Tips for success with Video Analytics

If your company has moved to a security system that uses video analytics, there are a few tips you can follow to help ensure that you have a successful implementation. As you become more familiar with this new security technology, you will find that how security is handled within your busisness will become more efficient and economical. Here are 10 tips to help you have success with Video Analytics.

1. Clean goals and objectives

All good security systems begin and end with clean goals and objectives. You have to have a big picture overview about what is important. Once you have clearly defined goals, break it down per camera view in order to calibrate the system effectively.

2. Use cameras designed for the environment

This may sound like common sense, but when looking at a package of cameras make sure that the weather proof cameras are the ones you are using outside. Inside where moisture and humidity may fluctuate, there are different systems to consider. You may also need to investigate shockproof cameras as well as night and thermal vision, depending on their placement.

3. Choose thermal cameras over imaging cameras

For outdoor use, cameras with themal sensors are almost always better than pure imaging cameras. Thermal cameras will not get confused by glare or light i.e. headlights. The risk of whiting out is removed with thermal cameras. There are some interior applications that can be better suited by a thermal camera as well.

4. Make use of the GPS analytics function

Most video analytics systems allow for the use of GPS analytics. This is the key to designating object-oriented positioning and priorities. By fixing the location of objects and priorities via satellite, you can reduce error in detection of movement or disruption to the goal or objective of the specific camera in the system.

5. Test to know the true perimeter of detection for each camera

All cameras come with a perimeter range for detection, but that doesn’t mean that the maximum range listed for the camera is going to apply in your environment. Make sure that you test the range of each camera so you know what you really can cover.

6. Overlap the camera angles to avoid blind spots

When setting up the cameras it is important to make sure the camera angles overlap as much as possible so you can eliminate blind spots. Blind spots are surprisingly easy for an intruder to detect, and they can also be the part that can create question in otherwise solid forensic evidence.

7. Get the right range of camera to reduce cost and promote efficiency

There are long range and short range camera types. Don’t make the mistake of using all short range cameras, that will increase the number and cost of the cameras needed for your system. Be efficient and choose long range cameras for perimeter objectives, and short range cameras for object-oriented objectives. This will also better help you to control the priorities of the system.

8. Create priorities for your security system

Along with having clear goals and objectives, good security systems will also have set priorities. You need to know which views can have what level of disturbance in order to know how the video analytics system should respond in real time. Not every view disruption will be cause for alarm, and you can calibrate the system to tell the difference between disruptions if priorities are assigned.

9. Do a walk through test once a month

It is very important that you also have your team do a walk through test every month, or at least every three months. A walk through test involves activating the priorities in the video analytics calibration settings by creating a disruption to the view on camera. This will help to reveal if there is anything that needs to be adjusted on the software end, as well as revealing whether or not the cameras are still correctly positioned.

10. Calibrate the video analytics system regularly

Calibration is one of the areas that can cause confusion when you are just getting used to a video analytics system. Trust the professionals at Securecheck Now to make sure that your video analytics are calibrated properly.


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