Ten Steps to a Successful IP Surveillance Installation: Step 3

What to look for in a video management system, plus how open and closed systems differ

For industrial automation systems, video is sometimes the only way to monitor activity in a room. For example, it is often not possible to enter a clean room or an area containing dangerous chemicals. Integrating video surveillance with access control is the only way to have visual access to the area both for security purposes and for monitoring processes.

Audio can also be easily integrated with video management systems because networks can carry any type of data. Depending on the video file format, audio can be transported with or in tandem to the video stream. This reduces the need for extra cabling - as opposed to analog systems where an audio cable must be installed along with the coaxial. Integrating audio into the system makes it possible for remote personnel to hear and speak with possible perpetrators. Audio can also be used as an independent detection method, triggering video recordings and alarms when audio levels surpass a preset threshold.

IP-based video management platforms allow users added flexibility and control of a surveillance system. As additional features are integrated into the system it creates a more total solution for the security and building management needs of an organization. As we look forward to intelligent video, video management software will increasingly help generate and manage "actionable information."

About the author: As the general manager for Axis Communications, Fredrik Nilsson oversees the company's operations in North America. In this role, he manages all aspects of the business, including sales, marketing, business expansion and finance. He can be reached via email at fredrik.nilsson@axis.com.