Storing Surveillance Video In 2019

Storing Surveillance Video In 2019

As the surveillance industry moves toward higher camera resolutions and longer data retention requirements, the demand for video storage solutions continues to grow. When property owners think about security system upgrades, the focus is always on the cameras and monitoring systems; storage seems to come as an afterthought. In today’s technological climate, storage has to be a priority. An upgrade to 4K ultra-HD resolution surveillance cameras can increase storage needs by over 250%. When it comes to designing complete security systems, we can no longer overlook data storage as a key component.

Here are some key points to remember when it comes to data storage in the video surveillance world:

  1. Cybersecurity: Cybersecurity is imperative to data storage. When it comes to selecting a storage solution, you should ask the vendor if the solution is cyber-hardened out of the box or if cybersecurity will have to be integrated into the system. Integrations leave more room for minor errors, which could result in major consequences.
  2. Performance: Security system integrators use “throughput” as a measure of how much data the storage server can hold. Throughput is generally expressed in Mbps (megabits per second). There is a common confusion regarding throughput that often results in integrators choosing storage systems that aren’t capable of supporting their security systems. Many assume that a server which supports 2,000 Mbps throughput will record 2,000 Mbps of data. Unfortunately, that doesn’t account for the effect of simultaneously streaming live video, which lowers the amount of data the server can record.
  3. Backup Plans: Storage hardware inevitably fails and this needs to be addressed from day 1. For businesses that need 100% uptime for their camera systems, one server is not enough. For example, in legal cannabis facilities, if cameras go down, the business can’t legally continue operations until they are back on.

Data storage is a top priority in modern security systems. If you need help choosing or integrating a security system, contact ACT today. We are a full-service security systems contractor serving New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Learn more about our services here:

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