Robert, do you mean automated, like the PTZ, by itself, is smart enough to know if a person is snoozing? Or do you mean the manager actively controls the PTZ looking for sleeping employees?
IPVMU Certified | 02/28/14 04:39pm
The issue of sleepy security guards/operators is a really old one. Guard Watchclocks were used to confirm security staff were attentive, which then became guardtours. (Detex still makes watchclocks!)
Guard tours usually involve logging when a guard reaches a certain point in a facility. Access control can be used for this; a guard waves his badge at a specific reader, and that event is logged at that door at a specific date/time. Big boss man can then pull a report of those events the next morning and confirm his guard was walking around, not snoozing under the airconditioner.
It would be easy enough to implement something similar for a surveillance operator. Just require the operator wave a badge every hour at a reader. Or set the screensaver on a workstation to lock out every 15 minutes if unused. Or any number of more devious/painful hoops to jump through that prevent an operator from taking a nap.
What kind of call center has operators sitting around potentially sleeping? Answer: An unsuccessful one.
'Call Center Operator' is one of the most over-metric'ed jobs on the planet. Everything they do is measured - and if they log out for any reason (so they won't get calls routed to their phone), they generally have to choose from a series of numbers which indicate different things (like 'bathroom', making follow-up calls, lunch break, or any other category that can be imagined by management). The reports that can be generated from these metrics would amaze and stupify any normal human (mid level managers are almost never normal humans; they stand upright with no discernable backbone).
Using PTZs (and especially PTZs with snooze analytics built in) sounds to me like trying to herd ants on horseback. There are far better (and easier) ways.