With high-definition video, you can see more, react faster, and take better care of your people and assets. But getting the full potential of HD requires an in-depth review of your end-to-end security infrastructure. Here are our 3 top tips for making the jump to HD.
Everyone knows that high definition (HD) is amazing, dramatically improving viewing quality and experience.
For security, that's super important. For example, HD images can significantly assist in event investigations, particularly in terms of reviewing incidents and verifying claims. On the other hand, if video of license plates or other key evidence is grainy and blurry, it can make cases time-consuming, difficult, and expensive to solve. Likewise, for business owners that are looking for peace of mind, high-definition footage supports faster, more effective incident responses.
But HD deployments don't always give the benefits customers expect, especially if it's a retrofit, meaning that cameras are being upgraded at the front end. In fact, getting an upgrade right requires an in-depth review of your end-to-end security infrastructure to ensure that HD cameras can be supported effectively.
For example, many networks can only handle three to four Mbps (megabits per second), while HD cameras typically require 5-8 Mbps to stream videos. In such a case, the performance of HD cameras would be negatively impacted, and investments wasted.
Here are our three tips for ensuring that your end-to-end security infrastructure can support new HD cameras, and deliver all the benefits your organization expects:
1. Select a high-definition camera that suits your needs
Some HD cameras are designed to give visibility across large areas, while some focus on small spaces; and some can zoom in on a person or vehicle of interest while others can't. That's why you need to choose cameras that are right for your specific needs, whether you're looking to monitor a large parking lot, or the front yard of a family house.
You can ensure you choose the right HD camera by clarifying the use case you're with your local security installer. They can help you choose the right kit and the right lens and image resolution options based on whether you need to detect, observe, recognize, or identify an object and on how far, and how clearly your cameras need to 'see'.