You’re certified on routers, switches, Voice-over-IP and networking installations. What’s missing? Physical security is one of the last to leave the analog age and switch to digital technology. With networking knowledge, you already understand many of the challenges of an IP surveillance system. By taking the time to learn about cameras, optics, and the physical security market, you’ll be in prime position to round-out your solutions portfolio.
So why should you partner with the leader of network video?
Based on open standards, Axis’ professional network video products run on Ethernet networking. An IP network infrastructure is often already in place and used for other applications within an organization, so a network video application can piggyback off the existing infrastructure. Management and equipment costs are also lower since back-end applications and storage run on industry standard, open systems-based servers, not on proprietary hardware such as a DVR in the case of an analog CCTV system.
Furthermore, Power over Ethernet technology, which cannot be applied in an analog video system, can be used in a network video system. PoE enables networked devices to receive power from a PoE-enabled switch or midspan through the same Ethernet cable that transports data (video). PoE provides substantial savings in installation costs and can increase the reliability of the system.
Future proof integration
Network video products based on open standards can be easily integrated with computer and Ethernet-based information systems, audio or security systems and other digital devices, in addition to video management and application software. For instance, video from a network camera can be integrated into a Point of Sales system or a building management system.
A network video system comprises many different components, such as network cameras, video encoders and video management software. The other components including the network, storage and servers are all standard IT equipment.
Scalability and flexibility
A network video system can grow with a user’s needs. IP-based systems provide a means for many network cameras and video encoders, as well as other types of applications, to share the same wired or wireless network for communicating data; so any number of network video products can be added to the system without significant or costly changes to the network infrastructure. In an analog video system, a dedicated coaxial cable must run directly from each camera to a viewing/recording station. Network video products can also be placed and networked from virtually any location, and the system can be as open or as closed as desired.
In today’s network video systems, intelligence has been brought into the camera itself. Advanced network cameras can
have built-in motion detection and alarm management so the camera decides when to send video, at what frame rate
and resolution, and when to alert a specific operator for monitoring and/or response.
More intelligent algorithms - number plate recognition, people counting, face recognition - are also being integrated
into network cameras.
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