Sprinkling More Megapixel Dust
OK, Comments on my last megapixel post show that there are strong proponents of the value of megapixel cameras, even for distributed deplyments. The fact that I don’t understand yet, notwithstanding.
CoVi, Avigilon and presumably others –though CoVi seems to be the dominant presence — have efficient ways of storing hi definition video and preserving quality for viewing recorded images across a shared network. So please help a slow learner like me get the whole picture (pardon the pun).
I understand that a single megapixel camera can take the place of multiple smaller-resolution cameras, espeically if you are only interested in very limited captured areas, like license plates. I also understand that real time viewing may only need low-resolution presented to the monitors, but investigations or forensic analysis needs access to a few hi-resoultion images, which in one way or another we can pull from the recording device as needed.
So I have one megapixel at the front of the store, or the entrance to the parking lot, or in the counting room at the Fed, and everything else is a "regular" camera.
That sounds pretty good. But I sense from the marketing dollars spent by the megapixel producers that there must be more… Unfortunately, those marketing dollars haven’t sent the message of the measurable value of megapixel solutions to me. And assuming I am not quite the stupidest guy in the security business, let alone where I place among all possible camera "consumers," then I imagine that other people are not entirely persuded yet, either.
Time for the techies and marketing folks to step it up a notch, I’d say.