Article written by David Antar, President of IPVideo Corporation, Robolliance Expert
One of the great parts of being a member of the Robolliance is the ability to share and glean best practices and industry experience to optimize the integration of robotics into the physical security world. By combining various aspects of physical security solutions with robotic solutions, we are able to bring added value to the security industry as a whole.
In the past, the range of solutions that have become integrated with video products through the network has expanded rapidly to the point that, today; the connectivity to the IoT is driving how technology is being used. Robotics fits within that spectrum, and robotic solutions are being built right into devices with which IoT solutions can interface. For example, with the evolution of IP cameras, analytics and diagnostics that can identify certain conditions along with visual cues, have been built into the cameras themselves. The ability for surveillance software to generate alerts and initiate responses to them epitomizes a simple form of robotics. It allows security solutions to transition from being reactive to being proactive.
Now the question remains - Is a robot merely monitoring, or is it monitoring and recording simultaneously?
Many times, it is not taken into consideration how important a video recording system really is. As a systems integrator and a proud reseller of security robotics, we couple it with an industry leading Video Management System (VMS). When it is deployed, it is done as a complete solution for both live monitoring and recording of both the robotic onboard cameras and the user interface, which depicts the pre-preprogramed robotic route, diagnostic and sensor information simultaneously. This approach of combining a VMS with robotics provides a true enterprise solution, allowing for live monitoring and recording back to a VMS for archive playback and forensic analysis.
Unless you are monitoring everything a robot is doing in real time, then simply putting a robot on a route is only half the answer to your ultimate solution. When you are recording in conjunction with monitoring, you are positioning yourself for better security with the ability to instantly access your archives of recorded video footage.
We see robotics as a method that can augment human intervention and interaction in a wide variety of applications, whether it be to improve efficiency, lower operating costs, reduce exposure of humans to dangerous situations, or obtain a variety of sensor information. Having a robotic solution that solely monitors its premises is not enough. It should be married to a fully-scalable VMS platform to optimize its unique abilities, and ensure you and the things you want to protect, are safe.