<strong>The Benefits of New Video Surveillance Technology for Correctional Facilities</strong>

The Benefits of New Video Surveillance Technology for Correctional Facilities

November 21, 2016
The Benefits of New Video Surveillance Technology for Correctional Facilities | Electronic Contracting Company

By Craig Copas

As the incarceration rate continues to rise each year, video surveillance systems in correctional facilities have never played a more important role in providing a safe environment for those incarcerated and the correctional officers who oversee them. Correctional officers can’t be everywhere at once, but a video surveillance system can by continuously monitoring the entire facility. The IP cameras and video management systems available today make this possible and provide features and functionality that have never been available before.

Today’s IP cameras provide far higher resolutions than the old analog cameras of the past, with resolutions as high as 4K Ultra HD. Higher resolutions offer sharper, crisper images when viewing live and recorded video. They also deliver more detailed digital zooming on specific items in a live or recorded image.

IP cameras are available that provide a panoramic view between 180 and 360 degrees from a single dome. Multisensor cameras are also available with multiple movable sensors in one dome, allowing a single camera to provide multiple distinct images of an area. In the past, several cameras would have been required to provide a panoramic view or multiple views of an area. Today’s IP cameras don’t just capture video, but audio as well. IP cameras with built-in audio capabilities allow you to capture the audio associated with the video without any additional equipment or cables.

Video management systems have replaced the digital video recorders of years past. A video management system, or VMS, still records all the video from your cameras, but they do much more than that. There are even multiple options for how and where you store recorded video. You can use SD cards in the cameras, hard drives on recording services, network-attached storage, or a combination of these. The VMS will not limit your recording quality like most of the legacy digital video recorders did. It’s possible to record every camera in the system in real-time full motion video.

A video management system allows access to live and recorded video from anywhere on the local area network as well as remotely using a computer with client software, a web browser, and even on mobile devices. The system can restrict user access to video based on the user's login credentials so only specific users can view certain cameras, recorded video, export video, or delete video when required. With a VMS, users choose which cameras they want to look at and how they are displayed on the screen. They also allow a user to create multiple views with several cameras to be displayed at the same time. When viewing live video, users have the ability to control camera functions such as pan, tilt, and zoom.

The search capabilities with a video management system are highly advanced. Not only can you search for video from a specific time and date for a certain activity or alarm, but you can also perform smart searches. For example, you can highlight a specific area of a camera image and search for anytime there was motion in that area only. Once the video has been found, it can easily be exported to the media of your choice for use elsewhere. An exported video will be protected to prevent tampering and will include a media player to allow playback of the video on a computer that doesn’t have the client software installed.   

Scalability is perhaps the greatest advantage of video management systems. You can start small and grow the system as required, or as your budget allows, and not have to do a forklift upgrade where you have to replace hardware because you’ve added a few more cameras. You can even use encoders to connect your existing analog cameras to the network and bring them into the VMS. Most video management systems are compatible with cameras available from numerous manufacturers, so if you have existing IP cameras, it’s possible they can be easily incorporated into the system. This way you don’t have to scrap everything you have to begin the conversion process to an IP-based VMS solution. IP cameras can then be integrated as additional cameras are brought online or existing cameras are replaced.

New video surveillance technology can give correctional facilities a wide array of beneficial features and functionalities that old analog systems aren’t capable of. Electronic Contracting Company can provide your facility with a custom designed video surveillance solution tailored to your exact needs to help maintain a safe environment.

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