Ways to manage abundant video data and maximize its operational efficiency

Investment in the technology of video surveillance is increasing these days as people are learning the benefits it offers in security point of view. And with the cost of security equipment coming down and becoming affordable, it is acting as a prime source to deter crime.

While there is not doubt that today’s systems are capable of providing comprehensive video archives, the real challenge is whether these sophisticated systems help security and law enforcement professionals to respond quickly and effectively when a security breach occurs. This becomes really important in large scale security surveillance installations, where analyzing high volume of video footage becomes a tedious task.

Below are some of the challenges explained with current methods used and outlining of potential solutions.

A Video Management System allows the security supervisor to generally view and systematically archive the video data. However, in some critical situations, operators cannot recall camera routes and had to rely on site maps to locate a camera which has a security lapse. Operators with experience and high knowledge about camera locations and building architecture can handle these situations with ease-provided the subject follows predictable paths through the facility.

However, the situation turns grim when experienced security supervisors are not available. This is obvious, as experienced guys, in any field demand bigger. Thus, in most cases, one needs to depend on less experienced staff who are either not familiar with the surveillance environment on a complete note or lack confidence in monitoring. These are all the factors that increase the risk when expecting an operator to be highly skilled and able to respond quickly in a critical response situation, i.e. when a security breach has occurred or a critical incident is in progress.

Here’s where an efficient video management system which has a soft copy of the entire route map of camera systems integrated to video analytics software such as access control, alarm event can prove effective in a proactive way. It helps the operator in understanding where the target has been, where it is currently positioned and where is the target heading. This simplifies the work functions of an operator and makes him/her act accordingly.

Normally, as camera count increases, storage volume of video files also increases. When an incident occurs, and there’s a need to search for forensic video, review teams are challenged to locate all the relevant video from the volume of video information available. Teams can be tied up for weeks searching for incident-related video. Also, sometimes the operator needs to share information with law enforcement officials.

Though, current videos systems have a constraint on how many cameras a security operator can manage on an effective note, technology innovations such as video management software capable of identifying video files as per time and date can help them come out of these situations with ease.

Finally, as security industry has undergone a major shift from analog to IP solutions, manufacturers are also offering products that help companies transit in a cost-effective and intelligent way. And with technological advances getting on-board and lower video component cost, there is a need now to look at getting the most return on investment from a deployed video system.

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