To catch a thief: cameras feed security info over IP

Consultancy Frost & Sullivan is out this week with a Advances In Video Server Technology, a report that quantifies how video surveillance feeds are being transmitted by means of IP-network systems.The technology, notes Frost & Sullivan research analyst Mike Valenti, doesn't only work with high end digital video cameras, but with analog cameras as well.

Consultancy Frost & Sullivan is out this week with a Advances In Video Server Technology, a report that quantifies how video surveillance feeds are being transmitted by means of IP-network systems.

The technology, notes Frost & Sullivan research analyst Mike Valenti, doesn't only work with high end digital video cameras, but with analog cameras as well.

(An) "emerging trend is the use of video servers to digitize the images captured by analog cameras by integrating existing analog closed circuit television systems into an IP-based solution," Valenti writes.

"Not only does the video server digitize images over an IP network, " he adds, "it also employs e-mail to notify operators in case of a security breach and uses the digital outputs to automatically open or close doors, turn lights on or off, and carry out other functions."

These images can also be transmitted in real time to laptops or PDAs.

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