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The essence of Garrett’s plan centered on proactive planning: finding solutions for existing problems, and those that could potentially present themselves in the future. It’s the approach any person charged with making an IT investment should take.


Key factors for Garrett were integration capabilities (to utilize existing hardware), scalability (to grow the system as needed) and flexibility (having options on hardware choices).

“A non-proprietary system would allow us to get competitive bids from multiple hardware vendors,” says Garrett. Other important features for SFB were multiple-camera screen displays, manipulation of pan/tilt/zoom (p/t/z) cameras, the ability to quickly switch from live to archived video and facilitating the process of exporting selections of archived video in high-quality format for other authorities to review from remote monitoring stations.

With any new technology solution, ease of use is of utmost importance, as studies show that one of the main reasons new technologies fail to take hold is low user adoption. Ultimately, technology cannot help if it hinders.

Approaching IT Investments

Today’s organizations are rethinking the way they approach IT investments. In the past, it was normal to purchase several pieces of technology with varying functions (cameras, card readers, monitors, etc.) that would comprise the system. The incremental, or “buy-as-you-need” approach was thought to be prudent, as it allowed the organization to solve specific problems while staying within the budget. However, when different pieces of technology cannot interact with each other in a way that makes management of data easy, problems of another kind can result, such as loss of time, lack of productivity and the need to hire additional staff. For this reason, organizations are adopting a different approach: The Solution Buy.

Forward-thinking IT security vendors are releasing packages designed around this approach, which covers all security bases and provides integrative capabilities, as well as scalability for the future. One such solution is Omnicast from Genetec; an enterprise-class video surveillance solution that provides seamless management of digital video, audio and data across an IP network, making monitoring and managing security information a simple process.

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