Remember the fable, The Boy Who Cried Wolf? The shepherd boy gave so many false alarms that when the wolf really did appear the townspeople ignored him because they no longer believed the alarm credible. This fable has come to life in modern day security.
Over 95% of calls made by monitoring stations to local police and fire departments are false alarms. With the growing number of alarm systems, a huge burden has been created for law enforcement. Many communities have started demanding video/alarm verification to avoid wasting valuable resources. They’ve also implemented penalties for false alarms to offset the cost.
Video to the rescue! Video notification not only sends timely and easy-to-view verification clips of critical incidents to the Command Center, but it can also distinguish false events from real alarms. Today’s advanced video systems can automatically recognize smoke and fire, or determine if a real person tripped a sensor and recognize who that person is.
Today’s advanced video systems can automatically recognize smoke and fire, determine if a real person tripped a sensor, and recognize who that person is.
There’s hardly an alarm sensor used today that cannot be verified automatically through video notifications—glass break detection, opening/closing doors, motion sensing, and fire and smoke alarms. Plus, video notifications provide valuable information to Central Command, allowing our experts to see exactly what is happening.
The cost you save by averting just one false alarm fine can often cover the investment for the video camera to be integrated into your system. But the ability to know that first responders are taking your alarm seriously is priceless!