10 ways to enhance your monitoring tasks in Security Center part II

Find out how these free functionalities within Security Center can help you streamline issues as they come up and take the load off your security team’s shoulders too.
10 ways to enhance your monitoring tasks part II

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Start using built-in Privacy Protector

Today’s privacy laws require organizations to balance people’s right to privacy and security. Failure to comply with these evolving mandates can lead to significant penalties. But ensuring privacy can be challenging when you have public-facing cameras near a school, hospital, or other high privacy-minded environments.

Investing in security solutions that are built with Privacy by Design offers several features that help you strengthen privacy compliance. Within Security Center, one of those built-in features is KiwiVision™ Privacy Protector.

This privacy feature allows your team to monitor live or recorded video while blurring specific areas or anything that isn’t the static background. Your operators will be able to clearly see the background context of a video tile and understand what’s happening, and they won’t be able to identify the individuals moving around.

Should an incident occur, supervisors can access the unblurred footage to identify the culprits or submit the video as evidence.

Using Privacy Protector is a great way to freely monitor your spaces while upholding people’s rights to privacy and regulatory compliance.

Activate the Camera Integrity Monitor

When you’re monitoring your environment, you need to make sure your cameras and other devices are working properly. If a device falls offline or gets covered without someone noticing, this leaves gaps in your security. But when you have hundreds of cameras, you don’t have time to randomly check camera feeds around the clock. This is where the KiwiVision Camera Integrity Monitor comes into play.

When you activate this feature in Security Center, the system will automatically track and alert you to camera events such as tampering, decreased video quality, or abrupt directional change. This allows you to focus on monitoring the security of your environment while staying on top of any recurring or odd device failures that need addressing.

Using dynamic widgets, you’ll see a list of all incoming events alongside visual graphs that display the number and frequency of different events. You can then quickly investigate alarms or retrieve reports of these events to know when there are bigger issues at play, or if devices need replacing.

Set up your analytics with intention

Using motion detection analytics can help operators identify and qualify threats faster when monitoring their environment. To get full value from this free feature in Security Center, it’s important to make sure you’re being thorough and thoughtful in your configuration. That means ensuring there’s purpose and intention in how the analytics are configured in the camera’s field of view.

For instance, if there’s a tree within the frame, you’re likely going to get many unnecessary notifications on a windy day. Simply adjusting the sensitivity of the motion detection on specific cameras can help here too.

Setting up other analytics such as crowd estimation and people counting can also be very useful in certain circumstances. For instance, you can receive notifications when people begin congregating in specific areas or be alerted to occupancy thresholds to adhere to fire and safety regulations.

Unify your intrusion monitoring

Did you know that intrusion monitoring is now part of the base package in Security Center 5.11?

That means you can do much more than manage your intrusion points, areas, and panels within Security Center. You can also assign various cardholders or groups different pins for arming and disarming specific zones and quickly respond to any intrusion alarms directly from a map of your facilities.

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When you unify intrusion monitoring within Security Center, there’s so much richness in the functionality available to you. For instance, you can receive various types of intrusion alarms such as ‘wrong pin’, or ‘manual bypass’. When you respond to the intrusion event, you’ll be able to see the associated video and cardholder information. You can also associate different types of actions with specific events, such as triggering a threat level. This gives you a full picture of what’s happening and helps guide your operators on how to best respond to the situation.

Beyond that, you can configure automatic arming and disarming based on schedules. This ensures that if the last person to leave forgets to arm the system, your facility won’t be exposed. You can also pull reports on intrusion events to spot any recurring issues, or to help inform your investigations.

Take a look at graphical reports

Traditional table reports are great for filtering down a data set to find entries of interest. This might include identifying who was in an area at a given time or who was the last person to leave the building. Graphical reports help you aggregate all your data to better understand what’s happening in your environment. They help you gain valuable insights such as seeing how many people accessed different buildings or how many alarms were acknowledged over the last week and by whom.

In Security Center, this is all available through visual reports and dashboards. So whether you’re looking at camera failures, door events, or intrusion alarms, you can retrieve information and have that displayed in a graph that includes either columns or stacked rows, or even a doughnut or pie chart. You can further filter these reports based on specific days, times, zones, facilities, types of events or alarms, and more.

You can also create different dashboards with various types of visual reports and keep that up on your screen as you’re monitoring your cameras and handling other tasks. You can drop those graphical reports into a dashboard and set a refresh rate so you can monitor your data in near-real-time. 

This gives you extra information at the ready, so you stay more in control of your environment.

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10 ways to enhance your monitoring tasks in Security Center part I

Keeping your people and property safe isn’t always an easy task. In a busy environment, you could be monitoring cameras, doors, and intrusions, as well as responding to intercom calls and handling alarms. On top of overseeing maintenance tasks and other issues that arise.

That’s why we’ve compiled these 10 easy ways to get more from your security monitoring tasks. Find out how these free functionalities within Security Center can help you streamline issues as they come up and take the load off your security team’s shoulders too.