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.
Another advantage of having a video surveillance system is a lowered insurance rate. The presence of a video security system indicates that a business is taking the extra step to ensure safety. Insurance companies generally offer lower premiums covering water damage, break-ins, and fire for businesses with security cameras.
The best video surveillance system for business 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 or a commercial intercom with video capabilities, the camera at that door shows what’s happening real-time, plus identifies exactly where that incident is occurring and an image of the person trying to enter. 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.
Installing and integrating video door readers with commercial video surveillance systems gives businesses a more complete view of what’s happening throughout their space. The Openpath Video Reader Pro allows security teams to remotely monitor all access activity from the vantage point of exactly where access-related events are occurring: at the door.
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