Security Camera Applications part IV
Instantly Strengthen Crowd Control Efforts
Event security is an imperative measure to ensure that public events remain under control at all times. Whether it’s viewing the parking lot or keeping an eye on spectators at an event such as a football game, you can deter and catch any suspicious acts such as illegal drinking, theft and harassment.
Modern Video Surveillance Systems Have Numerable Advantages:
- Improve crowd control efforts
- Faster response times from security personnel
- Increase safety among the public
- Prevent violence, harassment, and theft at events
- Count or keep track of number of attendants
- Zoom in on suspicious acts or behavior
- Enhances evidentiary value of video for prosecutions
Consider PTZ Cameras at Your Next Event
PTZ IP cameras are a popular and recommended solution for large events, as they cover a wide swath of space. Built with 360-degree endless pan, many of the modern PTZ cameras deliver best-in-class resolution paired with hundreds of PTZ presets and optical/digital zoom. The zoom feature is critical to event management, as security staff can narrow in on any suspicious activity to see close-up detail.
Enhance Public Safety with Video Surveillance
Safety is an important component to consider in public parks, communities & neighborhoods, and other municipal districts. It can be challenging for law enforcement to properly control a crowd and monitor for other public disturbances without some type of monitoring system in place.
Modern Video Surveillance Helps in Multiple Ways:
- Deters harassment, vandalism, and other violent acts
- Provides an unbiased picture of the public’s behavior
- Makes the public feel safer and more at ease
- Police can view video in real-time from smart devices
- Allows law enforcement to react faster to suspicious behavior
Capture Fine Detail with HD Network Cameras
One of the benefits of high-definition IP cameras is that they’re designed to capture spectacular detail when recording an activity or an event, resulting in video that often has greater evidentiary value. Should someone or something be deemed as a potential threat, law enforcement personnel can go back and review previously recorded footage to pinpoint suspicious activity. Thanks to the clarity of HD video, it’s possible to identify facial characteristics as well.
Video Surveillance for Traffic
Traffic cameras are an innovative and extremely functional use of video surveillance technology. You’ve seen their footage during traffic reports on the TV news. They’re atop traffic signals and placed along busy roads, and at busy intersections of the highway. Whether they’re recording traffic patterns for future study and observation or monitoring traffic and issuing tickets for moving violations, traffic cameras are an explosively popular form of video surveillance.
Advantages of Traffic Surveillance Cameras
Aid commuters – Traffic cameras placed at common congestion points on highways, freeways, interstates and major arteries often share feeds with news outlets – both radio and TV, which in turn pass them onto commuters in the form of traffic reports. Normally, traffic flows do not vary much from day to day, but in the event of a severe accident or road closure, a traffic alert can be extremely valuable for a time-crunched commuter.
Valuable data – Traffic cameras that simply monitor car flows on roads and major arteries are often maintained by state departments of transportation. Along with monitoring the roads for accidents or major closures, footage from traffic cameras is influential in decisions regarding future road development and construction.
Enforce laws – Cameras used to enforce speed and red light laws are effective in catching moving violations and issuing tickets.
Encourage safe driving – Visible surveillance cameras posted at intersections can encourage safe driving habits and discourage moving violations.
Risky Aspects of Traffic Security Cameras
Weather – Whether they’re monitoring intersections or looking out for traffic jams, traffic cameras are subject to damage caused by weather. Heat, wind, rain, snow and ice can all damage or ruin a traffic security camera.
Accidents – Since they’re placed on busy roads and intersections, there is also a chance that accidents could damage traffic cameras.
Configuration Considerations for Roadway Cameras
Traffic monitoring cameras and red light or speed cameras have different purposes and therefore desrve seperate consideration when installing. Consider the following when looking to install traffic monitoring or red light cameras
For traffic surveillance cameras:
- What are the major roadways in your area?
- At what time is traffic in your area the heaviest (aka “Rush Hour”)?
- Are there certain features in roadways where traffic naturally congests?
For speed and red light cameras:
- Are there any particular intersections in your area where accidents and violations are common?
- Are moving violations a particular problem in your area?
Setup Advice for Traffic Surveillance Cameras
For speed and red light cameras:
- When installing cameras, make sure that all areas of the intersection are covered. Usually, cameras are placed above the signals or mounted on each corner of the intersection
- Consider installing a flash or other light source for night recording
- Consult with local law enforcement to find the most troublesome intersections
- Make sure your cameras are placed and calibrated to record the license plate data off of violating cars.
- To protect cameras against the elements, place them in environment-controlled housings.
For road surveillance and monitoring cameras:
- Place cameras so they overlook common congestion areas
- Make sure cameras have adequate visibility and a good view of all lanes involved
- Temperature and humidity controlled camera housings can help protect the camera against weather.
Video Surveillance Goes Beyond Security
Video surveillance systems are not only used for security purposes but unique applications as well. Today, there are a wide variety of industries and submarkets that count on IP video cameras to record unique events and occurrences.
Video Surveillance is used in the Following Applications:
- Observational research
- Wildlife monitoring
- Time lapse videos
- Real-time weather updates
- Tourism videos
- Animal behavioral studies
- Film projects
Video for Animal Monitoring
Scientists who study the behavior and patterns of animals don’t always have the resources to do so on a daily or nightly basis. Because of this limitation, many scientists, interns, and species specialists count on day/night video surveillance cameras to film the behavior of animals that are often difficult to see and view close up. See how an IP video surveillance played a key role in the monitoring of Pandas in China, a species with askew breeding tendencies in one of our many case studies.
Time Lapse Video
Time lapse videos are used for a variety of media, government, construction, and corporate projects, ranging from the build-out of a new facility to road pavement work and creative art videos. Video surveillance can monitor events and actions 24-7 to make certain that every detail is recorded.