Why Technology Integration is a Game-Changer in the Surveillance Industry

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Today’s surveillance systems are more advanced than ever before, helping businesses to protect their facilities, employees, and assets from security risks. Cameras and video management systems (VMS) provide optimal speed and accuracy when detecting a threat, deliver sharp, clear video, are networked for easy access, and are scalable to meet growing business demands. Technology integration has been a major factor in the growth of these surveillance capabilities. With providers partnering to integrate best-in-breed technology into their offerings, getting a high-performance surveillance system is becoming easier and more cost-effective.

And going beyond surveillance, technology integrations provide added functionality to enable today’s surveillance systems to deliver a wide range of true, end-to-end industry-specific solutions. For example, an integration with license plate recognition (LPR) technology, deployed in traffic cameras and connected to a public safety database, can enable identification of vehicles being sought by law enforcement so that authorities can be notified and criminals apprehended. With these technologies being integrated in real time, these notifications can happen quickly, with locational data and video assisting authorities in apprehensions. LPR technology is becoming more widely available and cost-effective, allowing its implementation in a variety of systems. For example, monitoring the entry and exit of personnel at parking garages with integrated access control enables detection of unauthorized entry and notification of authorities. With technologies like these, providing critical data more quickly and accurately to authorities is simple, helping keep cities safer.

Integrating cameras with people counting analytics solutions provides a variety of opportunities for gaming operations and other businesses. With heatmaps of their floorplan, management can track traffic flow in their casinos, see which slot machines are attracting more interest and identify any issues with congestion. People counters can show you what times your casino is busiest, helping you plan employee schedules and gauge the effectiveness of your marketing and sales programs. They can help you determine which entrances and exits of your casino are most frequented, and where to most effectively place high-stakes games.

Intrusion detection, another technology integrated with surveillance systems, can help protect the perimeter of a highly secure facility like an airport, identifying when a breach is imminent and alerting management in the event of an incident. Advanced analytics help eliminate nuisance alerts for animals at the fence, blowing trash or other situations that do not require a response. The many recent high-profile intrusions onto airport runways spotlights the need for this type of solution at every major airport globally.

Many cameras are now integrated with facial recognition technology, which can provide numerous solutions for a range of organizations. With facial recognition analytics, your system can alert you when a person from a tailored watch list enters the building, or when personnel enter parts of the facility for which they are not authorized. With facial recognition integration, your organization can quickly and efficiently identify persons of interest, and alert your staff to their presence and location.

Technology integration enables the elevation of a video surveillance system to a true solution that solves a problem you are experiencing. From fence-jumpers to overcrowded hallways, a wide range of challenges can be addressed through solutions built around today’s video surveillance system integrations.