Video surveillance systems have come a long way from the days of single-directional building mounts, limited video footage recordings, and a security guard trying to keep up with a handful of screens. Today’s systems are engineered to be flexible, proactive, and highly integrated, designed to provide early detection, informed response, and speedy resolution.
Here are 7 technologies to look for in your video surveillance system – whether you’re looking for a new system or enhancing an existing one:
- Real-time threat detection – Artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics used together can identify abnormal behavior, alert building management in real time, and alleviate false alarms. Video monitoring software (VMS) highlights the most relevant data feeds, so security can quickly skim to see critical information.
- Intelligent search capabilities – Users can initiate a search for objects, events, or images to quickly help with investigations while deploying minimal resources to the search process. This can be used in the moment during crisis management, as well as after the incident, during the forensic gathering process.
- Occupancy monitoring – Smart maps, heat maps, and people / vehicle counting help manage occupancy levels. Cameras can count the number of people in a specific area in order to support social distancing. Optional app integration provides real time reporting to users, such as availability of seats in a dining area or space in a fitness center.
- Bandwidth efficiency – Today’s systems employ intelligent routing and storage optimization to minimize bandwidth consumption which results in recurring, operational cost savings.
- Audio analytics – Cameras equipped with acoustic sensors can identify specific sound patterns and send instant alerts.
- Cloud-based access and storage – Cloud-based access is in high demand and for good reason. Cloud security systems can be accessed on the web or via mobile apps. Live and recorded video is accessible to property managers, as well as the authorities. And, cloud-based storage enables flexible video retention and redundancy.
- Integrations – Todays, best-in-class systems use open protocols to enable integrations with third-party cameras, access control systems, user management systems, communication tools (i.e., TEAMS), and identity verification providers (i.e., Okta).
CM3 designs, installs, and services video surveillance systems and can work with most manufacturers and systems. Please reach out for a site assessment and consultation.