Video surveillance goes mobile

Advancements in technology have created a paradigm shift within the industry

Imagine a location or branch that has been experiencing a rash of break-ins or vandalism, or a critical infrastructure site that needs special protection. Installing hardwired cable is impossible and there is no central server at the location. Ethernet cabling, as well as Power-over-Ethernet, are also unavailable. You’re tethered to the constraints of the location, but need strong surveillance and security detection to limit incidents and prevent further breaches. 

This case in point is the reality of many applications today. As businesses become more widespread and add remote locations, they desperately need video surveillance. And, while traditional security cameras provide a degree of crime prevention and deterrence, surveillance without the ability to record video or without mobility falls drastically short in terms of total security and offers no forensic capabilities.  

New network video management software, applications and technologies, coupled with IP topography, are causing a paradigm shift in video surveillance. Now the name of the game is mobile surveillance and remote connectivity, delivering all the features and functions that provide end users optimum flexibility. From small and mid-sized businesses to enterprise locations, live, real-time video and recording at up to 30 frames-per-second are available at a moment’s notice.

Imagine being able to view live video from places traditional cameras cannot reach. It is possible today under mobile platforms and applications. Operating over Wi-Fi, 3G/4G cellular and LTE wireless networks, users can record video from any location, truly extending security’s reach.

Mobility a game-changer for video  

IP cameras and mobile applications are rapidly changing the dynamics of the security industry. Experts contend that new generations of smartphones will become their own central monitoring stations or command and control centers. Not only are wireless technologies providing users with more mobility than ever, but these devices extend the reach of a surveillance infrastructure and protected premises - speeding up response and providing real-time situational awareness to allow appropriate actions to be taken. Removing the former constraints of video surveillance (storage concerns, lack of power, etc.) enables users to deploy cameras in more locations than ever and have full control of these devices and their operating parameters.

At the core of all these newfound applications are smartphones, which stream live video to users on the go and providing on-the-spot surveillance and recording. With this power, users can also become more proactive and respond appropriately to any situation, as they now have a real-time and accurate look into any incidents as, before or after they happen. With pre-alarm capabilities as well, cameras have become full-fledged notification devices.

IP camera and mobile smartphone applications also help users handle their business more effectively and reliably. The value-add is there, providing manufacturing efficiencies and management of crowds in a stadium, for example, yielding a greater return on investment.

The IP video surveillance industry has worked hard at software and applications to make all this possible, taking mobile surveillance applications to levels never before achieved in the field. These products feature embedded video management software and enable channel partners and users to deploy cameras without ongoing concerns about recording or storing on site. Of course, these traditional setups are highly valuable, but they are augmented by the development of new technologies that expand what was once never thought possible. Today’s technology turns end users, first responders and a host of IT, security, facilities management and C-level executives into live camera operators.

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