The power of CCTV Integration with access control

Friday, 2nd October, 2015

Securing your premises and keeping occupants safe can be achieved in many ways

Physical security – such as locks, prevents unauthorized access to restricted areas or entry by unknown individuals. Our access control solution provides a simple and effective method of restricting access.

CCTV is a popular choice for security and makes an effective deterrent – if someone knows they are being monitored they are less likely to commit a crime.

With our access control solution it’s possible to combine these two disparate systems in order to provide a unified system. If a door is covered by a CCTV camera, and entry is attempted, an event can be raised which can capture an image from the camera at the time. This can then be sent via an email or SMS alert – so even if the camera feed is not being monitored in real-time a member of security staff can quickly check to verify if the entry is permitted and take action if there looks to be suspicious activity.

Other uses of events can include verification – if a user swipes their card we can display their photo “on file”, and with the use of CCTV we can compare whether the user is the correct cardholder. This can be useful in high security areas, where remote monitoring can take place and manual door release (following successful card swipe) can be enabled.

With the more widespread use of IP-based CCTV remote monitoring of cameras is a much more realistic proposition. By harnessing events from your access control system and using them to trigger actions the possibility of integrating with CCTV systems is much more realistic. Wherever possible we will utilise APIs in order to interface with 3rd-party CCTV systems, but it’s also possible to capture images directly from compatible cameras – either as a static JPEG image, or as a frame from an MJPEG stream.

Bringing CCTV and Access Control together provides a powerful method for enhancing the security of your premises. If you have an existing CCTV system then it may be possible for us to integrate with this and we’d be happy to investigate and test the possibilities for interfacing with it.

If you’d like to learn more about the powers of CCTV integration with and our access control solution call one of our solutions experts on 0113 273 0300 or email solutions@ait.co.uk.