? ue using CCTV keyboards and view video on analog monitors. If so, research weatherproof models. If there is a good chance Video management software can dramatically simplify that the cameras will be tampered with, there are a number how all the captured video is managed. Instead of having to of vandal-resistant cameras on the market. Would the orga- store and sift through reels of videotape, video footage can be nization beneﬁt from video analytic applications that detect managed electronically. The software enables the creation of loitering, excessive speed, unattended baggage or other activ- r
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