Measured in bps (bits per second), Bandwidth refers to a digital communications link’s transmission capacity. It refers to how much data you can send through a network or modem connection. Some have described it like a highway with cars traveling on it. The highway is the network connection and the cars are the data. The wider the highway, the more cars can travel on it at one time. The same principle applies to digital data. The greater the bandwidth, the more information that can be transferred within a given amount of time.

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It is significant in video surveillance primarily because of the development of IP Cameras. In particular Megapixel IP Cameras that are capable of producing very large file sizes because of the large images they are able to capture. Making sure you have enough bandwidth for transmitting the images and that you have enough room for storage are key factors of designing an IP video surveillance solution.

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