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Access control systems and video surveillance are both important forms of electronic security. When the two are integrated to work together, specifically in large organizational applications, the results can be outstanding. By linking these systems during the next routine upgrade, an enterprise can maintain situational awareness while reaching higher productivity goals, all while lowering costs. Meanwhile, downtimes can be dramatically reduced and erroneous operational procedures can begin to phase out until they are eradicated completely. It’s tough to find a negative when examining the prospect of video and access control integration.

Where to Link Video Surveillance Cameras

When security cameras are being integrated with an existing access control system, the most common recommendation is to install them along all interior and exterior doors that have an access control system. This allows managers to verify the identity of those who have been granted access. If an unusual security event takes place, having cameras and access control linked guarantees accountability and can greatly simplify both internal and external investigations into the matter.

When cameras are linked to each access control system, management will benefit from:

  • Up-to-date records of employee routines, processes, and productivity
  • Confirmation of employee attendance and department assignments
  • Knowledge of any onsite visitors and their location
  • Defense against damaging false liability claims

Ideally, video surveillance cameras should be supported by IP-based technology that displays the information from the access control system in a single, searchable, easy-to-understand interface.

Other Uses for Live Video Surveillance

The simple interface may also include a visual layout or map of the property that identifies key access points and their corresponding cameras. When this layout is accessed, managers can get an immediate overview of the facility in order to verify the status of each entry point. If an unauthorized individual is attempting to gain access, the system sends an alert to the monitoring center. The monitoring center can then send the manager:

  • Live video, which the manager uses to verify whether the person is authorized to enter
  • A snapshot of the event (which also triggers the alarm), also for verification purposes

For organizations that need to stay on top of building occupancy for security reasons, integrating access control and video surveillance is the most logical solution. To learn more, contact Security Instrument for a complimentary security analysis of your facility.

About Security Instrument

Security Instrument is a full-service, independently-owned integrator that offers numerous home security options, including security systems for senior citizens. In Delaware Valley, Security Instrument serves thousands of customers located throughout Delaware, MD, NJ & PA.

The widespread adoption of IP video surveillance has allowed organizations to abandon traditional cabling networks in favor of using their existing data network infrastructure, which is a far more streamlined approach to surveillance. In fact, larger enterprises are taking this one step further by upgrading to high performance wireless networks so they can provide IP video surveillance to their expansive campuses, linking the dozens or even hundreds of cameras via a single network. But these are just a couple of ways IP video surveillance can work at your Delaware Valley enterprise; depending on the specificities of your application, there are other potential benefits to consider.

IP Video Surveillance Mesh Deployment

Enterprises that take advantage of IP video surveillance may be able to deploy their wireless networks as a “mesh,” which means they contain multiple nodes (also known as links) of access. This is a practical procedure because if one node fails, then the network is able to find the next best path of data transmission in the network. The goal? Keeping recorded video in the system so that no event goes unseen and no breach of security goes unproven. And isn’t that the reason organizations invest in video surveillance in the first place?

Streamlining Costs with IP Video Surveillance 

IP video surveillance can be a great solution for organizations looking to restructure their security technology in a more budget-efficient way, because it eliminates the costly requirements of cabling.

Cabling is an expense that can add up quickly, whether it’s Ethernet or the even more expensive fiber optic cabling option (which may require monthly, quarterly or annual leasing from a third-party provider.) If cost is a concern (and isn’t it always?), then IP video may be a valid consideration.

Faster Installation with IP Video Surveillance 

If some type of fixed infrastructure is required in order to support video surveillance, it can be costly to create, retrofit or upgrade – but equally important is the amount of time it takes to complete the installation. Rather than waiting for an expensive infrastructure project to be ready for launch, an IP video surveillance solution is virtually plug and play. This can make it a better option for many types of enterprises, but it can also make it an ideal solution for a temporary deployment – say, a public event. To that end, municipalities are turning to IP video surveillance in droves.

This barely scratches the surface of how IP video surveillance works and what it has to offer. To learn more, contact Security Instrument with your questions; we will be glad to provide more information.

About Security Instrument

In addition to being a trusted provider of IP video surveillance in the Delaware Valley, Security Instrument is Delaware’s largest full-service independently-owned security company, serving thousands of customers throughout Delaware, MD, NJ & PA.