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Fiber Powered Video Security: The Security Choice for Today’s World

The security demands of university campuses, hospitals and NJ state government telecommunications contracts are driving the popularity of high-definition cameras needed to record quality video. As camera technology evolves, a corresponding evolution in cabling systems is taking place to support and connect these high definition video cameras. Delivering high speed data support to all cameras in a large development increases cost and often results in a less than adequate placement of security cameras. Fortunately advances in cabling systems can help alleviate these issues.

Obvious to even the most casual observer, the widespread usage of video surveillance systems is increasing and this trend is expected to continue. There are many factors driving this demand, including increased community acceptance of video surveillance, the desire to prevent violent crime and theft, an increased awareness of the potential for terrorism, and even sophisticated marketing systems that recognizes consumers and then displays advertising targeted specifically for them.

Better, Faster, Stronger Cameras

The previous standard of low-resolution security cameras are now being supplanted by the new high-definition cameras. These newer cameras have a resolution of 720 pixels or higher and they offer quality detailed images and lifelike video capture, far more suited to today’s needs and applications. Even this current crop of newer HD cameras, averaging 720p and 1080p, will be surpassed by the next generation of ultra-high-definition, or 4K cameras, bringing a resolution of 2160 pixels. On the far horizon, developers are already developing 8K video, quadruple that of low-resolution cameras.

With the increase in resolution accompanying 4K technology comes a corresponding improvement in security surveillance. Cameras can be situated further from the surveillance area, using zoom functions to narrow in on small objects and minor details in the monitored area. Today’s 4K cameras have been shown to capture accurate license plate information from up to two miles away. Another technological development, facial recognition software, is now affordable enough to be commonly used to scan captured high definition video. This allows for the quick identification of video subjects, further increasing the usefulness of surveillance video.

Of course all this increased resolution comes at a cost: increased bandwidth requirements. The coaxial cables of the past were adequate for the low resolution cameras previously in use. However, a single high-definition, 4K camera needs at least 15 megabytes per second in bandwidth speed, far beyond what a coaxial cable can deliver. In a multiple camera setting, such as a hospital or university campus, bandwidth requirements can skyrocket. This, combined with the possible long distances to the end monitoring stations, makes fiber optic cable an attractive choice.

Additionally, the availability of powered fiber cable systems meet a second need for power to run the cameras. This hybrid cable is capable of delivering power to run surveillance devices as well as providing data connectivity, both crucial to maintaining wide networks of surveillance video cameras. This eliminates constraints on camera placement that may arise from the need to be close to a power source. Powered fiber cable systems are equally effective in indoor applications as they are in outdoor applications that may be subject to harsh weather conditions. Their use also leads to cost savings as they eliminate the need to run separate power and data lines.

If current trends continue, high resolution video surveillance will become the new standard. Its effectiveness for security applications makes HD video the obvious choice for new and replacement installations in many different contexts, especially NJ state government telecommunications contracts. Facilitating its widespread adoption is the development of powered fiber cable systems capable of delivering high speed data as well as the energy necessary to power them. Increased savings, efficacy and safety make the combination of HD video surveillance and powered fiber cable systems an obvious choice for installers and end users alike.

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