Galaxy Control Systems is showcasing its latest technologies and programs here at ISC West 2018 (booth #5089). Highlights include new enhancements and integrations for the company’s flagship System Galaxy on-site access control software, and its cloud-based Cloud Concierge® SaaS offering, which has gained tremendous traction with resellers since its introduction last year. Additional news from Galaxy Control Systems at ISC West includes the launch of a new A&E Program, and announcement of an impressive OEM agreement.
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.
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.