Security professionals invest a significant amount of resources in deploying video surveillance applications that range from the capital costs of cameras, servers, storage, and networking to the effort and expertise in deploying video management software and configuring the solution to do the job that key stakeholders expect.
Many times, video streams are not being recorded due to component failures, software errors, or improper configurations. This leads to gaps in the video potentially at critical moments. The consequence of any one of these problems is that the video data is not available when it is needed.
This paper identifies the key performance measures of video networks and illustrates methods of creating these measures for video surveillance applications that address downtime problems, leading to better operational awareness and discipline.