CCTV Analytics: Using AI to Make Security Proactive

CCTV has for many years been a security system staple, providing a variety of benefits, from real time surveillance to recording vital evidence and acting as a deterrent.

CCTV has for many years been a security system staple, providing a variety of benefits, from real time surveillance to recording vital evidence and acting as a deterrent. But thanks to artificial intelligence, the power of CCTV has been ramped up considerably, because now we have CCTV analytics as part of our protective armoury.

CCTV analytics

What are CCTV analytics?

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to analyse video data from CCTV cameras is a phenomenon that is taking hold in many premises across a wide variety of industry sectors throughout the UK.

CCTV analytics – to give it its proper name – is a software innovation that can be applied to video streams from CCTV cameras. Also known as video analytics, the technology has the power to detect and prevent security threats in real time, as well as relay rich data to building and security managers, aiding crucial decision making processes.

AI powered video analytics are able to recognise patterns, detect unusual behaviours and identify potential security risks. In doing so, they can enhance the effectiveness of security systems and aid a more proactive approach to security monitoring.

Let’s take a closer look at how CCTV analytics can benefit business security.

Automated surveillance

Using machine learning and anomaly detection which are a built-in aspect of CCTV analytics, the entire camera-based threat monitoring process can be automated in real time, removing the need for manual surveillance.

Analytics can also be used to automate the video footage review process. The technology can identify incidents as evidence, negating the need to manually sift through hours of footage.

AI-powered object recognition

AI-powered object recognition identifies and locates objects in video footage, human or otherwise. It can be used for real time monitoring and threat detection in a wide variety of environments, helping identify and track suspicious individuals, as well as fires, floods, weapons or left luggage, for example.

Object recognition is also effective at detecting unauthorised personnel in restricted or hazardous areas. It can also be used to prevent tailgating, automatically detecting where someone enters a building too closely behind someone else.

Analysing behaviour

CCTV analytics can be used to scrutinise patterns of behaviour and identify suspicious activity, such as loitering, stashing goods into a coat or bag in a retail environment, pacing, erratic movement, attempting to open multiple doors, taking notes or photographs, or using binoculars, for example.

Anomaly detection and predictive analysis

CCTV analytics can predict potential threats based on historical data in a number of ways. By identifying patterns, AI algorithms can provide insights into potential risks, helping security managers to take proactive steps to prevent incidents from occurring altogether.

AI can also process threat intelligence data, using it to predict and prevent issues by learning about known threats, and identifying as yet unknown threats.

Additionally, AI can automatically filter out false alarms.

Tamper protection

CCTV analytics can detect when there has been a major change in the camera view, such as a power outage or obstruction, or if the camera has been moved.

What are the benefits of CCTV analytics?

CCTV analytics not only address security issues, but also traffic and crowd control and footfall monitoring. So the technology can prove an all-round management solution.

Video surveillance is also being integrated into other physical security and building management platforms. In doing so, it’s delivering rich, intelligent data for security, facilities and building managers to use to their advantage, supporting their decision making processes and helping them improve efficiencies and make cost savings.

CCTV analytics have the potential to prevent security incidents, which means they can save on the disruption and costs associated with property and asset damage, theft and general business continuity.

The automation of tasks made possible by CCTV analytics frees up personnel to focus on more meaningful and complex jobs, or to spend time with customers.

CCTV with video analytics can also be connected to other systems, such as access control and intruder alarms, providing a powerful, multi-layered security solution that can prevent everything from unauthorised access by facial recognition, to false alarms.

Is there anything to consider when using CCTV analytics?

The use of AI in video surveillance does raise ethical considerations, such as privacy concerns and the potential for misuse of the technology.

It’s also important to bear in mind that training AI models for threat detection calls for considerable resources, including labelled data, high levels of computational power, and a decent amount of expertise in machine learning and AI prompting.

But there are experts available to take care of these elements for those who believe the benefits will outweigh any potential downsides.

Looking for a forward-thinking security solution to protect your premises?

If you’re looking to make good use of today’s technology in strengthening your premises security, CCTV analytics is a good place to start.

And if you’re looking to make sure your security system meets your individual needs when it comes to protecting your property, your assets and your people, Barry Bros Security is another good place to start.

We have been taking care of home and business security for more than 75 years, and we’d be delighted to provide you with the bespoke advice you need to secure your property using today’s modern solutions. To discuss your individual business security needs, please get in touch.

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