Whether you are creating the new security system for a business, homeowner, or updating an existing security system there are 5 essentials of security that you need to include in your planning. If you make sure that these are covered then your plan is going to be both effective and economical. The important thing to remember is that the technology behind security cameras and security has changed and is changing. The old school methods of banks of monitors, low-fi cameras and strategically placed mirrors backed by a full staff of guards isn’t up to the new risks and liabilities sites face. As an added benefit, new intelligent video systems are also more affordable in the long run than the old style.
Detailed below are 5 essentials of intelligent live security that must be covered in your system plan.
Essential #1 – Develop a camera strategy with parameters
A camera strategy refers to the placement and monitoring of each camera view. The old style camera systems would add views to a monitor during peak hours so a human guard may be looking at one screen with up to 8 views, or a bank of monitors with multiple views. Research has found that this is not effective at preventing wrong doers or requesting the appropriate response when something bad happens. The human mind is not capable of cybernetic levels of attention and focus over long periods of time and with multiple focal points. It is better to use a smart camera system that allows for parameters to be set when calibrating the view. These parameters tell the system when a human response team needs to review the situation and formulate an appropriate response. This means that your human team is focused on one thing and one view, while the management of the multiple real time activity is handled digitally.
Essential #2 – Eliminate redundancy
Redundancy is a problem that all security departments face. You can’t have too few human guards, but no one can afford to have enough guards on shift to guarantee that they are always available to respond in a timely manner. Smart security technology allows for remote monitoring by supervisors and guards so they can stage shifts better to provide for more efficient coverage. By using real-time analytics and monitoring you can eliminate redundant positions. Move your guards to where they are most effective, and needed. Guards can also activate responses to disturbances faster. While all of this is new technology, the cost of installation and training to use the system is recovered in the cost savings of eliminating redundant actions and unneeded positionss quickly.
Essential #3 – Minimize blind spots
Pick your cameras and determine their placement based upon their FOV (field of view). Don’t always assume that long range cameras are the best choice for exterior settings (a common error). By combining different fields of view and overlapping the view frames, you will create a panoramic view of coverage that has appropriate focus areas for different risk areas. This can allow you to completely eliminate blind spots by even “bending” views around a corner that are joined to a main view.
Essential #4 – Pragmatic compatibility
This is one of the most important essentials to learn and master, it involves the issue of pragmatic compatibility. Pragmatic compatibility means to match the smart video analysis system to the application it is being used for. In other words, don’t throw money at features that you don’t need; or get a system that doesn’t have the features that you really need in order to try and save money. The cost to run a system provides for a return over its first 5 years that will mitigate the layout investment. If you don’t have a analytic system that matches your application, you could be creating a backdoor in your security system that can be exploited and could cost you greatly.
Essential #5 – Video Transmission Quality
The last essential to look at for your intelligent video security system is the Video Transmission Quality (VTQ). The VTQ should match up with the application. For instance, if you are monitoring vehicle access to an area you need a VTQ that can handle low light, and has a higher definition than a camera monitoring pedestrian traffic. This is because the most important detail the camera needs to pick up is each vehicles license plate. If you are monitoring an open field, lower transmission is acceptable.
The key to successful security lies in the details
To create a successful security strategy you have to pay attention to the details. Every camera in the system installed by Securecheck Now has to be chosen and placed because it fits the application and delivers the detailed coverage that you need. With the right cameras in place, your human staff will become more efficient. The idea is to create an integrated system in which smart video camera security becomes the tool that makes human security guards smarter intern making your valuables better protected.
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