The number one growth area for the electronic security industry is video. That’s not to say there aren’t other areas of business companies will be getting into. What it does say is that when it comes to protecting homes and businesses, the key technology expected to add value in the coming years is video.
That means a number of things for those of us installing systems, monitoring them, and manufacturing the equipment. First, we need to ensure high manufacturing standards are upheld. To prevent unnecessarily summoning police for response, quality resolution is imperative. Good pictures means a much greater ability to identify criminal activity, and use video as police tool for prevention and apprehension. Join SIA (www.siaoline.org) if you haven’t already.
Second, installing the video system in a way that best detects an intrusion and deters criminals from even attempting to break-in is very important. Installing companies should join ESA (www.esaweb.org) if they are not already a member, and their state security association, to ensure their technicians receive proper certification.
Third, those individuals who monitor video images must be well-trained. It’s critical that employees who monitor a video clip understand the potential for sending police when no criminal activity is taking place on the screen. The industry is currently working on guidelines to help in that regard. We recommend joining CSAA (www.csaaul.org) to help your employees along this path.
SIAC supports video usage. As video continues to grow and improve in the years ahead, we have to use the best technology, install it properly and monitor it effectively for the best results. The security industry, our customers and law enforcement will all benefit when we do it right.