Add Value to Your CCTV Systems with Mass Notification



As organizations around the world continue to implement solutions to help enhance security, one tool they are turning to is Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) systems, also known as video surveillance, and with good reason. A story from the Journalist’s Resource highlights how studies have found that using CCTV in car parks resulted in a 51 percent decrease in crime; in public transportation areas a 23 percent decrease in crime; and in public settings, a 7 percent decrease in crime. It’s why countries like Great Britain have nearly 6 million CCTV cameras in place, according to The Telegraph. CCTV gives security personnel real-time insights into what’s happening in their area to help provide safer environments.

However, CCTV can be a big investment for any organization, so it’s important to get the most value out of this implementation. One of the ways to do this is by integrating it with a mass notification system. In this blog post, we’ll outline the different ways you can add value to your investment by leveraging it for mass notification.

Leveraging Mass Notification

The right mass notification system can tie into all of the devices and systems an organization has in place, including CCTV, to help enhance safety and communication. When an emergency occurs, security personnel rely on the speed and reach of their alert systems to help ensure that everyone receives information about an event in the shortest amount of time possible. Being able to access CCTV feeds through that alert, can make that process even quicker.

Integration can take place in two ways. First, if the CCTV system has an intelligence behind it, such as an API, email notification or physical security, it can often connect to a mass notification system and trigger alerts when a specific event happens, like motion detection. This is often used by organizations that have restricted areas and want to receive alerts when people enter somewhere they are not supposed to be.

The second method is including a URL link to a specific camera feed when a notification gets triggered. When a notification is triggered, say from a desk phone or physical panic button, the notification can be configured to include a link to the nearest camera. Security personnel can then check in on the situation taking place from the area where someone was first alerted about an incident. This can be particularly helpful in violent situations where direct confrontation could cause harm to the person looking to intervene. With CCTV integration, security personnel can assess the situation and develop an appropriate response.

Consider InformaCast for CCTV Integration

InformaCast from Singlewire Software is already offering CCTV integration to end users for enhanced mass notifications. Integration with Cisco Meraki cameras and InformaCast’s open API make it ideally suited for organizations looking to get more out of their CCTV systems. InformaCast messages can be triggered by the camera, and InformaCast notifications can include camera links. Bring CCTV cameras and all your devices and systems into a solution for mass notification with help from InformaCast.

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