Most issues with video management systems occur well before the first camera is installed. In almost all cases, a little foresight during the design phase can save cost and headaches later on. Here are 10 mistakes that occur when designing a camera perimeter:
- Not understanding how camera lens selection impacts detection distance or how an increase in camera resolution results in a much larger increase in network bandwidth and storage.
- Not taking the time to look for blind spots caused by terrain: trees, ditches, culverts and buildings.
- Moving forward with a design that does not address the blind spot, which occurs at the base of every camera.
- Not thinking about blind spots that will occur in the future, such as vegetation growth or planned facility expansions.
- Focusing on the daytime aspects of the design when the worst case scenario almost always occurs during night time surveillance.
- Not taking the time to get image of every proposed camera view AND reviewing those views with the customer (or your security team) before any installation begins.
- Avoiding the use of a camera worksheet, during planning, installation and maintenance phases, to document the details of all equipment at each location and its intended security mission.
- Using too many low cost, short range, cameras, when a longer range, potentially more expensive, camera likely cover a greater distance and reduce installation cost.
- Manipulating frame rate to save costs. Storage is cheap and you can never get back a frame you did not record.
- Not taking advantage of camera layout tools that are available at no cost from various security solution providers.
For additional insights on these design issues, download the white paper “8 Things to Consider when Designing a Camera Perimeter.”