As we move into a new decade, the landscape of commercial security and its video surveillance capabilities is changing. As a result, service providers and integrators must move to meet these changes. This opportunity to expand and adapt monitored video capabilities to counter modern threats and vulnerabilities has put monitored video on an evolutionary fast track and driven development of proactive monitoring technologies.
Proactive vs. Traditional Video Monitoring
Traditional monitoring and proactive monitoring serve distinct industry and client needs, with each having its own benefits. Both make use of on-site cameras to observe areas of importance – recording security events such as theft and trespassing. Traditional monitoring systems use a DVR or NVR to store video data on-site. With the data being readily accessible, actions triggering an alarm can be reviewed by personnel to verify the security event was not a false alarm and then take further action if needed. Yet this method only serves to confirm an event has taken place and does nothing to prevent it.
Many large commercial properties have a significant area they must cover to prevent property crime. Traditional video surveillance may not be a hardened enough solution in these cases. A proactive monitoring solution can be integrated with traditional surveillance in these commercial settings as a cost-effective method to protect the property and assets on-site.
Proactive monitoring can prevent crime around the perimeter before the crime takes place. Using continuously advancing AI and video analytics alongside a human operator, these systems can detect, verify, warn, intervene, and respond to security events as they occur. Cameras monitor the site for any unusual activity while algorithms interpret the data and alert the human monitors at the monitoring center in the event of a security issue. These human intervention specialists can then take actions such as giving a live audio warning to the intruder – which generally will scare off all but the boldest of criminals. In this way, these systems function to prevent crimes before they occur, and allow the monitoring specialist to give real-time support to authorities should the warning not work, with police intervention becoming necessary.
This service reduces the need for human guards to be present and enhances the capabilities of existing guards to better monitor and respond to threats. The software can recognize the difference between a person moving through a site and someone loitering. It can differentiate between a human, vehicle, or animal. This functionality greatly reduces false alarms compared to a conventional surveillance and alarm system.
Virtual Gate Guard
Instead of employing full-time guards year-round, proactive monitoring using virtual guard stations at gates can greatly reduce the cost of security while yielding similar results. With virtual gate guard systems, intelligent video monitoring is coupled with several gated entry points into a property. This technology is considerably more affordable over time than using a live guard company and is similarly effective.
Traditional video monitoring has long been established in the commercial market-space. However, there are many instances where proactive solutions make for a better and more economical security measure. A central application of proactive video monitoring solutions is asset protection, and industries such as car lots and large residential complexes present significant opportunity to benefit. Asset protection applies to other markets as well. This technology is useful in protecting public parks and other open spaces, helping to deter and prevent vandalism and loitering.
At Security Technology of South Texas, we design monitored video systems from the ground up to fit your needs or integrate intelligent monitoring into your existing system of cameras. Contact us today to get a quote on a video analytics system for your property.
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