Choosing the Right Video Management Solution
You can have the greatest cameras and video recorders, but without software to manage and analyze the video, you might miss out on the greatest benefits of having a video solution. Depending on your needs, some video management solutions can use motion detection to prompt events, read license plates on vehicles in a parking lot, detect added or removed objects from a room, and more.
Here are some tips to help you:
1. Look at the big picture.
First, ask the important questions. Who is going to run the software? Will they also implement it? Will you need external help and if so, how much? Will you need consulting services to help you decide what to do? How about integrators?
Look around the property because the reality is that if you’re upgrading technology that’s so old it’s ready to be upgraded, the tone and culture and feel of your building have also probably changed. The original intent of some of your cameras and some of the locations and equipment might no longer apply.
2. Be clear about your expectations.
Your expectations may not line up with your budget. In other words, you may not need all of the features you want or think you need, so it’s important to communicate everything you expect your system to do to your integrator or vendor. Expectations are everything from image quality, to how much storage you’ll have, to how much ability you’ll have to expand the system in the future. What we usually see is people having a certain expectation, and then they’re disappointed that the system doesn’t do what they thought it would because they didn’t communicate what they expected.
3. Find the best storage solution for your needs.
Whether you decide to go with cloud-based or on-site storage will likely depend on cost effectiveness, as well as the capabilities your organization has to deal with the large amount of bandwidth and storage video data requires.
4. Treat your investment like any other.
Because your video management solution is going to need consistent maintenance and potential upgrades and expansions, you need to think of it the same way you would any other big project. Keep in mind that you’re likely going to want to expand your system and add more cameras over time.