Digital Surveillance System Administration
- Level: Beginner
- Presenter: Eli the Computer Guy
- Date Created: March 16, 2012
- Length of Class: 67 Minutes
Purpose of Class
- This class teaches students how to administer a Digital Surveillance System
- Introduction (00:00)
- Buying and Building (03:38)
- Client Expectations (11:57)
- Recording/ Monitoring (16:15)
- Remote Viewing (24:57)
- Usage and Maintenance (32:41)
- Demonstration (36:49)
- Final Thoughts (59:08)
- Surveillance Systems are easy to administer as long as you understand what the system is capable of
- Buying and Building
- PC Based DVR’s are regular PCs with an additional Surveillance System Card installed
- Buy high quality cards
- FPS = Frames Per Second for Viewing and Recording
- Different Cards offer Different Qualities of Video. If you use a very good camera with a very low end system the recorded video will not be as good.
- All DVRs are 95% the same, but the 5% difference can be BIG.
- Client Expectations
- make suer you know what the system can do
- Clients believe that “wishing it true” makes it true. You have to make sure they know what the system will do vs. what they think it will do.
- Recording/ Monitoring
- You can set the DVR to only record when there is motion. This makes it easier to find an event if you need to go back and watch a recording.
- Masks can be used so that the system only records when an even happens in a particular area of the cameras view. Such as just when there is activity by the door in a room.
- Make sure monitoring is ON. Many systems make it very easy to turn monitoring off and forget to turn it back on. Monitoring = Recording.
- Log Software can be a nightmare from some manfacturers
- Many systems allow you to export Pictures and Video to AVI or Bitmap files.
- Remote Monitoring
- You can connect to many systems using simply a web browser
- Many system require the use of ActiveX controls that are only available with Internet Explorer.
- Remote Software that is installed on a computer offers more capabilities then Browser based remote viewing.
- Command Center software allows you to connect numerous DVRs into one interface.
- You must understand Port Forwarding to be able to access a DVR from the outside.
- Make sure your Internet Bandwidth is enough for remote viewing. If you have too little you can crash the Internet connection for the whole office.
- Final Thoughts…
- Buy and use the brad of Surveillance System you will sell. They can be quirky and although a system “says” it can do something many times it cannot do it well.