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Up Your Security Game Using Video Walls

by SUMMIT on November 19th, 2015

Up Your Security Game Using Video Walls

Security is top of mind today more than ever, especially when it comes to major enterprise and public infrastructure. Threats abound, everything from a terrorist attack to simple employee error. From a data and resource standpoint, companies have a lot to lose if they are not proactive in their development of comprehensive security strategies to combat these threats. Video walls—interconnected, multi-monitor displays—are powerful additions to enterprise security toolboxes.

Video Wall Operation

Video walls are scalable, versatile display systems that can include upwards of 100 monitors in large settings. They are key components of structured security strategies, as many consolidate control over a variety of information sources, including the following:

  • Video camera surveillance feeds.
  • Fire systems.
  • Access controls.
  • Product diagrams.
  • Remote systems management information.
  • System information (like SCADA system monitoring).
  • Additional alarms (like those found at entry points).

By consolidating the outputs of the individual systems, some advanced video walls feature customizable displays that allow related information to be grouped together for easier and more efficient viewing.

Video Walls as Assets to Enterprise-Level Security

Video walls can be key tools for enterprise-level companies within the constructs of their thoroughly developed overall security and surveillance strategies. Companies that embrace video walls take a proactive rather than reactive approach to data, resource and personnel protection, putting them at the forefront of preparedness. The following are additional reasons video walls are assets to enterprise-level security programs:

Video walls work for collaborative applications, too. With multiple feeds coming into a video wall at any given time, individuals are often responsible for particular pieces of data. If they need to collaborate with another group or team member, some advanced video walls provide the option for them to highlight, add text, or otherwise modify viewing windows to exchange information in real-time.

Ultra-high definition video enhances detail and clarity. Video walls that operate with ultra-high definition inputs (4K/UHD) provide higher—up to 4 times higher, to be exact—pixel density than normal HD signals. The result is more output clarity and detail.

Pre-Purchase Considerations for Your Company

Before deciding on a video wall security system for your company, there are a number of factors to consider. Be sure to keep the following in mind as you navigate the process:

  • Have you decided on an ultra-high definition output structure? Make sure your servers and bandwidth can handle the load.
  • Prioritize your system goals (ease of use, cost, flexibility, visual clarity, etc.) and know how each team plans to use the video wall so you can make the most practical choice.
  • Ensure your video wall exhibits connectivity with the rest of your security strategy. It should be a good fit for both your existing technologies and ones you have budgeted for in the future.
  • Select a versatile processor (hardware or PC-based) to configure your imagery, filling the immediate need but allowing for future upgrades. Make sure the processor has a variety of control options and is user-friendly.

The Takeaway

Video walls used within security strategies exhibit connectivity, operational flexibility, and collaborative features that enterprise-level companies need to properly protect resources, data, and personnel. Video walls provide substantial benefits to companies, especially with the influx of potential security threats present in industry today.

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