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Video and Access Control Integration by ProQuest


Access control systems in particular generate alarms such as invalid badges, door forced and door held events. Those events need to be investigated, but the task of doing so with a standalone surveillance system is painful. Receive an alarm on one system, and your operator has to move to another complete system to investigate. This surveillance system has a different user interface and so he/ she has to "switch gears." Then, which camera do you call up to view the scene?

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									                                                     IP Technology

      Video and Access
     Control Integration
        Why your access and surveillance systems are not on speaking terms
                                                   By Rich Anderson

          ometimes it’s easy to get really   device, it connects with all wireless net-    video systems serve two purposes; surveil-
          frustrated with our industry. We   works. Digital point-and-shoot cameras        lance and evaluation. Surveillance allows
          have known for many years that     connect reliably over a USB connection,       an operator to continuously monitor the
          the integration of access con-     and your new Blu-ray player connects to       activity in a site. This virtual roving guard
          trol systems and video systems     your HD television over an HDMI connec-       serves a real purpose by allowing tours to
produces real benefits. Yet, somehow we      tion no matter whose brand you bought.        be made more quickly and surreptitiously
have managed to continue to build inte-         In the security industry, we are not so    than a human on two feet ever could. The
grated systems the same way we did 15        fortunate. Want your video system to talk     downside is that while multiple cameras
years ago — one interface at a time.         to your access control system? We live in     can be displayed at once in front of the
   Why is our industry so far behind when    a world where each access control system      operator, it is still up to that human to
it comes to integration? You disagree?       has to be “hand-crafted” in order to inter-   select what he is going to watch. The
Well, let’s do some comparisons. If you      face to a video system from a different       result is that 99 percent of the site’s
buy a printer this weekend — any of the      manufacturer. While that has a certain        activity gets missed while we are focusing
hundreds of printer models at your local     old world charm about it, what it really      on the 1 percent. That’s useful, to be sure,
store — do you have to worry about it        means is wasted time and money.               and until someone invents a “bad people”
being compatible with your existing lap-                                                   detector, it is likely to be very necessary
top? Assuming your laptop is reasonably      Why the Integration is Important              in many environments.
contemporary, the answer is “no worries”       In spite of the often high costs of mak-       Evaluation, on the other hand, focuses
(That assumes you are not running Vista,     ing the connections, there is real value in   on the monitoring and investigation of
but I digress…). If you buy any Wi-Fi        an integrated system. We all know that        events. Those events come from a vari-

ety of sensors including video analytics,        odds are good that events will be lost and          views can often result in a much better
access control and intrusion systems. In         response times will be slow.                        situational awareness.
fact, almost all of our other security sys-                                                             Suppose no interface is available from
tems are event-based.                            The Situation                                       your access provider. One option avail-
   Access control systems in particular             If you want to connect video and access          able is to request that an interface be
generate alarms such as invalid badges,          in today’s world of s
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