4 Questions for IT to Ask When Evaluating a Video Surveillance Solution

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1) Does the solution have bandwidth throttling?
A video surveillance solution that doesn’t adapt well to your network’s constraints can interfere with other important network traffic.

2) Does the solution have distributed architecture?
There are pros and cons for both centralized and distributed systems. A centralized system greatly impacts bandwidth by streaming all data across the whole network. A distributed system employs appliances at the edge of the network to ensure that only important data and video is allowed to travel over the network.

3) Are the hardware and software delivered as a single solution?
A single solution for both the hardware and software is best when calculating the total cost of ownership of a video surveillance solution. Prior to approving a solution, consider the number of vendors that a video surveillance solution requires, whether the hardware and software are truly integrated, and whether routine health checks and maintenance can be performed remotely.

4) Is the solution open and can it easily integrate with the rest of your enterprise?
An open platform is more adaptable to changing needs within the IT and security departments. A video surveillance solution that has an open platform will be able to integrate more easily with the rest of your company’s enterprise, reducing headaches down the road.

An answer “no” to any of these questions may mean that you need to work with your security team to find an alternative video surveillance solution.

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