Another endorsement for video-verified alarms
I was talking with Keith Jentoft over at RSI the other day about his efforts to get a priority response commitment for enhanced alarms from municipalities. In a real coup for Keith, the Chief of the Dallas Police has thrown his backing behind the idea, according to Keith.
From a release on the NSA site:
NSA is proud to grant our endorsement of the following:
The NSA Board of Directors voted to endorse Videofied, a cordless outdoor video alarm system, during the Anaheim Conference.
Videofied is a cordless outdoor video alarm system – instant portable video security for remote sites including anhydrous tanks, utility substations, vacant property, fenced lots and parked vehicles. Wireless video alarm detects intruders and immediately sends a 10-second clip of the actual event over the cell network enabling immediate response for more arrests. The cordless system operates outdoors in harsh environments (-20 F to +140F) for up to four years on one set of batteries. Videofied security systems are being used by sheriffs to protect remote assets on a budget. A single system can include up to 24 portable MotionViewers (motion detector with an integrated night vision camera) for large scale protection. This affordable system, because it is totally wireless, can be deployed and redeployed as needed for instant action resolving problem crimes.
I’ve done plenty of reporting on Videofied and, as Keith pointed out to me, it seems like law enforcement is starting to take notice of proactive steps the industry can and does take to cut down on false alarms… Whether you confirm a real dispatch necessity through technology like video (Videofied, CheckVideo, or another type of advanced video monitoring like that provided by G4S, Viewpoint CRM, and Stealth Monitoring, to name a few) or audio (Sonitrol… I’m currently working a piece about some great stats from Kimberlite, dba “Sonitrol Security” throughout the San Joaquin Valley and Bay Area), or personally check out every alarm like the guys at Provident, it looks like law enforcement’s down with that.
Here’s another bit from the NSA endorsement release:
Excerpt from the due diligence report prepared by the endorsement committee:
“All Central Station Alarm Service providers, Alarm System Integrators, Customers, and Sheriffs Offices that were surveyed commented favorably regarding the overall level of service and support they receive from RSI Video Technologies Inc. or their sales representatives. All of the survey respondents rated the Videofied Alarm System as one of the more reliable Alarm Systems that they use. Survey respondents indicated that law enforcement officials favorably receive the Videofied Alarm System because alarm conditions are supported by video clips that allow Central Station operators to verify the intrusion before reporting the alarm condition to law enforcement authorities. They indicated that the video technology associated with the system allows Central Station operators to provide responding officers with information on the number of intruders, their descriptions, and other information, increasing the probability of apprehension and arrest. Many of the respondents provided case histories reflecting that property crimes were reduced or eliminated at customer locations that installed these systems.”
When alarms can be verified beforehand, shouldn’t they be? I’m just saying if the means are there and they work, what’s the argument for not doing it?