How Does IP Video Surveillance Work?

Bob Gamble
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The widespread adoption of IP video surveillance has allowed organizations to abandon traditional cabling networks in favor of using their existing data network infrastructure, which is a far more streamlined approach to surveillance. In fact, larger enterprises are taking this one step further by upgrading to high performance wireless networks so they can provide IP video surveillance to their expansive campuses, linking the dozens or even hundreds of cameras via a single network. But these are just a couple of ways IP video surveillance can work at your Delaware Valley enterprise; depending on the specificities of your application, there are other potential benefits to consider.

IP Video Surveillance Mesh Deployment

Enterprises that take advantage of IP video surveillance may be able to deploy their wireless networks as a “mesh,” which means they contain multiple nodes (also known as links) of access. This is a practical procedure because if one node fails, then the network is able to find the next best path of data transmission in the network. The goal? Keeping recorded video in the system so that no event goes unseen and no breach of security goes unproven. And isn’t that the reason organizations invest in video surveillance in the first place?

Streamlining Costs with IP Video Surveillance 

IP video surveillance can be a great solution for organizations looking to restructure their security technology in a more budget-efficient way, because it eliminates the costly requirements of cabling.

Cabling is an expense that can add up quickly, whether it’s Ethernet or the even more expensive fiber optic cabling option (which may require monthly, quarterly or annual leasing from a third-party provider.) If cost is a concern (and isn’t it always?), then IP video may be a valid consideration.

Faster Installation with IP Video Surveillance 

If some type of fixed infrastructure is required in order to support video surveillance, it can be costly to create, retrofit or upgrade – but equally important is the amount of time it takes to complete the installation. Rather than waiting for an expensive infrastructure project to be ready for launch, an IP video surveillance solution is virtually plug and play. This can make it a better option for many types of enterprises, but it can also make it an ideal solution for a temporary deployment – say, a public event. To that end, municipalities are turning to IP video surveillance in droves.

This barely scratches the surface of how IP video surveillance works and what it has to offer. To learn more, contact Security Instrument with your questions; we will be glad to provide more information.

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