Olympics CCTV Surveillance Technology
The well-known TV show, ‘Big Brother’, has helped foster the general public’s view that CCTV is extremely intrusive, because each and every camera on the show is actually being constantly monitored by a dedicated surveillance specialist. Real life is somewhat different, because the straight fact is that there is only ever a small handful of people available to watch hundreds, and on many occasions thousands, of surveillance cameras at any one time.
So, the security of an entire estate is designed around having a small handful of people responsible for watching many thousands of cameras. A person can only look at one camera at a time and they are the most expensive operational overhead, with wages an ongoing and increasing cost. This job has a high turnover of staff because they are notoriously unreliable for critical services, with operatives failing to turn up for work and lacking concentration. It is therefore commonly accepted for security organisations around the world to waste millions of dollars each year, and many thousands of man-hours attempting to find and retrieve just a few seconds of crucial video evidence, from days, or months of stored video footage. The vast majority of these efforts result, daily, in lengthy reports as to why the CCTV evidence was not available or could not be used.
Yet it’s still the case for events such as the Olympics and the Football World Cups that the pan, tilt and Zoom (PTZ) camera is being commonly used by the remote surveillance operator to protect people and assets in open space areas. This is not all good news for the criminal and bad news for the public, however, as many PTZ Camera installations around the world are now being transformed from reactive, infrastructure-dependent surveillance, to proactive, independent security assets. This is being achieved by using Viseum UK’s patented surveillance technology, which produces the only PTZ Camera installations in the world to optimise the key human element of surveillance by providing greater coverage from fewer PTZ camera installations, and also by collecting more close-up evidence without any operators being present.
There are many reasons why Viseum’s technology came to be developed and why its camera solutions have grown in popularity, even throughout the international recession. The key benefit of this technology is to provide intelligently automated CCTV Monitoring local to the PTZ Camera which doesn’t depend on anything else to protect the remote site.
Today’s CCTV technology
Although a CCTV security consultant will still commonly specify PTZ Cameras for open space CCTV monitoring, even though it’s known these need to be constantly controlled and watched in order to deliver results, this is because – until now – this has been the only practical CCTV camera device capable of capturing information to react in emergencies or produce evidence needed to convict. At the other extreme, operators are being presented with too much data, and the HD or megapixel camera hasn’t been able to compete due to its limited coverage, along with the massive transmission bandwidth and storage capacity such systems require.
What this means is that less than 1% of the current monitored and unmonitored CCTV installations ever deliver results. It’s also a fact that, in the current financial climate, the high-security conscious end user is now taking a much harder look at getting greater value before committing to expenditure, with buyers spending much more wisely and very few purchasing the lowest priced solution anymore. Indeed, the majority are investing in CCTV security innovation, which is certainly a major cause of the many large security industry ‘box shifters’ now going out of business.
Today’s manned guarding services
With the harsh reality of costs needing to be reduced, but the call for service levels to increase, the clear trend throughout the manned guarding security sector is for end users to look to use CCTV security to replace their 24/7 guards. However, with current technology, it’s not surprising that until now many users have been reluctant to do this. Having said that, how often have large secured open space sites ever benefited from their guards’ monitoring the camera system and being able to capture close-up forensic video evidence of the actual moment the site was damaged and goods stolen? Events like this usually happen within just a few carefully planned seconds, so has standard CCTV ever captured quality images identifying the criminals committing the crime, and even if they were not wearing masks, has the video evidence ever been sufficiently conclusive to secure a conviction? Everyone knows that when standard CCTV systems have achieved anything like this it has been such an extraordinary event that it has made headline news!
Enter the Viseum Intelligent Panoramic CCTV Camera
All these are legacy issues, which, thanks to Viseum Best CCTV, have now simply gone away. The problems concerning CCTV Monitoring coverage, surveillance staff availability or fatigue, video image transmission, video storage – and even concerns around privacy – have all vanished with the Viseum Intelligent Panoramic CCTV Camera. Its technical performance and reliability are giving high-security conscious people the confidence to start benefiting from electronic security together with an enhanced level of security service.
Just like the Olympics CCTV monitoring, other high profile events can now all use this type of technology as a matter of course, and the many other events that take place around the world can now upgrade their PTZ Cameras so their monitoring systems benefit from this latest best-in-class innovation.