Proactive live video surveillance is hard. It's not only difficult to economically and effectively monitor thousands of high resolution IP video cameras. It's also a huge challenge to successfully build a video monitoring network and record, store, send, and manage terabytes of video security data.
Stealth Monitoring President David Charney and host Michael Harris of Kinetic Strategies discussed Performance & Commercial Video Solutions in the Time Warner Business Class (@TWCBusiness) podcast How Big Data & Fiber Can Transform your Business.
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Here are edited comments from the podcast.
Network reliability and redundancy are essential for your operations. What difference do you see with the level of performance you have at your home office data center in Dallas compared to the different providers you work with for customer sites around the country? How do you work with that?
That's a great question. The network service levels we have here at our home office can't really be compared to any of our clients' Internet connections.
At our headquarters we're putting in a true enterprise redundant solution. We have entire teams that study the results, both to design them and maintain them. We use outside advisers. We use Time Warner Cable Business Class's resources to try to make sure we're doing things the way we need to.
When it comes to the client sites, we obviously can't expect the same service levels from their Internet. This means that we need to have more tools here. We need to be able to identify problems at the client site, and also help the client solve the problems. We become their trusted adviser and we will work with whoever the ISP is for that local market.
David, you talked about bandwidth growth in your business. What does that curve look like over time?
When we started out we were using 100 megabit circuits and we had two different providers. When we needed more Internet we would increase our size gradually. The amount we increased it was strictly based on price. We would increase two different Internet connections and we actually ran our business on two separate main pipes.
We started to grow a little bigger. In 2010 we saw that we shouldn't be scaling little chunks of Internet at a time. We needed to take steps with bigger chunks.
So in 2011 we made the decision to go with a serious bandwidth connection. We acquired redundant fiber dual 500 megabit Internet connections. I'm glad to say our company growth wasn't really over.
We thought that would last about four to five years. But our company's growth actually hit those numbers within two years. We increased our network to dual gigabit up and download connections. Now we're finding that we'll probably grow by a gigabit every two to three years. It's unbelievable growth.
Stealth Monitoring is a security industry leader in live video surveillance with over 9,000 video cameras watched nationwide. Stealth proactive video monitoring can detect and deter crime in cities in the U.S. and Canada while reducing security guard and other expenses. Stealth's virtual security guard service can reduce or even replace security guards at a fraction of the cost. A remote surveillance Stealth operator can see unusual activity, activate a speaker warning to deter criminals, and call the local police.