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April - 2011 - issue > Technology

Technology Play in Physical Safety and Security

Rakesh Goyal
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Rakesh Goyal
Today, an alarming increase in crime rate and theft, along with the associated fear of terrorism, is forcing organizations to lay greater emphasis on physical security. As security risks increase, the need to visually monitor and record security events in an organization’s environment is growing in importance and video surveillance is becoming a key component of physical safety and security in sectors like public transport, hospitality, airports, BFSI and education.

Investments in physical security become more effective and can cost less when tied together over an existing IP network and organizations can benefit from early threat detection, faster response, and enhanced collaboration with local law enforcement organizations. Using the network as an open, scalable platform for integrating security helps organizations to increase operational flexibility, improve protection capabilities, and reduce both risk and cost of ownership.

Availability of a comprehensive communication solution, i.e., an integrated response management system enables greater interoperability and better co-ordination between various security agencies and personnel for suitably managing emergencies. Information gathered by each agency is readily available to every other agency involved in an emergency, and each agency can respond accordingly. Since IP-based surveillance provides the ability to access data/ footage from any remote location over the internet, security or other authorized personnel can have faster access to relevant information during emergency.

Compared to traditional CCTV cameras, the digital infrastructure is scalable and there is no limit to the number of devices that can be added to the network.

Video surveillance and security
Organizations that deploy video surveillance stand to benefit from being able to monitor a facility’s environment, people, and assets in real time and record events for subsequent investigation, proof of compliance / audit purposes. The value of video surveillance has grown significantly with the introduction of motion, heat, and sound detection sensors as well as sophisticated video analytics.

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