Traditional cloud services continually record and process video streams from surveillance cameras in the cloud. This approach has significant drawbackspotential loss of original data due to poor internet connectivity, bandwidth limitations from internet providers, false alerts, high costs per camera, and limited video data storage duration. However, the combination of SmartVision with Video Surveillance Cloud offers solutions to many of these challenges.
The video surveillance software industry has faced numerous obstacles, particularly concerning the setup and connection of IP cameras. Many existing software solutions rely heavily on third-party libraries like FFmpeg, which require specific parameters based on the IP camera model, making them resource-intensive and complicated. Additionally, many IP camera manufacturers dont stick to ONVIF specifications, leading to compatibility issues. While players like VLC offer some universality in playing RTSP streams, they come with their limitations. The extensive development hours in tools like FFmpeg and VLC make it challenging and costly to develop a new solution from scratch. As a result, many available systems are outdated, with some having their core developed a decade or more ago. Newer systems target modern hardware but can still be unstable, especially for applications that need to run continuously. Memory leaks and other system bugs often disrupt their functioning. Feedback from clients indicates that stability under high workloads is a primary concern. Recognizing these challenges, the SmartVision team decided to overhaul the system, moving away from third-party libraries. The upcoming version will feature a proprietary video stream restreamer and player. Moreover, it will be integrated with the Video Surveillance Cloud service for an enhanced user experience.
The video surveillance software market has been plagued with challenges for a long time, which include intricate setups, the need for resource-intensive external libraries, and non-standard compliance by many IP camera manufacturers. Most existing systems are burdened with issues accumulated from years of open-source solutions development, reflecting on their compatibility and stability.
Definition of CCTV Systems:
Closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems refer to a network of cameras and recording equipment used for surveillance purposes. Unlike broadcast television, the signal in a CCTV system is not openly transmitted but is instead monitored, typically for security and surveillance purposes. These systems are prevalent in various settings, capturing and recording footage that can be reviewed or monitored in real-time to enhance security, deter crime, and assist in investigations.