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Schools, universities, hospitals and healthcare institutions need robust detection, hassle free installation and easy use features that avoid extensive learning curves, computer modifications, or ongoing high maintenance those only big budget security installations can afford. The threat of school attacks, such as suicide bombers, school shooters, sniper attacks, terrorist rocket attacks, and hostage taking are some of the potential challenges for schools and healthcare today.

Deter

The presence of a camera alone may be enough to deter much criminal activity and give the impression that the school & university, hospitals & healthcare institutions is not a soft target. However, cameras alone will not suffice as students quickly learn that the cameras are ineffective when not watched. It is important, for school / university security to provide sufficient coverage and to demonstrate consistent monitoring. One reason for shortfalls in coverage is that more cameras means more monitors to watch. This is where the technology of intelligent video bridges the gap by providing automated monitoring and detection for all surveillance at every moment. On-alarm, automatic responses can be sent to additional connected devices in order to provide deterrent actions, such as playing audible warnings, sounding sirens, turning on security lights, locking doors/gates, etc. In addition, it is not unusual for attackers to place caches of weapons around the campus, do a walk through, or illegally park in a strategic location. Exceptional behavior can be automatically detected 24/7 and reported instantly to the security officer or police. In addition  command and control software, the iSOC NVMS accesses and correlates camera data from all cameras and counting, and integrated with different access control systems.

Detection

As intelligent video has behavioral and scenario detection capabilities, it allows institutions security department to bring to attention certain behaviors that are out of the ordinary or considered odd at particular times of the day. There are several types of intelligent video detection that can be used simultaneously and each is flexible enough to be applied to a school’s / university’s unique threat remediation requirements. Intruder trespass and tripwire detection allows scenarios to be defined that can tip-off security for various events. Detection can be based on person and/or vehicle, direction of travel, time of day, and if they crossed over a demarcation line. Because the intrusion detection can be scheduled and designed with directional movement, persons approaching the building can be detected while ignoring others leaving the building. This allows security to be notified to meet any visitors approaching the school/ university, stop fence jumpers, or to detect students shuttling back and forth to their cars at strange times.

Defense

loiteringIntelligent video works over IP networks and allows remote analysis and visual confirmation that provides real time situational awareness. In any critical situation, the element of surprise can place school security at a disadvantage and failure to respond rapidly can lead to escalation. Using a wireless network, security guards can carry remote visualization units (like iPAD) that allow them to see and control the cameras. This provides the security officer the ability to cope with day-to-day security situations while still having detection and alerts delivered to the hand held unit. This up to the minute information and portable visualization allows security to make decisions on not only how to direct responders to the attacker’s whereabouts but also how to best evacuate and secure persons and property during the crisis. This is important so that students don’t flee to blocked exits, into the path of the attacker or headlong into a booby trap. For large outdoor campuses, autonomous PTZ tracking allows detection handoff and follows the intruder’s movement by mechanically moving the camera and zooming in on the target. Thus, security can see where an attacker is located and what he or she is doing. In addition, the automatic events of the unit can allow remote commanding of door releases and locking mechanisms as well as automatically playing announcements when a visitor approaches school doors. Thus, if an attacker is identified approaching with guns, the doors can be locked from remote and alarms sounded.

Defeat

The ability to remove the intruder’s possibility of achieving his or her objectives by impeding progress, quarantining the perpetrator, and summoning emergency responders can be critical in saving lives and defeating an attacker. Although the intelligent video provides the ability to deter, detect, and defend, the task of defeating an attacker is a complex. Intelligent video systems can allow locking down or preventing access, which may be sufficient in defeating an intruder. The rest of the burden will fall on security and emergency responders.

Nothing to worry

Cameras are now inexpensive, IP wireless networks reduced infrastructures costs, intelligent video automation allows unmanned surveillance monitoring and intelligent video vigilance goes beyond human observation capacity. Intelligent video also works in inclement weather and new systems are easy to setup and use. 


 

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