When compared to traditional video surveillance systems, users tend to like cloud-based systems because of the lower initial outlay costs.
Traditional video surveillance systems require investment in dedicated servers and storage to handle on-site processing and management of footage. Cloud-based systems only need cameras and the data communication equipment used to transfer footage to the cloud where the video processing and management are performed.
Will Litrell, Owner of Eli Controls, a System Integrator for Cloud Surveillance Solutions says, “We have seen a massive surge in demand for cloud-based surveillance solutions. Most new inquiries are for municipality and construction site applications. However, every site and installation environment is different. Sometimes there is power, sometimes there is internet, sometimes there is neither. So, we needed to design a reliable and rugged surveillance solution that would be flexible enough to cover most eventualities and scenarios.”
The first issue was a power source. To ensure independent operation, regardless of power availability, Eli Controls decided to utilize solar energy cabinets to house the data communication equipment. The router and switch (or PoE injector), would need to operate with universal voltage and be small enough to fit inside the solar cabinets. Plus, the ideal router would have LTE to provide primary or failover back-up connectivity depending on the installation site.
Littrell comments, “We decided to try Perle IRG LTE Routers when the Verizon rep confirmed compatibility, which guaranteed there would be no problems when activating new sim cards.”
The IRG LTE Routers were perfect for the solar cabinet installation because they were designed to operate on limited power sources by consuming less than 1 Watt in idle mode. Standby Mode can also be triggered to drop power consumption to 53 mW when necessary.
The dual-SIM card slots were also beneficial in the solution. When the primary carrier contract data cap has been exceeded, the IRG Router will automatically switch over to a back-up data plan. If deployed in a mobile environment long-distance roaming can be enabled and used in the second SIM card. Or, in a location where there is a lack of coverage, or carrier network failure, the IRG Router will automatically switch over to a back-up carrier.
Littrell concludes, “We have been impressed with the throughput of the IRG Router and its ability to handle multiple HD streams.”