BCDVideo Delivers New Avaya-Based Shortest Path Bridging Network Switches: And Why You Should Care

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.