What Is Off Site Camera Monitoring?
Off site camera monitoring (often referred to as “off-site CCTV” and “remote surveillance”) is a type of surveillance where the personnel monitoring CCTV footage perform their duty at a separate location. This is different from traditional CCTV where camera control rooms are monitored at the location being guarded.
Benefits of Off-Site CCTV Monitoring
- Always alert 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Camera monitoring personnel are unaffected by the office or business park closing times and can operate at all times.
- Prevents collusion
Off-site control rooms allow for the appropriate separation of security personnel from office or factory workers. Thanks to this separation, the security personnel and the on site staff cannot collude on any criminal activity.
- Specialised experts
Due to the ever evolving nature of criminality, security innovations need to stay at the cutting edge. The personnel who manage off-site CCTV monitoring control rooms are specialised industry professionals. They are able to adapt and constantly improve security measures.
- On-Site Fail-Safe
For vulnerable security locations such as access control points that may be compromised by criminals or by accidents, off site camera monitoring serves as a backup. This ensures that camera feeds are constantly monitored no matter what scenario unfolds.
Important to note is that the above list is purely related to the benefits of off-site camera monitoring. Find out more about the benefits of CCTV in general here.
What Are the Different Types of Off-Site Camera Monitoring?
There are two main types of off-site monitoring and both have their own advantages over and above the benefits already described. The two main types are event-based monitoring and live screen monitoring.
- Event-Based Off-Site Camera Monitoring
Event-based monitoring incorporates AI-driven video analytics (as well as electric fencing in the case of a double knock system). Personnel are alerted to live footage once the advanced analytics software detects a threat. The analytics software is able to detect loitering, objects left or removed, and when people approach perimeter fencing or walls. The advantage of this type of monitoring is that personnel remain fresh and alert at all times. It also helps to reduce false alarms, and increases the accuracy of detection.
- Live-Screen Off-Site Cameras
Sometimes called “real-time monitoring”, this type of remote surveillance is best used for specific target locations where threat incidence is high or that require constant monitoring. The types of locations that can benefit from live-screen monitoring include pay points like cash registers, pharmaceutical counters at healthcare centres, or in scenarios where staff routinely handle valuables.
Which Is the Best Type of Off-Site Camera Monitoring?
Each type of off-site camera monitoring is better suited to specific situations. To find out which type or combination of monitoring would best protect your unique environment, it’s always advisable to contact experts in the CCTV field who are experienced in off-site monitoring and surveillance technologies.