A Primer on Electronic Security for Schools, Universities & Institutions

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What’s New in 2nd Edition School Security Primer

Since the publication of the first edition of A Primer on Electronic Security for Schools, Universities & Institutions, the security industry has witnessed many major changes including significant maturity within the digital video product offerings and fast progression of IT and IP based hardware. 

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This is an excerpt from the draft of the 2nd edition, “A Primer on Electronic Security for Schools, Universities & Institutions”.  Readers are asked for their comments and viewpoints surrounding this snipet.
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Plan the LAN

Physical security information systems, including video, are critical to a school’s security operation and general well-being. The security mission requires fail-safe systems that operate dependably over long periods of time, and that are ready to respond when needed. Security systems also must be scalable, flexible and able to adapt to a School, University or District’s changing protection needs, and should not have to compete for network resources with the growing number of other applications and users on the enterprise network. Read the rest of this entry »

This is an excerpt from the draft of the 2nd edition, “A Primer on Electronic Security for Schools, Universities & Institutions”.  Readers are asked for their comments and viewpoints surrounding this snipet.
Tangets and offshoots to this topic are welcome.
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2nd Edition Snippet: Video Compression… H.264 The Solution?

In order to take advantage of the benefits of IP-based systems, security professionals must understand the nuances of IP video. There are two major issues relating to IP video (and more specifically megapixel video) that need to be addressed.  They are the limitations of bandwidth and the fact that high-definition digital video data requires greater amounts of storage/recording space.  The key to striking the right balance comes down to one critical factor – compression and how it is controlled or more appropriately how it is “managed”.

The emergence of the H.264 standard is significantly changing the demands of megapixel video on bandwidth, and consequently, storage utilization. For this reason, the limitations are becoming much less of a factor.


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