A comprehensive security system features the three D’s of defence - deter, detect and delay. CCTV cameras tick two of these boxes - deter and detect. The mere presence of CCTV, which is appropriately signed, will warn off many potential intruders. However, some criminals will persist.
The 'downfall' of traditional CCTV is it simply records crime as it occurs. On the other hand, AI CCTV cameras analyse site activity as and when it happens, sounding the alarm if appropriate. AI-powered security cameras are becoming an increasingly popular choice for construction sites. Here’s what they are and how they work.
What are AI-powered security cameras?
AI security cameras are network IP cameras that deliver advanced analytical functions, including vehicle detection, face detection, person detection, people counting, traffic counting and licence plate recognition (LPR).
Highly advanced video analytics software is built into the camera and recorder, enabling artificial intelligence functions.
Vehicle detection and licence plate recognition
AI cameras are much more reliable than video motion detection, as this can create lots of false alarms. However, a quality AI camera can detect vehicles in real-time with 99% accuracy. When motion is detected, the camera triggers to record video, send a notification to a mobile app or take snapshots.
The camera will also take note of the licence plate linked with an access control system. This will control who is given access to the site.
Face detection identifies people who are authorised to enter a building. If the camera doesn’t recognise a person’s face, they won’t be allowed to enter the building.
AI cameras with person detection can be used to monitor areas where illegal activity may take place. If someone enters an area they shouldn't be in, the AI camera can detect them, record the event and send a notification to the mobile app.
When selecting a supplier for your AI security camera needs, ensure notifications to an app is something they can provide.
People counting cameras enable site managers to record how many people enter and exit a site. Using artificial intelligence, the camera detects a person crossing a line of entry and takes a snapshot. The same will be done when a person leaves the premises. This is perfect if you're managing multiple sites.
AI CCTV towers
AI CCTV towers are the most advanced, temporary site surveillance solutions available. Using deep learning AI detection, the system learns what the normal patterns of activity are on site. In turn, this helps to identify anything unusual on the premises.
The system distinguishes between animals, vehicles and people, reducing the chances of a false alarm. Plus, these towers also have a two-way audio feature that enables site managers to speak to staff on-site, wherever they are, through an app on their mobile or tablet.
There’s also the option to play pre-recorded audio announcements to remind visitors or staff about PPE, social distancing or site hazards, for example. Live footage and recorded images are available for review and stored (typically for 30 days).
At Kingdom Systems, our AI CCTV Towers provide a robust visible deterrent to enhance site security. They're all equipped with four HD Starlight Dome cameras, two horn speakers for multidirectional audio and with analytics at the heart of our technology, you benefit from 360° coverage and a detection area spanning 140 meters.
For extra peace of mind, all of our systems are monitored by an NSI Gold accredited monitoring centre, operating from the most advanced facility in the UK in tandem with our SIA licensed, highly trained mobile response units.
What are the benefits of AI-powered security cameras?
Traditional CCTV cameras stream video live on TV screens, but the footage is usually only viewed after an incident has occurred. As beneficial as traditional CCTV is, it can be a reactive approach to site security.
On the other hand, AI CCTV is more proactive. It delivers real-time monitoring of video footage, providing intelligent analysis of potential security incidents and raising the alarm if needed.
CCTV is only as accurate as the person monitoring it. This means crucial security clues can be missed, which could lead to disastrous consequences. Another issue is fatigue. When a person is watching video surveillance, they may become tired and won’t keep a regular eye on the footage.
By comparison, AI CCTV can be trusted to analyse the footage at all times, ensuring no detail, information or potential security breach is missed. However, to get the most out of your AI-powered security solution, you need to work with the right provider - one that specialises in security solutions.
For example, at Kingdom Systems, our expert engineers start by completing a site survey and then design a bespoke CCTV security solution for you.
Finding the right supplier to secure your site is vital to overall security. Take a look at our checklist below to make sure you're covered and select the right partner to work with.
Select the right security supplier
From accreditations to maintenance, there’s a lot that you need to consider before partnering with a security supplier. In our latest guide, we cover everything you need to ask before committing to a contract, including why you need a site audit and what to look for in a supplier.