In today’s work, every organization and society use CCTV for monitoring operations, security, and surveillance SOP. CCTVs also act as the last line of evidence collection and CCTV footage is admissible in a court of law, in case of any legal proceeding. Given the huge dependency on this technology for safety and security, globally close to 1 Billion.
Case In Point – Security of CCTV Network Airport
Globally Airports, big and small use CCTV cameras for constant monitoring of the premise keeping the operational flow intact. The dependence on CCTV cameras has gone from surveillance to Operational Readiness to run the airport.
However, the recent threats emerging through CCTV cameras have created threat perception where CCTV cameras have become a potent threat vector that can disrupt the airport operation, such as leaking the information on VIP movements, missing out the evidence of critical events, snooping, and breach of privacy, and in the rare worst case, may lead to SCADA/ICS attacks which have the potential to loss of human life, economic losses as well.
Combat terrorism – It’s an unfortunate fact that airports are targets for terrorist activity. For that reason, it’s vitally important that airports employ extremely strict security measures. Video surveillance systems play a key role in protecting against acts of terrorism. The proper system will provide authorities with invaluable tools in their efforts to maintain the highest possible levels of security.
Provide real-time surveillance to multiple departments – With IP surveillance enabling digital surveillance streams to travel over the internet, operators in various airport departments such as police, customs, fire and medic, baggage, and airport operations, can all monitor the video feeds from separate PC workstations.
Advanced video analytics – Intelligent cameras with built-in video analytics are beginning to play a significant role in airport security. These cameras utilize software algorithms to detect specific activities and scan for suspicious individuals. For instance, cameras with facial recognition technology work to help authorities find terrorist threats and marked individuals on government watch lists. Using behavioral recognition technology, cameras can be programmed to detect incidents such as left objects, congestion, reverse movement through checkpoints, and cars spending too much time parked in one spot outside of the building. With these features running through cameras themselves, the analytics operate in real-time.
Flexibility and scalability – IP video surveillance systems are scalable, meaning they can grow as needed, or as the airport grows. Additional cameras are easily connected to the network, and pre-existing analog cameras can even be incorporated into new systems by using digital encoders.
Digital storage – With IP surveillance, video footage is recorded and stored digitally, unlike analog systems which archive footage on clunky cassette tapes. This allows for an almost unlimited amount of storage, and also provides users with drastically enhanced search capabilities.
Remote access – IP-based surveillance systems send live video streams over the internet, where they can be viewed, along with archived footage, remotely from any PC with network access. This allows authorized users to monitor airport activities from off-site locations.