Security Technology Executive

MAY-JUN 2018

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www. • May/June 2018 • SECURIT Y TECHNOLOGY E XECUTIVE 39 those costs will be. This is where multi-sensor cam- eras offer tremendous advantages over single-sensor cameras. In some cases, the savings on installation can virtually eliminate the difference in cost between multi- and single-sensor cameras. For example, where at one time you may have had to install four cameras with four separate data and power connections, in many cases you can now install a single camera and single connection, also known as a drop. When you consider the cost of running one conduit to a location as opposed to four, which cost four times as much, the price of the camera becomes relatively insignificant in the grand scheme of things. Licensing is another area where multi- sensor cameras offer savings over single- sensor cameras. In most cases, a multi- sensor camera has one IP address, which requires only one license for the video management system. This reduces expenses while offering greater ability to integrate video with access control, building management, fire control and other systems to increase overall security and potentially improve operational efficiencies. After deployment, multi- sensor cameras con- tinue to deliver potentially significant savings with regard to ongoing maintenance. In the event of an outage, for instance, an installer will only need to troubleshoot and repair one camera and/or connec- tion, which will save time at the job site and reduce labor costs. All of these factors contribute to a lower TCO and higher ROI with multi-sensor cameras compared to single-sensor models. Advanced Technologies Many of the most cutting-edge technologies have made or are making their way into multi-sensor cam- eras to deliver even greater performance and value. Among these is low-light performance, which has evolved substantially in recent months and years. In the past, high resolutions were the primary culprit for surveillance cameras' poor low-light per- formance. Thankfully, manufacturers have made tremendous progress in incorporating sensors that are much more sensitive to light into their cameras today. These sensors, combined with day/night cut filters have made it possible for multi- sensor cam- eras to more effectively process video in low-light environments. As resolutions continue to increase, you can be sure that low-light performance will con- tinue to increase as well. Schools are a prime example of this technology in action. Because of budgetary constraints, schools are always looking for ways to save money, including turning off the lights when no one is in the build- ing. With a multi- sensor camera with day/night capability, a school will no longer have to make a choice between monitoring the building with video and saving money on electricity. The camera will provide high-quality video that delivers the func- tionality the end user expects and essentially cuts through the darkness. Today 's multi- sensor cameras are also highly intelligent, with many offering a wide range of video analytics. These include abandoned object detection, adaptive motion detection, camera sabotage, object or people counting , removed object detection and When properly positioned, a single multi- sensor camera can replace several fixed and/or P TZ cameras for maximum cost- effectiveness reduced total cost of ownership ( TCO) and increased return on investment (ROI).

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