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How To Thwart Security Threats with Intelligent Video Surveillance Systems and Advanced Data

monitoring-IVSSAcross United States, video surveillance is growing faster than ever—and it’s becoming more intuitive with each passing year. Data resources are being pulled together in collaborative efforts to thwart threats.

“A fusion center is a collaborative effort of two or more agencies that provide resources, expertise and information to the center with the goal of maximizing their ability to detect, prevent, investigate, and respond to criminal and terrorist activity.” — Department of Homeland Security

Intelligent Video Solutions are experiencing a significant period of growth as organizations more fully realize the benefits offered by video analytics, object, facial, and license plate recognition and other intelligent features. From healthcare and education to judicial/municipal, homeland security and critical infrastructure, many organizations can greatly benefit from advanced Video Surveillance features such as video analytics, but the larger initiative is to create a shared video platform that carries the ability to share “as is” untampered secure video to authorities in effort to maintain public safety.

Fusion centers contribute to the Information Sharing Environment (ISE) through their role in receiving threat information from the federal government; analyzing that information in the context of their local environment; disseminating that information to local agencies; and gathering tips, leads, and suspicious activity reporting (SAR) from local agencies and the public. Fusion centers receive information from a variety of sources, including SAR from stakeholders within their jurisdictions, as well as federal information and intelligence. They analyze the information and develop relevant products to disseminate to their customers. These products assist homeland security partners at all levels of government to identify and address immediate and emerging threats.

Beyond serving as a focal point for information sharing, fusion centers add significant value to their customers by providing a state and local context to help enhance the national threat picture. Fusion centers provide the federal government with critical state and local information and subject matter expertise that it did not receive in the past – enabling the effective communication of locally generated threat‐related information to the federal government. Integrating and connecting these state and local resources creates a national capacity to gather, process, analyze, and share information in support of efforts to protect the country.

Our nation faces an evolving threat environment, in which threats not only emanate from outside our borders, but also from within our communities. This new environment demonstrates the increasingly critical role fusion centers play to support the sharing of threat-related information between the federal government and SLTT partners. — Department of Homeland Security

New Threats

With new threats to public safety and homeland security emerging every year, a growing number of organizations, especially those within the Public Sector know that intelligent video is a highly reliable and cost-effective way to safeguard their facilities, assets and people.

Widespread use of Milestone Video Management Systems (VMS)

In response to an increasingly complex set of threats, organizations everywhere are turning to Milestone (VMS) to help deter crime and terrorism, monitor their facilities and respond to incidents quickly. As these systems become more common around the world, it is equally important to standardize on the platform. Currently the Fusion Centers will only recognize partners that are utilizing the Milestone (VMS) as a baseline for capabilities, guidelines and standards.

IP Based Systems

In response to growing threats of crime, active shooters and terrorism, the United States Homeland Security has ramped up their modern security infrastructure investments, including all IP-based systems. As these deployed security platforms grow more sophisticated, organizations can more readily take advantage of advanced technology, such as video analytics in “real time” being able to quickly respond and circumvent an “Event” and ultimately mitigate and prevent life threatening situations in a proactive vs. reactive response.

Lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of Video Analytics Technology

Total cost of ownership is dictated by recording resolution, Frames-per-second (FPS), policies and compliance mandates. This is a big one: As intelligent video capabilities have advanced and become more mainstream, their cost-effectiveness has only improved. Designing a custom and effective Data Center Grade software policy are key in dictating TCO. Choosing a partner with data center, data management and big data protection skills is essential for a successful deployment, managing TCO and meeting all the business and compliance mandates associated with your organization.

Join cStor and NetApp July 13, 2016 for our Webinar: Does Your Video Surveillance System Meet Today’s Security Challenges?  Find out more about best practices for modernizing your Intelligent Video Surveillance Systems.

Mario Salas
About Mario Salas
Mario Salas is a Senior Solution Architect with cStor, focused on the company's cybersecurity practice. In his early career, Mario was accepted into the bootstrap program of the U.S. Air Force and became a member of the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) program under the operation of the Space Command program at NORAD and the Joint National Test facility in Colorado Springs, CO. Mario received his degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in May of 1998.

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