When it comes to securing outdoor environments and perimeters, there are a lot of obstacles to overcome. Security systems need to be able to work and monitor accurately in varying light levels, varying weather conditions, and more. Geo-enabled analytics is one of the technologies that help improve efficiency and accuracy. Here’s what to know about it and how geo-enabled analytics improve perimeter protection:
What Are Geo-Enabled Analytics?
In the context of video surveillance and perimeter protection, geo-enabled analytics allow you to identify the boundaries of your property for security monitoring and customize alerts related to them. This provides more complete information to security systems about the actual location, size, bearing, number, etc. of all objects within the identified field of view.
This type of intelligent video analytics associates and compares every pixel captured via security cameras to an internal GPS map of the monitored area. This allows for more efficient and reliable monitoring that also reduces nuisance alarms. Instead of alerting on any movement, geo-enabled analytics and smart security cameras are able to differentiate between leaves blowing in the wind and an unauthorized person.
4 Ways Geo-Enabled Analytics Improve Perimeter Protection
There are many perimeter protection technologies available to help you secure the area around your facility and effectively monitor outdoor environments. Geo-enabled analytics can be an essential addition. Here are a few ways geo-enabled analytics improve perimeter protection:
1. Improve Security Camera Depth Perception
Outdoor areas, parking lots, storage lots, and perimeters are some of the best places to install security cameras for outdoor monitoring and perimeter protection. But, it’s important to have the right types of security cameras in place for the environment.
Just as not all types of video surveillance cameras are suited for outdoor environments, not all smart cameras are geo-enabled. Geo-enabled smart cameras have three-dimensional capabilities when it comes to processing their field of view.
This allows for accurate depth perception and more accurate processing of where things are in relation to each other. When it comes to monitoring objects and movement in the field of view, this type of accurate depth perception is essential for reliable and accurate monitoring and alerts. If your current cameras are having issues with accuracy, tracking, etc., it can be a sign it’s time to upgrade your security cameras.
2. Reduce False Alarms
Initial prototypes of outdoor detection cameras alerted to any movement detected. Anything from the wind blowing leaves, animals moving through the field of view, and more could trigger an alert. This resulted in a lot of false alarms or nuisance alerts.
Although alarm fatigue is most commonly discussed in healthcare settings, it still applies to any environment where notifications, alarms, alerts, etc. are constant. If there are too many false alarms or nuisance alerts, it can lead to alarm fatigue, which could mean ignoring an alert when it matters most.
With evolving security technology, smart cameras, and specifically geo-enabled smart cameras, are better at differentiating between movement that is authorized and natural, like leaves or a plastic bag blowing across the field of view, and movement that should trigger an alert.
This not only improves the reliability of alerting itself, but also improves trust in the system. You can rest assured that alerts are credible and require a response and aren’t just going to be a waste of your time or resources.
3. Create Accurate Analytic Rules
Beyond the standard settings and capabilities, geo-enabled video analytics also allow you to customize and create accurate analytic rules to further improve efficiency and reliability. You can even use geo-registration to create geo-fenced or “geo-aware” detection zones, specific “from-to zones”, and more for layers of protection around and within your boundaries. This can also usually integrate with access control, which is an essential element of visitor management systems.
Geospatial analytics like these can help your security cameras process location, in addition to data like speed and bearing for further improved accuracy and efficiency. There are even geo-based “mask zones” available that allow you to keep areas of high traffic, like highways within the field of view, from triggering alerts. All of these options allow you to truly customize and enhance security monitoring and processes for your particular facility and operations.
4. Provide a Full View
Smart cameras are great at detecting an initial alert, but not all of them are built to follow a subject as they move through the field of view and into another camera’s field of view. For truly comprehensive coverage, systems need to be integrated and need to be able to detect and follow movement from beginning to end.
With geo-enabled video analytics and AI, cameras can detect movement and, if classified as an intruder or something alert-worthy, move automatically to follow them and keep the target centered until the threat is resolved. Being able to move from camera to camera and engage other systems seamlessly is one of the benefits of integrated security systems that allows you to take full advantage of the technology available.
Improve Your Security and Perimeter Protection With NEPPS
Provided security camera placement, installation, and capabilities are correct, these are just a few ways geo-enabled analytics improve perimeter protection. In addition to improving accuracy and reducing false alarms, you get peace of mind that your security systems are working efficiently and monitoring accurately in real-time and all the time.
These are some of the benefits of a comprehensive video surveillance system and having the right integration of security products for your facility. If you need to update or enhance the security of your facility, contact Northeast Protection Partners at 1-800-736-1456.