Physical Security

Taking Surveillance to the Cloud with Big Data + Analytics

Remote monitoring and management of facilities can be labor and materials intensive. Legacy systems require video-only networking infrastructure, specialized storage, encoding hardware, and proprietary applications, all of which add to up-front and ongoing costs. The effectiveness of these systems is also limited by the availability of personnel to monitor and react to incidents, as well as the storage and archiving of terabytes of data.

Surveillance cameras are just one variable in the physical security equation. A secure facility should include multiple layers of detection, prevention, and response measures including access control, cameras and sensors, threat assessment, and reporting. Traditionally these functions have been carried out by separate, disparate systems without the ability to share data cross-platform.

The Converged Physical Security Environment

A converged physical security solution incorporates audio/video surveillance, access control, threat assessment, reporting, and response management onto a single, unified platform. These systems are built on a common IP infrastructure that shares data to validate identity, assess threats, and report incidents with automated rule-based protocols.

Automated threat assessment can be performed in real-time thanks to advancements in the analytics space. Smart IP Cameras and an array of sensors with edge-computing capabilities reduce traffic and processing load by evaluating data at the device level and only passing event-related metadata over the network. Cameras are programmed to identify targets and prevent false-positives from triggering an alert, archiving, or alerting authorities. Device profiles are applied and managed remotely, and can be changed instantly with dynamic requirements.

A backend management system provides real-time analytics power to synthesize data coming from a wide variety of devices including cameras, sensors, badge readers, RFID asset tags, Bluetooth beacons, and wireless access points.

When these systems are integrated, the result is a robust and comprehensive physical security environment providing visibility far beyond that of legacy systems. Pattern-recognition and behavioral analysis enhance the effectiveness of threat assessment services while reducing personnel labor requirements, and space allocation, all producing significant cost-savings.

GDT Provides Turnkey Physical Security Solutions

The GDT physical security team specializes in deploying state-of-the-art turnkey solutions. Organizations have unique requirements, which is why GDT has curated a portfolio of strong partnerships with technology leaders in the space. Areas of expertise include:

  • Smart Cameras
  • Connected Sensors
  • Access Control Systems
  • Real-Time Analytics Engine

Through these systems GDT supports advanced functionality such as:

  • Auto-PTZ Camera Tracking
  • 2-Way Audio Feedback
  • License Plate Tracking
  • Facial Recognition
  • Authentication
  • Asset Tracking
  • Real-time Analytics

The GDT Physical Security practice also provides support like remote surveillance monitoring and training services to maximize benefits and minimize adoption time. The GDT Staging Facility is a state-of-the-art lab environment which can be leveraged for solution validation and testing prior to customer deployment.

Security in the Cloud

Harnessing the cloud unleashes new capabilities and provides the customer with flexible deployment options. Some customers require a fully on-prem solution, but some of most compelling benefits are delivered through cloud and hybrid-cloud deployments. By partnering with trusted cloud providers, customers can:

  • Monitor surveillance data from any location
  • Harness scalable cloud computing for lightning-fast analytics
  • Centrally manage access and security profiles
  • Integrate real-time data from local authorities
  • Deploy monitoring devices to remote areas

Enhancing Business Intelligence with Big data

Perhaps the most exciting benefits of converged physical security are those obtained through integration with business intelligence systems. The vast amounts of data collected through physical security devices provide inputs which can be synthesized along with other data from resource planning systems to add a layer of visibility for operational management.

For example, security cameras can also be used to evaluate pedestrian traffic without compromising the primary security functions. Cameras can harvest license plate data and evaluate traffic patterns. Facial recognition systems can capture demographic data in retail environments, and integrated Wi-Fi access points can push personalized content to customers while they are in-store. Healthcare organizations can optimize wait times and correlate findings with outcomes-based metrics.

The Future of Security

A converged IP-based physical security solution is a forward-thinking approach that reduces turn-up time, provides ongoing cost savings, and leverages technologies capable of harvesting data useful beyond just security-focused goals. A fully converged data environment will take inputs from all available sources to produce intelligence that informs business decisions as well as providing a robust and adaptable physical security environment.

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