Video Management Software (VMS) has become a rapidly-growing area of expertise for technology professionals.
There are many surprising factors that contribute to a VMS that’s effective and congruent with the rest of your organization’s security strategy. There are three basic components to a VMS system: the Network Video Recorder (NVR), the software that manages it (referred to as VMS), and the network on which those components live. In this article, we’ll go in-depth into each piece of the overall VMS and explain why they are necessary components to the system as a whole.
Here are the 3 vital components of an effective VMS:
1. The Obvious Part
The first vital piece of a video surveillance system is the camera itself. This is the area where you will manage your system configuration, along with updates, patches, and camera communications. This is also where you will manage the separate security features of the cameras themselves and any unique functions, like the ability to activate handheld capture. Anything that is specifically related to the physical camera is going to be located on the NVR. For example, the cameras use a driver that has a specific driver number. That information is stored in the NVR, where it can be accessed to make updates as needed.
2. The Less Obvious Component
Although the term Video Management System (or VMS) is used for the entirety of an organization’s surveillance system, it also refers to a very specific part of that ecosystem: the software that connects the cameras to the network. This is where you can manage the cameras holistically, configure them with the rest of your system, and extract images from multiple cameras in a single pane of glass.
3. This Little Known (and Incredibly Important) Part
The network connection is one of the most important aspects of a VMS. Like many other technologies, organizations are beginning to house a portion of this system, if not the entire system, in the cloud. This can certainly be helpful for accessing footage from anywhere, reducing the amount of resources that surveillance requires on your premise network, and paying with an on-demand model. Of course, this means there will be unique challenges as well. And it’s worth noting that if you use a more traditional on-prem network to house your VMS, you will need to take network usage into account to ensure that you have the capacity to run your VMS and all of your mission-critical applications.