Hello fellow experts,
I have been given an opportunity to design and implement a video surveillance system for a fairly large franchise chain, consisting of 50 locations spread out in one city.
Now, we ourselves are an IT consulting firm for SMBs and have done IP security camera deployments, however none that had this many locations. The biggest we have done is 3 locations with 45 cameras total, all stored locally at the client locations.
Brands we have worked with:
Now, with this project, each location will need between 4-6 cameras. However, we would like to store all recordings offsite securely at the corporate head quarters. Perhaps we can develop some type of hybrid solution, with local recording that also gets backed up every hour or so offsite.
I know bandwidth will be our #1 challenge in this project, because the large video files will take a very long time to upload. We do not have details of their current bandwidth for all their locations.
What can you guys recommend IP camera wise for large scale deployments? It's going to be a fairly large system, but we are looking mostly for recommendations on camera hardware vendors and software. Building the backup infrastructure at the corporate headquarters will not be a problem, we plan on building out a full server rack with VMware and a SAN. Something outside of Cisco would be nice to see different pricing options.
Also, how do you suggest we connect all of the locations to the corporate headquarters? VPN tunnels would be the most secure but VPN overhead might be brutal for our uploads.