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Essential Management Tools for Video

Surveillance & IT Convergence


Coordination is Key
 Corporations are increasing efficiency and value by
leveraging the assets of the corporate IT infrastructure.
 The IT team must ensure that new systems do not
negatively impact other network
 Security departments are purchasing new, IT-centric
tools and techniques designed to significantly increase
the capabilities of the security organization

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System Availability
 The IT network provides services to the entire
organization.

 Security systems—and equipment—must be developed


so that it doesn’t interfere or cause failure on any other
part of the network

 Reducing Risks of Failure:


– Embedded Operating Systems
– Solid State Drives

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Quality of Service
 Limit Bandwidth Consumption on Network
– Data/Video Archiving
– Management tools to enable remote archiving and restoration of
systems

Remote DVR Remote DVR

Remote DVR Remote DVR

Multi-Channel Digital Matrix


Digital Matrix Multi-Channel Video Decoder Workstation
Workstation Video Decoder 4
Quality of Service
 Transcoding
 Data/Video Archiving
 Management tools to enable remote archiving and
restoration of systems
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Multiple Cameras
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High Quality Low bit rate MPEG4


MJPEG
MASS Transcode
STORAGE High Quality
MJPEG
ENGINE High Quality MJPEG

RECORDING TRANSMISSION ARCHIVING


 Emphasis on QUALITY  Emphasis on IMMEDIACY  Emphasis on EVIDENCE
 “Always-on” recording of all cameras  “On-demand” viewing of any cameras  Digitally signed images
 Evidential admissibility  Low bandwidth, fast update rates  Remote interrogation
 Live or recorded  Non-real time download
 Several months storage
 Indefinite storage
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Privacy Protection and Information Security
 IT can implement industry-standard authentication and
authorization techniques to prevent unauthorized access
to data:

– Firewalls
– Passwords
– VPNs

 Authenticate the video


– DVR manufacturer should provide software to authenticate video

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Availability of Management and Monitoring Tools
 Tools that continuously
monitor the health of
each security device and
automatically report any
problems to the IT
department are
invaluable.

 Management tools that


allow the upgrade to be
applied to multiple
devices at once, are
essential

 IT also prefers a system


that allows users to add,
change or remove an
employee’s security
permissions from a
central database

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Understanding Total Cost of Ownership
 Additional costs include:
– Project-specific equipment costs
– Additional network equipment
– Anti-virus software licenses (for Windows-based devices)
– Training

 Recurring costs include:


– Dedicated WAN bandwidth
– Monitoring
– Maintenance
– Security vendor licensing fees

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Quality of Vendor Technical Support
 Advance Replacement Programs
 Interoperability with External Systems
 Multi-language Manuals, User Interfaces and Technical
Support

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Key Points to Remember
 Involve IT early and often
 Risk Management Plans (viruses and unauthorized
access)
 Know how much bandwidth is required for video capture
and distribution to viewing locations
 Software tools must be available to centrally manage the
following:
– User Access Rights and Passwords
– Configurations
– Software/firmware updates
 Work with IT to calculate a complete cost of ownership
 Choose a vendor that will support your needs today and
in the future

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