Choosing Between a ProActive vs Reactive Video Surveillance Systems
One of the first things I advise clients to carefully consider when looking a security surveillance system
is to decide whether they require a Reactive or a Proactive system
There is a big difference between the two systems.
Below is a list of what you should consider looking at upfront when you begin to shop for a surveillance camera systems
1. Proactive CCTV System
A proactive surveillance system is one that pro-actively reaches out to alert you if the camera detects a specific pre-configured event occurrence perhaps during scheduled business hours period or 24/7 round the clock.
A proactive security camera system can be easily deployed using just a minimum of 2 outdoor CCTV cameras, with one at the Front and one in the Rear. When deployed correctly with the right technologies, such a system can safeguard your business against most intrusion attempts.
The example scenario of how a proactive surveillance system operates
In the event that you’re traveling overseas for two weeks and there is no one else actively safeguarding after the building facilities, a proactive surveillance system can be deployed in order to automatically alert you as soon as soon as perhaps a human intrusion activity is detected.
2. Event-Triggered Alert Notification
For example, if somebody within the camera field of view climbs over the high perimeter fence and gain entry into the building premises, the proactive CCTV system products would immediately alert you to your Smartphone as long as you are connected via a 3G or 4G channel connection network account.
3. Real-Time Remote Video Monitoring
Once the Alert has been triggered, it will enable you to instantly enjoy a real-time view of the convenience of your mobile phone either via a free Mobile app application or Web browser app.
This gives you maximum situational awareness of the security situation to see if there is any potential problem and allow you to respond the situation in a timely manner.
For example, in a situation of an intruder detected visually by the system, the operator can immediately contact the local police to immediately dispatched a patrol vehicle to apprehend the perpetrator.
4. 2-Way Interaction with Subjects within CCTV Field of View
In addition, such a pro-active surveillance system allows you to interactively communicate to the subject detected is inside the vicinity of the cameras field of view.
VoIP enabled CCTV Cameras
A proactive system solution requires the use of a security camera which is VoIP enabled and equipped with an audio microphone and speakers for two-way communication
Such VoIP enabled Camera has a built-in internal software that will allow it to initiate a phone call to an assigned mobile phone in the situation that a specific pre-configured event trigger has been activated.
5. Image Quality
Video image megapixel quality which is dependent on the camera zoom lens is also another very important area of consideration
During surveillance operations, it’s what is moving within the video surveillance cameras field of view that you need to accurately capture in high quality and gets as much visual detail as possible.
It is important to note that the Camera resolution does not determine the camera’s capability to reliably capture movement in high quality
Disadvantages of Reactive Surveillance System
A reactive surveillance system is one that solely initiates recording an incident event if the cameras detect a pre-defined event trigger such as
1. Physical motion happening within the CCTV cameras field of view
2. An opening of access control door which has been hardwired into the integrated security system
Such event triggered camera recording capability is available in the majority of the surveillance systems available in the security market today.