Deploy Cutting-Edge Video Surveillance Technology with DSI
The closed-circuit security camera has come a long way. No longer simply a means of painstakingly reconstructing footage of security incidents, modern video surveillance technology is capable of doing more for businesses than ever before.
In tandem with modern access control and intrusion protection systems, surveillance cameras can be instrumental in visitor vetting, emergency response, operations, and analytics.
The ability to respond instantly to situational needs in nearly any setting is a powerful value differentiator for executives in both small businesses and large enterprises.
Make the Most of Today’s Video Surveillance Technology
In the past, security cameras largely played a secondary role in the world of corporate security. A security camera could not prevent a crime on its own, but it would provide evidence that law enforcement or human resources could later use. However, with modern analytics and access control hardware, organizations can do more with their video and surveillance technology than ever before:
- Visitor Vetting. Live security camera feeds can supplement access control solutions by forcing visitors to initiate an intercom conversation with the security team before entering a building. The team can monitor visitor behavior by camera before letting them inside.
- Operations Management. Executives can use video surveillance footage to analyze business operations and maximize efficiency. For instance, a retail store can use video footage to measure traffic patterns and offer insight into the best placement of high-ticket and low-ticket goods throughout the space.
- Real-Time Emergency Data. No longer bound to closed-circuit television and tape, modern cloud-based security systems can offer invaluable insight into emergencies. This can save lives by giving rescuers a first-hand look at major disasters, for instance.
- Security Analytics. Video surveillance can offer data needed to analyze security scenarios. For example, surveillance analytics may determine that large delivery boxes in a particular area would block an emergency exit – and that blockage would be a safety hazard in an emergency situation.
- Workplace Safety. Beyond looking for unauthorized intruders, user identification systems can also analyze video feeds to alert safety teams when authorized employees break with safety protocols. The resulting footage can be a valuable asset in workplace safety training.
DSI video and surveillance technology provides solutions for implementing these benefits in any corporate facility while meeting best-in-the-industry physical access control and digital security standards.
Choosing Between On-Site and Hosted Video Surveillance
With partnerships spanning the world’s most trusted security manufacturers – Mobotix, Assa Abloy, Genetec and more– DSI is uniquely positioned to offer its customers access to both on-site and cloud-hosted video surveillance solutions.
Your organization’s security environment and infrastructural needs play a major role in determining whether an on-site or cloud-based system represents the best value. You may even earn the best results using a hybrid system where some elements operate on-site and others through the cloud.
Generally, small to mid-sized businesses have the most compelling reasons to deploy cloud-based video and surveillance technology:
- Cloud solutions offer far lower purchasing costs.
- No local servers, backups, or rack space needed.
- No need to hire IT professionals for local maintenance.
- Version maintenance is outsourced – your system is always up-to-date.
- Your video feeds are available through any Internet connection.
Enterprise-level organizations may find that the benefits of on-site installation override these cost-savings, however:
- 24/7 streaming for a large enterprise may take up an inordinate amount of bandwidth.
- Comprehensive cybersecurity may require extensive additions to networking infrastructure.
- On-site solutions are easier to manage with qualified personnel already on the payroll.
- Shareholder or constituent mandates may favor on-site installation.
- Complex system integrations are easier in a centralized environment.
It takes a highly experienced security professional to identify the best long-term security strategy for any particular organization. Not only must the organization’s current needs be met, but any security solution must be scalable enough to feasibly meet its surveillance needs well into the future.
Business owners and organizations are constantly discovering new ways to leverage the data video surveillance offers. Artificial intelligence and optical recognition technologies are rapidly improving security camera capabilities, leading to ever-greater efficiencies for small businesses and enterprises alike.
Before deploying video and surveillance technology at your workplace, consider the value a consultation with a qualified expert may have for your business. With the right planning and an efficient deployment, you could do even more than protect your employees, visitors, and assets.