The question of public
security is an important one for governments at all
levels around the world. Network video solutions are
among the latest technologies that government
institutions are investing in to protect citizens.
Network video is one of the most useful tools in
the ﬁght against crime. As well as helping to detect
more serious threats, cameras placed in public areas
deter criminals from mugging, theft and vandalism.
In emergency situations it is quite common for
police and ﬁre ﬁghters to be granted access to video
from the cameras within a given facility. This enables
them to pinpoint exactly where the emergency is
occurring and work out who most needs their
assistance. Network video thus greatly improves their
chances of handling a crisis effectively.
Entrances and exits
Cameras placed at the entrance and exit to a
public building record who comes in and out 24 hours
per day. This footage can be used to deter criminals
and as evidence if a crime occurs. It can also provide
statistical evidence regarding how many people use
public amenities such as museums, libraries and job
Cameras outside public buildings prevent vandalism
and increase security for the people living and
working inside the buildings as they arrive and leave.
Similarly, open areas such as town squares can be
surveyed for the security of pedestrians.
An excellent place to observe who is entering a
public building, cameras viewing a reception area can
help prevent crime.