Every year Canadian businesses and private households lose billions of dollars to internal and external theft, embezzlement, fraud, robbery, burglary, vandalism, fire, water damages, and other internal and external threats.
It is crucial for every company, regardless of their size, to mitigate those risks to their business. A loss of only $500 due to these risks would force a company to create an additional revenue of $10,000 based on a 5% net profit margin to compensate for this loss. Our solutions are geared to mitigate those risks.
The general purpose of a video surveillance system is to monitor areas of interest.
Those areas can range from a room in a home or a business to large public places such as airports, stadiums, shopping malls, schools, etc.
There are two different main forms of monitoring for this area of interest, active and passive.
Active monitoring, one or more person(s), usually security guard(s) monitoring the area of interest. The guard can response to a certain event in real time and may prevent a crime or other unlawful behavior from happening.
In passive monitoring the recordings will be analyzed after a certain event has happened. This can help law enforcement with the investigation of a crime. The recordings may be used as evidence in court if certain requirements such as watermarks, time stamps, and other measures to make sure that the recording hasn’t been tampered with, are fulfilled. An identifiable image is crucial to serve as evidence.
The presence of cameras as part of a video surveillance system can have a deterrent effect on the adversary and prevent a crime from happening.
Today's video surveillance systems can do way more than delivering and recording an image and/or a sequence of images. These systems can provide you with many useful tools such as motion detection, recognition of removed objects, crossing line, loitering in an area, facial recognition and many more.
Integrations with other systems such as POS, Access Control and Alarm Systems are also possible. Features like video motion detection can be used to reduce the time to search through hours of recordings.
“Facial Recognition” can be used to find people in a crowd or “People Counting” combined with an alarm or other notification system can be used to notify the security person in charge if there is a safety violation (i.e. too many people in an area like a room, gym, concert hall, etc.)
These are just a few examples on how video surveillance systems can be part of a building infrastructure and help the owner to provide a safe and secure environment and save money in the process.
Video Surveillance Applications:
The general purpose of an access control system is to electronically control the entry and exit of individuals into certain areas of a building and surrounding property.
By using credentials such as key tags, access cards, and other, the person in charge of security can control which person of the employees, visitors, and contractors have access into a specific area of the building/property.
He/she can track exactly when an employee, visitor, and/or contractor entered a certain area. This wouldn’t be possible with a regular key lock system.
No keys are necessary anymore since the doors are secured by electric locks (electric door strike, magnetic lock, electrified lock, turnstiles and other means of electric locking mechanisms), which can only be opened by the credential of the individual person or the unlock function of the software controlling the access control system.
This will save the owner money in the process, since lost or stolen credentials can be easily deleted or replaced in the programming.
No expensive replacements of locks and keys are necessary.
Access Control systems can handle a wide variety of requirements such as:
Biometrics such as fingerprint scanner, iris scanner and hand scanner can be used, and certain rules can be applied (i.e. Antipassback, 2-Man Rule, Card and PIN, Man Trap, etc.) to enhance security even further.
An alarm system sends a notification upon a breach of an area secured by an alarm device such as a motion detector, door contact, glass break sensor and other sensors. Once a secured area is breached, one or multiple sirens throughout the building will go off, except of silent alarms.
The alarm signals will usually be transmitted to a 24/7 hour manned monitoring station. Based on the nature of the alarm, the monitoring station then will follow a predefined procedure to react to the alarm situation. This can range from placing a confirmation phone call to the premise to calling the police.
To prevent danger to life and safety or large damages to buildings, Alarm Systems can also monitor environmental sensors like smoke detectors, water sensors, CO detectors, high and low temperature sensors, and others to notify the owner or the person in charge of security once an alarm on those sensors is triggered. This is especially important in the event of a fire alarm, triggered by a smoke detector or other fire monitoring devices.
For personal protection, panic sensors can be connected to an alarm system which usually will send out an silent alarm to the monitoring station. Depending on the predefined protocol, the monitoring station then calls the authorities.
Typical applications for panic sensors are in banks and retail stores. However, these devices can also be used in residential houses to call for help when using a phone is not an option.
This is especially true for elderly persons in a medical emergency, where help can be called with the convenience of a push of a button.
Alarm systems can be integrated with video surveillance systems. This will help to confirm the alarm and would give authorities the advantage to prepare for an alarm situation (i.e. is it one or more burglars or robbers and which area of the building are they located). It will also reduce the amount of false alarms since the person in charge of the security or the monitoring station can verify through the cameras whether there is a burglar in the building or not.
An intercom system is a standalone voice communication system in a building which allows a visitor usually standing outside of the building to communicate with a person inside the building to gain entrance.
Intercom systems with built in cameras will allow the person inside the building not only to hear but also to see who is requesting entry to the building. With an electric door lock connected to the system the person inside the building then can allow the visitor in without going to the door.
This enhances security since the person inside can decide whether to let the visitor in or not.
A typical application for an intercom system is in an apartment building with multiple units.
SOTERIA is a listed installation company with the ULC to install, service and maintain Fire Alarm Monitoring Systems.
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