For many facilities, it is often not possible or cost effective for someone to watch a video surveillance system 24 hours a day. Facility managers need a way to monitor their building without watching video screens all day, every day. This is where an emerging technology, radar directed video surveillance, can be most beneficial. Radar directed video surveillance, though not new, is gaining traction within the integrated security world, especially in critical infrastructure facilities such as wastewater treatment centers, electrical substations, nuclear plants, and solar farms or in isolated, expansive, and often unmanned facilities such as cell phone towers and police impound lots, where trespassing and vandalism are prevalent and potentially costly.
Radar directed video surveillance works by utilizing radar detectors to scan the perimeter of your facility and beyond. Once movement is detected, the radar detector calls the nearby camera to pan that location and record. Equipped with analytics, these video cameras can distinguish between people and animals so you don’t have to worry about receiving a notification every time the radar picks up movement. If the video camera identifies the movement as coming from a human, it sends an alert to your cell phone.
What do you need to know about radar directed video surveillance?
- There is no sleeping on the job. The radar detectors and cameras work 24/7 and have notification technology, no need to watch it until it calls you.
- It reduces costs. Radar directed video surveillance provides more coverage for less money. A good quality radar detector can scan 120 degrees and detect up to 160 feet away, giving it a much greater range than cameras alone.
- You need an internet connection. All components of radar directed video surveillance are IP devices meaning they need an Ethernet hardwire connection or a connection to a wireless network.
- You also need a video management system that can control target location devices. This type of video management system provides the integration between the radar detector and the camera, allowing the systems to talk to one another and to notify you.
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