A win, win, win proposition for critical infrastructure

Karin Brits

When is a surveillance system more than a surveillance system? When it not only protects an organization’s premises but also supports efficient, reliable operations, and health and safety. Network surveillance supports critical infrastructure organizations in three ways: It helps them reach their goals for security, for operations and for health and safety, all with a single integrated system controlled from a remote location.

In a new e-book from Axis, Always protected, the ins and outs of network-based surveillance is explained, and how a smart integrated system can go beyond physical security and address all key aspects of critical infrastructure protection.

With network surveillance, everyone wins

Keeping critical infrastructure safe is vital to the economic and physical wellbeing of society and the individuals who live in it. And network surveillance does a far better, more cost-effective job of protecting the critical infrastructure from bad actors than analog cameras or physical protection.

But network surveillance also goes well beyond superior intrusion protection. It does double-duty as a valuable supplement to data from industrial control systems. And triple-duty as a way of monitoring policy adherence, evaluating risks in real-time, and improving health and safety practices. The result is a more secure site, uninterrupted operations and a safer, healthier workforce – along with costs that can be shared across an organization.

Hands down, the best way to protect against intruders

Network surveillance presents a cost-effective replacement for traditional approaches to security such as analog cameras, fences and guard patrols. It is also a highly economical high-tech alternative to costly solutions like radio-frequency intruder detection, electric fences, long-range sensors and microwave or infrared barriers.

Double duty: network surveillance in support of operations

The same network surveillance that so effectively protects critical infrastructure from bad actors can also simultaneously help prevent inefficiency and costly downtime in an organization’s operations. This can essentially double the return on investment and create an opportunity to share costs between departments.

An open network surveillance solutions can also be easily integrated with production monitoring systems (such as SCADA). This allows organizations to visually verify production and temperature data and assess reported failures. In addition, temperature alarm cameras can be used to monitor for temperature variance and leaks.  All of this can once again be accomplished for extensive areas and across multiple sites from a central remote location.

Triple-duty: network surveillance for a safer and healthier workplace

An in-place network surveillance solution can also help critical infrastructure organizations comply with regulations and live up to their obligations regarding health, safety and the environment (HSE). At little or no additional cost.

By visually monitoring policy adherence and evaluating and mitigating risks in real time, critical infrastructure organizations can enforce safety regulations as well as gather useful data.

A valuable business tool

The worth of network surveillance goes well beyond superior intrusion protection. It is also a valuable business tool that can help critical infrastructure organizations better protect the reliability of their operations and the health and safety of their employees.

First and foremost, because network surveillance lets them observe exactly what is happening at multiple sites from a central, remote location. But also because it adds an extra layer of intelligence to systems they already have in place. And both the benefits and the costs of network surveillance can be shared across organizations.

Download the Always protected ebook

to learn more about the advantages of IP-based surveillance for critical infrastructure. Discover how a single, smart video surveillance system can go far beyond physical security and address all the key aspects of critical infrastructure protection.