False alarms can have significant financial implications and cause operational problems for security companies. Unnecessary responses to sites, especially high-risk commercial sites, with high-value stock or equipment on site can be very costly for monitoring companies and demotivating for staff.
Monitoring and response companies should invest in a platform for their control rooms that eliminates false alarms and empowers the operators to make better decisions around alarms and responses.
Secutel Technologies introduced the Visual Verifier (VV) eight years ago. This visual verification technology has been locally developed, manufactured and is continuously being improved to aid in the protection of businesses. This technology is designed for the commercial market and has been successfully deployed in large enterprises countrywide.
Visual Verifier is an effective intrusion detection system designed specifically to accommodate low-bandwidth and low-power usage on even the most remote sites. When a passive infrared (PIR) is triggered, the cameras take multiple snapshots (photos), which are instantly sent via the communication network, (such as a secure GSM APN or broadband), to the monitoring control room for the purpose of determining if an activation is genuine or false. It also aids in determining the type of risk of the verified activation, which assists security companies to ensure the relevant response is aligned with the identified threat.
Visual Monitor (the VV monitoring platform) enables the operator to deal with exceptions only and thereby make better judgement calls and protect the client’s assets and mitigate risks. Through the Visual Verifier integration, the system can trigger technology such as security fog units, strobe lights, sound bombs and/or pepper spray or gas units.
The VV could be used in various configurations and cameras can be placed in different zones which can be linked to business rules that apply to that zone. For example, cameras in a ceiling space can be armed 24/7 whilst the operational area can be linked to business hours.
The VV platform also integrates with Secutel’s SecuVue cloud-based video surveillance and analytics system - which enables users to capture and verify faces when an alarm is triggered. This alerts the relevant person(s) that there is unauthorised access.
Typical applications for the VV intrusion detection system include archive facilities, mining store facilities, prohibited spaces, cellphone towers, server rooms, retail stores, high-value rooms, strong rooms, ATM cubicles and banks.
Other features include:
• Tamper detection.
• Cell-jamming detection.
• Auto-arming and disarming of sites.
• IP communications over Ethernet with backup dual SIMs with auto failover and selection of the best available signal.
• System health monitoring and reporting.
• Battery backup for up to 72 hours.
• The system can be remotely configured and tested to ensure 24/7 complete monitoring.
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