A World of Possibilities

The basics of using IP video to enhance the security of your organization

There are large software companies that are trying to write risk measurement software from mined business data. It's complicated to do, because it is difficult to determine whose eyes to measure the risk through — the CEO's, the finance department, legal, operations, HR and more. Today and for sometime into the future, you have to be the eyes of all the departments — and your knowledge and tools need to be as good as possible for the organization's benefit.

There are software programs being written that make cameras smarter, and this will continue. Camera software simply looks for behaviors that indicate risks. The human eye and brain can not watch one person's behavior, let alone a wide range of behaviors at all times, but cameras can. Currently, cameras are able to watch for when a package has been abandoned and when someone is walking the wrong way in a crowd — and they can count people, cars, watch areas for intruders, continually track someone of interest. The cameras will send alarms with video feeds when there are exceptions to rules that you have set .

Make sure you look at what is happening with technology around you — especially cell phones and PDA ' s that can shoot, view and send pictures anywhere and any time. It's pretty hard to believe that this same technology will not impact the world of security. Video is simply oozing out of cell phones and over the Internet today — and within your organization, you have the choice to be in control of it and use it to your advantage. Your business is all about risk and control.

Carol Enman is director of Business Development and Communications for Securitas Systems, an international security systems integrator. She has been on the business side of the security industry for 10 years, first as the publisher of two now established market industry publications and as the founder or co-founder of three industry events — one in technology, one for systems integrators growth and one in the financial community. Ms. Enman has a BA from Suffolk University in Boston.