Last week, on our blog we discussed the benefits of traditional CCTV and smart video surveillance systems. CCTV allows us to record and visualize images to a central location, while the latter provides automatic analysis, based on biometric techniques, making decisions that improve the security of the premises. Technology is advancing at an exponential pace and is providing innovations that radically transform all aspects of business and organisations. regardless of size. Australian Smart Group is here as your trusty guide and top purveyor.
Before we start, let’s have a quick recap: A smart surveillance system is an automatic process of observing the environment to extract knowledge. This includes obtaining, analysing and disseminating the information obtained and involves the use of computer systems for the analysis of scenarios and the automatic detection of events, objects and people, as well as the observation of behaviours. These smart surveillance systems intensively use computerised vision and pattern recognition techniques. All of this technology is available through our Access Control & Security systems that are sure to guarantee the safety of your Smart Building.
As opposed to the ‘traditional’ non-IoT connected buildings, Smart Buildings have a network of connected services and automated building management systems, such as optimised heating, cooling and ventilation systems, other information technology services, lighting, and security, among others. We focus on the paramount importance of security in protecting the premises, valuable equipment and, most importantly the occupants and tenants of a Smart Building.
Smart video surveillance combines CCTV with biometrics. The recognition techniques that are most applied in these cases are the tracking of objects, biometrics for the identification of people, the recognition of gestures or activities, etc. Among the wide range of applications to which smart surveillance systems are oriented, one can mention the control and access of people to special areas, virtual fencing, obtaining statistics and the analysis of congestion and the flow of people, the detection of possible harmful behaviour, etc.
Benefits of Smart Surveillance
The great advantage of this smart surveillance system over the more conventional video surveillance systems is that the fusion with biometrics can recognise and distinguish different levels of access for users, which grants greater flexibility. We have the option of approving access only to a pre-determined set of people, such as only allowing access to an office to certain employees. We can also make more precise analysis of activity within the premises by being able to differentiate between groups of people.
An additional advantage is that it can implement biometric identification unintrusively, since by having several cameras on site a person does not have to look at a specific point or cooperate in order to be identified.
Another clear benefit, compared to a conventional video surveillance system, is that a large data storage is no longer necessary to store the video recorded by the security camera circuit. Thanks to intelligent video monitoring, only specific moments of the day will be stored such as when a person appears or if any previously set alarm is triggered.
Smart surveillance systems also ensure that false alarms will not be triggered, for example, due to the movement of curtains next to an open window, or any other object that does not pose a threat. It is intelligent enough to distinguish between legitimate threats and false alarms.
Uses & Applications
As we have already pointed out some possible applications of this technology are: perimeter detection, analysis of the flow of people, smart video, and the detection of threats. Let’s explore each one in further detail.
Perimeter detection is established through the use of a video camera and appropriate software, with different spaces being determined so that, when a person or object accesses the area, an alarm is set off. These zones can be set either automatically by using the scope of visual access the camera has, or by a specific area that is defined by the user.
The biometric recognition by image capture can also create different groups of users who have permission and access within certain periods of time. It can provide:
- Intrusion detection – If an unauthorised person is in the prohibited area, an alarm will be triggered.
- Smart video: Only the video recorded by the camera is stored if there is a person in the supervised area. This prevents countless hours of recording and allows the organised indexing of the video.
- Protection of the premises, equipment and tenants: To detect vandalism such as graffiti, theft…or other threats such as theft or intruders.
Smart video surveillance can differentiate people from objects and then store their route in the system. By adding identification, we also give memory to the system that allows it to detect the flow, patterns and behaviour of people recorded.
- We can know at all times how many people are on our premises and the hours of maximum activity and flow of people.
- Detection of people flows. In some areas, there is a well-defined entrance and exit, which must be respected, especially in security-sensitive areas.
- We can know what people are in each area of a company at all times and how long they are there for.
Smart video saves hours of recording in current video surveillance systems by storing only those videos in which any person appears in the area, or people not previously identified.
Smart Video Surveillance can detect anything that appears, distinguishing between an object and a person, being able to monitor if it stops for a long period of time or disappears from view. It can help with:
- Forgotten or misplaced objects and equipment
- Intelligent parking. You can count the time that a vehicle was parked or if it is in an area where parking is prohibited, etc.
- Protection of data and objects: The alarm is triggered when the object is moved from its determined place on site.
Rapid technological advances are incorporating higher expectations and are demanding that companies supply IoT connected spaces in order to stay viable and competitive and security is no exception. At Australian Smart Group our team of skilled technicians with extensive experience is dedicated to helping our clients achieve their goals: improve the occupancy and operational functionality of the building to maximise efficiency and convenience, by also contributing to the increase of energy efficiency and simplifying technological migration. These advanced technological systems are at our disposal thanks to our exclusive partnerships with premier manufacturers like Hikvision, Axxon, Motobix, Avigilon, ABB and Integriti. So take the first step and contact ASG today for a consultation on how to upgrade your building’s security!
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