More efficient security with remote monitoring technologies

The development of advanced remote surveillance technology solutions in the security market has led to several innovative applications that, if used properly, can change the level of security of large facilities, minimizing exposure to malicious acts.Areas such as airports and ports, but also large industrial production units, hotels, warehouses and critical infrastructure facilities, occupy spatially large areas.

As a result, the requirements in each management project of the security of respective facilities, as well as the protection of persons and assets from any possible threat, are particularly high.

The larger an installation, the more vulnerable it can become to malicious acts, risking damage and downtime that can adversely affect a very large number of people.

In the United States alone, the Associated Press reported 345 violations from 2004 to 2016 at 31 major airports - many of which resulted in costly property damage and air traffic disruptions.Therefore, much more attention is needed in the management of the security project as a whole and in the efforts to prevent malicious actions, making the best possible use of the available human and technological resources.

 Starting with the design and implementation of a security project with trained and skilled staff, today it is necessary as never before to use all the modern technologies of remote surveillance and visual confirmation of security incidents via video.These technological solutions enable security service providers to address in a timely, reliable and effective manner the many issues that arise in the performance of the duties of security personnel in a large number of projects.

Remote control systems can mainly combine video surveillance cameras, intrusion sensors and detectors, analysis software and other applications that are centrally controlled in a central incident management environment, with security managers playing an important role of remote supervisors and virtual guards.

The first concern is the optimization of the perimeter protection of the facilities, combining in the best possible way the management of the security personnel, the video-surveillance platforms, the intrusion detection systems and of course the central control of all of them by a business command center.

No more false alarms

This combination of remote monitoring with technological means and manned guarding by trained personnel, can offer increased coverage and greater efficiency and effectiveness of security projects, eliminating cases of false alarms that result in unnecessary resource utilization.

Especially in terms of false alarms, the global community and the security market, gives special weight, looking for technologies and overall integrated solutions to reduce the phenomenon.

According to the resolutions of the International Association of Chiefs of Police in 2016, 98% of all alarms are false!

Wildlife, tree foliage, wind, insects, low-performance sensors and human error are all common causes of false alarms.

An example is the Memphis Police Department in the USA, which in 2016 answered 62,494 alarm calls, of which only 458 were related to real events.

 It is noteworthy that over 51% of these alarm calls came from commercial properties.

False alarms are also expensive and time consuming.

Indicatively, the Memphis Police Department spent a total of $ 1.7 million in 2016 responding to false alarm calls, which consumed 63,952 hours from its employees.

However, it is not just the police who waste time and money responding to false alarms. Businesses are also wasting resources by sending out guards to investigate false alarms.

Innovations that make a difference

Let's look at some individual innovations that lead to the upgrading of remote surveillance of security guards and security projects in general.

Video Analytics. Technologies that were once intended only for military purposes, such as radar and thermal sensors, now provide solutions to perimeter security and remote surveillance projects for the timely and reliable detection of illegal intrusions. Of course in the foreground today are video analytics technologies with artificial intelligence where they can, based on a number of scenarios, highlight every security event in real time.

Thermal illustration. Utilizing thermal cameras on integrated remote video surveillance platforms can provide solutions in many applications where conventional cameras are difficult to respond to. Since thermal cameras do not require a light source to produce video - they only detect temperature differences - they allow 24/7 surveillance in the most difficult conditions, such as fog, rain and even complete darkness.

Thermal technology adds significant value to remote monitoring solutions and allows central station managers and controllers to easily spot targets on screens that are otherwise difficult to locate, such as a person hiding in the bushes, even in complete darkness. .

Image clarity. The new ultra-high resolution cameras that achieve 1080p and 4K resolutions significantly improve the clarity and sharpness of the image and allow the highlighting of every detail in the field of view when monitoring the premises, so that on the one hand they act preventively and deterrently in case of violations. but also at the same time the material they receive to be used as evidence in the effort to investigate cases of criminal interest. High-resolution and ultra-high-resolution cameras can provide a central station with reliable visual confirmation of suspects in as much detail as possible, in order to inform field staff about its features and other information that can be used to detect and surveillance of the suspects. 

All in One. The concept of integrating multiple technologies - such as thermal sensors, analytics, high-resolution cameras and lighting technologies - into a centralized management system makes remote monitoring solutions even more attractive. These all-in-one solutions substantially reduce the equipment and labor required to develop an integrated security system, reducing overall costs, saving time, and providing greater functionality and project management flexibility.

Improving the immediate response and prevention of intrusions. The installation and utilization of a remote monitoring technology system that is controlled through central management stations, greatly facilitates the field security personnel in their work. Thanks to the immediate information it receives, security personnel operate promptly and effectively on events while they are in their infancy or just evolving.

The main goal for remote surveillance systems, combined with a comprehensive security plan, is for staff to act proactively and deterrently to any criminal or delinquent activity.

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