Case Study – Software Development Company

Spytek Security Solutions possesses expertise in delivering Digital IP Video Surveillance Systems, when quality and reliability are absolutely essential. A team of expert engineers design, install and maintain professional video surveillance systems in a variety of Corporate and Government settings. One such account is one of the largest Software Development Companies in San Diego, which hired Spytek Security Solutions to completely overhaul its video surveillance system.

The Challenge

The financial institutions video surveillance system employed dated technology that suffered from a variety of complications. Comprised of analog cameras and PC-based Digital Video Recorders (DVRs ), the system could no longer scale to meet the financial institutions changing needs. The system consisted of a single, 16-channel DVR that processed video input from cameras throughout the site. Since all 16 channels of the DVR were utilized by the existing system, the installation of any additional cameras would require an additional DVR to manage their operations.

Due to the inherent security risks of Windows-based DVRs, company policy also prohibited the video system from being attached to the network. This caused the system to become not only physically separated from the larger infrastructure, but from the IT consciousness, as well. This caused the video surveillance system to be omitted from routine system and network upgrades, since all planning revolved around the non-PC infrastructure that housed essential customer and business data. With each upgrade, the video surveillance system became increasingly isolated and thus largely neglected.

Needs of the New System

As it designed a new solution to the financial institutions needs, Spytek Security first determined the need for an intelligent system with fully programmable cameras.
It was also essential that the cameras and their storage work in a non-PC environment for added reliability and enhanced security of the system, itself. This would enable the entire system to be integrated with the financial institutions existing IT infrastructure, thereby automatically including it in upgrade and routine maintenance plans.

Spytek Security personnel are passionate about employing new technology that would provide for high resolution images today, along with built-in flexibility for future growth to correspond with the financial institutions future needs. Using newer digital technology, we can get anywhere from 1.3 megapixels to 3.0 megapixels, and it’s only going to get better. Spytek designed a system that would write directly to storage and enable users to view live images from multiple cameras, as well as from the storage device.

The Video Capture Solution

Once the needs were fully assessed, Spytek Security selected MOBOTIX IP network cameras as the video source. The MOBOTIX cameras were the ideal solution for the institutions needs, offering a fully intelligent system that could be pointed directly at storage. Each camera would provide 3 megapixel images, which is 12 times the resolution of the financial institutions existing analog cameras.

To complete the first installation, 5 MOBOTIX cameras were employed to provide images throughout the newly added floor. The cameras were quickly set up and managed using the MxControlCenter, the MOBOTIX video management software that is available free of charge from the company’s Web site.
Each camera manages its own storage and was programmed to utilize the MOBOTIX proprietary MxPEG format to minimize network load. By setting the camera to use an MxPEG stream (codec), significantly lower data rates are required, as compared to MJPEG.

Results

The new surveillance system has been in place and the results have exceeded the institutions expectations.

Hardware that was dramatically out of date in a continually worsening situation by virtue of its orphaned status was replaced with current technology attached directly to the Corporate LAN, thereby including it in all future upgrades and routine maintenance. Low resolution analog video was replaced with 3 megapixel true color video with digital zoom, enabling the administrator to view details of specific images such as facial features.

By all measurements, the MOBOTIX solution implemented by Spytek Security has been an overwhelming success. The institutions current video surveillance needs are well in hand and any future growth can be easily managed through the intelligence of the MOBOTIX cameras. Moreover, the initial Spytek Security plan incorporated the potential for growth in the financial institutions surveillance needs. Quite simply, the plan is to add more MOBOTIX cameras and Snap Server 110 units, as necessary, providing unlimited scalability of the solution.

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