Visual reporting. Why you need it.

Visual reporting helps you understand what's happening

Beyond investigating or witnessing an incident, a security system doesn’t reveal much about a business’ security or operations. Viewing an event report or data in a spreadsheet won’t immediately show a security manager the patterns or gaps in securing building access. Getting conclusive answers can take hours of reviewing incident logs and manipulating data. In today’s fast-paced world, decision-makers don’t always have the luxury of time; they need to remain agile and find answers fast.

What if there was an easier way to gain insight from your video or access control systems? This can be achieved by using the Visual Reporting capability coupled with the new KiwiSecurity™ video analytics module in Security Center 5.7. Together, these functionalities can provide you with information that you can act on. Want to know how? Consider the examples below.

Can the right information prevent a security vulnerability?

A corporate security director runs a report to view all ‘door-forced-open’ events on perimeter doors. The data, which shows up in a visual graph format, makes it obvious that one door has significantly more events than all other perimeter doors.

The director pulls up video for those specific door events and sees that employees sometimes casually lean up against the door and the door opens on its own. Upon closer inspection, she determines that the door itself is not perfectly aligned with the door frame. Immediately, she is able to trigger a maintenance activity request to get the issue fixed, eliminating future vulnerabilities.

Without the visual reporting capability, it would be almost impossible for the director and her team to notice this gap unless they had thought to manually count each time the event happened for this one door versus others.

Can a trend analysis reduce maintenance costs?

Every month, a regional loss prevention manager runs a maintenance report to make sure all cameras are functioning properly at his main distribution warehouse. The data is displayed in stacked columns, showing the number of camera events over multiple areas. At a quick glance, he can view how many times a camera recording was stopped by a user, how many times a camera recording started when motion was detected, how many live bookmarks were added by users, and other system health-related events.

This month, he notices that there has been an unusual number of events detected on a cluster of cameras. Within a few seconds, he is able to narrow in on the relevant data and sees they are all outdoor cameras.

Curious as to why this happening, the manager runs a health report on these specific cameras for the last 6 months. In this report, he sees that outdoor cameras have been triggering many camera health monitoring events, meaning that the image has changed drastically, and that they are no longer viewing the areas that they were originally set to monitor.

After speaking with the warehouse manager, they conclude that high winds are likely the culprit. The winds have shifted the cameras and they are no longer properly mounted. This means they’ll have to send someone to adjust and remount the cameras, costing the company money and time. Knowing this could happen again, he sees an opportunity to swap out the cameras with sturdier mounts and housing, designed specifically for outdoor use.

In the end, this one change helps the company reduce maintenance costs by 30%. It also ensures the cameras will stay in place and look at the right places, so that maximal security is maintained.

Want to learn more? Check out this short tutorial to see how visual reports can help operators understand data and quickly identify patterns.

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