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Solving the Problem of Having Too Many Cameras to Monitor

Recent events are causing a large increase in the number of surveillance and video cameras in public locations. This can cause information overload if the cameras aren’t effectively managed. With more cameras than people to view the recordings, important video footage can go ignored. MessageNet offers a solution to this problem by integrating camera and surveillance systems with a spectrum of external sensors such as sound meters and motion detectors, available now.

“Video has come to play a huge role in communications technology whether for emergency or everyday use. And while we can record all video footage, catching something significant can be next to impossible in time to prevent an emergency from happening,” says Kevin Brown, CEO of MessageNet Systems. “A lot of surveillance systems’ recorded video is only useful after the fact. In order to address this problem, and catch potential emergencies as or before they happen, we knew we needed to find some way to make the relevant video stand apart from the hours of similar-looking footage.”

Connections can integrate with such sensors as motion detectors, door-open detectors, glass-break detectors, heat and gas sensors, even sound meters (commonly used in hospitals). These sensors can cause a camera to turn on, begin recording, display a video feed on any network-connected screen, or even send an e-mail.

“In an emergency situation, it’s vital that the right people are informed as soon as possible, so any potential damage can be mitigated. Connections, as a multi-platform system, can combine different devices in order to do this,” says Brown. “For example, if there’s an intruder in a school, input from a glass-break detector can automatically activate a camera to record the intruder, display the video feed to the security responders, record the video footage for future review, and even launch a notification to anyone who needs to know, or make an automated PA announcement with instructions for students and staff.”

Connections can provide significant ROI by combining pre-existing systems while leaving room for new additions later on. Investing in an extensive camera system or extending a current surveillance system is ineffective without having a system that can integrate them with technology that can effectively monitor and interpret the incoming data.

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About Chris Rider

Chris Rider is a Systems Architect for MessageNet Systems, focusing on several areas including client-side software (e.g. browsers), micro-computer hardware components, and mobile platforms such as Android. He graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with an Electronic-Business degree, and has done website development and intranet-supported workflow process consulting with businesses ranging from locally-owned restaurants to global Fortune 500 companies. In his off-time, he enjoys tinkering with new technology, Linux, photography, videography, writing, media-content creation, learning new languages (trying to tackle Korean, currently), and travel.

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