In his latest article, Marcel Bruyns, Sales Manager for Africa at Axis Communications, explores the future of estate security and how smart surveillance can enhance the safety of our homes. Bruyns highlights the latest advancements in technology and how they can be applied to keep our properties secure.
Over the last decade, South Africa’s private security industry has been gradually adopting more advanced security technologies to safeguard private properties and neighbourhoods, making it easier and more effective to detect and respond to threats than before. From network cameras with motion sensors to sophisticated video analytics that use artificial intelligence (AI), smart surveillance technologies offer new ways for us to identify and respond to potential threats. But what does the smart surveillance landscape look like today, and how can it help create safer communities?
When time is of the essence
Real-time monitoring is crucial in the fight against crime because, when an incident occurs, time is of the essence. With the help of network cameras, estate security personnel can monitor real-time video feeds, track activity patterns, and receive alerts when something suspicious is detected. This is a significant improvement from traditional security measures (such as security guards overseeing conventional CCTV cameras), which often rely on post-incident analysis to identify and respond retroactively to security breaches.
Response times by local law enforcement in South Africa are notoriously slow, which is where real-time monitoring can prove invaluable. Smart surveillance can dramatically improve communication and coordination between homeowners, estate security personnel, and local law enforcement. Network-based cameras providing real-time updates on potential security breaches, for example, can automatically alert estate security for faster response times. A few minutes’ difference in response times can prevent crime and save lives.
The advent of analytics
Video analytics is a lot better at finding potential security risks than older methods like manual monitoring because of advances in AI. By automatically analysing the data collected by cameras and sensors, advanced video analytics can identify suspicious behaviour, track movements, and alert security personnel to various kinds of threats. This can enhance the effectiveness of estate security and reduce the time and resources needed to monitor an estate around the clock.
By integrating advanced video analytics into estate security systems with analytics-ready network cameras, property managers can take advantage of far more advanced monitoring techniques to enhance estate security. But it’s also important to ensure that personal data is safeguarded. Privacy masking on cameras is a valuable tool for achieving this. By masking specific areas of the camera’s field of view, stakeholders can ensure that sensitive information is not captured.
Smarter access control
Technologies such as facial recognition, biometric access, motion sensors, and geofencing are increasingly used in South Africa to improve access control and trigger alerts when certain areas are accessed. Facial recognition technology, for example, can help identify individuals who are not authorised to access a particular area, triggering an alert and enabling estate security personnel to investigate.
Geofencing is used more and more to help estate security staff find possible security breaches, as it creates virtual boundaries around a particular area, triggering alerts when an individual enters it. Access control is a critical component of estate security, and the latest smart technologies provide more sophisticated layers to prevent unauthorised access.
Towards a safer South Africa
The adoption of smart surveillance technology can help South Africans stay safer. With advanced features such as real-time monitoring, remote access, and sophisticated analytics, smart surveillance technology can provide homeowners and estate managers with the tools they need to secure their homes and communities.
Homeowners and estate managers who want to use these technologies effectively should find a partner who understands their unique security concerns and can design a system that addresses them. This approach ensures that the technology is effective, practical and affordable.
With real-time monitoring, enhanced access control, and advanced video analytics, homeowners can enjoy greater peace of mind knowing their properties and families are protected. Ultimately, the future of estate security in South Africa lies in adopting smart surveillance technology. With the right technology in place, we can work towards creating a safer future.