For video security to be truly valuable to an agency – or to any commercial entity for that matter – the two most critical must-haves are real-time alerts and map view. This is why:
Real-time alerts. Seconds matter. Real-time alerts are key because they directly affect your response time. I know first-hand that the longer it takes to gather, understand, and analyze data, the greater the threat.
Your video security solution must have anomaly detection and be able to send alerts in real time. Do not settle for less or you will get less. Real-time alerts, like those from Ava, show up immediately on the video wall in your command and control room. Enabled by powerful analytics that are connected to all cameras – all the time, these real-time notifications describe the incident, the time, and the location it occurred as well as critical details on the parties or objects involved
Operators can respond in real-time as issues unfold and investigate incidents faster and with fewer resources
Map view. This is high on my list of “must-haves” because of the diversity, scale, and complexity of so many military branches and supporting agencies. A high-target base, for example, is more like a mini-city. Most bases feature multiple buildings, public safety services, healthcare facilities, schools, childcare, barracks, commissaries, and visitor centers. Beyond the protection of armed forces personnel, bases are responsible for the safety of many civilians and public servants.
Your security team needs to have full situational awareness of such a multi-faceted community. This is possible when security operators have maps of all locations and when each map can be configured to include camera views, alarm views, as well as the ability to track people and objects as they move about post.
While patrol guards are supposed to provide a physical security presence by walking the grounds to check, for instance, whether a perimeter fence has been compromised or if there are other signs of unauthorized physical access, they can’t possibly do it all. A map view can expose risks that guards cannot see or that go unnoticed when guards are not out patrolling. Also, intelligent map views enable confirmation through audits that a guard has indeed carried out their designated patrol.
Map view is best when it is also audible. You will want your operators to receive immediate alerts on unidentified loud noises (such as gunshots, glass breaking, screaming) including the exact source of the sound through microphones. That way, they can respond to threatening actions before additional damage occurs to your people or property.