Peering, or peer-to-peer connections, delivers video and data streams in real time directly between the source and destination – over any network and bypassing cloud servers entirely. Users still retain control over its use in their ecosystems and can deploy it on a variety of devices, including image capture and streaming from Android, iOS, browser platforms, or “peering” directly from cameras or NVRs to wherever necessary.
Peering eliminates high costs of operating cloud-based streaming services while maintaining flexibility for specific functionality, such as security, process control, operations management or business intelligence. It can also be used in transportation and retail markets (buses, ships, storefronts) for low-cost on-premises streaming distribution.
Peer-to-peer provides the user, security dealer or security monitoring operation a live view of the protected premises or an event to more accurately assess and target the appropriate response while minimizing the operating costs for the service provider.
Security integrators should be aware there is a difference between generic peering and peering that is written and augmented specifically for the needs of physical security. The architecture of a security-based implementation needs to follow established security protocols and standards, use native H.264 video compression codecs and secure the connections with encryption and access control.
Many peering solutions are intended for browser chat services, focus purely on file-based delivery or rely on technologies like VP8 encoding, which is not endemic to the security industry.
Peer-to-peer streaming should be designed to shed the high cost of bandwidth by streaming directly to the user’s choice of device or platform, moving off the end-user’s IT infrastructure. It works optimally when streaming from: security cameras and surveillance; wearables and body-worn cameras; drones; telepresence and robots; and other video-enabled loT devices.