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CIO Survival Guide for Sony IP Video Surveillance
CIO Survival Guide for Sony IP Video Surveillance
CIO Survival Guide for Sony IP Video Surveillance
CIO Survival Guide for Sony IP Video Surveillance
CIO Survival Guide for Sony IP Video Surveillance
CIO Survival Guide for Sony IP Video Surveillance
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  3. 3. CIOSURVIVALGUIDE EDITORIALTHE BASICS OF New digital technologies can pack some punch. Here are four considerations in support of newer technology: 1. Better visual data. Optics haveSURVEILLANCE vastly improved with the new generation of cameras, which, are more widely available. We’ve come a long way from the blue-gray fuzzy blurs. With better resolution, one camera can cover a wider area, or digitally zoom for fine detail. 2. Standard IT infrastructure. IP- based video will allow CSOs to use the same servers and bandwidth as the restE of the company. What’s more, cameras xperts say video surveillance surveillance is just another node on the running IP over ethernet can have both technology adoption is IT network. Cameras have IP addresses, data and power go through the same progressing over three phases: controlled centrally with any number of ethernet cable, with backup power Phase 1: Standalone CCTV software applications on top of the raw on the same supply as the IT systemssystems. These are regarded as relative visual data. backup power supply.dinosaurs, but sturdy and simple. They Market research shows that IT 3. Efficiency through centralisedwill fade as surely as typewriters did. managers are certain that they want to monitoring and automation. Simple Phase 2: Hybrid digital-analogue move off standalone closed circuit TV, math: When you have 30 sites worldwide,systems. Sometimes networked, they but unsure that they’re ready to move feeding video into a single control roomuse black-box digital video recorders on to what they’re being told is the more instead of having 30 control rooms(DVRs, essentially TiVo boxes). This powerful, more dynamic future of video creates efficiency. Automated alarmingrepresents the transition between old surveillance—fully digital systems. So further reduces the need to keep eyeballsand new—such as those word processors they network their DVRs to get a few fixed to screens everywhere. Digitalthat came after typewriters, but before benefits of the new technology without a archives are easier to access (“Tape,” saysPC programs. real commitment. They add some digital one integrator, “basically requires a full- Phase 3: Fully digital, networked systems, while keeping CCTV with DVR. time employee.”)IP-based surveillance. Here, video They’re milking their old investments. 4. New applications. It is software that will finally revolutionise video surveillance. Vendors are promising seemingly limitless applications to make video smart: Motion triggers, which canCEO and Publisher Dominic De Sousa Published by Regional partner of tell cameras to jump into high-resolutionManaging Director Amit Pateria mode and track objects; software whichand Associate Publisher can discriminate between a human formManaging Editor Kavitha Rajasekhar Vivek and, say, a skunk (thus reducing falseand Associate Publisher © Copyright 2009 CPI. alarms); applications which link video All rights reserved.Senior EditorDesigners Jeevan Thankappan Analou Balbero While the publishers have made every surveillance to access systems and safety effort to ensure the accuracy of all Froilan Cosgafa IV information in this magazine, they systems, so that the surveillance systemSales Director Sreejith Nambiar Head Office will not be held responsible for any could call the fire department or helpIT Manager Nadeem Hood PO Box 13700 errors therein.Webmasters Tristan Troy Maagma, Dubai, UAE turn on sprinklers. Elizabeth Reyes Tel: +971 4 3515316Production James P. Tharian Fax: +971 4 3598486Subscription subscribe@cpidubai.com Web: www.cpidubai.comMarketing Manager David Johnshaju 3
  4. 4. CIOSURVIVALGUIDE FEATURE 5 MUSTS FOR recognise normal behavior, and detect and alert on all abnormal patterns of activity without any human input. Organisations may find the move from ADVANCINGVIDEO algorithmic and rules-based systems to a learning technology a helpful next step to improve a video surveillance system. The key to successful surveillance is learning SURVEILLANCE IN normal behaviors, so that suspicious behavior can be detected to help predict, and prevent, future threats. By filtering out everyday activity, learning technology can help focus security personnel on SECURITY unusual activities, which helps to raise organisational awareness and decrease response time to potential threats. Scalability is key to success A video analytics technology capable of learning relies on computing power, which requires organisations to ensure Video surveillance was once the exclusive province of that all elements of the system have the potential to scale to meet the needs of physical security; operators looked at multiple video even larger video surveillance operations. screens, each displaying the field of view of a single video Scalability is crucial; the sheer amount of video surveillance now being deployed camera, to monitor for security incidents. But increasingly, is staggering. In London, there was an the charge of fully securing an organisation’s assets estimated 4.2 million closed-circuit TV cameras in June 2007. requires a larger number of cameras with multiple viewers Manual operations are expensive of the video information. and limit the effective scalability of the system; if the video surveillance system cannot scale, the set up could require the hand calibration of each camera when A it is set up and hand tuning to define s these systems add more video cycles, were unable to be improved or security zones. Scalable systems will allow to be watched, there becomes a expanded once installed, and did not the video surveillance system to add need to use IT style analysis tools necessarily add much value, since they were cameras and video fields over time so to help sort through the myriad only being programmed to alert on one type that as an organisation grows, its video of incoming video to find potential threats. of behavior. For example, one organisation surveillance system will grow with it. Over With that, CSOs find themselves required to deployed a system to detect car break-ins time, organisations expanding their video integrate a key physical security solution, during the night in a restricted parking lot. The surveillance deployments over large areas video surveillance, into overall IT security. system reported one incident (police officer will look to solutions that can self-calibrate While this means understanding what video who stopped to check the lot) in 18 months. rather than require manual programming. surveillance can and can’t do, it also reveals It is difficult to justify the cost of an expensive Organisations deploying video surveillance the need for education on evaluation system that only provides one or two valuable will also need an enterprise-class criteria for video surveillance solutions and pieces of information in 18 months. architecture that can scale in order to an understanding of what else can be done It has proven challenging in video manage all the hardware and servers to improve existing systems. surveillance systems to program a rule necessary to analyse the video. for every single unusual activity, but as a Vendors can multiplex all the digitised Move from algorithms to learning natural next step, organisations will require a video streams coming from the cameras The advent of video analytics software now system that works similar to current products into a video concentrator device or onto makes it possible for computers to «read» the currently in use in IT departments to detect network video storage. Most of these output of video cameras and automatically abnormality in network data streams. Various solutions provide some recording capability send out alerts when abnormal behavior is tools have emerged that not only «see video and centralisation of control to limit the detected. Initial systems tended to be small better,» but also analyse the digitised output total electronic real estate used by the video -- 10 to 12 cameras, six-month implementation of video cameras in real time to learn and surveillance deployment.4
  5. 5. Digitised video and security Today, a full video infrastructure includes cameras, viewing stations, video storage and recall, video analytics, and analytic processing. It may include remote monitoring or publishing video to remote locations, and it may require encryption of the video stream. Video isn’t just video any more. Video is data; data that enters the realm of IT. Like any other type of data, digitised video must be analysed, shared, transferred, archived, searched, and more. This makes it even more crucial for video surveillance systems to comply with open standards, since they are essential to getting the most value from the data. With video surveillance as a data technology, security personnel will have to handle video data just like any other data. Video data will have to be integrated into the data security infrastructure, electronically signed to prove it has not been tampered with, tied into the IT infrastructure’s existing permission and security systems so security can control who views it, and encoded for transmission. Incident manage -- when the video surveillance system sends an alert, security personnel will need to enter comments about what actions they took to mitigate a risk or handle a security event and provide audit trails. And ofCompatibility for multiple video technologies and perhaps to run analysis technologies course, the video data must comply withBut once the video streams are from a variety of vendors in order to meet industry standards if it is to be integratedconcentrated or stored, what happens their growing requirements. The video into the security infrastructure.next? A level of compatibility is required processing equipment must be compatibleif the video analytics solutions need to with the video viewing and video storage Joint standards effortstransmit video streams to an analytic equipment. Without proper planning, this Today, standards efforts for video data areengine so that different types of can result in duplicate purpose equipment, still in their infancy. Vendors have formedapplications can consume and process the in which it is necessary to buy open- standards boards without actually talkingvideo. The more scalable video surveillance standards video processing equipment that with one another. Vendors and standardssystems embrace open non-proprietary runs in parallel with proprietary equipment. bodies are just beginning to look atvideo standards, using network protocols As systems become more complex, enacting guidelines for how to plugsuch as Real-Time Streaming Protocol it becomes more important to be able different parts of different technologies(RTSP), so that they can publish the video to buy compatible products from best- together: How data will be transmitted,to as many people as possible. of-breed vendors. Even though some how video streams will be encoded, and Getting the video stream into an video surveillance vendors attempt to so on. But these efforts are splintered.open standard for distribution can be a be one-stop shops, the customer’s need True interoperability, however, isproblem. Every camera manufacturer has a for scalability and compatibility will drive usually not achieved via vendor-drivenproprietary format or protocol for moving the move away from proprietary camera organisations. Interoperable, large-scaledata. This did not matter with traditional systems to standards-based solutions. video surveillance solutions will only beclosed-video surveillance systems, because The innovation occurring in video analysis achieved with the participation of end-useronly one vendor was needed for the entire happens quickly, and the need to deploy organisations. By insisting on standardssolution. With analytics-based solutions these innovations is critical. With so much and compliance the industry can workemerging today, this requires a move to innovation and demand for deployment, towards a video surveillance solution thatmore open systems that will enable IT to it is critical that open standards be used to will be valuable and accessible to the CSOselect best of breed analysis technologies, allow for maximum compatibility. and the larger security landscape. 5
  6. 6. CIOSURVIVALGUIDE ANALYTICS ENABLING ENTERPRISE VIDEO SURVEILLANCE WITH VIDEO ANALYTICS E nterprise video surveillance surveillance system are cameras, recorders, systems can scale to hundreds or servers and software. Cameras are thousands of cameras spread across distributed across monitored locations, geographically dispersed facilities, while recorders and servers are typically but this presents bandwidth, processing and centralised for ease of management. A storage challenges. The cost to deploy and video management system (VMS) provides maintain such systems over their lifetime unified access to live and recorded video and can be staggering, but new video analytics aggregates hardware from multiple vendors. technology offers a compelling alternative. New cameras employ MPEG-4 and Video analytics is the automated analysis H.264 compression to provide DVD or HD- of video content for user-defined events of resolution video at bit rates between 1M interest. The technology is primarily used for and 12Mbps. It is desirable to consolidate physical security and business intelligence recorders and servers centrally for ease of applications. Capabilities range from simple configuration and maintenance. This video motion detection to sophisticated algorithms can then be distributed to one or more for detection of people, vehicles, objects security/network operations centers and and their behaviors or interactions. The best streamed on demand to responders and techniques ignore normal scene changes in a emergency personnel in the field. camera view as well as motion due to snow, A VMS is employed to provide recording, rain and tree foliage. streaming, switching and multiplexing Examples of physical security functionality. It can normalise streaming applications include perimeter breach, video from multiple sources into a common loitering or removal of an object, while format as well as provide recording and business intelligence applications include playback services. It also functions as a measurement of customer traffic and video server by relaying video to multiple analysis of customer behavior. However, endpoints, each with different resolution and video analytics does much more than bit rate requirements. optimise safety and security and enable VMS functionality increasingly runs as better business decisions — it also reduces software on enterprise servers instead of on the total cost of IP video surveillance custom embedded hardware. A single server system ownership. can handle the recording and streaming tasks for 64 or more cameras, with video IP Video surveillance systems stored on internal drives or on a storage- The major elements of an IP video area network. Management software6
  7. 7. typically combines a database server and which requires video to be streamed to a to store and when to stream video. Ana Web server, which enables configuration remote site with dedicated WAN links at analytics-enabled VMS addresses the threeand monitoring over the network and hundreds of megabits. big scalability challenges of enterprisenotification to mobile endpoints. Given these challenges, enterprises video deployments — human resources, are forced to compromise a great deal. storage and bandwidth — more effectivelyInfrastucture planning One option is to limit video surveillance to and cost-efficiently than a system withoutA medium to large deployment can involve forensic evidence — i.e., no active streaming this capability.hundreds if not thousands of cameras or monitoring, with recorded video reviewed Analytics serve as a force multiplier,distributed over tens or hundreds of only after an incident occurs. Other options freeing personnel from continuouslocations. Most security policies require include dropping the resolution and frame monitoring and eliminating the need tovideo to be stored for a week to a month, rate for video streamed over a WAN, which hire additional staff even as the numberand some require it to be archived for makes it difficult to detect security violations. of cameras grows. The software reducesa year or longer. The operational and In short, the massive investment in storage requirements by a factor of 100maintenance costs over the lifetime of such security infrastructure pays poor dividends by recording video only when events ofa system can easily exceed the upfront because incidents cannot be detected interest occur. It also reduces bandwidthcapital expenditure. and intercepted as they are happening. requirements by a similar factor by For illustrative purposes, let’s examine Fortunately, video analytics present a streaming video only to endpoints that havea 1,000-camera system spread over 10 compelling solution to this problem. subscribed to those events.sites streaming at 4Mbps per camera. If Most surveillance video is eitherrecording is done locally at each facility, it Video analytics to the rescue monitoring normal, routine activities such asconsumes 400Mbps on the LAN and 4.3TB Video analytics addresses infrastructure people entering and leaving a parking lot, orof storage per day per site. With a one- challenges by enabling content-aware no activity, such as around a remote fencemonth retention policy, over a petabyte of storage and routing. The software is the line. Simple motion detection is sometimesstorage is needed for all sites. It is also likely equivalent of having a tireless, unblinking used to reduce the amount of video recordedthat monitoring operations are centralised person watch each camera, detect relevant or streamed, but it is prone to false alarmsin a security/network operations center, events, and make decisions on what events and creates unwanted events. Advanced video analytics can be configured to look for a person loitering in a parking lot or crossing over a fence, and only record and stream video when that happens. The technology can also alert personnel to loss of video or tampering. Furthermore, it can create an index of events and store them in a database for future mining. Video analytics software is best integrated with the VMS at each site. It intercepts the video feed from all cameras and then analyses live video in real time with minimal latency. Events are stored in a database and posted to one or more alert consoles that have subscribed to those events. Video corresponding to those events is also streamed to these consoles. In effect, video analytics serves as a traffic cop, interacting closely with the VMS. In most cases, an analytics-enabled VMS can be deployed on existing infrastructure with minimal changes. Video analytics provides a win-win situation, by enabling security personnel to prevent crime instead of investigating it after the incident, and by allowing IT staff to provide a compelling solution that is cost-effective to deploy and maintain. It greatly reduces the operational expense of a distributed video surveillance solution while allowing centralised administration and monitoring. This mature technology is transforming the way enterprises plan and deploy IP video surveillance systems. 7
  8. 8. CIOSURVIVALGUIDE FEATURE HOW TO MANAGE SURVEILLANCE VIDEO Video management software (VMS) allows you to record and view live video from multiple surveillance cameras--either IP-based or analogueue cameras with an encoder--monitor alarms, control cameras and retrieve recordings from an archive. B ecause they are IP-based, VMS systems are more expandable and flexible than DVR-based systems, and employees can control the software from anywhere on the network. Surveillance and security teams can use the software for live monitoring, as well as investigative and forensic purposes, using archived footage. Users have three form factors from which to choose for managing IP video: software-only, hardware/software appliances (sometimes referred to as network video recorders, or NVRs) or a hybrid DVR, which is a DVR with additional software to manage IP equipment. Because of the economic downturn, the VMS market will see slower growth in 2009 than in previous years, with a forecast of 29 percent versus more than 40 percent, according to IMS Research. Evaluation criteria for video management VMS systems range from the basic to the sophisticated, with major differences including reliability features and number of cameras and locations supported. Here is a sampling of features to consider: Specific options for different verticals, including retail, banking, transportation, etc.; Video analytics, such as license-plate or facial recognition; Integration with third-party systems, such as access control, building automation, alarm management, video analytics and more; Motion detection;8
  9. 9. Customisable, resizable viewing panes; founder of IP Video Market Info, a video DON’T get stuck on a particular vendor User interface features that include hot-spot surveillance information portal. “In the past, until you know which cameras they support.windows, color-indicated activity, instant if you wanted to add megapixel or other IP Whereas DVRs support almost any analoguereplay, quick switching between cameras, etc.; cameras to your surveillance system, you were camera, such is not the case with IP video “Privacy zones” to protect sensitive areas forced to go to an IP-based VMS solution,” software, which needs specific drivers for eachfrom being monitored; he says. “That has become much more camera type. Creation of customised rules. For instance, complicated now that DVR vendors are rolling DON’T forget user authentication andif a particular door opens, the camera begins out increased IP support.” authorisation. A big benefit of VMS systems isrecording and even activates an alarm or DVR vendors still don’t support the that you can centrally manage an unlimitedsends an alert; breadth of cameras that VMS-based systems number of devices. But you also need to Camera control (pan, tilt, zoom); do, Honovich says. They might support two consider how you’re going to centrally manage View multiple video channels at once; to five manufacturers versus leading VMS the users accessing the system, especially if Multichannel playback, which allows users vendors, which support up to 50. “The DVR they’re geographically dispersed. One way is toto play recorded video from several cameras folks have a ways to go to catch up,” he says. ensure the system integrates with the directorysimultaneously—useful if tracking a suspect At the same time, over the next 18 months, services you’re already using, such as Microsoftthrough hallways; the distinction between these manufacturers Active Directory Support. Multiple search devices, including fast- will largely disappear, Honovich says. He sees DO look for an intuitive user interface.forward, reverse, thumb-nail view, time line DVR companies broadening their IP camera Security personnel can turn over quickly, sobars, bookmarking, etc.; support and selling software-only systems, it’s important to have a system on which you Secure export of material evidence; either independently or through acquisitions, can train people quickly and easily. Not to Fail-over capability that enables continued while VMS vendors will offer DVR/NVR mention, many are moving from the worldrecording if the primary server goes down. appliances to appeal to organisations with of analogue systems, so the transition to a smaller camera deployments. computer interface needs to be considered.Software-only versus appliance Already, he says, hybrid DVR vendors DO consider resource-saving features.Users can choose between software that theyload, configure and manage on a server oftheir choosing or a hardware appliance that’spreloaded with software. The benefits of Users can choose between software that theyappliances are reduced setup and installationcomplexity, while disadvantages are less load, configure and manage on a server offlexibility, fewer customisation options and their choosing or a hardware appliance that’smore difficult integration with third-partysystems. According to Simon Harris, senior preloaded with software.research director at IMS Research, moreadvanced users will typically opt for software-only solutions, while those that aren’t offer enterprise-level functionality, such as Some features can help minimise timecomfortable doing setup and configuration centralised management and third-party and staffing levels, including alarm clients,will choose an appliance, or what IMS calls a system support that, in some cases, is superior mapping clients and smart searching. Alarmproprietary system. to VMS vendors, especially in the area of clients display a blank video screen until “If you have only a small number of access control. “IP players will say they’re more activity occurs on associated cameras. Onlycameras and don’t intend to integrate with open, but I’d ask them to prove that,” he says. video triggered by motion or alarm willyour access control or building management display, which prevents the operator fromsystem, that lends itself to proprietary VMS dos and don’ts being bombarded with potentially irrelevantsystems,” Harris says. “As they get bigger and DO investigate the level of support for third- video information. This can cut down on themore complex, that’s when they go for open party systems. VMS systems can integrate with number of personnel you need. Some alarmplatform.” a wide range of third-party systems, including clients include a history list of events, so an access control, video analytics, building operator can click on an item in the list andVMS versus hybrid DVR automation and alarm management systems. quickly play back video of the event.Some DVR vendors have begun selling Companies should investigate not just DO understand cost structures. Manysoftware that enables their DVRs to support whether the VMS integrates with the systems vendors calculate cost by charging a certainboth IP cameras and directly connected it needs, but also the level of integration, amount for each video device used withanalogue cameras. VMS-based systems can which varies widely. the system, plus an upgrade subscriptionalso support analogue cameras, but they At a basic level, the VMS can receive fee, which entitles the user to downloadrequire the use of an encoder to translate the and act on alarm events from the third- new versions of the software. Some alsosignal to digital. With hybrid DVRs, both types party system, he says. For example, when a charge a server fee, either as a site licenseof cameras are supported directly. person enters a building, an access control or for each server on which the software The hybrid option will be particularly system could trigger the video management is installed. Per-device costs vary widely,attractive to companies during the economic system to verify that the image of the person mainly depending on the system’s leveldownturn, when many end users will be captured from video matches the ID card/ of sophistication. Very high-end systemsmotivated to make modest, incremental system. At a more sophisticated level, you’d can be over $1,000 per camera, while anupgrades to IP, while staying with their be able to configure the third-party system enterprise-level, scalable system can beexisting DVR providers, says John Honovich, through the VMS interface. $200 to $500 per camera. 9
  10. 10. CIOSURVIVALGUIDE BUYERS’ GUIDE A BUYERS’ GUIDE TO IP SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS IP network-based surveillance cameras offer enticing possibilities. But do you want full or partial IP? How much bandwidth? We’ll walk you through the entire process. N etwork cameras for IP-based still get some of the advantages of IP video surveillance systems while maintaining your investment in have been around since 1996. analog by using encoders that convert These are attached directly to the analog signal to one that can run the network and send video to a network over IP. Though this kind of systems video recorder or to a server equipped works well, it is not architected for with video management software, which growth. Full IP installations are more use in situations where there are many stores, displays or broadcasts the images. streamlined and efficient and require users. To optimise bandwidth, you It will be another couple of years, less maintenance. They’re digital from may need to use application delivery according to consultancy and research one end to another and are very reliable controllers and/or wide-area-network firm Gartner, before the market favors because there are fewer moving parts. optimisation controllers, he says. IP over analog. However, IP cameras Second, consider if there is enough are considered a fast-growing market; bandwidth on the corporate backbone. Evaluation Criteria according to IMS Research, the global Because IP-based surveillance places The range of features available on network video market grew 42 percent new demands on existing network network cameras is constantly changing, last year and is expected to reach $2.6 infrastructures, the physical security but here are some basic things to look billion by 2010. department has to work with IT to for, according to analysts. Experts say the reasons for analogue’s implement or even choose the best continued dominance center mainly system, which means overcoming a Field of view: According to Vining, most around upgrade costs and a general lack of traditional barrier between the two applications call for a 240-degree field of knowledge about networking technologies groups. The best decisions on network view and a zoom capability of 500 feet. For in many physical security departments. design will be made jointly between those who need more, there are pan/tilt/ the two groups, says Jeff Vining, zoom (PTZ) cameras, which can provide Two key decisions research vice president at Gartner. For 360-degree views. These can cost more than When looking at your options, the first instance, because streaming live video is twice as much as fixed cameras, Vining says, thing you need to consider is whether bandwidth-intensive, it can be too costly and normally require more maintenance you should use full or partial IP. You can to upgrade networks or too difficult to because of their moving parts.10
  11. 11. standards, such as in the areas of security and video compression, Gartner recommends. Also look for open application programming interfaces and multiple supported software applications. Scalability: Companies with large installations will want the equipment to be compatible with tools that locate, update and monitor the status of the devices and their IP addresses. Service/support: Make sure the vendor or reseller is able to send replacement parts quickly and can readily offer engineering support. Many network camera manufacturers sell indirectly through channel partners, which is common in the IT industry but not in the security industry. This takes some getting used to among traditional security personnel. DOS and DON’TS DON’T let cost be your guiding light. Most people buy cameras with cost as their highest priority and effectiveness as the second, which results in grainy, out-of-focus images. There are tools available that help you choose the resolution and lens that fits your needs, based on factors like distance and cameraBandwidth: It’s a huge issue, especially as Resolution: Many users are moving toward height. Determine what you needdemand grows for more cameras on the megapixel cameras, which offer five to accomplish whether it’s readingnetwork and higher-resolution images. times the resolution of video graphics a license plate number or simplyYou can reduce bandwidth consumption array (VGA) cameras. Not only do you knowing whether cars are movingby putting intelligence into the camera, get a clearer image, but because of the through a tunnel.says Simon Harris, senior analyst at IMS higher resolution, you can also reduceResearch, so, for instance, only certain the number of cameras you need. DO understand the trade-offsimages are forwarded. However, that to high-quality images. Industrymeans you’re not recording nonevents Auto filtering: For image clarity in various experts advise people to favor athat may supply needed context. “You lighting situations, it’s important to get a crisper image over smooth motion.need to use that selectively,” he says. camera with adjustable lenses to control the amount of light that is received. This is DO consider the benefits ofPower source: The state-of-the-art especially important, Vining says, when a centralising video surveillanceapproach for network cameras is to camera is facing east or west. However, heuse power over Ethernet (POE), which says, some organisations will simply elevate DON’T assume everything is mixmeans you power the camera through camera mounts and then angle downward and match. While many networkthe same wire that sends the IP signal, to view the horizon rather than incur the cameras claim compatibility withsaving up to $300 per camera. POE is additional costs of adjustable lenses. many vendors’ video managementnot always available on PTZ cameras, software, some managementhowever, because of the amount of Open platforms: Look for vendors that software is more open than others.power they consume comply 100 percent with industry Relationship of victim port to significant and non-signifcant disturbers 11
  12. 12. CIOSURVIVALGUIDE FEATURE MIGRATING TO ALL-IP VIDEO SURVEILLANCE A ll-IP video security leverages your investment in network infrastructure, and is simpler, IP video surveillance is becoming the security more elegant and accessible to users across the enterprise. In many solution of choice due to the latest H.264 cases, it also is more cost-effective than a conventional video surveillance system with compression technology and declining prices for IP analog cameras and digital video recorders. Using IP cameras, video management cameras. The converged world of voice, video and software (VMS) running on industry- data has officially arrived. standard servers and network-area storage systems, you can maximise the value of your investment in network infrastructure and standardise on servers across your enterprise, enabling efficiencies in training, administration and support. But all-IP video isn’t for everyone. It makes most sense in expansive, greenfield applications requiring a large numbers of cameras. University campuses, shopping and entertainment complexes, hospitals, hotels, airports, big box stores, warehouses and office towers are examples in which all-IP12
  13. 13. even progress along the technology migration path in your existing buildings if, for example, you wish to install a high-resolution IP camera in a strategic location, integrate with other building systems such as fire alarm and access control systems, or deploy advanced video analytics that can alert security staff in real-time to unusual activity. There is no single, IP video solution or ideal configuration. For example, if you have a distributed organisation with hundreds of smaller sites spanning a large geographic area, coaxial cable and networked video recorders might make more sense for recording video at relatively low frame rates. An all-IP configuration, however, may be the most cost-effective solution if you need very high resolution video or the intelligence available from advanced video analytic applications. Other IP video benefits include the ability to access remote locations via your LAN or WAN and centralise security monitoring instead of stationing guards at each site. Furthermore, with VMS software running on industry-standard servers, an all-IP system can be managed easily by your existing IT staff. An IP video environment also lets you leverage video for uses other than security. An IP video system can be used to support marketing activities and operational management. For example,video security is a no-brainer. However,bringing video security onto your IPnetwork is far from an all-or-nothingproposition. Using advanced video Other IP video benefits include the ability tosecurity technology, you can evolve access remote locations via your LAN or WANtoward an all-IP configuration at a pacethat makes sense for your environment. and centralise security monitoring instead Take, for example, a universitycampus with several buildings under of stationing guards at each site.construction. It can take advantage ofthe cost efficiencies of a convergedvoice, video and data system in the to operate the resulting hybrid video in an airport terminal, supervisors cannew buildings and continue to leverage surveillance system. employ a queue length monitoringits investment in legacy video security You don’t have to rip and replace analytic to identify when passengerinfrastructure in existing buildings. analog cameras and coaxial cable lineups exceed a predeterminedCommon VMS software can be used until you’re ready to do so. You can threshold and open another check-in 13
  14. 14. CIOSURVIVALGUIDE ??? TAKING THE ‘CLOSED’ OUT OF CCTV CCTV surveillance systems are video to recording device, how does notoriously proprietary. (Hey, those the device handle storing it, playing circuits are “closed”, after all.) The it back and being able to create station to better serve customers. IP networking protocol is generally metadata so you can find it again?” Another advantage of hybrid and all-IP thought of as an ‘open’ system - said Fowler. video surveillance systems is the ability to but that doesn’t mean all IP-based Fowler said the goal is for recording streamline the management of user profiles surveillance devices work together. devices and video management and permissions across the enterprise. Members of the Physical Security systems to enable users to have a Integrating VMS software with applications Interoperability Alliance (www. single video management system such as Microsoft Active Directory allows psialliance.org), a consortium of (VMS) to view recorded video. The end you to set up user permissions for your approximately 50 physical security result, he said, would reduce significant video surveillance system and other IT product providers, continue to tackle headaches and expensive changes that security applications. If someone leaves the issue of interoperability between are necessary now because there is the organisation, takes a sabbatical or gets IP-enabled security technologies. currently no interoperability protocol married and changes their name, you don’t The group recently released a draft for existing DVR/NVR solutions. have to remember to delete or update of what it hopes will become the “While they (DVRs/NVRs) typically user profiles and permissions in multiple second specification to standardise have the functionality of this databases. This, in turn, eliminates errors IP-enabled video platforms. specification in their technology, and tightens security. The so-called ‘Recording and they don’t have a standard way of Potential concerns about the impact Content Management’ (RaCM) draft communicating with systems outside of all this high-resolution video on specification builds on a specification their box,” said Fowler. “So this says: the corporate network is addressed by released earlier this year that created Instead of communicating in a modern IP video solutions. Advanced standards for how a video stream goes proprietary format that only you can compression technologies, such as from a camera to viewers or recording understand, here is a mapping of a H.264, reduce bandwidth and storage devices. This latest RaCM specification format you can put your technology requirements considerably. takes the second step. RaCM would into that will allow anyone else Administrators can also configure standardise the way recording and that wants to talk to your box, to an IP video system to capture and store content management products talk to your box.” After the group video at a lower frame rate and then communicate with other devices in the assimilates public comment from bump up that frame rate automatically security ecosystem, according to PSIA security industry professionals on the on alarm. Taking advantage of intelligent member Dave Fowler. specification, it will be open for input features available with most systems “This second area is: If you send from a wider group, said Fowler. allows you to transmit video only upon a specific event, such as motion14
  15. 15. detected in an office building after HDTV-BASEDVIDEOSURVEILLANCEnormal business hours. In addition, somevideo surveillance systems let you setbandwidth usage, limiting the videostreaming along the network to a fixedbit rate to ensure core business data isnever compromised. Finally, bandwidth A recently formed group has these new HDTV video surveillanceusage can be managed through the proposed a standard for high- systems. The group also expects toselection of IP cameras and encoders definition video surveillance work on other types of technicalwith internal SDHC flash memory systems that allows HDTV signals guidelines in the future.cards that enable video capture at the to be transmitted digitally over Rockoff says that HDTV used with annetwork’s edge. conventional closed-circuit TV media HDsdi serial digital interface over regular When video analytics were introduced without packetisation. coaxial cable offers some advantagesseveral years ago, their performance Todd Rockoff, executive chair of over IP-based camera equipment,in the field often did not match the HDcctv Alliance, says the first another type of video surveillancemanufacturers’ claims. Today, however, version of the standard, available technology touted to replace oldera number of proven analytics are widely to members now and to the closed-circuit analog surveillance.used. These advanced applications public, was developed to promote IP-based video, which requiresrepresent a competitive advantage interoperability in different vendors’ packetisation to transmit video streamsfor organisations and are increasingly HDTV cameras, digital video recorders over routing infrastructures, usesconsidered essential for critical and monitors. more network bandwidth and “a fewinfrastructure security. A new generation of HDTV megapixel cameras on them will bring There are three broad classes of video equipment for video surveillance them to their knees,” Rockoff contends.analytics available today. Diagnostic in broadcast-quality high- While the HDcctv Alliance is notanalytics alert system administrators to definition digital video is arriving against packetising video streams perblocked camera views or scene changes as an improvement on older analog se -- it can be appropriate when videothat may be indicative of tampering or systems, Rockoff says. These HDTV- needs to be sent over the Internet,obstructions. If a camera is dislodged based surveillance systems can for example -- it’s not necessarily thefrom its housing, spray painted, moved be deployed easily over existing right choice when video streams areor blocked, for example, the analytics closed-circuit media, such as cabling collected internally, Rockoff says. «Anwill transmit an alarm and allow security commonly used by corporations, IP-based camera has a built-in delay ofpersonnel to rectify the problem with government and retailers for their at least half a second,” he says, notingminimal delay. older analog video systems, he says. it makes it hard for video-surveillance The second class of analytics is The HDcctv Alliance industry workers to control the «speed dome,”security-related and more complex to set standard, if implemented widely, the pan, tilting and zooming.up, but well worth the effort. These tools would offer baseline interoperability “IP cameras are not the future;can automatically alert security staff to among the major components of HDTV is the future,» Rockoff says.suspicious events, such as a perimeterbreach, an unattended bag or a personloitering in an ATM vestibule. The third category is behavioral analytics, management can use to increase sales and the resources involved in replacing themsuch as people counting or queue length improve customer service. will, in many cases, dictate a phasedmonitoring, which provide organisations The convergence of voice, video migration to hybrid video configurationswith valuable operational intelligence and and data won’t happen overnight. The that can serve as a bridge to themetrics that marketing teams or senior investment in legacy CCTV systems and inevitable all-IP future. To determine the best path to IP video for your organisation, take the same approach you would with any technology To determine the best path to IP infrastructure. Develop a long-term road map with a phased implementation that video for your organisation, take the takes into account your surveillance infrastructure, future video requirements same approach you would with any and budgetary realities. You can have the best of both worlds, but not without the technology infrastructure. proper due diligence. Do your research, conduct a thorough trial and evaluation and, by all means, ask for references. 15
  16. 16. CIOSURVIVALGUIDE Q&A UPPING THE ANTE W ith most organisations activations and required actions. The These have many advantages over making a transition from inability of the operator to monitor and traditional analogue systems – including older, videotape-based process multiple alarm events is often higher resolution, greater intelligence surveillance systems to cited as the weak point in traditional and easier, more flexible installations. IP-based surveillance networks, Sony surveillance systems. However in EMEA, approx. 70% of Professional Solutions is looking to cash Introduced in 2006, Sony’s unique the market is still analogue based. We in the on the demand with a broad array Distributed Enhanced Processing recognise this and in light of current of products and services. Simon Nash, Architecture (DEPA) addresses this issue economic conditions, this is hardly Senior European Marketing Manager, with an innovative design approach. surprising. Organisations need to Video Security, talks about some of the DEPA from Sony is an embedded minimise costs and get as much out of key trends shaping the market. technology providing pre-processing of their existing investments as possible. image data within its camera technology This is why only Sony offer a complete What are the new innovations in the video and post-processing of image data portfolio of hybrid video security surveillance market? within its recording and monitoring solutions – from cameras and recorders We are seeing an increase in customer solutions. DEPA-enabled surveillance to software, encoders and monitors. demand for higher and higher equipment assists security staff in seeing When you Go Hybrid with Sony, we’ll resolutions. This started with the crucial events in real-time. help you take advantage of the latest introduction of Megapixel cameras and The more recent introduction of IP products (inc HD), whilst protecting has driven the latest HD innovations. intelligent video and alarm analysis your existing analogue investment. Sony was proud to launch the world’s has provided a reduction in operator Sony offers total flexibility through our first intelligent HD PTZ camera last year. workflow by the addition of pre- Hybrid approach to seamless integration With the recent introduction of two configured alarms, linked to pre- of new and existing video technology. brand new HD additions to the range, programmed actions. This improvement Sony is clearly a market leader in HD in overall security is driving the demand The issue of interoperability between product development. for intelligent solutions. IP-enabled security technologies is still a concern. What is Sony doing to drive What is driving the demand for intelligent Do you see a transition from analogue to interoperability and standardise IP-enabled video systems? IP? When can we expect IP cameras overtake video platforms? Video surveillance has historically been CCTV cameras as the dominant equipment in In recognising technology dependent upon human intervention video surveillance? interoperability as the key to wide and control, the system operator often At Sony, we continue to see a transition spread adoption of network video providing the interface between alarm to IP-based video security systems. solutions, Sony along with a number of leading manufacturers has pioneered the establishment of ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum). The global standards for analogue The more recent introduction of intelligent video are long established and deliver full interconnectivity and video and alarm analysis has provided a interoperability between manufacturer’s reduction in operator workflow by the products. IP cameras and network video solutions do not however currently addition of pre-configured alarms, linked to benefit from global interoperability. pre-programmed actions. The proliferation of IP network video solutions presents a unique set of challenges for both end users and16
  17. 17. introduces simplicity and ease of use to the integration of solutions delivered by multiple manufacturers. Sony’s range of network video solutions offers compatibility with a wide range of manufactures platforms making it even easier for end users, integrators, consultants and manufacturers to integrate with Sony products. Using ONVIF enabled Sony products unlocks freedom of customer choice and delivers the exciting opportunities available from integrating Sony’s truly flexible and scalable network video solutions What will be the impact of new technologies such as improved facial analysis and analytics? Facial recognition and image analytics are still in their infancy in terms of their accuracy. However, it is very clear that these technologies can and will play an increasingly critical role in the security industry. As mentioned previously, we believe the higher resolutions enabled by HD will be a driver to the successful adoption of these exciting technologies. What roles will different types of wireless technology play in this market? Wireless technology plays a small but important part of the security industry. Sony is proud to say that almost all of our cameras come equipped with a wireless card slot. Sony has unveiled a new range of high definition pan tilt zoom (PTZ) security cameras. Does HD technology suit the security industry? Can you transmit HDTV signals over conventional closed- circuit TV media? The Video Security industry is highly reliant on the very best technology to provide clear images. These could be used for identification, recognition or even prosecution of criminals. This alone makes HD a perfect solution for security applications. However, it is equally important to ensure that the network bandwidth is managed efficiently. With this in mind, Sony has been asystem integrators alike. This is why of network video solutions within leader since 2006 in adding H.264 toSony along with a number of leading the global security market. Focussing our cameras. Since H.264 compressionmanufacturers has pioneered the on system interoperability, the is so advanced, it does demand moreestablishment of ONVIF (Open Network development of a Worldwide open processing power than older formats,Video Interface Forum). standard is the forums primary mission. but as Sony network cameras natively ONVIF (established in 2008) is Sony through its commitment support H.264 in hardware this doesn’tcommitted to promoting the adoption to adoption of the open standard make any difference in operational terms. 17