Principles to Consider Before Deploying Video Surveillance Systems

Applied Tech Review | Wednesday, December 08, 2021

Some core principles should be considered before deploying video surveillance systems to ensure that the system is in place and can adapt according to the system changes.

Fremont, CA: It is essential to know certain things when designing a video surveillance system. Especially before deploying a video surveillance system, some of its core principles must be considered. These principles make sure that the video surveillance solution meets the requirements of any business without putting their network security at risk.

Here are the key points to consider when deploying a video surveillance system:


To distribute permissions effectively, identify the crucial stakeholders by assessing who will maintain, update, and regularly access the system. A video surveillance system includes a lot of moving parts, and most of them need to be updated regularly for security and functionality. Knowing who will maintain the system will enable them to receive feedback on what they need to accomplish their duties properly. This group will primarily focus on camera firmware deployment, VMS update schedules, and the operating system that will be used to install the VMS. In some cases, the system will be maintained by a combination of IT personnel and building maintenance or security personnel. Work with the everyday users to determine the most important coverage regions once the stakeholders have been identified.


Determine how long the video will be saved and where it will be saved. When developing the retention policy, an organization must make sure it meets the local or state government rules. If their network architecture or finances allow it, they can go above and beyond those criteria.

Open architecture and scalability

Ascertain that the solution the business is adopting is a scalable and open platform. Because the number of cameras each box can handle varies depending on the system, it's critical to understand the entire system's limitations and how much each box can handle. It is also critical to use an open platform. Closed systems have lower maintenance costs and are often less expensive upfront, but they are less versatile. Choosing an open platform reduces costs by providing you with more options, and not being bound to a single manufacturing option allows for the development of a best-of-breed solution.


Ascertain that the systems in place aid in the physical security of the environment and do not expose the network or IT infrastructure. As the number of devices on a network grows, so does the risk of being exposed. Cybersecurity precautions ensure that a surveillance system's headend and edges are secure.

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