When considering the video surveillance system you will deploy to help protect your organization, there is a variety of decisions you need to make. What VMS you will use, where you will install your cameras, and which cameras to buy are all important choices to evaluate to provide optimal ROI and the highest levels of risk mitigation.
Multi-sensor cameras continue to gain traction as they can meet a variety of performance needs for surveillance systems. First introduced in 2006, when they were more of a specialty solution, cameras with multiple image sensors in a single housing have since become a cost-effective option at all levels of surveillance. Now, with compression technology driving the reduction of bandwidth consumption, this year for the first time panoramic multi-sensor cameras are expected to outsell pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras.
There are significant advantages offered by multi-sensor cameras. By covering the area of three or four single-sensor cameras, multi-sensor cameras provide a cost-effective solution; though one individual multi-sensor camera might be more expensive, it creates savings throughout your surveillance system. For example, a single multi-sensor camera covering the territory of four conventional cameras requires only one VMS license to operate, rather than four. Installing this camera also cuts down significantly on the time and costs that would be required to install four single-sensor cameras.
Multi-sensor cameras enable security operations teams to focus on what really matters. Studies have shown that fatigue sets in for operators monitoring large sets of security feeds after only ten minutes – installing multi-sensor cameras means that your operators have many fewer feeds to watch, and that they have to shift feeds less often in order to fully comprehend the security at a given location. In addition, it’s much easier for operators to scrub through stored video data from fewer feeds, should it be required for forensic analysis.
For integrators, multi-sensor cameras simplify the design process. With fewer cameras to install and cameras covering a much wider area of a given location, design is somewhat less complex. Environmental concerns are lowered with the installation of fewer cameras, and deployment of a full system is much faster with less equipment to install, fewer mountings and fewer cable runs: value that could be passed onto end users with better bids.
Multi-sensor cameras are well-suited for a variety of applications, from airports to stadiums to emergency callboxes or unattended areas on the exterior of buildings. With a variety of multi-sensor cameras on the market, covering 180, 270 or a full 360 degrees, there’s one for almost every application, allowing you to cut costs while maintaining or even increasing the level of security that your cameras provide. And with advanced analytics at the edge on a wide variety of models, these cameras can provide you with more functionality than ever before.
Choosing multi-sensor cameras for your organization can increase ROI, saving installation and maintenance costs by reducing camera density while maintaining functionality. With all these benefits, there has never been a better time to consider the advantages that a multi-sensor camera will have for you.
Watch the webinar we recently gave with ESA to learn more about the benefits of multi-sensors.