The internet of things is a revolution in itself, connecting not so techy objects and things over secured networks with one another, supporting M2M (machine to machine) communication and facilitating the lifestyles of millions. Whether we talk about connected homes or offices, automated manufacturing facilities or personalized customer services; IoT’s sphere of application is ever growing and scaling. From small to large, all sizes of business facilities conclude some benefits from IoT based technological infrastructures, whether to intensify the surveillance presence or to make their business smarter and self reliant.
The application of the internet of things has expedited the daily operations of enterprises, secured it from any threat of intrusion or malware while providing a supportive structure for data management. An IoT backed enterprise security software provides entrepreneurs with an integrated ecosystem, which, with its predictive maintenance and smart detection, allows for a smooth functioning enterprise.
Supporting an end to end encrypted chain of integrated devices, IoT based surveillance and management systems have been customarily used across businesses to establish secure and connected enterprises, overcoming the drawbacks of geographical distances or shortage of spaces.
The perfect IoT integration: Surveillance and the Cloud
The increasing number of crimes being directed towards business enterprises has made owners watchful of all activities that take place in and around their facilities. Protecting their employees & customers, assets, data and infrastructure from all possible loopholes and dubious affairs is a major concern today.
The FBI statistics state that 60% of commercial burglary occurs after business hours, requiring a state of the art proactive mechanism that provides round the clock surveillance to these premises. With an unprecedented growth in the criminal activities taking place daily, the surveillance industry has worked hard towards upgrading its technologies, establishing an equilibrium.
The surveillance industry has witnessed the inclusion of the latest technological advancements, going from a manually supervised system to an automatically regulated one. Moving video surveillance towards the cloud has helped in the establishment of a remotely accessed and analytics based integrated ecosystem.
There are significant benefits associated with moving surveillance to the cloud. These cloud services have capacitated businesses to move their locally stored data onto a cloud while allowing the real time transmission of data over networks.
While traditionally, a video management system was an on-site operational mechanism, requiring a control panel stationed locally, a cloud based surveillance system breaks free from the constraints of geography. Cloud VSaaS solutions allow distanced deployments of different aspects of the solution while still maintaining an integrated ecosystem. From devices installed on site to data stored on cloud which is accessible from any remote place with the application of a digital interface; everything can be tied together with a cloud solution.
All the data recorded by the IP cameras and smart sensors gets compressed and transmitted directly to the cloud. The shift from local storage to that on cloud has greatly benefited businesses in numerous ways. Availing data away from the site reduces its vulnerability in terms of the video recorder being tampered with. The cloud services also enable surveillance staff to livestream the footage of all its sites, simultaneously. The data of any previous day can be retrieved, downloaded and shared by authorized personnel. This anytime, anywhere retrieval facility provides support as forensic evidence in case of any unwarranted situation.
The cloud services allow users to monitor the devices directly from the cloud based platform, allowing them to maintain concurrent surveillance over the operations and overall performance of the employees. Receiving real time alerts on handy devices, in case of any performance deviations the platform enables authorized personnel to deploy commands required to bring the situation under control. Employees lurking around restricted sections after hours or trying to enter the server rooms without authorization can be reminded they are under surveillance with two audio systems.
The divisional structure of an e-surveillance cloud based solution also facilitates site and device maintenance from far off places. Remote control over the employees and their dealings; maintenance of all access points as well as surveillance over daily operations of the premises aid employers in creating a safe and secure environment. Receiving all notifications and alerts directly on mobile devices keep employers updated regarding all incidents taking place in their premises. This becomes especially beneficial when employers have to monitor multiple sites spread across geographies.
A software that aids communication
The IoT based surveillance solution connects all devices and personnel involved, in a circuit of communication, sending and receiving data packets through networks.
Communication between operations and operators
Cloud based surveillance software supports back and forth transmission of data and messages, establishing an interconnected ecosystem. While the edge devices record and analyze data it is transmitted to the cloud via the gateway in real time. Notifications sent and alerts raised are then received and acted upon. As an authorized accessor of the platform, employers can deploy commands to be followed. With machine learning abilities, specific devices can be trained to act in a certain way during particular situations. When an employer receives a smoke alert, he/she can validate the alert with the attached snapshots or footage provided. Following this, the authorized personnel can either activate water sprinklers or close the notification with incident based remarks, thus completing the transmission.
Communication between devices
M2M communication between devices with or without wires is also facilitated by the IoT surveillance solutions. Connection between devices and platform, devices and gateway or between various edge devices. Employers can tag certain cameras with the nearby sensors, promoting communication between devices and facilitating insightful surveillance. When a motion sensor senses movement outside a restricted section of the enterprise, it sends a notification to the escalations with a snapshot or footage clip captured from the tagged camera. This enables employers to get a better idea about what caused the sensor to go off and take required steps.
Communication between operator and intruder
A two way audio communication system facilitates the communication between command center personnel and any person under the scrutiny of the surveillance staff. Entering the premises after hours, the motion detectors notify command center staff of an unpermitted presence. To validate the identity of the intruder a two way audio system can be used. The audio mechanism acts as a deterrent for criminals, warning them about the presence of a surveillance camera recording all their activities.
IoT surveillance software has transformed the way enterprises function, while marginally contributing in the establishment of a secure and efficient working space. The cloud based solution has become an attractive investment for businesses that are trying to upgrade their surveillance structure. Moving from on site storage to the cloud has allowed business owners to peek into the daily operations of their business.From monitoring employee adherence to SOP protocols and securing the premises from external or internal threats to simultaneously monitoring multiple sites, the solution has brought a great number of benefits to enterprises. This communicative solution binds all fragments of the business together, forming an interconnected circuit of independently stationed structures. This IoT software has an ever expanding potential, allowing businesses to scale their operations without having to invest in new infrastructure.
Author Name:- Pratik Salia
Author Bio:- Experienced Professional with a demonstrated history of working in startups & conglomerates. Skilled in Operations, E-commerce, Customer Experience, ABM Marketing, B2B Marketing, B2B Brand Positioning, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Market Research, and Management.