Can 4K Video Survellance Save Enterprise Security?
by Stephan Jukic – October 10th, 2014
In large companies, and particularly those with sensitive systems or property to protect, the more secure the facilities, the better for everybody.
Because of this, 4K video surveillance will start playing a more integral role in protecting the enterprise and its buildings from intruders, monitoring premises, and also assisting in court cases where a particularly clear visual record of illegal activity would be ideal (pretty much always).
4K is no longer maintaining a position as a technology exclusively used for movies, theaters, FIFA matches and Netflix streaming. It will now arrive on the security landscape according to some experts.
According to Ari Zoldan, a technology analyst and founder of wireless technology company Quantum Networks, Inc, “Covering a large warehouse or busy hallways would be easier with the added resolution. More pixels added into the image allows the user to zoom into the picture without sacrificing image quality which makes this technology optimal for security to begin with”
There are several current options for creating 4K Ultra HD surveillance systems in an enterprise facility. These include security cameras such as the i-PRO 4K Ultra HD Ultra 360 Dome Cameras by Panasonic, which have recently been released and also can involve other systems by companies such as Arecont Vision and Bosch Security, which is soon releasing its own Ultra HD surveillance camera called the Dinion IP Ultra 8000 MP.
Then there is the option offered by a company called Axis Communications, whose AXIS P1428-E camera streams HD feeds to a central monitoring station but is capable of recording in 4K for later examination.
However, according to security monitoring experts, there are a number of challenges involved in using 4K surveillance in the enterprise protection landscape.
For starters, there is the obvious issue of investing in cameras capable of 4K resolution video. Beyond this, there are also obstacles that come with storage of the feeds. Live streaming of 4K footage to remote servers is tricky due to a need for high levels of internet connectivity and if a company can’t manage the needed connection speeds of at least 15 Mbps and ideally more, then it would have to depend on secured local storage of captured shots. Locally storing also comes with its own cost and logistics hurdles, such as buying enough memory and keeping that storage media safe as well.
Finally, there is also the matter of viewing 4K shots. 4K monitors will obviously be needed to gain the maximum available detail from relevant footage and these are also not particularly cheap yet with even the least expensive models costing several hundred dollars apiece.
According to Chris Gladwin, Vice chairman and founder of data storage company Cleversafe, “If a company is switching to 4K, they need to be prepared to have at least four times more capacity in their network while maintaining data integrity, flexibility and performance”.
In simple terms, 4K surveillance in any complex arrangement is still something more in line with the budgets of more security conscious enterprises and is unlikely to appear in smaller business facilities any time in the immediate future.
However, despite its cost and the logistics of capturing and storing continuous 4K video security feeds, the effort is an extremely worthwhile investment for enterprises whose facility security is of the highest importance.
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