“Presumably this is from a fixed camera, not the PTZ you already have, correct? If so, you need ~20ppf (presuming good lighting). How's your lighting at night?”
Yes this would be coming from the fixed camera. Lighting at night comes from 110 foot tall light towers with mercury vapor orange color light. So not great lighting but ok
You also mention, "I have 16 fixed analog cameras in that zone of primary interest." Does that mean they currently cover the 1000' x 1600' area?
Yes I do cover the area. Many of these areas are actually covered from different angles. They have to be. As with any situation we always need to look into this after it happens so we can go back and get whatever we were lucky enough to capture. Those cameras are analog but not tied into our main server. I have to go out and retrieve the DVR bring it back and pull the data from it. Those help a lot and I have plans to upgrade this area in the future by tying them into the primary system.
“The other issue is frame rate. At 29MP, you are at 2ips theoretical max. Are you willing to drop that far down?”
No I don’t think this would be acceptable. We look at things that happen in seconds and 2 ips have a high probability of missing that crucial point.
“Lastly, do you have operators? If you do, the ideal combination is a few fixed multi-megapixel cameras for an overview with an HD PTZ for tracking specific individuals (cars or people).”
No operators are not dedicated to watching the cameras. The one PTZ idea however is used for that purpose but again I am the operator. We look at everything after the fact more often than not.
Jason, In reply to “Do you have an Integrator or someone that you worked with on the Avermedia install?” No, I was the integrator, the buyer, the end user, and the operator.
“Servers and storage costs are becoming major considerations when designing systems. We have seen it on two sites with same cameras and different VMS vendors with much larger camera per server ratio. I particularly don’t like using huge resolution cameras on large sites because of the impact on storage and most of the time 2 megapixel cameras are sufficient but occasionally 5 megapixels do add some value. Bandwidth efficiency at lowlight is also key when choosing high resolution cameras.”
Storage might be an issue when I have to integrate a dedicated storage server for later. Right now we plan on increasing our hard drive counts internally and see what we get. We know more hard drives are required. We once did some approximations with a provider who estimated us to be around 40TB when we were all said and done. Again those concerns are in the future upgrades plan.
"If each camera is covering 330 feet, 1600 away, that means a very telephoto lens, leaving big gaps of coverage in the front and middle."
The great part about this point is I think I can get away without it. We don't care about that missing area. In all of my camera experiences so far these points that all of you have brought up are the hardest parts to work around. Zoomed in cameras, loss of area up front, higher frame rates required for large areas
I have a challenge no doubt about it. I feel I do well in applying what I know and have learned over time. After all of this discussion I know I have a lot more to learn and at the same time I am not as lost as I thought I was. Guys before I forget thanks to all of you for helping me out here. I am at the point where I am going to really look hard at pricing and a couple VMS's that were given to me here. I think I might try and work with a slightly bigger MP camera but one that can offer it to me at 4 ips or better I think. Then over time add a couple others to the bracket and cover the rest of the area.