December 3, 2009
Mark Harraway, Country Manager at Controlware explores the importance of the Operational Requirement.
However, one of the biggest issues facing consultants is managing customer expectations and creating the CCTV Operational Requirement (OR). It’s the historical trend for manufacturer’s functionality to drive the OR but this is the wrong way round, OR should drive product selection. Another common issue is when poorly-educated specifiers base a solution on budget. Without proper regard for what is actually needed, a solution is created that does not meet the OR required today, or in the longer-term by not being reliable, or providing poor quality video footage that cannot be used for evidential purposes. This leaves consultants stuck in the middle. At Controlware we have a different approach. Every expert design we undertake begins with an OR. The OR determines the functionality specification, which in turn drives budget requirement. This enables our partners, customers and the consultants who work with us, to make informed and realistic choices for the right system to meet the end-user’s needs i.e. the budget may determine the selection of a cheap PTZ or a high quality static camera but it should be the OR that dictates the final choice.
The article “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing” can be read in full here
November 6, 2009
Much has been discussed about the wider merits of CCTV and how it can reduce crime and make people feel safer but a topic that is often over looked is how CCTV can help with health and safety.
It is sometimes a shock to find staff carrying out tasks that completely go against the training, regulations and processes that have been put in place. CCTV if well monitored can therefore be highly important in preventing the occurrence of accidents. Also if employees having received training and been made aware of regulations are involved in an accident, CCTV is a tool that can be used to help clear your company of blame and potential legal action that might follow.
The video below filmed at a warehouse in Russia shows a major health and safety incident occurring. Fortunately no one was badly injured, but five million roubles (£105,000) worth of alcohol was destroyed in the accident, according to the website that posted the video, scandalim.ru.
If resource for live monitoring is not available technologies such as Video Analysis (Video Analytics / Smart CCTV) can help. When using an open management platform such as Cware, Video Analysis from IP cameras, analogue (analog) cameras or codecs can be easily integrated into the CCTV system. Video Analysis continuously checks for activity, events or behaviours that might be considered suspicious against user-defined policies. When activity is detected the system will classify the objects of interest (people, vehicle etc.), track and identify the direction of moving objects, interpret what the objects are doing and determine if a customer-defined policy has been broken. Once a policy is broken, for instance an intruder climbing over a perimeter fence or a vehicle parking in a forbidden zone, a wide variety of automatic countermeasures can be taken. PTZ cameras can automatically zoom in and track the object to get images of evidential quality, audible alarms can be broadcast to frighten away trespassers and emails or text messages can be sent to notify security personnel.
For more information about IP CCTV, the Cware management platform and Video Analysis click here.
Plus what do you think about CCTV? Is Britain becoming a Surveillance Society? Discuss here.
September 7, 2009
The case for H.264 by Mark Harraway as published in International Security Buyers Guide Sept 09.
In his recent columns, ‘the Mole’ has reported interesting statements from the trade with regard to H.264 and I have to agree that when something brand spanking new comes along, it is easy for people to jump on the bandwagon and claim they have innovative features that eclipse competitors. And if a manufacturer does indeed deliver a new feature set which puts them in the position of being market leader then everyone else will often rush to adopt it either too cheaply, too quickly or in a shoddy manner. As a result, all that happens is that the feature becomes discredited within the industry or is viewed with suspicion.
Like many sectors of our industry, the devil is in the detail and system integrators and end-users who wish to see the benefits of an IP-based solution should look to someone who really knows the technology and can give an impartial view. It is common sense that manufacturers will only support their own hardware and will promise the earth for it, whereas a distributor will have evaluated a number of solutions from different vendors and be able to say that product A is the best for solution B because of XYZ whereas product Y is the best for solution C because of etc etc. ‘The Mole’ has already posed a few questions in the magazine and on blogs that I want to consider so fire away at me.
Part 2 follows tomorrow…..
September 3, 2009
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July 27, 2009
Info4security.com open a new dabate about the best technology to use for CCTV security.
Analogue CCTV has been around for a very long time, is expensive to maintain and difficult to integrate. IP based systems on the other hand deliver improved control of video data and integration with Access Control, Intruder and other external systems.
Is it now time to replace this technology and move to IP based CCTV?
What are the benefits of IP CCTV?
What are the challenges involved with moving to an IP based CCTV system?
How much will it cost?
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