There’s a huge emphasis on cyber security—and rightly so in today’s world. But an important part of a security stance for any organization should also be an emphasis of physical security for their business. There are many ways to build a stronger security stance—from keycard entry systems to physical locks, and many of them are benefitting from technology advances. One such field is the tried and true security camera. They’ve been around for decades—but have come a long way since the closed circuit TV cameras. Video surveillance is now more than just a security solution—advances in technology and analytics are helping cities, retail, and businesses have a more secure and effective physical environment.
One such camera and video surveillance system is the Meraki MV line, brought to you by Cisco Meraki, a combination of trusted names in networking and security. This is a unique approach because it means Meraki’s wireless, switching, security, communications, enterprise mobility management (EMM), and security cameras can all be managed through a single, web-based dashboard. That’s great news for the IT department who won’t have to figure out how to manage a completely new system and dashboard. Let’s quickly look at some of the benefits of the Meraki approach.
- Centralized Cloud Management
The Meraki dashboard provides secure monitoring and management of all your cameras from anywhere in the world, no extra software required. Simply log in via the web and you can view your security cameras.
- Automatic Network Detection
The Meraki dashboard will automatically detect whether the viewing computer is in the local network or somewhere remote. Local streaming video never goes to the cloud, saving bandwidth, while remote streaming video is proxied through the cloud allowing it to be viewed from anywhere.
- Granular Access Controls
With this solution, you can easily define who can see what video streams, view historical footage, and export video—all from the dashboard.
- Edge Storage
Because the high write endurance solid state storage is localized—there’s no need for cumbersome Network Video Recorders. Each camera records and stores its data, so network interruptions don’t impact your security stance.
- Advanced, onboard analytics
The latest Meraki cameras feature industry-leading analytics and machine learning capabilities onboard—including motion heat maps allowing you to quickly assess foot traffic patterns or congregation points to assess the typical flow of business through a retail space or an office lobby. With object detection, your cameras can actually begin to provide business insights of all types: moving beyond just security into realms like which display of merchandise attracts the most attention, for example.
- Wired or wireless
Cameras can be used through wired or wireless solutions. You aren’t limited on camera placement by your LAN wiring.
The important thing to note—is Meraki is expanding their video beyond the typical “security stance” that is hotly debated. There are many studies indicating the video surveillance deters crime—and some cities that have implemented “crime cameras” report drops of crime rates up to 37%.1 For a CIO, that could be reduced “disappearing equipment” rates. For state or local government, that could mean significant reduction in police force workloads. Either way, it’s a win for those involved. However—the usage of video cameras also has serious business impacts as well—especially in the retail space. With Meraki cameras on board—you can begin to analyze how customers move through your space and adjust flow patterns so your customers see more of your merchandise. Also—you can see which displays attract more attention, increasing the effectiveness of your display strategies.
Why not explore the possibilities that Meraki could bring to your business with Clearpath’s help? Our trusted advisers can help design and implement a video surveillance solution that could both increase your security stance and increase your business potential.
- Statistics on How Security Cameras Deter Crime, Watchman Security, 2016