Video Verification Moves to the Mainstream
April 12th, 2011
Have you heard of video verification for security systems?
If you haven’t, I predict that you will hear more about it in the future. Essentially, video verification is the process of verifying that an alarm system signal was caused by an actual intrusion or crime in progress. The concept has been around for quite some time but newer technologies are making it easier to implement.
The way it works is that an operator at an alarm monitoring center can log into a video system over the Internet to look at live video that was triggered by an alarm event (door opening, motion detection, glass breakage detection, etc.). The operator can use the live video surveillance feed to determine if there is an actual crime in progress or if it is a false alarm (cat, mouse, cat chasing mouse, etc.).
Why is this important? Most importantly, this approach to security reduces false alarm dispatches to the police department and lets the police focus on those alarm calls where there is a verified crime in progress. A call to the police has a higher priority when a crime in progress has been verified!
Traditionally, the alarm system owner has had to give access to its video surveillance or CCTV cameras to the monitoring company that monitors his or her security system. This is still an option available for video verification. But, there are newer technologies that make this process easier.
One of the newer technologies is called Videofied and is sold through security companies like ours. A Videofied system uses wireless MotionViewers to capture clips of alarm events when motion is detected and send them to the monitoring center so the operator can see what triggered the motion.
If the operator sees paper blowing in the wind, there is no dispatch to the police. If the operator sees a crime in progress, the police get the call.