Using Video Surveillance for Operational Monitoring

Today in Security: Using Video Surveillance for Operational Monitoring

​​Companies use video surveillance for exactly the types of activities one would expect—deterring crime and investigating incidents. Increasingly, however, video surveillance is becoming a key tool to enhance, improve, or otherwise monitor operations. In fact, operational monitoring falls between deter crime and forensic investigation as primary uses of video surveillance in a new study by Security Management and Pivot3.


Video monitoring of operations can take many different forms, from studying production patterns to monitoring inventory to assessing customer flow. And for customer safety as Joel Martin, global asset security manager for the agricultural products giant Cargill, notes.

“We’re seeing a convergence of physical security and operations," he says. "For example, we’re working to develop an algorithm where the camera will detect if someone is not wearing a yellow safety vest in a certain area, and once detected, it sends a signal to a loudspeaker that will alert the person that a security vest is required while in the area.”

The study covered a wide range of video surveillance trends, including the systems in place now and what upgrades companies anticipate making to camera and storage technology. Security Management and Pivot3 presented a webinar​ (free, on-demand access is available), which dives further into the findings and looks at where video surveillance system capabilities are headed.