Video surveillance: Secure communications

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   Different systems and resources that capture and collect important security data often use different technologies that do not talk or interface with one another, creating a de facto language barrier. This issue is resolved in part by the move to open, standards-based IP connectivity that facilitates interoperability between other networks, other government entities, other communities and even some private enterprises. The language barrier is also shattered through the use of innovative software systems within the physical security information management (PSIM) category. These software solutions allow video security command centers to easily access, track, integrate and manage video and other data captured by other systems regardless of whether the systems are public or private, analog or IP-based, or comprised of technologies and equipment from a variety of different manufacturers.

Interfaces

   Integral to fast, effective public safety communications are user-friendly interfaces that are familiar, easy to understand and intuitive in their usage. Today's advanced new video security systems enable end-users to seamlessly connect to video whenever they need it, wherever they are. They can connect on their in-vehicle computers or handheld devices, receiving direct feeds from the communications center, via the Internet or on video walls and other installations. Equally important, whichever mode of connection they choose, they'll find a familiar, intuitive interface that is fast and easy to use, saving time and effort, eliminating frustration and improving effectiveness.

   No matter how large or small the department or operation, video is one of the most powerful and effective tools in improving safety, security and service.

   Kevin McDunn, director of strategy for Integrated Command & Control in Motorola's Enterprise Mobility Solutions business, can be reached at kevin.mcdunn@motorola.com

Breakthrough capabilities

   Video security encompasses a wide range of powerful new video-based capabilities, including:

  • Streamlining video to vehicles and handheld devices to increase real-time situational awareness and enable first responders to assess events and circumstances before they arrive on the scene.
  • Integrating disparate analog and digital video networks into a single video management system.
  • Correlating voice, data and video information to create a more complete picture.
  • Delivering analytical capabilities that allow video systems to recognize certain events that can help deter crime, reduce road congestion, capture suspects and improve efficiency.
  • Identifying cameras based on geography or event brings up appropriate video(s) to the operator screen.

   Video security systems also have a beneficial effect on community relations. Studies show that the visible presence of video cameras and equipment in high-crime areas or at dangerous intersections helps demonstrate that government is proactive in its commitment to maximize public safety and security.

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