CCTV Video systems are effective tools for deterring crime, mitigating loss and securing assets in and around your property. A properly installed CCTV system can provide high definition video of events after they’ve occurred to determine what’s happened.
But what about viewing events while they’re happening?
That’s where remote video monitoring comes into play. Professional remote video monitoring uses live operators to look in on events at your property while they’re happening. Police departments have found that monitored video systems, used with intrusion alarm monitoring systems provide enhanced police response, which increases apprehension rates.
So, how do these systems work? Your CCTV cameras are connected to a recording device located somewhere in your building. This recording device is connected to the internet, and video is securely sent to video monitoring station, where operators are able to view it. Often, your existing camera set-up can work with this service. Once the video is connected to a monitoring company, there are 3 main types of remote monitoring:
Live Video Monitoring
This type of monitoring involves having a remote operator view your cameras on a nearly full time basis. This is a labour intensive process, however for some locations it may be a requirement.
Scheduled Video Monitoring
Scheduled monitoring consists of checking in on cameras at specific times of day for a client, often to ensure that specific events are happening, or specific protocol is being followed. This can include deliveries, guard tours, arrivals or any other type of regular, specific event you need to check on.
Event-Driven Video Monitoring
Event driven video monitoring is the most common type of remote monitoring and it involves remotely viewing cameras as a result of a specific event taking place at the your location. This can include signals from an intrusion alarm system, or alarms from the video system itself. This type of video monitoring can also be known as “video verification” and is the most effective
way to monitor video. When used with a commercial intrusion alarm system for example, this can help determine the validity of the alarm, reducing false dispatches of police. Once viewed, established protocols are followed depending on what the operator is viewing through the video monitoring system. All steps taken during the process are recorded in the monitoring company’s automation software.
FMC has been providing security & monitoring services for businesses for over 25 years, and understand how unique your business’s monitoring needs are.
If you have questions specific to your business’s remote video monitoring, call us at 888-789-FIRE or visit us a www.fire-monitoring.com for a free assessment.