As a business owner, property manager or facility manager, one of your responsibilities is ensuring the safety and security of your property or business. This includes safeguarding the employees, buildings, inventory, and customers or residents.
Having a courtesy patrol is great and employing professional security guards is even better. But for truly comprehensive security, nothing beats video surveillance monitoring.
Surprising Benefits of Remote Video Surveillance Monitoring
While the obvious benefit of video surveillance is to capture acts of security breaches, vandalism, or theft “on camera” there’s far more to it than that.
Here are four benefits of video surveillance monitoring that go beyond recording crimes:
1. Video Surveillance Provides Real-Time Monitoring
Unlike the old-school video surveillance systems, modern digital technology allows for real-time, remote video monitoring as well as a high degree of interactivity. These features can be quite useful for many facilities. With a highly integrated digital video system, facility managers and security personnel can monitor the activity on surveillance feeds from literally anywhere in the world using Internet access.
Whether this is done using mobile devices, cell phones, laptops, or tablets, authorized personnel can log in to the security system to view live streams or access archived footage.
2. The Visual Presence of Video Surveillance Acts as a Passive Deterrent
Surveillance cameras provide a very real deterrent by their mere presence. A study reported by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that criminals typically consider four factors before deciding to commit a crime. Two of these are the “probability of a successful crime” and the “probability of capture.” Being caught on video drastically increases both probabilities and, thus, acts as a passive deterrent.
In fact, conspicuously placed cameras and video surveillance signage can effectively dissuade criminals from acting. In other words, if they know they’re being recorded, they’re less likely to commit a crime.
3. Increased Security Coverage With Less Cost
Digital video surveillance is more cost-effective than paid security guards and foot patrols. Because digital cameras produce high-quality images, wide viewing angles, and can provide night vision, as well, visual surveillance can be better and far less expensive.
Digital video cameras use CAT-5 wiring and Power-Over-Ethernet (POE) technology to combine power and video transmission in one cable and require less cable for each camera. CAT-5 cables can be run to a nearby POE switch, rather than running cables back to a central storage device.
In addition, digital cameras can be added as needed and easily integrated into the existing network. This means that scalability is much easier (and less costly) with video than by increasing the number of on-site security personnel.
4. Turning Your Video Surveillance System into an Active Deterrent
Not only does the visual presence of security cameras act as a passive deterrent to crime but, with the use of additional technology, you can turn your security camera system into a far superior system that can provide real-time intervention.
Every day produces 24 hours of digital surveillance data to be reviewed. This has traditionally been attempted by facility managers or security personnel on a daily basis, but no one really has the time to watch every hour of footage.
In fact, viewing and analyzing every minute of security footage captured by a digital surveillance system – either real-time video or archived data – is virtually impossible for humans. However, with a digital surveillance system incorporating distributed artificial intelligence (DAI), this task is not a problem.
Systems like that offered by Blue Eye use AI technology that can monitor video feeds to identify suspicious events, activities, and specific behaviors. Once a threat has been identified, operators can verbally interact through speakers with the trespassers or burglars to deter them from their current course of action while alerts are generated and sent to the police or a security team.
More than ever before, state-of-the-art surveillance systems routinely provide high-quality video recording. This evidence can be critical in the aftermath of a crime at a facility.
According to a post at Facility Executive,
“Detailed footage can benefit a facility, especially when faced with an investigation or legal case. If criminal activity or suspicious activity occurs on facility grounds, cameras can aid in identifying the perpetrator. Authorities are then able to analyze video footage for evidence, which can support your facility in court. Armed with video evidence, facility managers can protect their facilities from potential liability.”
In addition to evidence of criminal actions, other incidents can be preserved and archived, providing visual records of an event. These video records can then be utilized by management to ascertain actual events that occurred on specific days and at certain times.
An Intelligent Solution to a Perennial Problem
In other words, a security system that gives you the best of both virtual and actual presence.
Blue Eye can offer you with a security system solution that allows you to have less human interaction on-site while providing it as needed. And at a surprisingly affordable price.
Our solution is an AI-empowered managed service platform that requires no up-front capital costs. Give us a call at 855.258.3662 or email us at [email protected]. Let us design an effective solution for your business!