CheckVideo Helps Landlord Raise Rent
The surveillance market can be afflicted with “highway hypnosis” thanks to its nature of staring at multiple screens for hours. DCRM solved this with CheckVideo’s cloud-based monitoring.
Similar to a driver getting “highway hypnosis” on long, endless roads there is a common occurrence in the remote CCTV surveillanceworld. Central station monitoring agents stare endlessly at static images of hallways, parking lots and empty buildings in an attempt to witness and stop illicit activity in real time. Often, they are looking at multiple monitors, each with one to 16 images. Needless to say, criminal activity is often missed, no matter how good the guard is at his job.
Moreover, video surveillance has been somewhat plagued by the slowness of obtaining video image evidence from an on-site DVR. When an unseen crime is later discovered, the video evidence can only be obtained by examining recorded images from the DVR during the timeframe in which the crime was thought to have occurred. That can take hours. Imagine if that happens while a family is on vacation for two weeks. That’s a lot of video to pore over, even if it is time-lapse.
These are just two reasons adoption of remote video monitoring has been slow, not to mention equipment and installation costs. Of course, the whole reason off-site video monitoring even exists is to save the client the cost of hiring an on-site security guard. But if the remote surveillance is faulty, what good is it?
Enter the future of remote video surveillance: where locations are equipped with cameras with video analytics to activate recording only when motion occurs, where IP-networked wireless (and hardwired) cameras can be quickly installed and communicate via Wi-Fi, and where no on-site DVR is installed but instead all recording is done via the cloud. But it’s not the future, it’s today.
Using this new technology, three Boston-area multi-dwelling unit (MDU) housing complexes have been able to eliminate guards, save on installation costs, offer real-time protection using loudspeakers to scare off potential bad guys, and have access to review recorded images for evidence and analysis much faster. Even better, they were able to raise rent by securing the building for their tenants.
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