American goes IP with Iveda
ST. PAUL, Minn.--American Security & Investigations, a security guard firm, has partnered with IP video monitoring provider Iveda Solutions to offer real-time and remote camera access to its customers.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s very uncharacteristicÃ¢â‚¬Â for a guard firm, agreed Tim Kingsley, director of special projects and government affairs at American. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But one of the things weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re realizing is that the way things are done is starting to change.Ã¢â‚¬Â Kingsly called the installation of IP cameras Ã¢â‚¬Å“pretty simple,Ã¢â‚¬Â with power over Ethernet and wireless technologies allowing for a camera Ã¢â‚¬Å“pretty much anywhere you want.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The business case makes sense, as American is often brought in for risk assessment and it can now keep the CCTV work it used to farm out, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s also part and parcel with the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s forward-looking philosophy: Ã¢â‚¬Å“The end user is expecting more out of their security system and their security provider,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Kingsley. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are a people company ... [but] ... The end user is tired of the lump that sits at the desk and doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t understand the idiosyncrasies of the security program.Ã¢â‚¬Â
For the time being, all video will be monitored at IvedaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s data center, Ã¢â‚¬Å“but, in the future, there might be some interesting developments,Ã¢â‚¬Â Kingsley said.
Important to the partnership was both organizationsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ familiarity and work with the public-safety community, he said, and it was through a police-based relationship that American came across Iveda. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Agencies need to access data and video,Ã¢â‚¬Â Kingsley said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“How do they do it, and how do they do it simply? I saw so many limitations with other companies, and the creativity of IvedaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s platform is very exciting.Ã¢â‚¬Â