One of the many benefits of a digital surveillance solution is it allows for easy integration with other systems operating along the same network. When video footage is integrated with other systems, a variety of functions can be triggered. Special equipment and software is often required for these types of installations, so please tell your integrator if you are considering such a solution. To give you a better idea of how this all works, let’s look at a few common examples of system integration.
Point of Sale
Integration with point-of-sale (PoS) systems allows cash register transactions and their accompanying video footage to be linked together. This helps to prevent customer and employee theft, and also provides fast and accurate visual verification of PoS exceptions such as returns, cancelled transactions, and refunds and exchanges, while making it easier to verify suspicious activity in the process.
Just like PoS systems, ATMs can also be integrated with surveillance cameras so that each transaction is captured and logged on video. The goal here is to prevent ATM fraud and also to closely document any suspicious events that take place around the ATM machine. With an integrated system in place, video footage from any ATM camera can be accessed by clicking on a transaction line, or by a quick search based on time, date, or event.
When video surveillance is integrated with a facility’s access control system, every situation involving individuals entering or exiting specified areas can be logged with video. This process provides detailed visual verification, and can come in quite handy for identification purposes and for preventing tailgating (the act of following someone else into a room or building after they swipe their access control card).
We've covered a lot of ground, and obviously there’s much to consider when planning a new surveillance installation. But designing a surveillance system should not be perceived as a daunting task. Instead, it should be seen as an opportunity to enhance safety and security. In the past, a standard analog system with local monitoring was your only option. That’s no longer the case with the wide range of cameras, systems, and technologies now available. Best of all, the overall performance and quality of these systems is vastly improved.
With increased use of IP video and digital technology, users have far greater flexibility when it comes to monitoring and recording surveillance video. Whether you’re still using analog cameras, or making the transition to IP network cameras, we now have the ability to provide you with feature-rich solutions that enable remote monitoring, digital storage, simplified integration, and a variety of other innovative functionalities.
These are exciting times in the world of video surveillance. Every day we speak with new customers about different types of surveillance installations, and the breadth of these applications is astounding. What type of system are you looking for? Maybe it’s a large-scale installation to secure a government facility, or perhaps it’s a single-camera setup that let’s you monitor your home while you’re away. The list of industries and applications goes on and on, and it’s not just relegated to security. For instance, many companies are now using video surveillance to improve business operations and intelligence. Retail stores can study customer habits to plan out store layouts. Industrial clients are finding ways to increase productivity and reduce accidents by monitoring manufacturing processes. And there’s even the occasional animal lover who simply wants to focus a camera on the bird feeder.
At MasteryIT.com, we’re here to serve you, whatever the shape or scope of your desired surveillance application. Give us a call today, and we’ll help you sort through the options until we find the perfect surveillance solution for your particular needs.