How to Design a Video Surveillance System

The largest trend in Video Surveillance is the adoption of IP Cameras instead of Analog Cameras.

Both IP and Analog cameras are digitized for viewing and recording on computers. Analog cameras require an encoder or DVR to digitize the video, while IP cameras digitize the video inside the camera.

Here are basic topics to consider when designing a video surveillance system:

♦ Camera Location (viewing area)

♦ Cameras (Fixed or PTZ)

♦ Cameras (Color, Infrared, Thermal)

♦ Cameras (Standard Definition or Megapixel)

♦ Cameras (IP or Analog)

♦ Cameras (Cube, Bullet, Box, Dome, PTZ)

♦ Video Management System (DVR/Analog, NVR/IP, or HDVR/Hybrid/Analog/IP)

♦ Video Management Software (viewing software)

♦ Storage (Internal, Directly Attached, Network)

♦ Storage (30-days, 60-days, 90-days, ?)

♦ Video Analytics (Optimize Storage or Identify Events)

♦ Viewing (Locally from DVR/NVR, Video Wall Viewing, Remotely by PC or Mobile

♦ Recording Resolution

♦ Recording Frame Rate (6-10 Frames Per Second (FPS) = Most Common)

ECS is an Authorized Pelco Video Surveillance Reseller located in Seattle, WA & Portland, OR.

ECS provides local technicians for on-site work installing and servicing a variety of voice/data equipment, ie; Avaya Aura Servers, Gateways, Messaging, Telephones, Firewalls, Ethernet Switches, Low Voltage Cabling, WiFi, CCTV, POS, Paging, etc. 

ECS provides services in the states of Washington & Oregon, primarily in the greater Seattle & Portland areas.

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