Internet protocol (IP) video has been available for several years now and is gaining popularity for campus security applications because of its many advantages.
For example, campus public safety professionals with access to a computer network can view their IP security video from almost anywhere in the world, be they three miles away at their home or thousands of miles away in another country. Also, most IP systems are much more scalable, so campus users need not limit the number of cameras and other devices they place on the network. Probably the most important benefit, particularly in today’s climate of tight budgets, is IP video’s reduced operation and installation costs.
In Campus Safety’s last IP Video Surveillance Cheat Sheet, we covered the basics of this technology, including video management systems/software (VMS), network video recorders (NVR), digital video recorders (DVR), IP cameras, megapixel cameras, storage and compression. In this installment, we will discuss two significant advances in IP video that are getting a lot of attention from security professionals: Direct-to-Storage (DTS)/distributed storage and on-camera analytics.