What's the best video surveillance solution for a multi-site corporation? Almost all multi-site corporations extensively use security systems such as video surveillance often requiring complex integration and planning.
In this report, we examine the needs of an actual corporation and examine what solution would fit best. [Note: this is a real corporation. To protect their privacy, we are not disclosing their name.]
Background of the Corporation
The corporation has a few dozen facilities around the world. They run a 24/7 security operations center where they review and monitor intrusion, fire, access and video systems. They have access control in use in almost all facilities and video surveillance in more than half.
The corporation uses GE's Picture Perfect access control and Pelco DVRs. Based on cost and logistics, it is probably infeasible to replace GE's Picture Perfect (as is common with legacy access control systems). The DVRs and access control system are not integrated.
Their facilities have modest numbers of cameras with 32 cameras being the most in any facility but the majority of facilities having less than 16.
Security / Losses
The corporation has low historical losses and moderate security risks. Across the entire corporation's facilities, only a few material security losses occur each month.
The most common problems include outsiders entering their parking lots and theft from their branch offices.
The corporation is planning future improvements to their security technology. A few key objectives include:
- Integrating access control and video systems. Like most security organizations, budgets for staff is unlikely to rise. They would like their systems to make it easier to verify and track movement throughout their facilities.
- Use video analytics to detect potential intruders in their parking lots/external property.
- Expand coverage of branch offices to record any theft. Some branch offices do not have systems. These offices are fairly large and have high ceilings.
In doing so, the corporation wants a phased approach that makes the best use out of their existing cameras and recorders.