In the June 2014 issue of Security Magazine there was an amazing fact: at any given time 30% of IP video networks have a problem. Especially as the need for continuous video surveillance has grown the last few years, this is not just an amazing fact but an alarming one. Of any mission-critical system I'm aware of, acceptable failure rates are expressed in fractions of a percent. Because we see it in the news so often, it is almost expected that there is video to answer the question of what happened (and sometimes, what is happening). From preventing terrorism to catching criminals to monitoring flash flood areas, video is what we rely on. How it is that reliability of IP video as a mission-critical security capability is so questionable?
A few reasons exist, and thankfully all of them are correctable. Fundamentally IP video systems are logical workflows, which means they can be observed, measured, analyzed, optimized, and protected. The power of this is that it’s possible to achieve >99.9999% uptime at the specified performance of the video security system. What prevents people from consistently achieving that is tools for how to observe and measure the multiple and sometimes fluid routes taken from the IP camera itself to the recording and archiving devices. But once that piece is in place, true analysis, optimization, and protection of the network can happen.
Taking a proactive stance is not as daunting as it might have been a few years ago. The very nature of IP cameras and video networks lend themselves to observability and measurement. The emergence of cloud-based solutions means that deployment across one or many physical sites is simplified, and can be managed through a single pane of glass. With subscription-based SaaS offerings such as Viakoo, scaling as your infrastructure grows is a snap. Schedule a demo with Viakoo and you can quickly see that mitigating the risk of missing video and simplifying video security is within your grasp.