The increased demand for wireless surveillance, fiber optics and IP solutions have placed a strong emphasis on planning ahead for your surveillance solution.
Networks are also being impacted because end users want higher megapixel cameras. In some circles, it is being forecasted that close to 80 percent of video surveillance networks will have mega pixel cameras integrated by 2015. The older the network platform, the harder it will be for it to keep up with the functions of those IP megapixel cameras.
As surveillance systems become more dependent upon ethernet based networks, the networks themselves play an instrumental role in the successful functioning of the surveillance systems. Without a reliable, robust network infrastructure, the performance of surveillance video is compromised.
A few things to consider when planning your surveillance solution:
Establish what surveillance platform you want: IP or Analog
It is a factual statement that companies are slowly but surely moving away from analog to IP-based systems. The two main variables are when and how to do so. Being that the economy is still recovering, end users want to extend the life of an existing analog system while slowly upgrading to IP-based technology. If planned properly, implementing a hybrid analog/IP system will accomplish both initiatives of integrating newer technology and getting the full use of the existing infrastructure.
Make sure the network can handle the bandwidth consumption
One of the biggest challenges facing organizations today is managing bandwidth as surveillance video can present many bandwidth challenges. Network infrastructures are continuing to become more capable of transmitting larger amounts of data; however, the resolution of security cameras is also increasing rapidly and continuing to test the limits of network infrastructures.
The TIA-942-A standard, which is expected to be finalized sometime in 2012, will lead the industry towards higher bandwidth capable cabling. Soon, Category 6 cables will be the industry recommendation. However, fiber optic cabling presents the most potential for providing enough bandwidth and reliability especially for higher resolution / megapixel surveillance systems. It is recommended to install one category of cable higher than your current needs to stay ahead of bandwidth demand.
Building a network infrastructure for video surveillance takes preparedness, a keen eye to standards and forward thinking on cabling. If planned properly, it’s an investment that is sure to pay off long term for the end user. If you have questions about how to future proof your security system, contact one of our on-hand security experts at 866-424-9070!