Other Options, OpportunitiesBy Frank Ohlhorst | Print
Need to keep an eye on things? Need to protect some assets? Short of a security guard, nothing works better than live video for protecting property. D-Link's latest IP cameras bring the security of video to almost anywhere.
With D-ViewCam 2.0, users will be able to monitor video as well as control and configure the cameras from any location that has Internet or private network connectivity. D-ViewCam 2.0 also provides access to a wide range of automated software settings and alert systems that make security management more efficient. Ideally, administrators will want to install D-ViewCam 2.0 on a dedicated system that offers plenty of disk storage. What's more, that system should be placed in a secure location (just as a stop-motion CCTV VCR should be) to prevent anyone from sabotaging recorded video.
Installing D-ViewCam is a straightforward process; the most important consideration is making sure that ample storage space is available for recorded video. Once installed, adding cameras to monitor consists of little more than inputting the cameras' IP addresses and administrative security settings. Once a camera is integrated into the monitoring software, administrators will have access to the advanced settings of the camera. In most cases, the cameras will be set up to detect motion and to start recording when motion is detected. Administrators can also set the cameras to automatically record video based on a schedule or a timed interval. One nifty feature for pan and tilt cameras is the ability to set up "patrol zones" to be continuously scanned. That feature not only maximizes the field of view, but also gives the appearance that the camera is being actively used, which proves to be a strong deterrent against theft or vandalism.
Many solution providers may be wondering if there is an opportunity here for their services. From a 10,000-foot view, IP video cameras seem to be little more than a replacement for CCTV-based solutions, but nothing could be further from the truth. Savvy solution providers will recognize that IP surveillance technology creates multiple opportunities, including remote monitoring, customized servers and network integration, and can also be a stepping stone into other physical security technologies, such as building security systems and server room monitoring. Add those opportunities to the high margins on the equipment and the installation and deployment services and it becomes easy to see how IP cameras can lead to a profitable path for solution providers to follow.