Over the past few years, the term physical security has undergone through enormous transformation. Typical proprietary video servers are being replaced by newer video servers that offer redundancy, open-standard compatibility, and high performance. As video images are getting digitalized, the demand for networked video servers and cameras powered via Ethernet has increased to many folds. This clearly states the fact that surveillance field is slowly and steadily shifting its base from analog to IP video surveillance.
Therefore, with the new trend to centralize over the network picking up, security managers are having the opportunity to take advantage of advanced features such as redundancy, high availability and data protection which were previously available only in data centers. As surveillance going digital and video footage turning critical for compliance, safety or asset protection; it is important to make sure each component of security system is fault-proof.
Utilization of existing IP Network infrastructure lowers deployment costs and management overhead, since resources are centralized, and can be shared across the network. An enterprise IP network infrastructure enables convergence of widely distributed systems onto a common IP network for easy access from anywhere on the network. In order to build an efficient security infrastructure, it makes sense to leverage innovations in workstations, video servers and storage to increase system performance. With the help of integrating the surveillance needs with IP technology, organizations can augment the benefits such as-
Simplify Infrastructure – Security managers often face challenges such as managing surveillance infrastructure with fewer resources, increased demands on time, performance and capacity. But with the help of IP-all the cameras, storage and video data can be managed from a single and centralized network.
Reduce Costs for management and ownership – One can clearly observe that operational costs can be reduced with a centralized storage infrastructure and this includes administration, maintenance and facility costs. Moreover, with all resources centralized on the network, one can add more cameras without adding more video servers to the mix.
Increase data protection and availability – Centralizing the network allows security administrators to leverage advanced features like clustering, mirroring, and split video recording to keep their infrastructure high available and protected from system failure.
Boosting surveillance efficiency – By networking the servers, admins can work more efficiently, and can save resources and time for important surveillance duties. A centralized infrastructure enables an increase in the number of applications, terabytes and systems managed without increasing administrators.
Finally, by hosing video servers, storage and cameras on an existing IP network, surveillance administrators can attain the sophistication of reduced management costs, improve efficiency, and consolidate resources. This facilitates the privilege of spending less time on managing systems and offers more time to respond and diffuse incidents.