A recent technology brief from Allied Telesis outlines 5 reasons to converge video surveillance onto the corporate IP network.
The company notes that, with the evolution of CCTV technology, the emphasis for enterprise security deployments has moved from simple monitoring of video footage to intelligent systems that are capable of identifying abnormal events or behavior. As intelligence increases in these systems, so too do the applications for this technology.
Further, as the transition from analog to IP-based digital technology has opened the door for numerous enhancements to the operation of video surveillance, the company notes how these improvements have increased the value of video-surveillance based security, while reducing its total cost in terms of equipment, installation and operational costs.
“IP cameras no longer need special cabling, special receiving equipment or special recording equipment. They just use IP-over-Ethernet, like all the other equipment in the corporate LAN,” points out Allied Telesis.
The brief continues, “There is no need for dedicated switching, cabling and recording infrastructure for the video surveillance system. [Further,] there are no technical barriers against converging the video surveillance system onto the main data network, and the bandwidth provisioning requirements are predictable.”
The five reasons for such convergence, as elucidated by Allied Telesis, include: cost-savings; consistency; opportunities for new service deployment; flexibility; and participation in a network management framework.