CCTV on its own provides some level of security but has its flaws. A basic CCTV camera is essentially dumb – relying on human operators to spot breaches in security either as they occur or after the event. Thanks to advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), CCTV cameras can now be equipped with a powerful intelligent Video Management System utilizing Video Analytics to greatly increase their automation and effectiveness. But how does it work and what does it offer users? In this blog, we will take a look at why you should enhance your CCTV with a Video Management System.
In short, a VMS uses Video Analytics to identify changes in the environment under CCTV surveillance. With AI, ML and facial recognition capabilities, not only does the effectiveness and scope of CCTV greatly improve but the risk of false alarms can be minimized and manpower reduced. CCTV combined with a VMS is ideally suited for perimeter security at industrial and critical infrastructure sites, warehouses, shopping malls, airports and other strategic facilities.
Pairing surveillance cameras with a VMS allows the whole monitoring process to be automated. It operates on parameters preset by the user for the specific needs of each premises. If the system detects something abnormal (i.e. outside of the set parameters), an alert is sent to a designated person via a PC or mobile device. This ensures no event is missed and means constant human intervention is not necessary. A VMS also allows for quick identification of search objects either in real-time or from historical records, including faces and car license plates.
The VMS offered by Guardforce goes even further by using geomap integration to identify locations and forensically track routes of faces and cars. This intelligent VMS can also be integrated with other systems to perform additional functions, such as using preset scheduling to identify staff not authorized to be present at a specific time and location. This tool is proving to be very useful for industries requiring a high level of security, such as pharmaceuticals and public utilities.
The main benefits of installing a VMS are:
Reducing the risk of overlooking suspicious or actual criminal behavior
Reducing the reliance on human operators
Quickly recognizing threats based on preset parameters
Reducing investigation time through powerful analytics
Providing insights to improve customer experience and drive marketing and merchandising decisions
Having easy-to-access and user-friendly reporting on hand