Video surveillance systems

Video surveillance as object protection and economic added value

Some are against it, others demand it: video surveillance. Whether in the public space, on sensitive buildings or in the private sector, video surveillance is as ubiquitous as controversial. It is indispensable in industry and the so-called critical infrastructures. For example, to better protect the outer skin of a building.

Before selecting the technology, there is always the need and risk analysis and the assessment of the risks. Whether industrial espionage, burglary, sabotage or cyber attack, all threats are classified as part of a security concept according to likelihood of occurrence and extent of damage. Only then will you select the individual technologies and protective measures.

Video surveillance has proven to be excellent in many areas, but it is not always ideal as a protective measure. For example, if a sufficient number of cameras monitor a building complex, but the employees are missing to evaluate the data. And then there are the costs. Thus, the offers of the manufacturers may contain hidden costs, for example, for laying the cables. In addition, there are the usually underestimated consequential costs for the maintenance and service of the system. Before the final selection, you should take the time for a comparison.

If you have opted for a camera system, determine next what exactly the cameras should monitor and evaluate:

  • Traffic routes of persons and vehicles building
  • Additions Terrain boundaries (perimeter protection)
  • face recognition

How to design and plan a video surveillance system depends on the strategic and operational protection goals:

  • the perception, recognition, recording of dangerous situations
  • the detection of control deviations
  • identifying people via image comparison and other means of identification
  • the surveillance

Professional video surveillance systems can be controlled centrally and linked to external systems such as hazard detection systems, protection or building management systems. Which camera technology, whether thermal image, megapixel, 4K, HD or others for the individual areas of application is the right one decides best after a field test under real environmental conditions.

Video surveillance systems can do even more. They can count visitors / buyers, prove their ways or monitor flows of goods. Functions that, in addition to property protection, still have a high business benefit.

Management and data compression are two of the key concepts in IP-based video surveillance. Depending on the number of cameras used, it may be useful to use a video management system. Even experienced employees in the control room are not able to evaluate different cameras over several hours in real time. The automatic video image analysis helps. Despite data compression, one should already consider when planning how to limit the enormous volume of data to what is necessary.

And then there is the privacy

You should observe the data protection law from the beginning and involve the works council as early as possible, for example, in order to determine the access rights to the camera recordings. Using video surveillance does not necessarily result in undivided approval among employees.

Whether video surveillance and, if so, with what technical means and evaluation methods, which is the drug of choice for your business, talk to the best with the Concepture experts.

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