End-to-end surveillance system, piece by piece
- By John Breeden II
- Apr 16, 2013
Piecing together a security system for a building or even an entire agency is a complicated process. Buying an entire system from a single company could yield the best results, but could also be expensive and less flexible than required. A custom solution built with off-the-shelf components might be less expensive, but it can be less robust and reliable.
D-Link is attempting to deliver the best of both worlds with a system whose components can be purchased piecemeal but are designed to work together. The system comprises a special surveillance-optimized switch and a new line of compact, high-definition IP cameras.
The DGS-1100-08P switch is D-Link’s first EasySmart switch to deliver power over Ethernet (POE) capabilities for easy IP surveillance, voice over IP phone connections and access point deployment. Equipped with eight 10/100/1000 BASE-T Ethernet ports, the DGS-1100-08P complies with the IEEE 802.3af POE standard.
A power budget of 64 watts ensures plenty of power is available for a variety of IP cameras and other powered devices. The DGS-1100-08P supports an intuitive SmartConsole Utility and a Web-based management interface for users who have no advanced network training. The management interface allows network administrators to control and monitor the POE attributes on each port, including priority assignments, power threshold limits and actual POE usage.
The DGS-1100-08P also supports Auto Surveillance VLAN optimized for video surveillance deployment to consolidate data and surveillance video traffic through a single switch. With no manual intervention, traffic from networked cameras is automatically assigned to a high-priority VLAN, ensuring quality and security of transmissions, even during periods of high network congestion. As a result, costs of deploying and maintaining a separate network for surveillance traffic only are eliminated.
The camera component to the system is the new compact HD POE Fixed Network Camera (DCS-3010). The entry-level DCS-3010 is equipped with a 1/4-inch megapixel progressive scan CMOS sensor and a 4mm megapixel lens to deliver video and snapshots with resolutions of up to 720p HD.
With a built-in microSD card slot, the DCS-3010 is a self-sufficient surveillance solution capable of recording snapshots and video locally to a microSD card without requiring a PC or network storage device. It offers electronic pan/tilt/zoom capabilities, enabling users to easily zoom in and out and pan to survey a large area easily. In addition, it features a built-in microphone and two-way audio support.
John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.