How VMS adds Scalability to Security and Surveillance Systems?
Nicéphore Niépce, who invented the first camera in 1816 and the world thought it was a miracle, did not know that someday a scalable and more secure version of his invention would be used to protect people’s lives!
In 1942 a group of German scientists developed the CCTV (Closed Circuit Television), a small security camera that could be used to monitor the launch of V2 rockets. In 1922, when crime rate in Queens, USA increased to a level where civil authorities could not do much to help the citizens, a couple, Marie Van Brittan Browne and Albert Browne took matters in their own hands to feel secure, and built the first home security and surveillance system. Today over 2 million burglaries are reported in the US (Alarm System Report) each year end, is it the time to decide if investing in a security system is the right decision?
Role of VMS in Security and Surveillance
Today the video security and surveillance system has gone as far as being able to extract only the selected motion in a scene, filtering out noise such as lighting changes, animal movements, etc.! Smart surveillance by building a holistic ecosystem of integrated devices allows enterprises, cities or homes detect any malpractices in real-time, stream the live feed and send alerts for taking rightful actions in time, avoiding any catastrophes. To get an idea of this, let’s explore two usecases, where integrating VMS into the security and surveillance system allows individuals and enterprises to be flexible with accessing live feeds, monitoring and storage of audio and video recordings in real-time.
- Smart Home – Integrating smartphones with CCTV cameras is not new, but being able to connect other devices in the house like ‘Amazon Echo Show’ and being able to voice activate a live video feed of your home is one step ahead in security and surveillance system. This has been achieved by integrating your security and surveillance system with Amazon Alexa. All the end user has to do is enable the skill in Amazon Alexa and give a voice command “Alexa, show my GS Lab camera” and it would start live streaming on the echo show device.
The scalability is not limited to one device, but any device or application that shares the Cloud API’s can be integrated with your echo devices.
- Smart City– To keep public places a safe and secure environment, a European airport decided to implement video management system for their security and surveillance. The videos would stream live and get recorded but, would remain encrypted. The motive was to grant access to administrative level employees only, to ensure that data is not tampered with. The process of securing a video surveillance system is becoming increasingly necessary.
Future of Security and Surveillance System using VMS
What will security and surveillance system requirements be like in the next 5 to 10 years? Is the system you now own scalable to accommodate rapidly evolving technology?
Security and Surveillance System using Video management system will be seeing the following top 2 trends being widely adopted in 2018
- Implementing IoT in Video surveillance:
Internet of Things will play a major role in connecting disparate devices and disparate data and help network cameras to think independently and take smart decisions. In a connected mesh of network cameras if any of the cameras stop recording or get corrupted by external factors, the device installed at a different location cover up for the lost one. Building not just IP-based cameras but an IP-based system would ensure flexibility and connectivity that would be impossible to obtain otherwise.
- Predictive Analysis of Data Captured:
Devices connected with each other will gather videos and images, live stream videos, footage of every second from different devices across a connected network. The challenge would be – deriving insights from the pool of unstructured data.Using deep learning and predictive analytics models, the edge device will be able to a sense anomalies in the surrounding environment. The devices will be able to make smarter decisions like recognizing abnormal behavior in a public place and alert the authorities to take action using face recognition, forecast the likelihood of events based on analysis of past and current data using AI.
While the integration and implementation of such technologies is difficult to achieve, a lot of effort is being taken to make smart devices and systems for security personnel to be able to take proactive actions to ensure public safety.