The Rising Stature of Mobile Surveillance

Remote intelligence and situational awareness on the go

Remote intelligence and situational awareness provides tremendous value-whether you are a police officer responding to an incident or a business owner managing productivity or a parent/pet owner making sure your children/pets are safe.

Video solves the main problem of a surveillance event, delivering an image of the perpetrator that broke into your business or trespassed on the perimeter. But video doesn't always tell the entire story.

The integration of audio into the surveillance operation is becoming increasingly common. Audio delivers another element of information that would otherwise be missing, allowing the user to gather more detail on the nature of the event and the potential suspects. The increased integration of speakers into IP cameras, or connectivity of external public address systems or loudspeakers to surveillance cameras, means that delivering audio over a network with video is easier than ever.

Enabling a reliable alarm verification service as part of a mobile surveillance operation will also go a long way in eliminating the costs of outsourcing surveillance operations to companies with fixed, remote services.

The world of mobile surveillance is still in the formative years, but there are a number of options on the market to get started, and a variety of applications to test. Other emerging applications include remote business intelligence, situational awareness, central station monitoring and deterrence. We expect to see these opportunities grow sharply as quality of service and network capacity for mobile users strengthen in the coming months and years.

Tips for Systems Integrators

Systems integrators in professional security are familiar with the various camera and recording devices available on the market. Cameras or DVRs/NVRs must be accessible from the Internet to reach mobile phones. Using servers such as MobileCamViewer Enterprise Server to view the video without having to put the cameras/DVRs on the public Internet or open ports is another option.

Integrators building out a mobile surveillance system simply need to understand the network limitations and device compatibility with the mobile software and phones being used. This also goes for tablets (like the iPAD) and other settings such as BlackBerry Enterprise Server. General compatibility tests will prove whether certain IP cameras and recorders will work with the mobile software being applied.

The ability to wirelessly test video source equipment connected to the network will go a long way in ensuring cameras are functioning correctly and covering the appropriate range of vision. mobiDEOS, for example, offers a software option for installers to test a camera installation wherever they are, such as atop a ladder immediately following installation. This eliminates the need to manually correct each individual camera, while showing end users that the cameras are installed and functioning correctly.

Most importantly, integrators will understand the freedom of working within open systems. A mobile surveillance system should support a wide variety of smartphone and devices, giving end users the freedom to use whichever devices they please without having to purchase new phones and contracts.

Sri L. Palasamudram is the chief executive officer of mobiDEOS Inc., Milpitas, Calif.,