We are fortunate to have Darren Giacomini join Security.World as a monthly columnist to share his insights and knowledge on physical security networks and what it takes to deliver the most capable video surveillance network infrastructure. We asked Darren to share with us his background and expertise as a networking system matter expert. We hope you learn as much from Darren as we have.
BCDVideo announced the signing of an Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) agreement with Dell EMC OEM Solutions. The collaboration enhances BCDVideo’s robust product portfolio with the inclusion of end-to-end solutions featuring Dell EMC Server, Storage and Networking platforms, along with Dell commercial client products. As the market leader in data storage and server solutions, Dell EMC has demonstrated a strong commitment to providing security integrators unparalleled access to a wide range of best-in-class technologies. Entering an OEM agreement with BCDVideo reinforces that commitment.
BCDVideo announced the hiring of Georgi Pandev as its Technical Sales Manager LATCAR. Georgi will be instrumental in expanding BCDVideo’s presence in security project infrastructure throughout Latin America. In doing so, BCDVideo’s full line of award-winning products covering video surveillance storage servers, access control servers, industrialized servers and switches, client viewing stations, networking, and professional on-site services will be accessible to a wide range of Latin American security integrators.
Whether you really know BCDVideo, you better not underestimate them nor ignore their impact on our industry. BCDVideo has become the security integrator’s choice for IP video surveillance solutions. Maybe flying just under the radar of many top-flight players in the physical security industry, BCDVideo has seen some impressive growth. Formed in 1999, BCDVideo is a physical security vendor that has seen some incredible growth over the past decade and a half. Late in 2017, BCDVideo made a major upgrade when they moved into their new, spacious company headquarters in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
BCDVideo, the industry-leading purpose-built video surveillance storage solution manufacturer, was named to the Inc. 5000 list for the second time. The 36th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment – its independent small and midsized businesses.
BCDVideo introduced 35-year security industry veteran Perry Levine as Director of Strategic Alliances. The newest member of BCDVideo’s Executive Team, Levine will be responsible for articulating the BCDVideo technology message and product platform to National and local security integrators, camera manufacturers, Video Management Software companies, distributors, industry associations, and all technical partners associated with BCDVideo.
Milestone will show the industry’s first load balancing of multi-GPUs, hardware-accelerated decoding and video motion detection, motion metadata generation and recording of 1,000 Full HD 1080p H.264/5 cameras on a single BCDVideo BCD215 Series server —purpose-built for this project— with multiple NVIDIA GPUs.
Networking is the backbone of any video surveillance system. While servers, workstations, and cameras remain vital, the best network switches reduce outages, grant quicker access to information, and easily integrate new communication channels and applications. Yet, when the server begins to drop frames, the first instinct of most technical professionals is to drop camera frame rate, resolution, bitrate, or even add more servers. The network equipment is typically overlooked. This oversight often leads to continued outages. Listed below are the three most common reasons security integrators have networking issues.
BCDVideo announced their collaboration with Sentry360 (Plainfield, IL) on a turnkey, multi-camera body cam solution with on-premises storage capabilities offering up to three years of video retention. In addition to the obvious use for law enforcement for both officer and citizen accountability, body-worn cameras are being utilized in commercial environments, hospitals for compliance regulations, the service industry for training purposes, retail locations, and countless other markets and applications. Sentry360 is a well-established leader developing sophisticated panoramic and high-definition surveillance solutions for law enforcement, medical, transportation, retail, and commercial vertical markets.
Some technical professionals may take offense to the following statement, but our technical tendency whenever a server/NVR starts to drop frames or “go black” is to start dropping camera resolutions, drop frame rates, or drop camera bitrates, and/or add more servers/NVRs. So little attention, historically, has been paid to the actual ‘network’ equipment in these network video recording solutions. Not so un-noticed, video surveillance puts such a tremendous load on I.P. networks (just ask the corporate network admin) and has been a major bottleneck component since the first network surveillance camera came online. Where typical corporate networks have been more plug-and-play in their usage, video surveillance pushes the geek level of network management to a much higher level of sophistication. If we are honest with ourselves, this intimidates many physical security/video surveillance professionals. To be fair, these security professionals are not computer networking experts. Trying to understand the impact RTSP has on a network or the importance of every frame making it from end-to-end has not been as important to some smaller installations. However, when keeping a video feed pumping with no interruption is important then it becomes vital to understand the network configurations.