Articles by Jack Fernandes
IT networks are expanding to include more users and applications The use of corporate IT network infrastructure for physical security applications such as video surveillance presents unique challenges. Jack Fernandes, President & CEO of American Fibertek, makes a case for separate networks using specialized equipment and technologies specifically designed for video surveillance which could also integrate other physical security functions. In today’s business world, corporate IT networks are not only expanding to meet accelerating demand, but also to include more users and applications. As businesses use information technology (IT) to collect data from every corner of their business, the term “LAN sprawl” has been suggested to describe the multi-dimensional growth that is putting new stresses on the corporate network. One of the issues that comes with the expansion of local area networks (LANs) is how to control the network infrastructure, especially in relation to allowing users to access data.Given the transition of the physical security industry to systems based on Internet protocol (IP), often that data traveling along the enterprise LAN is related to physical security, including video surveillance. Video data can challenge networks both because it uses a lot of bandwidth and because the user has a high expectation of real-time video without latency. As growing networks accommodate the demands of more users and applications, it has become increasingly difficult for a video surveillance or security system to operate effectively. Many companies are concluding that the best approach is a separate IT infrastructure that is dedicated to video and other security systems.As the amount of network information flowing at any given time can lead to recording and viewing problems, video security systems should have their own network rather than running on a shared database. This approach can also take advantage of IT networking innovations designed specifically for the video and physical security marketplace. Advantages of a separate IP Network for surveillance videoTraffic on a video-specific network does not have to compete with other network data or deal with video quality issues. Dedicating a separate network to video applications enables the system to be designed especially for that purpose, including use of technologies to maximize functionality and dependability. Traffic on a video-specific network does not have to compete with other network data Performance-maximizing technologies for video networks include devices to monitor the efficient operation of the network. Such devices take into account variables such as power, environmental conditions and bandwidth usage. Network technologies designed for security/video systems can also facilitate integration of a range of security-related functionality.The Unique Needs Of Physical SecurityPhysical security information systems, including video, are critical to a company's security operation and general well-being. The security mission requires fail-safe systems that operate dependably over long periods of time, as well as those that are ready to respond when needed. Security systems also must be scalable, flexible and able to adapt to a company's changing protection needs, and should not have to compete for network resources with the growing number of other applications and users on the enterprise network.Video’s bandwidth and system needs are too extensive for it to be relegated as part of an already overburdened corporate network infrastructure. Security has historically operated separately from other corporate functions, an arrangement that supports its distinctly focused mission and enables information systems for video and security applications to operate effectively and mostly independent of other corporate operations. The security market has unique needs. Not all IT is suitable or appropriate for IP video surveillance. It takes specialized equipment to meet the specific needs of the video and security market.
OTSA’s line of Ethernet-based products is an ideal complement to AFI’s fibre optic and network technology solutions American Fibertek Inc. (AFI) has formed a partnership with OT Systems of America (OTSA) to bring OTSA under AFI’s management, making AFI the exclusive partner of OT Systems in the Americas. Ethernet-based products complement AFI’s fibre optic & network technology solutions “OTSA’s extensive line of high-quality Ethernet-based products is an ideal complement to AFI’s fibre optic and network technology solutions,” said Jack Fernandes, President and CEO of AFI. “Merging OTSA’s operations with AFI allows us to further enhance our already strong rep and distribution network to provide outstanding customer service, technical support and logistical support.” Both OTSA and AFI have a lengthy history of delivering reliable, cost-effective security solutions to the security industry. As a result of the partnership AFI has expanded its product portfolio and customer base, who now have the benefit of a single source for high-quality security transmission products to meet the needs of end users and implementations of all sizes. For more information, visit AFI in booth # 10072 at ISC West 2016.
American Fibertek Inc. (afi) is introducing new solutions to provide Exacq users with peace of mind that their recorders will be protected in challenging environments. Their N-TAH Server Room Environmental Solutions monitor environmental conditions to detect potential problems that could affect recorder reliability. “All too often, NVRs are installed in out-of-the-way locations where dust, heat, water pipes and other factors can create conditions that are challenging at best,” said Jack Fernandes, President and CEO of afi. “This creates a high potential for disruptions, which may not be noticed until security staff try to retrieve video of a specific occurrence, only to find that the recorder wasn’t operating at that time. By then, it’s too late.” N-TAH server room environmental solutions N-TAH Server Room Environmental Solutions monitor temperature, airflow and humidity, issuing warnings and alarms should any of these factors go outside of predetermined ranges. In addition to environmental protection, the solutions also monitor NVR operations to detect potential problems. Remote notifications of alarms can be sent via API, SNMP, TCP/IP or email to ensure that issues can be remediated in time to prevent disruptions or damage to the Exacq NVRs. N-TAH Server Room Environmental Solutions include two contact inputs and two outputs, as well as two watchdog functions. For additional protection, users can purchase bundled solutions that include additional capabilities. The N-TAH-EB1 adds a water sensor to the basic N-TAH solution, and the N-TAH-EB2 includes both water sensor and rate of rise temperature detection to provide a 15º temperature increase per minute alarm function.