At Pro-Vigil headquarters, we keep track of a lot of information – including how much data we’re using by streaming live video to our three surveillance centers. Video uses a LOT of data, and we’re constantly working to reduce how much we use, which simultaneously reduces our carbon footprint, and the load we put on the network as a whole.
When we started monitoring live construction security cameras 4 years ago, we started out using the MJPEG codec to encode our live streams. For about the past two years, we’ve been working to switch to a codec called H.264, which offers an 80% more efficient stream than MJPEG without sacrificing image quality, and is the same technology your TiVo® or iPod/iPhone® uses. We’re finally finished with the transition, and are happy to say that we’re using about half of the bandwidth that we were using a couple of years ago, while effectively doubling our fleet size!
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