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IP is an abbreviation for Internet Protocol, the most common protocol for communication over computer networks and the Internet. An IP-Surveillance application creates digitized video streams that are transferred via a wired or wireless IP network, enabling monitoring and video recording as far away as the network reaches, as well as enabling integration with other types of systems such as access control. Digital network cameras are directly connected to a network infrastructure (TCP/IP network) and video streams are stored on a hard disk of a PC or server. Special developed software makes it possible to record images and video streams and offers ease of use, flexibility and easy lookup of recorded streams. These software applications also provide integration with existing systems and is the key differentiator for the high flexibility of IP-Surveillance.

The Harmonix IP Surveillance portfolio is a video management application that is specially designed to fulfill the need for software offering to complement the IP-Surveillance solution and offers a platform of intelligent control and management of security and observation systems. Live video of cameras connected to the network can be watched, recorded and analyzed from all over the world. The software has a wide range of features like intelligent lookup and playback of recorded video. You can also use management software to efficiently handle video events, generate alarms and record and export video from the database. Main benefit of an IP-Surveillance system, besides it’s flexibility and scalability is that it uses the network which saves installation costs as it is in most cases simply available. Several IP-network tools that are available (firewalls, Virtual Private Network; VPN) can be utilized to create a secure surveillance system with effective use of the network bandwidth.

Recent research of UK based company IMS Research stated that a large growth of IP-based video systems is expected in the next coming years. The company expects an average growth of 28,4% for network cameras and 30,3% with video servers the next five years. The major trend is that the ICT segment and the security market will merge and benefits if they share expertise to be able to utilize the market demand from users. In several application areas new technology will replace existing systems offering a higher security level against lower costs.

An IP-Surveillance systems will consist of the following components:

  • A Software driven video management application
  • Network infrastructure (LAN, WAN, Internet)
  • Storage of video and data on a hard disk on a PC, Server or SAN
  • Network Cameras and video servers for connecting analogue cameras
  • Interfaces with other intrusion detection solutions such as (alarm & access control)