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36 SECURIT Y TECHNOLOGY E XECUTIVE • September/October 2018 • www. VIDEO TECH Geospatial Awareness Could Be the Next Big Thing for VMS Sensor devices gather input from across the map to provide security personnel actionable data By Eric Olson E verything is going geospatial; from Twitter to Google, from Facebook to Pinterest. Although it may manifest itself under other names: location- based, geo-intelligence, GEOINT, map- based, geo-referencing , geo-analysis, these are all terms referring to the concept of geospatial, which is defined as relating to or denoting data that is associated with a particular location. It may sound very simple, but understand- ing different pieces of data at a particular location and time allows for a vast array of information that can aid users and system in all types of applications In security terms, geospatial refers to WHAT hap- pened, WHERE it happened and aids in helping understand the actions that should be taken. The use of geospatial data can be extremely powerful for security applications, and as such, it's impor- tant for security professionals to understand how it can help make critical perimeters and facilities more secure. Map-Based Presentation of Data So what is a geospatial surveillance system and what value does it provide to a security provider? In a nutshell, a geospatial surveillance system is one that relies heavily on location data for prima- ry display (e.g. a map-based user interface), threat analysis, sensor control and data collaboration. One of its advantages is that it provides a high level of situational awareness. Geospatial systems allow for a map-based representation of a system's sensor Geospatial systems allow for real-time map-based representation of a surveillance system's sensor and alarm locations.

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