¿Can we use any type of memory? Part 1

In our daily life, we use a tool that revolutionized different products and even led to the extinction of others since it emerged - the memory card.

In our daily life, we ??use a tool that revolutionized different products and even led to the extinction of others since it emerged - the memory card. This tool allowed the arrival of digital cameras and the extinction of film processing and currently looking, with the use of USB memories (with increasing capacity), the extinction of CD media.

This small plaque is present on some IP CCTV cameras, allowing the use of Edge Storage technology, which when translated means recording at the limit that means recording in the same camera. This technology allows us to solve some problems of infrastructure, connectivity or networks with which we currently live. However, what are these advantages?

Well, before you understand the possible applications, we have to verify where these videos will be recorded; can we use any type of memory card? The answer is no!

Memory cards, in addition to the recording capacity of 2, 16, 32 and 64GB, are divided into classes according to the writing speed; which will guide us in choosing this card to fit your application. For example, using a camera to record with a resolution of 720p at 30 frames per second H.264 encoding we can achieve a bandwidth of 36Mbits/s (reading and writing) or 4.5MB / s.

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Analyzing the speed chart, we see that we cannot use a Class 4 card that has a minimum write speed of 4MB/s and our application has 4.5MB/s, so we must use at least one card of Class 6, the one is capable of recording 6MB/s. If we used a card Class 4, we will lose some recording, it means that the card would not be able to store all the information with the same transmission speed, and will discard packets, thus losing important images.

Now, with a full memory… in which situations we can apply the Edge Storage? Let's see some classic applications such as decentralized recording, failover and HD recording, but this resource along with the creativity of the designers can fix various problems.

Decentralized Recording

Sometimes we have no way to install a server to record images from the cameras, e.g. monitoring vehicles, having integrated video, because we could have problems with the vibration of a common server. In such cases or in case of any other limitation that impairs a conventional application, we can make recordings of image in-camera, ensuring the protection of this place, and in case of any incident, we could visualize these images directly from the camera without the need for a server to record. We just have to size the memory card to meet recording needs.

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CCTV systems are applied mostly to ensure the protection of persons, property, etc., and in case of incidents, we are recording images to verify the incident or to be used as evidence in any audit, but if at the time of recording we have any network or server failure, we will lose all those images. This is where the application of Edge Storage appears, so in case of a failure at recording, videos are recorded on the memory card and when the system returns to normal, the videos are automatically transferred to the recording system. Many softwares have this CCTV failover solution, using another server to keep Failover at low costs.

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Rafaela Silva

Security Supplier Relation Manager
Caribbean & Latin America
Anixter Inc.