When choosing the best security option, you might be torn between using manned guarding, or remote guarding with video surveillance. Recent security trends have made remote video monitoring a more viable option than ever before, enabling off-site guards to monitor sites and respond to alarms in real time. Before you commit to either option, we'll help you consider their pros and cons to decide which is best for your business.
As a general rule, manned guarding is the better option when there is a risk of bodily harm. For example, security guards are particularly effective at protecting concerts and sports events, as they are on hand to prevent injuries and harm in crowds of people.
Remote video monitoring has the advantage over manned guarding when you want to protect assets and property. A much more cost-effective solution, video surveillance allows monitoring operators to keep an eye remotely on multiple unattended sites, react to potential alarms and respond quickly in the event of a break-in.
A solution to the issue of false alarms and retaining the focus of monitoring operators is to integrate cutting-edge video analytics like Calipsa into your remote video monitoring system. Calipsa’s software uses AI to filter out false alarms, allowing operators to focus on genuine alarms.
Although it’s an additional cost, incorporating video analytics technology can still be more cost-effective than manned guarding, and the latest advances in AI bring new possibilities for remote video monitoring to become even more effective.
The disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic has created an increased demand for security guards in places such as supermarkets, hospitals and testing facilities. Sadly, in the UK, this has correlated with male security guards having the highest death rate; with 100.7 deaths per 100,000 according to the Office of National Statistics.
Taking this into account, a move towards remote guarding lays a good foundation for security systems in times of a pandemic, as well as protecting the lives of security guards. Even with an effective vaccine, precautions will still need to be taken in security guards' places of work, making remote guarding an ideal solution.
Overall, a combined approach of both physical and remote guarding is useful if there are a range of security objectives. Yet, as these pros and cons show, in situations that are not focused on protecting people from physical harm, remote guarding is a cost-effective and successful security solution.
Intelligent video analytics technology like Calipsa can help to counter problems with remote monitoring solutions, as it can increase operators' performance and efficiency, helping you to make the most out of remote video guarding.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2020 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
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