New Video: Keeping up with the Technology to Stay Ahead of the Pack

IP is an abbreviation for Internet Protocol, the most common protocol for communication over computer networks and the Internet.


IP is an abbreviation for Internet Protocol, the most common protocol for communication over computer networks and the Internet. An IP-Surveillance device creates digitized video streams that are transferred via a wired or wireless IP network. This network enables monitoring and video recording as far away as the network reaches, as well as integration with access control and other systems.

Network cameras are a fast growing product category; a clear indicator that IP-based CCTV systems are poised to take over. Due to its scalability, among other advantages, IP-Surveillance is an attractive technology not only for enhancing or revitalizing existing surveillance and remote monitoring applications, but also for new installations.

Network cameras are connected directly to an IP-based network and integrate to applications on the network, enabling users to have cameras at remote locations and view, store and analyze live video at another location, or multiple locations, over the network/Internet. Vendors in the video surveillance equipment market are responding to this trend with IP-networked systems that can capture and transmit images in real time to personal computers, laptops, or even personal digital assistants (PDA).

A Determination Is Needed FOR EACH PROJECT
The video camera is evolving into an intelligent sensor. Smart it is, but first the dealer must evaluate a project to determine if New Video is appropriate. Answering these questions can help:

  • What is the project budget?
  • Based on risk assessment, what features are required?
  • Do the products support full integration or basic operation?
  • Is the New Video equipment you are specifying manufactured by an established vendor? What is the vendor’s support profile? (You just might need a lot of hand holding while you are gaining experience with the New Video technology.)

IP-networked surveillance systems are most suited for large-scale enterprise networks where a large number of cameras are needed. Oftentimes your customers may be reluctant to go completely digital because they have already invested in existing analog technology.

An option is to use digital video reorders (DVRs) that convert downloaded video data into digital format for transmission over an IP network. DVRs themselves are being supplanted by network based solutions; Network video recorders (NVR) comprise a management system that is essentially a software solution. NVRs use generic computer and IT hardware.

Power over Ethernet is an upcoming power solution for network video devices because it consolidates power and data and simplifies installation and deployment. The IEEE 802.3af standard defines the specifications to deliver power over standard Ethernet cables.

It is an approved standard by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Power over Ethernet technology allows appliances such as network cameras to receive power as well as data over existing LAN cabling, without needing to modify the existing Ethernet infrastructure.

Enhancement Continues
Vicon’s new revision to its ViconNet software. Rev 3.0 provides a number of improvements to the previous ViconNet platform version. ViconNet’s Rev 3.0 unveils the true power of a Digital Management System that was designed to support DVR and IP video solutions. The VN1000 is a software solution that loads onto common PC and server platforms running Windows XP and turns a computer into an NVR with complete video management capabilities. This solution is also made available in a pre-configured PC that includes extended storage options and RAID compatibility (model VN5000 series).

Rev 3.0 features include a flexible Geographic User Interface (MAP GUI) used to overlay camera icons for intuitive physical positioning for easier selection and control of fixed and PTZ cameras. Also, future upgrades will be possible over the network from remote sites.

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