If your facility is like most, you have security cameras inside and outside. And you have interacted with some sort of interface to see live or recorded video from your cameras. For small applications, this is usually a simple graphical user interface (GUI) on a computer or application on a mobile device. And for larger systems, feature-rich software is in place, however, may not be fully leveraged or customizable.
When it is time to consider a feature-rich, user-friendly video system that can streamline security operations and integrate to other systems, consider a video management system (VMS). Consider the following benefits of a VMS:
- Flexibility of operation
- Server-based storage
- Cloud-based storage
- Integration of multiple camera brands
- Integration to other systems like access control, fire alarm, intrusion detection, etc.
- Installed GUI application
- Browser-based GUI
- Extended storage
- Alarm customization
- Multi-site monitoring
When you take all the benefits above into account, considering deployment of a full-featured VMS becomes clear. Essentially, all the benefits above enable flexibility of function, scalability, design, and simplicity of operation.
Functionality simplification can be a driver for security managers to decide on a VMS implementation. With staffing costs in mind, it is important to maximize efficiency during normal security operations. Likewise, when an emergency occurs it is important for the security operator to be able to quickly recognize an alarm, verify the situation, and formulate an appropriate response. Integration of other systems like access control, intrusion detection, intercom can be a key driver of system simplification. Multiple systems can be controlled from one interface, simplifying all security operations.
With video surveillance system design in mind, infrastructure, resilience, redundancy, and mobility features must be considered. Some applications may be best suited for a local server deployment where the storage and VMS application are housed onsite. Other applications may be better designed with a cloud-based solution in mind. And when it comes to multi-site applications, network connectivity must be a primary consideration. This is commonly a conversation that involves the IT department as well as security.
A Flexible, Simplified Security Operation
Deciding on a VMS brand is no simple task. Considerations will vary from location to location. The Vision team is ready to help you protect the health and safety your students, employees, contractors, and visitors by evaluating your existing video surveillance system, designing a new solution, installing the cameras, software, and hardware, and being there when you need scheduled or emergency service.