Cloud-based Video Monitoring Brings Benefits to Cities
Recent developments in security video management software frameworks are facilitating public-private collaboration to improve urban safety by taking advantage of cloud-based video monitoring services. Business owners can view live and recorded video footage from their laptop, tablet or smartphone 24/7. They can also selectively share camera feeds with law enforcement agencies, allowing officers to monitor video in real time during an incident. The live video feed then provides timely information to responding officers and simplifies ensuing investigations.
This new, collaborative solution addresses key issues such as tight budgets, tensions between police and citizens, and economic development.
Using this solution enables cities to become more connected, “smart cities” without raising taxes. This works especially well for local authorities looking to reduce costs and increase the efficiency of services, whilst also actively maintaining or increasing levels of public safety.
Collaborative security and community policing also improve the dialogue between officers and the local community, which is especially important in the fragile social climate that exists in certain cities around the world today. Rather than responding to crime after it occurs, community policing encourages agencies to proactively develop solutions to the immediate underlying conditions contributing to public safety. As well as this, concerns regarding police misconduct have led to the adoption of new technologies (such as body-worn cameras) and techniques in public safety that focus on transparency.
Higher public safety
Finally, a centralised, collaborative security network resulting in a higher level of public safety results in the growth of small independent businesses, meaning that there is growth in the local economy.
A collaborative cloud-based video monitoring network is efficient, enhancing services to citizens without affecting budget; inclusive, fostering collaboration and community policing to rebuilt trust and transparency; and finally, creates safe and livable areas within a city which results in the growth of local businesses and thriving communities.
Pota Kanavaros, Product Marketing Manager, Genetec