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New Surveillance Camera Technology Offers More Than Security for Businesses

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Many organizations, including The Oxford Collection, are investing in new IP-based security camera solutions with video analytics to provide real-time situational awareness, enhance security and better manage business operations. Offers insight.

The amount of information companies can get from raw video feeds is small. Analytics deliver value, and new cameras with resolutions up to 4K are enabling video surveillance providers to build analytics into their video management software, says IDC Video Surveillance and Vision Applications Research. said his director, Mike Jude.

“Traditionally, the video surveillance market was driven by hardware with better cameras,” he says. “The future will be driven by better software.”

Companies with manufacturing plants today can leverage video analytics software to monitor quality assurance, track inventory and ensure worker safety, he said. For example, analytics software can alert management when manufacturing supplies are in short supply, or identify employees on the factory floor who are not wearing personal protective equipment.

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How Intelligent Video Surveillance Can Improve Safety and Operations

The IT department at the Oxford Collection headquarters in Bend, Oregon piloted several IP-based video surveillance systems, but standardized on Verkada for several reasons. Its high-quality cameras, video analytics capabilities, and cloud-based storage and management software enable hotel chains to create integrated camera systems to easily manage and support hotel-wide video surveillance.

“This was the perfect fit for us in terms of quality, searchability of footage, storage, and archiving,” says Hagan.

The Oxford Collection has not yet been standardized on any video platform. We use seven different camera systems that store video on-site using a digital video recorder (DVR) and a network video recorder (NVR).

Today’s investigations require onsite staff to manually sift through videos to find footage. Next, you need to save the video file to a USB drive or burn it to disc and make it available to corporate executives. In contrast, her Verkada, with its cloud-based storage and management software, offers remote access to hotel leaders for the first time. The company can also email links to police, giving access to law enforcement with customizable expiration dates.

The company typically stores video footage for 30 days, but can also archive footage for longer-term storage if desired.

“The scalability and flexibility are unmatched by anything we had before,” Hagan says. “In the event of an incident that may have legal implications for guests or employees, we can easily search and navigate to the point.”

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The company, which plans to upgrade camera systems throughout its properties over the next five years, will completely upgrade its Oxford Suites Reading Hotel in California with 30 new high-definition and 4K cameras, starting with its flagship site Oxford Hotel Bend. . this year.

So far, the IT staff has installed 20 cameras at the Bend hotel’s new Roam restaurant, in front of the hotel, in the valet parking area, and in the alleyways. The team plans to add eight more cameras to the adjacent parking lot this year.

The company uses Verkada’s license plate recognition technology to aid police investigations. We also use cameras and analytics to improve customer service and better manage operations. Hotel managers can check the restaurant’s dining area in real time and if it’s crowded, they can increase the restaurant’s staff with hotel staff, he said.

Verkada cameras running on Power over Ethernet are easy to install and manage, says Oxford systems analyst Matthew Miller. The IT staff only had to install Category 6 cabling.

“It’s mostly set and you forget it,” says Miller. “It’s there when you need it, and it’s cloud-based, so you don’t have to worry about on-premises storage.”