Video Surveillance — You got the cameras, what’s next?

With crime rate already on the rise in Tagbilaran City, video surveillance has become a necessity for many businesses and homes to help deter attacks from criminal elements and prevent employee pilferage of company materials and inventory. You bought the video cameras that record the data digitally on your computer. Now what should you do next?

It is now possible to view the monitored areas remotely using the Internet as the “path” for the data. A business owner travelling in Manila can open his browser on his laptop, connect to the Internet and then open up the camera’s IP address to view the video stream. However, not all Internet access services will work properly with video stream.

An important thing to note is that published bandwidths of most Internet subscriptions are for the download data traffic. Upload traffic is normally very small compared to download traffic. Video cameras upload the video data so at the camera location, you need to get an Internet access service with data rates for upload and download are the same and if you foresee that you will be viewing the video stream for 24×7, you need to get dedicated Internet access service. Otherwise, the video, when viewed remotely, will be very choppy.

It is also possible to avoid using the Internet for the video stream path as long as you are able to deploy your own branch office connections within Tagbilaran or subscribe to wide area network services that may be provided in your area. A local area interconnection service will provide a very low latency from the server location to the client location.

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