This document is a guide to setting up an IP-Surveillance system in a small- to medium-sized security installation. It provides an overview of network video’s functionalities and benefits, and outlines considerations and recommendations for implementing such a system.
1. Introduction to an IP-Surveillance system
This chapter provides an overview of what is involved in an IP-Surveillance system, the benefits of net- work video, the importance of defining your surveillance application and legal considerations to take into account when setting up an IP-Surveillance system in your area.
1.1 What is IP-Surveillance?
IP-Surveillance is a term for a security system that gives users the ability to monitor and record video and/or audio over an IP (Internet Protocol-based) computer network such as a local area network (LAN) or the Internet. In a simple IP-Surveillance system, this involves the use of a network camera (or an ana- log camera with a video encoder/video server), a network switch, a PC for viewing, managing and storing video, and video management software.
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