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Ask the Expert: Guidelines for choosing the best video recording solution for an application
By Chris Johnston
The customer’s requirements help to narrow the field during the selection process. Considering the amount of cameras, the number of facilities, the communications infrastructure, the alarm handling needs, and the degree of integration with other systems, among other factors, are all important when designing a system.
By Chris Johnston
Solutions for common applications
For larger systems or customers that need continuous recording at the highest resolution and frame rate, it may be best to take advantage of direct attached storage or storage area networks (SANs), which can hold large amounts of data and tend to be a more cost-effective option.
A PC-based DVR or NVR may be required for customers who need more extensive alarming and interface capabilities or integration with other systems, such as access control platforms, alarm panels, ATM and POS terminals, fire alarm systems or license plate capture equipment. More advanced embedded devices can also provide this functionality with just one unit to set-up — eliminating the need for the separate server, PC client and storage components that increase installation times by 50 per cent. Embedded systems also provide the benefit of reduced maintenance costs, as there are no operating system patches or anti-virus software to install and manage.
Defining requirements leads to success
Understanding all of these requirements in advance helped the integrator select a perfect recording solution for the franchise management company. The customer’s current needs are met, and the system is easily expandable to accommodate the addition of new cameras in each restaurant or new locations to the chain.
As this example demonstrates, defining the customer’s recording needs in advance is an important factor for the success of the system. Let the customer be your guide to finding the best solution every time.
Chris Johnston is a product marketing manager for video surveillance equipment at Bosch Security Systems, Inc., responsible for the company’s digital recording solutions. He can be reached at email@example.com or at 717-735-6372.