Video Walls Improve SOC Effectiveness

The slang lives true “Safety and Security is the Priority.” Video surveillance is a very popular way to ensure the highest level of security, but how efficient is video monitoring on a small screen?

It’s not and can lead to a security breach that may go unnoticed on a desktop monitor. Larger monitors of video walls improve video surveillance monitoring by increasing the size of images being viewed. When video walls are combined with video analytics, you can mitigate human error while raising situational awareness.

Security Operations Center (SOC) Effectiveness

An effective Security Operations Center (SOC) allows an organization to swiftly observe information about a situation, assess the situation, and then select appropriate actions to respond to the situation using available resources. This decision-making process is based on a four-step approach that focuses on filtering available information, putting it in context, and making the swift action called the OODA Loop approach, i.e., Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act.

Deploying the OODA Loop concept enables organizations to react faster to specific situations. Although developed initially for military operations, security professionals and emergency responders often use it.

Video Walls Help Create an Effective SOC

An efficient visual surveillance system in a SOC enables its operators to keep an eye on different data sources to improve the SOC’s capacity to orient, make decisions, and respond to threats or circumstances, hence enhancing situational awareness and security. The OODA loop concept includes centralized graphic information forms, quicker critical response times, and keeping stakeholders “on the spot” by selecting the appropriate visualization tools.

  • Using a situational awareness dashboard, stakeholders can gather the most current data from the actual situation on the ground. As a result, they can manage and direct their resources in the most effective, quick, and efficient way possible as they respond to the crisis or threat.
  • Any SOC can benefit significantly from a video wall system since it gives stakeholders access to a situational awareness dashboard that allows them to “observe” the threat or situation. The video wall allows all stakeholders to share information quickly while working together to address the situation’s needs. It may be made in various sizes and designs to fit your overall space needs and offers graphical and visual information for all space stakeholders. Therefore, the overall efficiency of your dashboard and, by extension, the SOC depends significantly on the choice of video wall technology.

Choosing Video Wall Technology

To provide the SOC with the most powerful visual surveillance tools possible, a well-designed video wall must take into consideration the following:

  • Angles of view
  • Size and demographics of the audience
  • Resolution vs. Visual Acuity
  • Ambient environment: Overall footprint, lighting
  • Space planning
  • Construction

Choosing Video Wall Processing Technology

A video wall processor is a fantastic SOC tool that enhances the video wall display by giving the ability to “orient” the data gathered there. Users can swiftly and dynamically update, manipulate, and “orient” content on the SOC dashboard by logically arranging sources across the video wall display. The stakeholders may observe and use the relevant information to manage the situation since it enables the video wall display to provide and manage content across the wall. As a result, the total effectiveness of a SOC is significantly impacted by choosing the correct processing solution.

Two main types of video wall processors are frequently employed in the SOC. There are network-distributed processors as well as monolithic processors. A system of electronic hardware known as a monolithic processor is built around a single integrated circuit design. It is typically a single hardware chassis or a group of hardware chassis that enable a limited number of source inputs of a particular type of video format to a limited number of video outputs, all in one place.

In Conclusion

To be effective and efficient, security operations today unquestionably demand careful consideration of both front-end and back-end video wall technologies. The stakeholders can “observe” and “orient” key information around a crisis via the video wall system, allowing them to “decide” and “act” as quickly and effectively as they can. Working with an experienced Christie professional may help you prioritize your list, simplify the process of selecting the finest video wall display and processing solutions much simpler and more successful, and ultimately provide the highest operational readiness and return on your investment.

Ask An Expert

The CGL Electronic Security Team of security professionals is available to help you make the right choice to maximize your video surveillance goals and objectives.

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Mike McGuirk, Vice President of Sales, CGL Electronic Security