Security cameras are a smart investment for office buildings, as they add a visual component to the security strategy. As a best practice, security experts recommend using a cloud-based video management system (VMS) to monitor, organize, and store the footage. One of the benefits of a cloud-based solution is the ability to view the video surveillance from anywhere, often in real-time. This means a security team at a headquarters in New York could log into the VMS and view live activity at an office in Los Angeles.
The best video surveillance system for commercial building security is one that is interoperable with other security systems, such as access control. Openpath’s open platform makes it easy to integrate with the leading VMS providers, including Cisco Meraki, Milestone, AVA, Camio, and Rhombus Systems. Together, access control and video surveillance provide enhanced asset protection by linking real-time video with entry activity. Openpath’s VMS integrations also enable more detailed audit trails, with powerful insights to increase ROI, improve space management, enforce social distancing, and establish better overall security posturing.
One use case for an integrated VMS and access control system is a real-time forced entry. If an unauthorized person is trying to get through a door, the Openpath access control system sends out an alert to the security team. With an integrated system, the security camera pointing to that door shows what’s happening real-time, plus identifies exactly where that incident is occurring and an image of the person trying to entry. This helps security teams respond quickly and appropriately, helping them identify who is at the door, and how best to proceed.
An integrated access control and video surveillance system can also be used to automate occupancy tracking in the workplace. Without integration, a video camera can provide a visual of who’s at the office and when, but on its own the video system can’t limit access. However, when integrated with the Openpath access control system, admins can use the Occupancy Dashboard to set capacity limits. Once the VMS can detect which spaces are reaching capacity, Openpath can automatically disable access to enforce social distancing.