INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS FOR ACCES CONTROL SYSTEMS

WHAT IS CCTV?

Integration can be defined as the creation of advanced systems through the combination of less-complicated components to enhance the effectiveness of the individual units while simplifying and centralizing their management.

Therefore, it involves the pairing of single Access control and CCTV Solution to come up with a more sophisticated system. Pairing these two systems helps generate smart video data for the security system.

The cctv and access control systems, video surveillance and intrusion detection are vital elements in a security system. When each of these systems is run separately, they can be very costly to the organization in terms of purchasing, administration and training and maintenance required for each system. Nevertheless, intrusion alarms, access cards, and intelligent video technology can be integrated into a more powerful single system. Combining the security components helps, to keep the cost of capital expenditures and operational costs minimal. Understanding Integration between CCTV and Access Control first requires an understanding of the individual components.

Below is a quick review of the individual systems.

1. ACCESS CONTROL

Access control is a selective way of granting or denying people access to restricted premises, e.g., office buildings, rental apartments, or storage facilities.

There are different types of access control systems,

  1. Card access control – this is the most flexible and most popular form which uses smart cards containing microprocessors, or other types of cards with magnetic or proximity card readers or bar codes.
  2.  Biometrics access control – this system uses a person’s physical characteristics to identify a person such as fingerprint readers, retinal eye scanners and face recognition, hand geometry readers. This is a more secure option since unlike the cards, it cannot be transferred.

Assimilating the access control system with the CCTV is able to help in identifying users when they use their cards to gain to a building by taking a CCTV snapshot. It can also be used to control lighting and heating whereby the lighting or heating in a room turn on when authorized people enters the room. Also, it can be used to control meeting areas by granting access on the basis of confirmed reservations in the meeting schedule.

2. VIDEO INTERCOM SYSTEMS

This system combines communication with the convenience of remote entry at the press of a button. A video intercom system is placed at an access point for two purposes: communication and security. After approaching an access point, a visitor is able to interact with the intercom, and in doing so will make a call, notifying a user inside the complex. Two-way video and sound facilitate conversation. When the user inside the premises chooses, they can unlock the access point and allow entry for the individual outside. The video camera used to identify visitors can be also used to provide video of the outside environment at any time.

Video intercoms engage automatically without needing to be turned on, and operate at a low voltage. The system starts communication with a simple button press and ensures private, two-way communication which is not shared with other users of the same system.

Video intercom systems are scalable, meaning that they can be customized to individual needs and specifications. A small facility or single apartment may opt for a simple video intercom system in two locations, providing a convenient way to unlock an outside door from multiple levels up. A larger facility may instead opt for a larger network of intercoms, allowing access to one or more access points from multiple locations throughout the facility. Depending on the facility, the video intercom may come with a simple touch-screen interface or a numeric keypad.

FPC Security has the options to fit your specific needs, from large to small scale video intercom options.

3. VIDEO SURVEILLANCE TECHNOLOGY

In recent times, the recording technology has greatly advanced to include more digital features and functions. Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) and Network Video Recorders (NVRs) have significantly improved the surveillance technology.

By use of DVRs, it is possible to digitize, compress and record visual data from analog cameras. This is made possible through their integrated computer processors and high-density storage. NVRs on the other hand, receive and centrally manage video transmitted by IP cameras. These IP devices compress videos internally through embedded processors before transmitting them instantly to the NVR over IP Network.

The advent of DVRs and NVRs have made it possible to stream and record videos continuously and to dispose of them in regular phases such as weekly or monthly when there are no incidences related to security.

This recording technology makes it easy to retrieve a video from a specific time and date thanks to their disk-indexing and time-stamping features. In addition, it is possible to export and disseminate the visual data through digital media such as email or to backup through computer programs or on CD and DVD.

This digital video recorder system can be integrated with the access control and intrusion detection system for video identification and verification.

HOW SECURITY SYSTEM INTEGRATION WORKS

The Integration of CCTV and Access control is an inexpensive way of increasing the security level of a building. These two work together through an integrated Building Automation System (BAS). In this system, both the CCTV and access control events are stored in a PC which has an integrated management software and a DVR. This is to ensure that the data is recorded and then safely preserved in a way that it can be easily searched and retrieved.

The combination of the CCTV visual data and the access control text data enhances the level of security. In case of an alarm event, checking the visual data of the user allows for prompt reaction. When the event is triggered by another part of the system, the DVR receives a command. This prompts it to commence recording and to display live footage from a linked CCTV Camera at the point of the alarm event. The camera, therefore, maps the location and proceeds to send a notification to the system administrator through email, simultaneously. This allows the administrator to respond promptly to the alarm event.

In addition to this, it is possible to match the user ID and visual data to ensure that only authorized people are granted access. This helps to limit the access to premises and to keep off intruders thus reducing the crime risk. The integrated security systems allow the administrator to monitor the entire facility from a central point where he can view live visual data from surveillance cameras, control pan-tilt-zoom PTZ cameras or search for previous video recordings of an event occurrence, stored on the DVR.

Video analytics helps to spot real-time events such as when an intruder gains restricted access and triggers an alarm. A DVR can be configured to focus only on the visual images of the field of the alarm event.

Since the access control and video surveillance are managed on a single platform, it helps to increase the effectiveness of the security system in an office building.

What are the Benefits of CCTV Access Control Integration?

Improved Efficiency

Electronic security systems integration centralizes the system allowing all operations to be conducted from a single terminal. This simplifies its operation and increases the efficiency of your security system.

Real-Time Monitoring

Assimilating your security system allows you to monitor multiple areas simultaneously. You are also able to observe events as they unfold in real-time and react quickly and promptly in order to find solutions to security problems. This helps to apprehend the perpetrators and reduce security breaches.

Data Collection

With an integrated system, it will be much easier to gather information which can be used to cover security loopholes in an organization. When the operations are centralized, it will be easier to identify the weak areas and to rectify them to enhance the security measures..

Cost Reduction

When it comes to operational and maintenance cost, an integrated security system saves you money. This is because these functions are performed on the system as a whole as opposed to individual components. This makes cost-effective as well as time-saving.

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