Video surveillance has evolved significantly in the last few years and Controlware has been at the forefront of the development of this technology.
Digital video surveillance is cost-effective and offers greater flexibility due to the wide range of cameras available. If implemented as a separate system to meet the needs of a security plan or upgrade, a standard system may be adequate for immediate requirements, but if the system is integrated with access control and intrusion detection system or part of the broader building automation system, surveillance improves and reduces the need for additional security personnel.
Integration of access control with video verification, for example, allows a security operator to see live video at the point a person gains entry. This also enables the prevention of individuals who are “tailgating”, when one person follows another through the door. The integrated system allows organizations to visually identify, verify and capture security breaches at access points.
Utilising video analytics within new generation cameras brings additional advantages to the system. This technology enables the cameras to look for certain characteristics in the video and provide alerts when these occur. This facilitates each camera to effectively act as another pair of eyes looking for breaches in the security policy. Using this technology enables operators to focus only on what is truly important, managing surveillance by exceptional events rather than trying to observe all events.
The goal of Controlware’s Cware platform is to provide a single, unified, integrated architecture for organizations. This will prevent intruder access to secure areas, limit access to public areas, and remotely monitor critical areas to reduce the risk of crime and security incidents.
Using an integrated system, security staff at a central monitoring station can view live or recorded footage from surveillance cameras, move pan-tilt-zoom cameras, or perform advanced searches for video clips stored on the security management system. When an alarm is triggered by an intrusion, access control or video analytics policy, the system can automatically respond in a wide variety of ways such as move a cameras position and display live video at the location, map the alarm location, and send an alert to the security personnel’s mobile devices.
CCTV cameras are an important security component at vulnerable areas of a site, such as entrances, car parks and IT labs. When an alarm is activated at one of these locations, cameras can be activated to survey the scene and monitor the incident, allowing security personnel to quickly evaluate both the alarm and their response.
Asset protection is also becoming increasingly high priority. There is often a need to track everything from office equipment, PCs to PDAs and phones—not just for the value of these items but also for the data that could be located on them. Controlware integrate RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and tagging technologies to assist with asset tracking. This system works in conjunction with video and access control to document the movement of assets or persons around monitored locations. This same RFID technology can be utilised to provide a locational awareness function across sites to identify the whereabouts of security staff, equipment or objects at any given time. Using this technology provides the facility to automatically alert the nearest operators when an alarm is detected on the system. Operators or guards with mobile devices can be sent both live and recorded footage so they can determine the severity of the alarm and take action as necessary.
As well as video images coming from the fixed position cameras, it is also possible to look towards the implementation green camera locations where both wind and solar can be used to power the cameras where digs are not possible. This enables the use of temporary cameras to be deployed around the site where and when they are required. Also, due to the network architecture, it is also possible to stream images into the systems from remote sources to increase the site security.
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