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Surveillance Best Practices

Many reports and research organizations have revealed efficient and effective methods used by organizations that are undertaking video surveillance solutions and how best to comply with the many requirements of corporate governance, and local, state, and federal regulations.

Traditional analog video has been around since the 1920s and that same basic technology is used by most CCTV video surveillance systems today. Just as CDs and DVDs have replaced audio cassettes and VHS tapes, IP-based networking and video storage systems are replacing analog. The only reason to use an analog system any longer is that it is already in place. However, for new installations, or when replacing old equipment, a digital system is clearly the best choice.

With advances in computer technologies, video surveillance management systems are converging toward a more computer systems-based infrastructure. New technologies and management advances are presenting new concepts that enable organizations to get the best return on investment for their video surveillance solution. These methods are referred to as best practices.

"Best Practices" are efficient and effective methods used by companies to comply with requirements and business needs. Following are best practice guidelines for implementing and managing a video surveillance solution.

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The report includes the following sections:

1 Legal Disclaimer
2 Preface
2.1 SoleraTec's Phoenix RSM Video Surveillance Best Practices Guidelines
3 Introduction
3.1 Background
3.2 Scope of Best Practices
4 Video Surveillance Program Policy Statement
4.1 Video Surveillance Requirement
4.2 Surveillance Monitoring
4.2.1 Continuous Surveillance of an Area
4.2.2 Reasonable Suspicion Surveillance
4.2.3 Post-Accident Surveillance
4.3 Surveillance Methodology and Integrity
4.4 Applicable Personnel
4.5 Designated Contact Person
4.6 Refusal Behavior and Consequences
5 Education and Training
5.1 Training for Video Surveillance System Employees
6 Video Surveillance Program Implementation, Administration, and Management
6.1 Management Focus
6.2 Management Oversight
6.3 Legal Review
6.3.1 Selection of Legal Review Personnel
6.3.2 Proper Operation and Training From The Legal Standpoint
6.4 Internal Administration
7 Video Asset Management: Hardware, Software, and Networking Infrastructure
7.1 Camera Specifications and Requirements
7.1.1 IP-Cameras
7.1.2 Resolution
7.1.3 CIF, 2CIF, 4CIF or D1:
7.1.4 Lux
7.1.5 CCD
7.1.6 Indoor Dome Camera
7.1.7 Box Camera
7.1.8 Outdoor Dome Cameras
7.1.9 Day/Night Camera
7.1.10 Infrared Camera
7.1.11 PTZ Camera
7.2 Output or Reviewing Devices
7.3 Network Bandwidth
7.3.1 Network Quality of Service
7.3.2 Wireless Technology for Fixed Video Surveillance
7.4 Video Management Software
7.4.1 Death of the Video Wall
7.4.2 Investigation
7.4.3 Exporting Video
7.4.4 Video Asset Security
7.4.5 Video Analysis/Analytics
7.5 Recording and Storing Full Motion Quality Video
7.5.1 Video Lifecycle Management
7.5.2 Scheduling
7.5.3 Recording Options: Rules and Policies
7.5.4 Record, Store, and Manage Policy Example
7.5.5 Retention Times
7.6 Multi-Tiered Data Storage
7.6.1 Advantages of multi-tiered storage
8 Conclusion
9 Resources
10 About SoleraTec LLC
10.1 Contact SoleraTec LLC
10.1.1 Business Development