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IP-based surveillance cameras have entered the mainstream for enterprise security. These devices can use the existing networking infrastructure to deliver high quality video images to local or remote monitoring devices. The use of IP surveillance moves much of the responsibility for management and image archiving from security control into the data center and IT environment.
For many installations, the enterprise may choose to install both wired and wireless cameras. Either device type may stress the enterprise storage or infrastructure capabilities. Specifically, the IT staff must carefully consider:
- Resolution and frame rates.
- Bandwidth requirements and data compression.
- Storage requirements.
These concerns are similar for both wired and wireless systems, but each has its own special set of requirements. This note provides the details needed to select which surveillance devices will be most compatible with enterprise capabilities and needs.