A Primer on Electronic Security for Schools, Universities & Institutions

Blog Site for 2nd Edition Discussions & Reference Material

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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Salesman, Consultant or Engineer?

Any one of the three, chosen with care and attention to references can be of tremendous assistance with your security planning, equipment selection, and specification development.  You are not restricted to one or the other but may use all three at different stages of the security procurement process.  Ultimately it is your responsibility to insure the accuracy of any specification that you put out for bid and it has never been easier with the help of the Internet.  Salesman, consultant, or engineers are all part of your resource availability and, for the most part, do an excellent job.

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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.
Tangets and offshoots to this topic are welcome.
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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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