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3 Physical Security Trends We’re Seeing This Year

May 11, 2017

3 Physical Security Trends We’re Seeing This Year

UHD Video Surveillance

While the advent of 4K video surveillance cameras has ushered in an era of ultra-high definition (UHD) for security and surveillance monitoring, it has also meant the need for greater storage capacity. Since these cameras are traditionally recording 24 hours a day, that means VARs must also meet a storage demand of on average 45 GB of storage per day for a 1080p recording at 15 Frames Per Second (FPS). That’s four times the storage and bandwidth as an HD camera.

VARS often need support in developing the networks that can accommodate the low-latency throughput, storage, and network connectivity that these emerging video surveillance systems require. From data switches that have enough processing power to their location and connection options (fiber) and support options (QoS and VLAN), the infrastructure design considerations can be significant. Working with product support companies, Ingram Micro’s System ArchiTECHS can provide the configuration and design support as well as the product solutions that VARs need to create these systems

Video Surveillance, SSDs, and HDD

A recent SanDisk white paper  outlined the many ways that SSDs are critical where reliability, ruggedness, write speeds, and performance are paramount in video surveillance situations including:

  • Government institutions such as courtrooms or government buildings
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Retail environment like shopping malls
  • Education environments from k12 through post-secondary

Solutions like the SanDisk Z400 are providing the critical ruggedness, durability and performance at the point of image capture in environments where images are cleared more frequently but still operate 24/7. While the capacity, performance, power consumption and more recently the price of SSDs are rivaling or outperforming many HDDs, VARS still rely on them for many IT infrastructure needs including video surveillance systems storage and networking.

Manufacturers like Seagate have developed surveillance drives and image optimized HDDs that can support systems of up to 100 cameras and 8 TB of storage. Other manufacturers like Micron and Intel are leading the way with high density code and data storage where big data intersects with SSDs for capture and storage of sensor data in manufacturing environments and a wide variety of verticals and business locations.

IP Networking

CCTV Surveillance is being replaced with IP video surveillance because of various benefits offered by IP networks. The shift from analog to IP has led organizations to spend on technologies that add scalable security surveillance solutions to their organization’s physical security. VARs are in a great position to harness these opportunities by showing how the existing IP network can carry not only the video traffic, but also the power for the IP cameras via power-over-Ethernet (PoE) technology.

The use and design of IP surveillance systems with separate network switches with PoE can lower costs of cabling while providing a dedicated power source for remote cameras and devices that can use PoE. Here again, companies like StarTech are working with System ArchiTECHS to provide integrators with the fiber and cat6 cabling.

System integrators are seeing the benefits of putting IP cameras onto separate or parallel networks. VARS are increasingly putting the security devices on isolated separate cabling and network switches to boost the intrusion security level of the network.

This is in addition to a wealth of solutions for IP networking as part of video surveillance with solutions like serial over IP extenders such as those with PoE for video surveillance system network design. Many of these companies provide robust support such as the StarTech Conxit Connection Wizard to help integrators with connection design and system component choices.

As VARS seek to provide these physical security solutions to their customers, support and education are as key to successful implementation as the product solutions. By working with solution and support communities like System ArchiTECHS, VARS have the needed connection to the latest technology, best providers and support networks for physical security that can enable them to succeed in the market.

How are you preparing to take advantage of these and other physical security trends for your clients?