Many mobile devices include a built-in data counter that can be used to model typical usage. Tuning the mobile video system to use a lower frame rate, higher compression and smaller resolutions will help ease data congestion on the wired and wireless networks. Even better, identify a solution that tunes these elements based on network conditions to provide the best experience without overloading the network.
5. Don't forget the camera
Most cameras can be loaded with SSL encryption certificates so their video streams are encrypted. Many organizations are deploying cellular connected cameras in fixed or rapidly deployable forms. These connections allow flexibility for placement in covert or overt surveillance. Check the volume of data that the camera will be running on the cellular network and research the data plans the carrier provides. With a thinner cellular data pipe, the infrastructure will need to pull the video to a distribution point where you can manage bandwidth usage and provide access to multiple users for the same camera without overloading the camera's link.
Mobile video provides a way to extend your video surveillance infrastructure's reach and takes advantage of previous investments as well. Following these five essentials outlined here, you can ensure your mobile solution meets the needs of your system, your organization and ultimately, your end-users' experience.
Alex Bratton is the founder and chief executive officer of Lextech Labs (www.lextechlabs.com), Lisle, Ill. He has guided the creation of many cutting edge systems including a control system for a stabilized rocket launching platform, mapping interface for Navy research sensors, cell phone GPS tracking on Web databases and an online magazine publishing system. Bratton holds a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois.