Sony IMZ-NS132M intelligent monitoring software for 32 cameras
Sony IMZ-NS132M intelligent monitoring software for 32 cameras

RealShot Manager Advanced Series is the latest version of Sony’s industry-leading management software - and it takes IP monitoring to a new level. A combination of real-time image processing, automated functions and intelligent video analysis helps detect security threats automatically and reliably. This removes the burden from your surveillance staff - so they no longer have to monitor camera feeds by eye, and they no longer have to search through hours of archived video to find incidents. The latest release builds on the functionality of previous RealShot Manager versions to make it the most advanced monitoring solution available today. Features include: HD-ready - allowing you to migrate to megapixel cameras at your own pace Simple to set up and operate - thanks to easy-to-use wizards and automatic camera detection Open platform - for compatibility with all major camera brands Scalable - from 1-32 camera control, to meet your changing needs Intelligent features including: Intelligent Object Detection and Intelligent Motion Detection, which can trigger alarms, locks and lights automatically Active Intelligence, which highlights suspicious activity on-screen to reduce false alarms Hot-spot monitoring Intuitive drag-and-drop interface RealShot Manager is the perfect tool for managing your current and future IP camera investments. For real quality network security in real time, there’s nothing more advanced.

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D-Link DCS-100 – a comprehensive surveillance software that manages up to 32 network cameras
D-Link DCS-100 – a comprehensive surveillance software that manages up to 32 network cameras

D-ViewCam is a comprehensive network camera surveillance software designed for SOHO, or SMB users. It centrally manages up to 32 network cameras and is compatible with current D-Link network cameras and video servers. This software offers digital monitoring and recording of video, audio, and events for use in various security applications. Furthermore, this easy-to-use surveillance software provides users with a wide array of features, including video recording, playback, and live view. Live Monitoring & centralised management D-ViewCam is a comprehensive surveillance system designed to centrally manage up to 32 network cameras, while displaying real-time information. Map Mode allows you to create maps based on camera location and orientation, and the Device Tree lists all the cameras connected to the interface for easy viewing. Additional features such as auto-patrol, rotate, zoom, and focus provide users with optimal control over their video surveillance. Video Recording & Playback D-ViewCam offers scheduled, motion and manual recording options to meet specific user demands. Recorded files can be searched according to video type or selected within the user interface for playback, editing, or AVI /ASF file conversion. Event Action configuration Event Action provides enhanced surveillance and security by detecting events from smoke detectors, magnetic door sensors, emergency buttons, cameras, card readers, or other I/O devices. Start by connecting any of these devices to the I/O connector of a compatible D-Link network camera. When an event occurs, a notification is immediately sent to D-ViewCam. D-ViewCam then notifies you either by e-mail or an audio alert. Video & System Database Backup The D-ViewCam Playback function allows users to load and play a recorded file on a Windows PCs. D-ViewCam allows users to monitor a live feed on one computer while watching a recorded file on another. D-ViewCam also provides a utility (DB-Tool) to reconstruct, repair or relocate the databases in a local drive or external drive. It also supports the import/export of configuration files - enabling users to synchronise surveillance settings across devices.

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victor video management system eliminates manual case management to save time
victor video management system eliminates manual case management to save time

Tyco Security Products, part of Tyco, the world’s largest pure-play fire protection and security company has released the newest version of the victor Video Management System (VMS), which manages live/recorded video from all of Tyco Security Products’ recorders, as well as Kantech and Software House access control systems, DSC intrusion solutions and third party solutions in a single, intuitive interface. This new update significantly improves the user’s experience in organising and managing events as well as the creation of incident reports allowing a holistic management of alarms, reporting and investigations from diverse systems including: access control, intrusion, fire, intercom, elevator and HVAC systems. Using an intuitive interface, command centre operators can now view, manage and replay alarms as needed and from any location. The tool’s new incident builder feature can gather all relevant information — videos, still images, report data, charts and user notes — into a template and then export as an incident report for internal use by management or external use by local law enforcement, all created within a few clicks.   St. Joseph’s Health Care, London, based in Ontario, Canada, recently switched from an analogue to an IP video management system powered by victor to be able to respond to incidents more quickly. “The new investigation tools in victor have significantly streamlined our investigation workflow and simplified the steps our operators need to take in order to locate, review and package the relevant information from a particular incident,” said Mike Bessagato, Director of Fire & Security Services/Emergency Planning. “Not only is the case management tools helping operators in our security control centre save time, they are also helping to ensure the accuracy of our evidence by eliminating any video that is not directly related to an investigation.” “Having the most critical information about their organisation available in a single interface is no longer a luxury for operators and investigators, who need access to this information quickly,” said Julian Inman, Product Marketing Manager, Video, EMEA, Tyco Security Products. “Our enhancements to victor offer a complete case management solution that brings all the relevant details from an event or threat into a single, easy-to-access format.”

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Genetec Unveils Stratocast: A New Affordable and Easy-to-Use Cloud-Based Video Surveillance Solution on Windows Azure
Genetec Unveils Stratocast: A New Affordable and Easy-to-Use Cloud-Based Video Surveillance Solution on Windows Azure

Genetec, a pioneer in the physical security industry and a leading provider of world-class unified IP security solutions,announced Stratocast, a powerful yet easy-to-use Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) solution powered by Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Azure cloud-computing platform. Stratocast is designed to meet the needs of small and midsized businesses who are looking for a high-end and extremely reliable video security solution without the costs and complexities typically associated with installing and managing on-premise surveillance systems. Currently undergoing extensive beta testing at customer sites around the world, Stratocast is scheduled to ship in the spring of 2013.  Because the new product will be sold and supported exclusively by Genetec's Stratocast channel partners, end users will benefit from Genetec's certified integrators' installation expertise, security know-how, and ability to recommend the most appropriate product package for their needs. With minimum training and setup costs, minimal onsite equipment to maintain and manage, and no need for specialised/dedicated security or IT staff, users will be able to focus on their core competencies, while benefiting from a state-of-the-art security system to protect their employees, premises and assets. "With Stratocast, we are bringing 15 years of expertise in developing safety-critical video surveillance systems for users that include the world's most traveled airports, largest retailers, and Fortune 500 businesses, to a section of the market that is currently underserved by existing systems. Because Stratocast is affordable, easy to install and simple to use, quick service restaurants, retail shops, office buildings, as well as sporting and musical events, will finally have the professional tools they need to secure their facilities, remotely observe their operations, and ensure a safe environment for their employees and patrons, at a price they can afford," says Pierre Racz, Genetec's Founder and CEO. With packages starting below $10 USD a month per camera, Stratocast users will have access to some of the most advanced functionalities that have made Genetec a leading Video Management Software (VMS) vendor, including: HD video capture for unbeatable picture quality; next-generation intelligent video management features that automatically alert users when an activity or incident has occurred instead of having to review hours of recorded video; and the unique Cloud Federation feature, which allows enterprise users to easily add new cameras to remote/satellite locations and supplement their existing on-premise Security Center unified security management platforms .Other features such as robust edge recording and video trickling capabilities, mean that cameras, bandwidth, and archives can be fine-tuned to each user's needs and requirements. With a guaranteed uninterrupted service 99.5% of the time, and a fresh, modern and easy-to-use interface, users will be able to quickly and reliably access live and recorded feeds from their Stratocast system from any computer, smartphone or tablet - from anywhere in the world - to ensure peace of mind while they are away. "Windows Azure gives customers a secure and flexible cloud platform that opens up new possibilities for delivering solutions such as high-end security services to businesses of all sizes. With Windows Azure and Stratocast, customers can automatically and safely store security assets, including video and related critical data, in the cloud so they can easily reuse, retrieve and analyse their data at anytime, anywhere," comments Mike Howard, Chief Security Officer at Microsoft. Stratocast will support a wide variety of cameras that feature "phone home" functionality, including both fixed and PTZ (pan tilt and zoom) cameras.  And with over 40 models of Axis cameras available at launch, Stratocast allows customers to choose the most appropriate camera for the unique needs of their security installation. "Most small and midsized businesses today still rely on analog cameras, and DVRs, for their security needs, but this is changing fast. With Genetec developing hosted cloud-based video and Axis delivering intelligent cameras designed to leverage the simplicity and ease of use of the Stratocast system, together we are driving the technology shift from on-premise to cloud-based video surveillance in small installations," says Dominic Bruning, Director Global Alliances at Axis Communications. "Building upon our long standing relationship, we are thrilled to be the camera partner of choice for the launch of Stratocast."

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Milestone presents XProtect Corporate 2013
Milestone presents XProtect Corporate 2013

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), presents its XProtect Corporate® 2013 R2. With this version of XProtect Corporate Milestone extends their offering of distributed security solutions by widening the array of products that can be interconnected with XProtect Corporate, while simplifying the licensing of its more advanced Milestone Federated Architecture™ concept. With support for an unlimited number of cameras, users and sites, XProtect Corporate offers a centralised, single-management interface for efficient surveillance administration including all connected devices, regardless of the size or distribution of the implementation. Milestone Interconnect™ provides a flexible way to gain central surveillance operation across geographically dispersed sites. It combines remote Milestone surveillance installations with the advanced surveillance functions of XProtect Corporate in one cohesive security solution. With the R2, Milestone strengthens its offerings of distributed surveillance solutions by including XProtect Expert, Milestone Arcus™ embedded solutions and Milestone Husky appliances to the list of products that can be connected to an XProtect Corporate system using Milestone Interconnect. The ability to detect incidents and remotely monitor interconnected sites from one central system reduces operational costs and the need for on-site visits. Intelligent video storage management makes optimal use of available network resources, as well as remote and central storage. “Covering the full Milestone XProtect product line, the Milestone Husky NVR series, plus appliances and cameras embedded with Milestone Arcus software, Milestone Interconnect offers ultimate flexibility in matching any need for functionality, system form factor or budget,” says Bjorn Eilertsen, VP Corporate Business at Milestone Systems. “This will allow our customers to truly grow with our solutions, where customers who initially have installed isolated XProtect VMS or NVR point solutions, or even embedded Milestone Arcus systems from any of our Milestone Arcus technology partners, now can interlink them by adding an operational overlay based on Milestone Interconnect and a central XProtect Corporate system.” In addition to the extension of the Milestone Interconnect offering, the use of Milestone Federated Architecture is now provided totally free of charge. This means that customers building federated systems with Milestone’s top range products XProtect Corporate and XProtect Expert can do so without the need to buy extra licenses. XProtect Corporate 2013 R2 is bundled with a new release of XProtect Smart Wall which gives seamless manual or rule-based display of any camera in a distributed setup. This includes integrated and interactive multi-layered maps, as well as a consolidated Alarm Manager for comprehensive overview and fast response. XProtect Corporate 2013 R2 is packaged with versions of three user interfaces, available in 26 languages: XProtect Smart Client 2013 R2, XProtect Web Client 2013 R2, and Milestone Mobile 2013 R2. In addition to the existing support for iOS and Android devices, Milestone Mobile now introduces support for devices running the Windows Phone 8 operating system, giving users an even wider choice of mobile devices to access Milestone video surveillance systems.

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Milestone Systems Releases XProtect® 2014
Milestone Systems Releases XProtect® 2014

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), is announcing the release of the Milestone XProtect  2014 VMS product suite for partners and customers.  The XProtect 2014 product suite addresses the entire security market regardless of the size, complexity or location of the installation. The Milestone XProtect clients are also optimised and updated to take advantage of the new XProtect 2014 capabilities. XProtect 2014 introduces several new advantages* for Milestone customers and the Milestone partner ecosystem. New smart integration abilities The Milestone add-on product, XProtect Access Control Module 2014, makes it possible to integrate different access control systems within the same customer installation. XProtect Smart Client provides a consolidated interface for operating integrated access control systems with dedicated functions to effectively monitor access events, manually assist passages and conduct investigations of specific access points or cardholders. Intelligent video handling with metadata Milestone introduces an ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) compliant framework for handling and storing video-related metadata for its XProtect Advanced VMS Product range that includes XProtect® Corporate 2014 and XProtect® Expert 2014. Metadata is any data adding an information layer to video and audio streams. The metadata framework can enable new possibilities for high-level integration. Integrators can use metadata to interconnect with all types of IT systems. Milestone’s camera partners can use the metadata integration to support cameras with built-in analytics.    More efficient evidence handling workflow Video handling in XProtect 2014 is enhanced with new features to streamline the user experience. Several of these features using the metadata framework include: The Smart Search function utilises the motion metadata generated during the motion detection analysis in the recording server. By searching on this generated metadata, sequences with motion in specific areas of a camera view can be found quickly and accurately, reducing the time required to conduct manual investigations. Evidence Lock is a new function in XProtect 2014 VMS that secures the availability of video recordings for investigations, by allowing the retention time for selected video sequences to be extended beyond the defined retention policies. The Storyboard function turns video into evidence by documenting a sequence of events. Piecing together video sequences from multiple cameras into an structured flow makes object tracking easy for logical, objective and straightforward review. Extended system security A new security feature in XProtect is tiered administrator rights where administrative staff can be granted access to functions based on responsibility levels.  Dual authentication provides an option for an additional level of system security, where a log-in or access is successful only when a second user approves it. Ease-to-Use features for partners and end users New ease-to-use features in XProtect 2014 VMS are centered on both Milestone partners and end users to ensure a simple and optimised experience working with a Milestone solution. For example, the product upgrade processes are enhanced to reduce time spent on maintaining the system. End users will benefit from a new interactive map functionality in XProtect® Essential and XProtect® Express that provides a graphical overview of the entire installation. Tooltips and customisation possibilities are added to XProtect Smart Client to lessen the need for end user training. Video Push with GPS metadata in Milestone Mobile enables first responders and security personnel to use a smartphone as a mobile camera for video coverage of incidents not covered by stationary cameras. The GPS coordinates together with the video stream are pushed from the smartphone to the XProtect VMS system. Also of note is the Milestone Customer Dashboard, an online system monitoring service that enables Milestone resellers to obtain real-time system status of their customers’ installations. This enables proactive service to improve the customer’s experience.    Janne Jacobsen, Vice President of Professional Products Business Unit at Milestone Systems, says: “The 2014 update of the Milestone XProtect VMS suite reflects our dedication to provide solutions that are optimised for different market segments and customer needs. For small to mid-sized installations, the 2014 edition of the XProtect Professional VMS Product suite is focused on simplifying every step in the deployment and use of our products. The goal is to provide solutions that meet our customers’ demand for easy-to-use video solutions that are also cost efficient to install and grow.” Bjørn Eilertsen, Vice President of Corporate Products Business Unit at Milestone Systems, says: “I am very excited about this 2014 release and the possibilities it gives both our customers and partners. If you look at the major enhancements we have done to the workflow around evidence handling, one will find that the new Smart Search, combined with Evidence Lock and the new storyboarding capabilities, shorten the time dramatically for producing evidence material. To this, add the new security capabilities that will make our advanced VMS products even more attractive for large and high-security installations. And this is just half of the story! We have also taken the open platform to a whole new level, introducing ONVIF compliant support for metadata and a framework for integrating access control systems with our new XProtect Access Control Module. Both these initiatives empower our ecosystem of partners to develop new solutions and meet our customers’ needs.” The Milestone XProtect 2014 product suite is available now through the Milestone partner network. 

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Back to school: Best practices for a holistic approach to security
Back to school: Best practices for a holistic approach to security

In the past decade, we’ve seen an unfortunate increase in gun-related incidents on school campuses, making security and policy efforts a top priority for educational facilities nationwide. While the causes for this increase are hotly debated in and around the education community, the facts remain that specific steps can be taken to mitigate risks. To tackle this issue, officials from campus stakeholders, law enforcement officials, architects, and security personnel, have met to find solutions for protecting educational facilities. Further complicating matters, educational campuses are again tasked with mitigating health risks associated with COVID-19, as we head into the third pandemic school year. Video communication tools To safely reopen, new technologies and policies in many K-12 and higher education institutions have been released, with many searching for a way to leverage existing security infrastructure. Achieving both health safety and physical security requires an integrated approach—from all-around best practices, to video communication tools and enhanced security infrastructure. The simple intercom has been a security staple in the education market for many years A holistic approach is best to ensure the safety of students, staff, and visitors. The simple intercom has been a security staple in the education market for many years, but now in a pandemic-centric world, these devices provide a new set of required capabilities. Intercoms, once thought to be a basic security tool, can now be combined with video, offering users the ability to solve multiple pain points associated with COVID-19. Controlled access points In this article, we’ll discuss some best practices for educational decision-makers, as well as how video intercoms can enhance overall security architecture. A school’s first opportunity to mitigate threats lies in its ability to deter threats entering in the first place. This begins with ensuring policies, procedures, and equipment are all up to standard. Most campus shootings and other violent acts occur once the individual has made it through the front door of a building; putting the emphasis on controlled access points at key entries to add an extra barrier of safety between threats and students. While written policies help staff understand how visitors are approved for entry, they should also be informed of more simple items, such as why doors can’t be left propped open, when to lockdown, or how to evacuate during an emergency. Physical security solutions The security industry has also created effective physical security solutions for protecting a campus Another best practice would be training staff to spot signs of distressed and potentially violent students, while providing ways to get help for them. When it comes to campus security, there is no one-size-fits-all approach, which is why security integrators should also be included in planning processes to tailor a custom solution for each campus to address its unique security needs. While best practices, including mental health screenings, stricter discipline codes, and faster law enforcement responses are all crucial to campus safety, the security industry has also created effective physical security solutions for protecting a campus—which includes enhanced two-way video and audio/visual communication solutions such as a video intercom. For years educational facilities have utilised intercoms to manage access, but now, it’s more important than ever to ensure the safety of students and staff by thoroughly vetting all those who enter a building. Providing visual verification Long gone are the days of asking visitors to check in manually using a sign-in book, or simply walking into a school. Best practices now require the presence of a visitor management system (VMS), which is a more accurate and seamless way to manage access. Using a VMS, a campus could add its own custom watch list, which when properly implemented, can provide protection from abuse orders, custodial issues, and offer names and pictures of disgruntled former employees and students. Using a VMS, a campus could add its own custom watch list, which when properly implemented As security technology has become more sophisticated, so have intercom capabilities—extending far beyond what they used to be. Going further than a simple button and speaker system, when used in conjunction with an IP video system, intercoms provide visual verification that the person requesting access into a school building does indeed belong there. Contact tracing solutions Whether it’s a student, parent, or staff member, verifying a person’s identity and ensuring that the individual has proper credentials is key. Pairing an intercom with a camera allows for this important, real-time visual and audio communication between the front office and those requesting access. Additionally, intercoms can be used as contact tracing solutions by leveraging an audit trail in case of an outbreak. For example, if a number of students at a college or university all use a mobile app to gain access to a dormitory through an intercom system, in the event that someone tests positive for COVID-19, they are able to contact all students, staff, or visitors who frequent that building. IP video intercoms can assist in pandemic related and security use cases by limiting unnecessary human-to-human interaction and replacing that with remote management capabilities. Remote monitoring station Remote monitoring allows for eyes on a facility while personnel are not physically present There is increased flexibility when working from a mobile app, or remote monitoring station, especially for security directors or officers on educational campuses. For example, if a campus is not able to staff a lobby of a building or a dormitory, they can remotely manage access from a mobile device. This enables security personnel to access video feeds and directly communicate with students or staff requesting access into a building. Remote monitoring allows for eyes on a facility while personnel are not physically present, thus increasing overall security. It can also give the appearance of the building being occupied at all times, even when it’s not. Another way an educational facility can leverage their video intercom system is to shift to mobile applications that offer a touchless way to gain access. Mobile application credential A mobile application removes the need for a physical key card and eliminates the potential of loss or theft of that access credential. It also allows for easy updating to credential status. For example, if a student, staff member or visitor is added to an ‘access denied’ list, security personnel can simply revoke a mobile application credential, versus having to track down a physical key and run the risk of copies or other issues. The importance of visual confirmation cannot be stressed enough when it comes to educational campuses The importance of visual confirmation cannot be stressed enough when it comes to educational campuses. Not only for security purposes to visually confirm identity, or screen for suspicious behaviours or other anomalies, simply having the ability to have a conversation with someone requesting access is vital. Better audio feedback There’s been a shift in recent years, in some cases spurred by the pandemic, to focus on how existing technologies can meet the unique needs of students, staff and visitors. For example, intercoms allow for two-way video which is crucial for an individual who is deaf, or hearing impaired, who needs to communicate using sign language. Additionally, intercoms can be integrated with t-coil features, to allow for better audio feedback for those with hearing aids. The past few years have taught us that while best practices, attention to the mental wellbeing of students, enhanced security at main entry points, and exits are all important focuses, educational security needs to be holistic and comprehensive. From physical security risks, to potential pandemic-related outbreaks, to the regular day-to-day communication needs of all individuals, decision-makers recognise intercom systems easily address each unique need.

Data explosion: Futureproofing your video surveillance infrastructure
Data explosion: Futureproofing your video surveillance infrastructure

Video surveillance systems are producing more unstructured data than ever before. A dramatic decrease in camera costs in recent years has led many businesses to invest in comprehensive surveillance coverage, with more cameras generating more data. Plus, advances in technology mean that the newest (8K) cameras are generating approximately 800% more data than their predecessors (standard definition). Traditional entry-level solutions like network video recorders (NVRs) simply aren’t built to handle massive amounts of data in an efficient, resilient and cost-effective manner. This has left many security pioneers grappling with a data storage conundrum. Should they continue adding more NVR boxes? Or is there another, better, route? Retaining video data In short, yes. To future proof their video surveillance infrastructure, an increasing number of businesses are adopting an end-to-end surveillance architecture with well-integrated, purpose-built platforms for handling video data through its lifecycle. This presents significant advantages in terms of security, compliance and scalability, as well as unlocking new possibilities for data enrichment. All of this with a lower total cost of ownership than traditional solutions. Security teams would typically delete recorded surveillance footage after a few days or weeks Previously, security teams would typically delete recorded surveillance footage after a few days or weeks. However, thanks to increasingly stringent legal and compliance demands, many are now required to retain video data for months or even years. There’s no doubt that this can potentially benefit investigations and increase prosecutions, but it also puts significant pressure on businesses’ storage infrastructure. Data lifecycle management This necessitates a more intelligent approach to data lifecycle management. Rather than simply storing video data in a single location until it’s wiped, an end-to-end video surveillance solution can intelligently migrate data to different storage platforms and media as it ages. So, how does this work? Video is recorded and analysed on a combination of NVR, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) and application servers. Then, it’s moved to resilient file storage for a pre-determined period, where it can be immediately retrieved and accessed for review. Finally, based on policies set by heads of security, data is moved from file storage to highly secure, low-cost archive storage such as an object, tape or cloud. Data is moved from file storage to highly secure, low-cost archive storage Long-term storage This process is known as tiering. It allows businesses to use reliable, inexpensive long-term storage for most of their data, whilst still enabling security pioneers to retrieve video data when the need arises, such as during a compliance audit, or to review footage following a security breach. In a nutshell, it offers them the best of both worlds. Scaling your video surveillance infrastructure can be a headache. Businesses that rely on NVRs – even high-end units with 64 or even 96 hard drives – are finding themselves running out of capacity increasingly quickly. In order to scale, security pioneers then have to procure new boxes. With NVRs, this inevitably involves a degree of guesswork. Should they go for the largest possible option, and risk over provisioning? Or perhaps a smaller option, and risk running out of capacity again? Common management console Security pioneers can easily add or remove storage capacity or compute resources – separately or together As businesses add new cameras or replace existing ones, many end up with inadequate surveillance infrastructure made up of multiple NVR boxes along with several application servers for running other surveillance functions such as access control, security photo databases, analytics, etc. This patchwork approach leaves security pioneers scrambling for capacity, maintaining various hardware footprints, repeating updates and checks across multiple systems, and taking up valuable time that could be better spent elsewhere. By contrast, flexible HCI surveillance platforms aggregate the storage and ecosystem applications to run on the same infrastructure and combine viewing under a common management console, avoiding ‘swivel chair’ management workflows. Plus, they offer seamless scalability. Security pioneers can easily add or remove storage capacity or compute resources – separately or together. Data storage solutions Over time, this ensures a lower total cost of ownership. First and foremost, it removes the risk of over provisioning and helps to control hardware sprawl. This in turn leads to hardware maintenance savings and lower power use. Many security pioneers are now looking beyond simple data storage solutions for their video surveillance footage. Meta tags can provide context around data, making it easier to find and access when needed Instead, they’re asking themselves how analysing this data can enable their teams to work faster, more efficiently and productively. Implementing an end-to-end video surveillance architecture enables users to take advantage of AI and machine learning applications which can tag and enrich video surveillance data. These have several key benefits. Firstly, meta tags can provide context around data, making it easier to find and access when needed. Object storage platform For instance, if security teams are notified of a suspicious red truck, they can quickly find data with this tag, rather than manually searching through hours of data, which can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. Plus, meta tags can be used to mark data for future analysis. This means that as algorithms are run over time, policies can be set to automatically store data in the right location. For example, if a video is determined to contain cars driving in and out of your premises, it would be moved to long-term archiving such as an object storage platform for compliance purposes. If, on the other hand, it contained 24 hours of an empty parking lot, it could be wiped. These same meta tags may be used to eventually expire the compliance data in the archive after it is no longer needed based on policy. Video surveillance architecture Continuing to rely on traditional systems like NVRs will fast become unsustainable for businesses Even if your organisation isn’t using machine learning or artificial intelligence-powered applications to enhance your data today, it probably will be one, three, or even five years down the line. Implementing a flexible end-to-end video surveillance solution prepares you for this possibility. With new advances in technology, the quantity of data captured by video surveillance systems will continue rising throughout the coming decade. As such, continuing to rely on traditional systems like NVRs will fast become unsustainable for businesses. Looking forward, when moving to an end-to-end video surveillance architecture, security pioneers should make sure to evaluate options from different vendors. For true futureproofing, it’s a good idea to opt for a flexible, modular solution, which allow different elements to be upgraded to more advanced technologies when they become available.

Convenience and cost savings make cloud managed video surveillance a popular choice for many businesses
Convenience and cost savings make cloud managed video surveillance a popular choice for many businesses

Cloud-based technology can reduce IT costs, streamline application management and make infrastructure more flexible and scalable. So, it’s no surprise that cloud video surveillance solutions (also known as video surveillance as a service or VSaaS) are gaining momentum in a big way. In fact, according to recent reports, the VSaaS market is forecasted to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 10.4% by 2025. But some company owners may wonder – what services does a cloud model deliver and is such a solution right for my business? This article aims to help you determine what cloud video surveillance solution is right for your business and the benefits you can enjoy if you decide to deploy a VSaaS solution. Full cloud-based recording vs cloud-managed First, a bit of clarification on cloud video surveillance models, as definitions can vary from provider to provider. A full cloud-based recording solution is one in which both video recording and management are done offsite (for example, cameras streaming directly to the cloud). While this model can be a good option for some, many large enterprise businesses simply don’t have the bandwidth capacity or network resources required to upload all of their videos to the cloud. Even with the bandwidth capacity, this can be a cost-prohibitive model when hundreds or thousands of IP cameras are involved. A full cloud-based recording solution is one in which both video recording and management are done offsite But that doesn’t mean enterprise businesses can’t take advantage of cloud-managed video surveillance. With this solution, video recording and storage happen on your premises (with network video recorders (NVRs) or a video management system (VMS)), but the video management aspect is handled in the cloud by a third-party provider, usually as a subscription-based service. The provider hosts the central video server overseeing your on-premises devices. Some providers also allow you to back up portions of the video to the cloud, so you can store and share video evidence or select clips needed for investigations. This model combines the performance benefits of local recording with the convenience and cost savings of the cloud. Centralised video surveillance solution Perhaps the greatest benefit of using this type of cloud-managed video surveillance solution is centralisation. Because all of your devices are centrally managed in the cloud, you don’t have to travel to a distant location to update a recorder or camera’s software – it’s all done remotely by the provider from a central location. This can save you both time and money, especially since it’s necessary to consistently monitor the configuration settings on cameras and NVRs to ensure they’re correct and functioning properly. If your hardware malfunctions and it isn’t detected immediately, instances of lost video can occur. And business owners know that losing video evidence of theft or fraud could have significant consequences to the efficiency and effectiveness of an investigation. Round the clock monitoring Some providers monitor for changes in cameras’ field of view, so if a camera is blocked or moved, you’ll be alerted  With a cloud-managed model, you can rest assured that if a camera goes down or another technical issue arises, the provider will know and will handle it immediately so you can avoid unnecessary truck rolls, which can be costly. Some providers will even monitor for changes in your cameras’ field of view, so if a camera is blocked or moved, you’ll be alerted right away. This type of around-the-clock monitoring eliminates your need for an in-house data centre and the IT staff necessary to maintain the video system. This is particularly important if you don’t have the infrastructure or the personnel to host your own video networking equipment. You can also save time with the deployment of your video surveillance solution since your provider will get your system up and running quickly. There’s no need to worry about setting up or configuring the central server or any application software – it’s all taken care of by your provider. Flexible and cost-effective In many cloud-managed solutions, you can also skip the large upfront capital cost of a video surveillance investment and pay a monthly fee for all of these services. This is particularly helpful if it’s difficult for your organisation to make large capital investments. You may or may not have to invest in onsite devices (cameras and NVRs), depending on the provider you choose. Some providers will allow you to finance your hardware, while others will want you to purchase it upfront. Many cloud providers also offer robust web clients for viewing video and conducting investigations remotely Many cloud providers also offer robust web clients for viewing video and conducting investigations remotely. These do not require any local downloads, which saves you time and money by avoiding the need for additional IT resources. It also alleviates worrying about whether or not you have the latest version, as the clients are automatically updated. And if you don’t want to spend a lot of time on video analysis, some cloud-managed models offer predefined reports on what’s most important to you. For example, a list of potentially suspicious transactions matched with video – so you can quickly scan to investigate. Getting the right solution Determining whether a cloud-managed video surveillance solution is right for your business is a big decision involving many factors, including your business’s size, bandwidth, and network infrastructure, and overall budget for physical security. By considering the points above, the hope is that you can more easily determine which model is best for your business.

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School security moves to the cloud