Complexity of IP Video Software?

Author: John Honovich, Published on Apr 25, 2009

One of the interesting dynamics I see in the industry is between those who are used to deploying DVRs and those who deploy IP video software. As someone who has deployed both, I find IP video to be dramatically more complex. Complexity is not a bad thing, especially when it provides you with more power. However, it does increase cost and forces your people to be stronger technically.

To give you an idea of some of the complications with IP, take a look at a recent blog post on setting up Cisco wireless IP cameras and optimizing security on Cisco's IP video management software. They both require command line configuration and Linux/Cisco IOS knowledge. That's fine for system administrators and network engineers. It's also fine if you expect those people to take over running video surveillance.

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