Bytes, Cameras, Action!

You just installed two dozen high resolution cameras in your surveillance system. You got your video management software, your video servers, and your storage. So what else do you need to consider?

Bytes: Define your storage requirements upfront. You don’t want to exceed storage space two months down the road. Here are some critical factors that impact storage decisions: data traffic, redundancy, archive time, and processing power and speed.

Cameras: Choose the right cameras for your project and make sure all the key components are compatible with each other. Also, determine if the management software supports what you need. The type of camera you use will impact the amount of storage you require, so consider these:

  • Image size
  • Frame per second (FPS)
  • Compression type
  • % of compression
  • Amount of motion
  • Event recording vs. continuous recording
  • # of recording hours per day

Action: Now put these pieces to work. The key to designing a flexible surveillance solution is to choose a system that is scalable and will grow as your needs grow. Don’t lock yourself into a proprietary system that will limit you from customizing and upgrading. Learn how to avoid these limitations with this video.

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