2020 has led to massive changes in just about every field one can think of with many fields turning to work remotely for their positions. In addition to this, the increasing urbanisation of the South African population means that crime rates are also likely to increase. While this may not have boded well for security solutions in the past, we stand currently with an unprecedented number of remote security options.

Remote Surveillance and Security

Previous iterations of remote surveillance systems would rely on the same generalised servers for footage retrieval that would also be used for the storage and retrieval of other important data. The issue with this is that it often resulted in poorer video quality as well as a bottleneck for the other information being hosted on these servers. These systems too were ill-suited to the task of protecting critical infrastructure on the periphery of organisations as the failure of a single server would result in the failure of all associated surveillance devices.

The increasingly popular solution to this is a combination of intelligent surveillance and distributed architecture. What this means is that the surveillance system is capable of video recording, retrieval, and streaming without causing a bottleneck on the server or losing video quality. In addition to this the distribution of the vital systems results in fewer risk points that could result in widescale system failure.

With the advent of 5g and its implementation in South Africa we may also be at a turning point in remote surveillance as it brings with it opportunity for higher quality streaming as well as more complex surveillance systems, which have yet to be explored in the South African contest.

As remote surveillance and other security technologies improve, the role of on-site security positions will move away from identifying potential threats and more towards dealing with physical threats identified by remote video analysis programs.

Additionally, we are now seeing an increase in the use of passive detection methods such as Infrared response detectors. This can be set to detect human presence via temperature, with high reliability, so that personnel can swiftly move to address the detection.

If used in tandem, intelligent surveillance, passive detection systems, and response personnel could ensure that your business remains as safe as houses while you work from home.