Video surveillance goes mobile

Advancements in technology have created a paradigm shift within the industry

This new era of video management software and mobile applications truly allows users to tap into the power of their smart devices to stream video from any location for either short or long-term storage. Users can grab real-time visual reports of an incident, and stream the video and data to a central command center for on-the-spot decision making, dispatching and timely incident resolution.

This technology extends the coverage of surveillance networks to reach blind spots and other areas that traditional cameras cannot reach; enabling the relocation of surveillance devices in real time as the needs arises. Mobile surveillance gives operators and administrators greater configuration flexibility and ease of access for casual users through web browsers. Applications and software can also be deployed on a PC or tablet for additional connectivity and flexibility. Remote viewing outputs handle various compression algorithms, including H.264, MPEG4 or MJPEG, provide audio support and offer an array of third-party camera support.

Mobile applications via IP also change the depth and breadth of security. Not only does this technology give the user the ability to protect outlying locations - warehouses, satellite offices, utility substations, live events, temporary infrastructure and more - it provides business intelligence, service and reduces operational costs.

The future of the industry is in software, remote and cloud-based solutions. These video surveillance advancements allow end users to focus on their core business, but still have a handle and control on all their locations around the globe.

About the Author: Ed Wassall, Ph.D., is vice president of global marketing and hardware products at DVTel.