High Tech Data Center Security: A Closer Look at Video Surveillance

Video surveillance is a great start for perimeter security. Smart, high-resolution or thermal imaging cameras collect footage and apply analytics to identify unauthorized behaviors. Alerts, created by the cameras or servers processing these images, are sent to staff for further investigation.

Visible Cameras

Visible imaging cameras are most common for perimeter detection and observation. They are high resolution and often mounted to the roofline, fence, or building corner. When analytics detect unauthorized activity, the system notifies the security team. Imaging cameras are versatile and effective but are vulnerable darkness and camouflage.

Infrared Illumination

An internal or external infrared illuminator (IR) is useful in low-light environments. Infrared light is not visible to the human eye, but is instead used by high-performance security cameras to create a monochrome image. Though effective in low light, IR cameras are still vulnerable to camouflage.

Thermal Imaging Cameras

Thermal imaging cameras use a heat signature of an object, rather than visible or IR light, to create an image. Thermal imaging cameras provide excellent detection capabilities and are more difficult to circumvent, especially when paired with video analytics. Though the camera may detect a human, they cannot identify the human. Upon detection, a security officer must investigate the situation. Alternatively, a thermal imaging camera may be used in conjunction with a visible imaging camera and controlled lighting to observe the situation.

Integration to Other Systems

It’s common to integrate video surveillance with perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS). When PIDS are deployed on or near a fence, for example, the system can communicate with video surveillance, prompting actions such as viewing direction and zoom where a breach is detected.

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Netronix evaluates the challenges, performance expectations, environmental conditions, and IT requirements at your facility. Input is gathered from the security team, facilities staff, IT department, administrators, and other stakeholders. We perform a site survey, inside and outside, to evaluate the physical layout and uncover potential vulnerabilities. Once risks and expectations are defined, our team designs a unified security solution. Products from a variety of leading manufacturers are assembled into a custom design.

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