Offensive video surveillance is currently used by companies to ensure security and safety within the premises. The modern offensive video surveillance systems are beneficial to organizations because they ensure that there is evidence in case of thieves or intrusion, and they have alert systems that protects the building from easy break-ins. Because of these reasons and more, it is important that as a business owner you learn how offensive video surveillance can protect your business. These systems are also integrated with law enforcement alert systems, therefore they are more effective since the business owner does not have to be on sight to report any cases of violation.
Offensive video surveillance systems employ the use of secured IP addresses to receive, store and record any surveillance footage. They work with internet connections and can therefore be placed anywhere in which security needs to be observed. The video footage is stored in remote locations or on local drives. The property owner is also able to monitor the video surveillance from anywhere that they can access WiFi. Remote operators will notify the necessary authorities in case of any mishaps. Certain systems even have panic buttons within their alarm systems.
To understand how IP-based video surveillance systems work, we need to understand the taxonomy of the process and the system.
The needs of the business owner dictate the purpose of the surveillance system. Business owners install these systems for various reasons such as
- Enforcement of policy
- Monitoring of activities taking place within the premises
- Forensics evidence provision in case of a crime.
- Improving operations within a business by supervising employees.
- Act as a deterrent to anyone aiming at suspicious activities or intrusion.
There are several methods and ways in which the system collects and interprets the video footage through the aid of hardware or software. The implementation systems are divided into two categories.
- Monitoring involves visual access of the video through live streams directly from the closed-circuit monitoring station. The video interpretation is done manually from human serves to view the content, event detection, image recognition, motion detection, object tracking, and face detection.
- Communication involves the transfer of the video feeds. The video is usually compressed, processed, and sent to the network protocols. The videos are first compressed by the system and sent to the network protocols in real-time streams.
The system’s topology is described by its distribution, containment, and infrastructure. The distribution depends on the physical location of the camera. Containment depends on whether the system is an open or closed circuit and the privacy settings that deny any user from accessing and controlling the footage without the required credentials for login. Infrastructure refers to how the system elements are connected e.g., via wireless or wired connections.
This refers to how the system ensures that its users have secured virtual or physical access to the services and assets in the system. This ensures that the system is protected from any attackers who can damage or install their equipment in the system. Virtual protection is for both the hosts and the network.
Numerous workspace threats bother business owners such as theft, identity thefts, data security breaches, intrusion, offensive behaviors, and many others. Property owners look for ways to ensure that their premises are protected, and security and safety risks eliminated. Property safety, coupled with many other issues such as the need for employee monitoring have led business owners to go for offensive video surveillance systems.