We work with a lot of federal agencies on covert surveillance projects, which ultimately end up using either cellular or microwave links. In each of these cases, bandwidth is limited. Cellular carriers are now going away from any "all you can eat" data plans, especially in the M2M (machine to machine) space, which this type of application falls under. As customers look to update to faster 4G connections they find that the carrier will no longer honor a grandfathered plan which once gave them unlimited data on the 3G network. As we all know, bandwidth isn't free and carriers cannot afford to allow single users to stream gigabytes of data, clogging their network. There are several things that can be done to look at addressing this situation, and edge recording is one that we employ extensively. That said, these types of customers still have requirement to access as much video as possible during their investigations. They also require solutions which work with commercially available cameras and carrier networks.
I am curious if the community has experience with compression hardware/software solutions that may fit. I have been exposed to very few in the past, which were hardware based client/server solutions such as Esstential Viewing (now Digital Barrier's TVI) offers - meant for pushing video over very low bandwidth GSM connections. I am certain there are military grade products that meet these demands, however I don't know if these have made thier way to commercial availability.
Does anyone have experience in this arena or recommendations?