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38 SECURIT Y TECHNOLOGY E XECUTIVE • May/June 2018 • www. SecurityInfoWatch.com VIDEO SURVEILLANCE L ong viewed as a solution for specialized security applications with large areas to monitor, multi-sensor cameras have been expanding into more mainstream usage of late. There are a number of economic and perfor- mance-based factors that have helped create a shift in the overall video surveillance space given the increased awareness and deployment of these cameras in more broad-based applications. By combining up to four individual sensors – or camera heads – into a single housing , multi- sensor cameras can replace multiple cameras, and the ability to deliver high-quality 180° or 360° panoramic views of a scene, these cameras deliver greater detail across larger coverage areas and improved wide area surveillance with significantly reduced blind spots. This allows video systems to be designed with fewer cameras to cover the same – or larger – areas of interest, which often reduces initial investment costs associated with a system. Below are three main factors that are changing the video surveillance landscape by moving multi-sensor cameras into the mainstream. Cost Savings As mentioned above, there is a tremendous value proposition in multi-sensor cam- eras. When properly positioned, a single multi-sensor camera can replace several fixed and/or PTZ cameras for maximum cost-effectiveness reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) and increased return on investment (ROI). Many multi- sensor cameras also offer advanced video analytics to produce real-time business data that can be used to increase sales, plan for future events and review overall security implementation and effectiveness – further contributing to their value and ROI. In addition to the cost of equipment, another key expense related to video surveil- lance equipment is the installation. Depending on the time required to run wire, install conduit and other factors, installation costs can run quite high. However, the less related infrastructure and other equipment that must be installed, the lower 3 Ways Multi-Sensor Cameras Alter the Video Surveillance Landscape Users are seeing the advantages of multi-use options and cost-savings with these cameras By R yan Zatolokin By combining up to four individual sensors — or camera heads — into a single housing, multi-sensor cameras can replace multiple cameras, and the ability to deliver high-quality 180° or 360° panoramic views of a scene. Image Courtesy of BigStock.com

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