IP knowledge is essential for CCTV

November 16, 2009

The second part of  an end user’s response to Mark Harraway’s article “Don’t Go Hybrid” that can be read in full here.

Richard Quinn is Food Retail Loss Provention Manager for the Co-operative Group.

IP has been muted by the industry for some time as the end of analogue and the entry of a new digital age in CCTV. The predominant limiting factors to this are in my opinion restricted firstly to technology and secondly to capability and awareness.

Capability and Awareness

Despite talking about IP for a number of years, it remains still a relatively unknown subject to some installers, who do not have the required skill sets, or knowledge to be able to integrate and communicate effectively with IT functions and appear to have the confidence to install the equipment correctly.

Our own experience of this is relatively mixed and we still seem to have issues with the knowledge and capability of people installing the equipment. Whilst I do not wish to ‘badge’ all installers as not having the capability, we need to ensure that there is adequate knowledge within the sector and from experience across a number of installers – This depth of knowledge is simly not there at the moment.

That said, I am sure that those installers who wish to develop their capability and understanding in this area, should focus their efforts on building knowledge in the short term in order to communicate confidently with Clients, including their IT departments regarding the benefits and drawbacks of such a solution and its implementation.

I also believe that manfacturers collaborating together to develop common standard protocols will also benefit the end user to adapt and migrate across to IP led systems.

In summary addressing these key points will help the market to evolve and conifdence to be generated around identifying whether IP is indeed a viable option. In the current climate the market certainly has to adapt and go the extra mile in demonstrating it’s viability to end users, more importantly end users are becoming increasingly aware of the requirement to demonstrate a rate of return on any capital investment – These systems are not exempt from this and I believe therein lies another challenge, additional spend often requires different styles of thinking, in order to identify whether there is a clear business case for this type of investment.

To read the initial Dont Go Hybrid article that started the debate click here.


Shocking CCTV video shows woman fall in front of oncoming train

November 10, 2009

CCTV video captures a woman stumbling off the platform onto the tracks before terrified bystanders at Boston’s North Station shortly before 11pm on Friday night.

One technology that could help avert incidents like this in the future would be  Intelligent Video Analytics.

Analytics today can analyze video and send alarms very accurately on motion, object size, direction, people counting, loitering, removed or left objects and many other functions. To prevent an accident like this happening again the track could be selected in the analytics system and configured to send an alarm if an object moved into the area. This alarm could be passed to oncoming train drivers to alert them there was a problem on the tracks. It was fortunate that the actions of the fast thinking driver in this incident prevented a serious and possibly fatal accident occurring.

With an open CCTV management platform such as Cware Video Analytics can be easily integrated into security operations. By combining Analytics, Access Control, building management, intruder and fire systems together into a single management interface security operations are easier to manage. Video is even supported remotely thanks to Transcoding technology that enables not only the monitoring of video but also the control of PTZ cameras and Analytics from mobile phones. This enables security personnel on the ground to see and control video data on the move allowing better coordination of security operations between the control room and mobile patrols.

To find out more about Cware open management click here.