How mobile surveillance can help public safety departments work more efficiently – By Mark Andrews
For public safety departments, time is a valuable but scarce resource. And that’s problematic, especially since the number of threats in the world is rising steadily. Essential for maintaining high safety levels is the use of innovative technologies. Mobile surveillance is becoming a critical tool in the field of video surveillance. Designed to speed up processes and enable more efficient working, mobile surveillance technology is increasingly becoming the preferred standard. In this blog, we explain how mobile surveillance can help your department work more efficiently.
Current challenges of public safety departments
Working at a public safety department means you carry an immense responsibility for people’s welfare. It is therefore of high importance that work is done as effectively as possible and without compromise to quality. Nevertheless, there are still many obstacles that stand in the way of public safety departments working as efficient as possible.
An important area of improvement is the use of video monitoring for surveillance purposes. The current, traditional use of fixed cameras is insufficient in allowing public safety workers to monitor issues in real time. The absence of mobile monitoring stands in the way of gathering valuable information about unfolding events which hinders quick decision-making and action-taking. Without effective decision-making and action-taking, it becomes more difficult to fight crime, maintain high safety levels and make informed decisions at an operational level in real-time.
Another disadvantage of current surveillance methods is the use of older, less innovative technologies for video monitoring. These older surveillance technologies, which are still being used at most public safety departments, become unreliable when depending on a single mobile network provider, public Wi-Fi or when using RF technology that requires line-of-site for live streaming. This can put officers at risk or hinder them in adopting a concise and effective plan of action in real-time when technology becomes unreliable due to lack of connectivity or bandwidth.
How new surveillance technologies can improve ways of working
Saving time as a result of more efficient working could make the difference when detecting criminals and terrorists or looking for missing persons. Innovative technologies, like new surveillance methods, can help solve current challenges, speed up processes and improve ways of working.
As opposed to the use of fixed cameras, dynamic monitoring can enable public safety workers to be where the action is and gather information in real-time. With mobile surveillance technology, public safety workers are offered a dynamic view that was previously not available. This means that, with mobile surveillance techniques, video capture can be altered to specific needs, for example in allowing officers to monitor the chase of a criminal or find missing persons with facial-recognition in real-time.
Additionally, working processes will be improved and accelerated because real-time mobile surveillance technology enables the immediate transfer of information between people on the ground and command centres in case of an emergency. Faster transmission of information, in turn, enables quicker decision-making and action-taking and therefore improves processes within the public safety department. More informed decisions lead to adequate action-taking resulting in more effective crime fighting.
Besides offering a dynamic view and enabling an immediate transfer of information, mobile video surveillance technologies could help expand surveillance practices to remote areas where video surveillance was previously unavailable due to unreliable networks. New surveillance technologies enable high-quality video reporting with a much smaller latency in remote regions by bonding several mobile phone networks together as a single connection without relying on one individual network provider. This results in a strong and extremely reliable connection that facilitates real-time streaming of HD-quality video. Chasing criminals or finding a missing person will, therefore, be less complicated since more information is available in real-time to a command structure.
How new surveillance technologies can help you work more efficiently
New mobile broadcasting technologies can help public safety departments take surveillance to the next level and improve ways of working. Working more efficiently means saving crucial time that can make the difference when detecting criminals or locating missing persons.
Because of the advantages it offers public safety workers, mobile surveillance is becoming the preferred standard in the public safety domain. Do you want to know more about the advantages of mobile surveillance? And are you interested how new surveillance technologies could help your department work more efficiently?
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