Features of a Modern Video Surveillance System

Aside from real-time alerts and high-resolution images for post-incident review, modern security camera solutions provide safety alerting and data for business operations intelligence.


Security cameras are commonly deployed in high resolution 1080p HD, 5 megapixels, or even 4K Ultra High Definition. These resolution capabilities enable security operators and facility administrators to see activity around the facility in detail.

In addition to higher resolution sensors, low light imaging is now a reality. Starlight cameras can make color images with greatly reduced motion blur in environments where you’d struggle to walk without a flashlight.


Connectivity is often been accomplished with coaxial cable, with a single dedicated cable going from each camera back to the recording system, also known as a “home run.” Modern systems are now riding on the IT network, allowing multiple cameras to stream across multiple cables connected to multiple network switches, reaching greater distances than the “home run” coaxial cables of the past.

With connected systems, on-site service calls can be reduced. Now that remote access to the system is possible, your security dealer can remotely connect to the system for maintenance without coming to your facility.


Video recording systems now record higher frame rates for fluid motion during playback. They also record video for longer periods of time. The improved capabilities are due to advances in video compression and storage cost reductions.

And where recording had to occur on-premise in the past, some systems are now able to be recorded in the cloud. This capability depends on several factors related to camera count, bandwidth requirements, and a few other considerations and limitations worth further discussion.

User Interface

Now that video systems are managing many more cameras and much more recorded video, it’s important that the video management system, VMS, is ready for the task. Modern VMS interfaces can display video on multiple monitors connected to the same computer. Plus, the user interface can control video walls and remote view monitors.


Intelligent camera systems use metadata to provide reports on everything from occupant head-counts to safety alerts. For example, behavior rules applied to a camera view may create an audible and visual alert when an employee crosses a virtual fence line that separates safe and unsafe work areas. Analytics can run in the camera or on a dedicated computer, depending on the manufacturer’s system design.


One of the greatest advances of modern video systems is their ability to integrate with other security systems. In the past, this was done with dedicated wiring that resulted in “relay magic.” Today, signals required for integration are sent across the network from computer to computer, eliminating dedicated relay wiring. Now, for example, video feeds can appear within the access control user interface, or intrusion detection alarm points can appear on a graphical map within the video management system. Integration leverages the strengths of various systems with one user interface to create a solution that’s intuitive for operators.

Security Partnership

Each facility, organization, and application are unique. Stakeholder inclusion and project planning will help you to deploy and maintain the best possible safety and security solution for your manufacturing facility. An experienced security partner is an excellent advantage. A security professional can visit your facility to collaborate with administrators, security staff, IT, department leaders, and other key stakeholders. The resulting plan will be a tailored and comprehensive security solution that improves daily and long-term operations for every department.

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