Video management software (VMS) solutions are becoming a vital part of enterprise security. The right software can be configured to provide flexibility by tailoring custom solutions to a variety of third-party devices and programs. Leading VMS providers help optimize security by integrating video systems with business intelligence and other analytic programs that don’t come with simple record-and-archive hardware solutions. As “smart” approaches to security, and their value to organizations, become clearer, legacy systems fall out of disuse.
Managing live and recorded footage
Video surveillance software can manage video from multiple cameras. This includes both IP systems and older analog cameras provided with an encoder. VMS allows monitoring of alarms at various points to record and observe events as they occur, or simply archive to network storage where files can be retrieved for investigative, data gathering, or forensic purposes. Because this is IP-based, even live digital video files from one or more sources can be shared with other locations throughout the enterprise or around the world in near real-time. VMS allows for all the flexibility and scope an IP network provides.
Integrating video analytics
As security hardware becomes more intelligent, so do VMS systems. A variety of security measures can be refined with video surveillance software. Features like automated number plate recognition can record a license plate faster and more reliably than human eyes while the right analytics can identify the owner and tell whether the car is stolen or associated with known threats. The same applies to facial recognition software that can be applied to a database of archived images or videos. More cameras and better network storage mean a glut of information, and analytics makes sense of all the data and puts it to good use. Many video surveillance software solutions are developed with an open-source platform that allows for a continuous stream of plugins and updates to further enhance features and functionality.
Managing access controls
Controlled, electronic access is essential to managing security risks. A digital camera coupled with a VMS system can help in monitoring and recording traffic at multiple access points. Software integrated with sensors, alarms, cameras, and access card readers can assist security teams with managing events by showing them exactly what’s happening, and from multiple angles while automatically archiving and flagging footage for future use. Manufacturers of security hardware are increasingly engineering their products to be compatible with the latest in video surveillance software.
Remote surveillance benefits
Integrating cameras and software across a network is one of the many benefits VMS provides. Remote locations or access points can be monitored 24/7 without additional personnel. Local authorities can be summoned by security miles away while cameras continue to record and monitor events. Footage streamed to smart devices provides police or security teams with direct visual information on what is happening and what preparations to make to deal with the threat more effectively.