Preserving the integrity of critical infrastructure is to take video surveillance to the next level
Security is a concept as old as humanity and, although we no longer live in groups inside caves, hunting animals to survive, it is true that this concept underlies human nature. Today the groups are called nations and the caves are large cities and territorial extensions with natural resources on which growth and development depend.
Currently, each city is structured to provide its inhabitants with basic services such as water, agriculture, electricity, health and safety, to mention some relatively essential ones. Telecommunications, financial, educational and social services, are some others that have evolved as a result of demographic growth and its centralization in urbanized centers.
According to data from the United Nations (UN), 55% of the total world population is concentrated in urban areas, a number expected to scale to 68% by 2050. Large cities require an extensive arsenal of goods and services to operate effectively daily. These strategic facilities are the vital organs of modern nations.
Currently, strategic facilities of this type face challenges of various kinds, among which we can highlight a necessary and continuous updating and scalability in the framework of global digitalization to which organizations, governments and companies worldwide go, to optimize its processes through technology, maximizing human and financial resources. Serve more with less.
In this sense, private or state-owned companies that provide basic services such as electricity or running water to urban or rural centers, integrate their various systems, including SCADA-type, new methodologies, elements and technological solutions that allow them to enrich in quality and quantity, alert levels at the computer and physical level.
The security in strategic facilities seeks with a series of computer and physical security elements to avoid catastrophes in cases of malicious irruptions in the computer systems that could result, if we talk about an electrical installation, the cut of the electrical supply or of a water company or a dam, the opening of valves or gates.
With the arrival of better automation systems, sensors, internet of industrial things and computer science based solutions (Artificial Intelligence), it could be said that cities are safer than ever, but not always. Technology by itself does not solve anything without the willingness of companies to promote improvements in control, management and continuous regulatory improvement in security.
IKUSI, in conjunction with the Saudi company Aces, developed and launched a successful physical security project at the Qurayyah plant located in the Persian Gulf, which consisted of the implementation of access control systems, perimeter detection, closed circuit television, intrusion (both by land and by sea) and intercom (intramural telephony).
The success in this well-implemented project was due to the combination of high technology and unsurpassed experience by IKUSI, but also by a recognition by all parties to the compliance with high-demand regulations that developing nations have and demand to materialize its growth.
Although computer systems, data and security are considered as the new intangible asset of organizations, it is also important to recognize that physical security protection combined with these elements, is what really constitutes a firm stance against new threats to facilities of mission critical worldwide.
Video surveillance systems, pattern detection in common areas and access control systems with continuous monitoring, are crucial elements of a new and necessary type of security that power plants, water treatment and all those that involve basic provisioning activities for a city, they need to integrate to protect data, information and personnel.
48% of users are not removed from the systems when the worker leaves an organization. In fact, a survey conducted by Phil Lieberman, revealed that 13% of IT managers acknowledge to continue having access to the systems of their previous companies, through the use of their old credentials!
The value of video surveillance systems cannot currently be understood without understanding the involvement of other computer disciplines that accompany it. Traditional security as we know it is taking a turn towards a transformation from analog to digital; CCTV systems connected to the Internet for data collection and analysis for threat detection.
By 2023, there will be 348 million connections of corporate video surveillance systems globally, which will represent revenues for this type of value-added services for approximately USD 12 billion, according to data published in an ABI Research report.
More than in most other industries, the video surveillance industry understands the value of this digital transformation and the impact on the end-user experience. End-to-End surveillance solutions are created that include everything: device components to analysis of collected data and professional services, including the creation of commercial video surveillance models as a service (VSaaS).
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