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Digital IP Video Surveillance

As the Information Technology (IT) Industry and the Security Industry continue to merge, surveillance systems are being changed forever. Surveillance systems today are smarter and more sophisticated, yet easier to use than ever before. They offer endless possibilities regarding integration, expansion, access, and location. The future of security and surveillance is Internet Protocol (IP) Surveillance or Network Video.

IP Surveillance, or Network Video, is a security surveillance system or remote monitoring system, that allows recording and viewing over an IP network (LAN/WAN/Internet). IP Surveillance uses an IP Network as the backbone of the system to transfer video and audio, as opposed to expensive point-to-point coax cabling used with traditional Closed-Circuit TV or (CCTV) applications.

J.P. Freeman, 2003 Worldwide CCTV & Digital Video Surveillance Market Survey says,

"Digital technology has become the driving force in the industry as an offshoot of advancing computer technology ... open architecture software will enable CCTV systems from different manufacturers to communicate with each other thereby releasing the hold that one manufacturer has on a using customer to buy systems from only that manufacturer. The convergence of computers and CCTV is inevitable as digital technology advances."

Key Benefits of Network Video:

Remote Accessibility
With a Digital Visions IP Surveillance system, you can access live and archived video at anytime, from anywhere. Our systems capture and distribute the highest quality video over any IP Network or the Internet. This allows remote monitoring and management of the system, as well as remote storage of video archives to ensure convenience and security. This also permits a company with multiple offices to integrate cameras at all locations into one system and one storage device.

Future-Proof Technology
IP Network transmission continues to be the basis by which most digital information is transported; therefore the technology is tested and proven. Data, voice, video, music, and almost all other information can be transported via an IP Network. The technology will not become obsolete, and installed properly it is extremely secure.

There are almost no limitations to where you can place a network camera. You can connect it to a LAN, WAN, Modem, Wireless Access Point, or a Cell Phone. It does not need to be connected to a computer or DVR. If there is existing camera equipment that you want to continue to use, this can be accomplished by using video servers. Video servers convert the analog video to IP, thereby allowing integration into a Network Video solution. This protects your current investment, while allowing expansion.

Because of the Surveillance equipment’s flexibility, integration of cameras into other systems like access control, building management, POS systems, fire alarms, burglar alarms, and ATM’s are readily possible, too.

Unlimited Scalability
IP Cameras can easily be added to a system at any time, one by one. This is true for cameras on the local system, as well as integrating cameras off site, communicating over the Internet. Additional cameras and storage servers can be added on an as-needed basis.

Cost Effectiveness
IP Surveillance systems are based and built on open standards. This allows standard PC servers to be used for recording and storage, rather than having to use proprietary systems like DVR’s. This also permits the use of existing network infrastructure, all of which saves you money.

Distributed Intelligence
The intelligence in a Network Video System lies inside the cameras. Today’s Network Cameras have built-in motion detection and alarm management, so the camera is making the decisions regarding quality and transmittal rates. Therefore the data is obtained in a more manageable form, with higher levels of accuracy. This results in a more efficient way of managing surveillance data, when compared to all of the processing previously required from one DVR.

Image quality from Network Cameras is superior to that of analog cameras as well, offering progressive-scan, Mpeg technology, and motion jpeg. The video is 100% digital from the beginning, eliminating video conversion that causes image degradation.

Proven Technology
Digital Visions is a Channel Partner with Axis Communications. Because of this partnership, we are able to bring the latest advances in Network Video directly to our customers immediately after it is developed. Axis Communications developed the first network camera in 1996, and they continue to lead the market today. As management and transmission continue to be network driven, the future for surveillance is clearly IP based . . . the future is Digital Visions.

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