Summer has historically been the season for family vacations and travel. People naturally want to take advantage of good weather and longer days to see new places, change up their day-to-day activities, or just relax. Security professionals, however, will need to be on high-alert: the travel season brings new challenges. Here are four things to keep in mind during this summer’s travel season:
Securing Travel Hubs
Airports and seaports normally have perimeter security and other safeguards in place, but during times of increased travel there is a heavy load on the passenger areas, luggage handling, and public pickup and drop-off areas. Security cameras and VMS systems that are equipped with analytics such as “object left behind” and “forbidden crossing direction” can help monitor passenger areas and direct operator attention to suspicious activities. Similarly, analytics including “loitering detection” and “stopped vehicle” can be used in pickup and drop-off areas for similar purposes.
Extended Outdoor Activity
Long Summer days can provide longer periods of outdoor activity, thanks to later sundowns and more favorable evening temperatures. With more people on vacations or relaxed summer hours, and increases in both public and private evening events such as concerts and festivals, security staff also have to extend their attention into these later hours. From a security standpoint, however, monitoring these outdoor activity areas during the extended dusk poses a lighting challenge. Increasing the lighting in public areas may be acceptable, but public/private spaces may resist such changes. In those cases, video surveillance cameras with improved low-lighting performance can provide improved imaging without the need for expensive visible or infrared lighting additions.
Low-Angle Lighting Glare
Extended daylight hours during the summer travel periods can also bring extra lighting glare and shadows that interfere with accurate video imaging, particularly in the early morning or later evening hours, just when public and private events are taking place. Video cameras with provisions for such difficult lighting conditions can make a positive difference in the quality of the images, revealing information that could be lost when using standard cameras. Anti-bloom technology is designed to address glare and strong reflections. Wide dynamic range (WDR) are designed for high-contrast situations, such as heavy shadows mixed with bright areas.
The Effects of Traffic Congestion
Auto travel is also a consideration. Roadway congestion has a knock-on effect to city security, as drivers exhausted by traffic or confused by unfamiliar roads are more prone to unsafe driving, traffic violations, and accidents. Traffic monitoring cameras, and cameras installed alongside or near such heavy traffic can help monitor these conditions when equipped with applicable analytics. For example, “stopped vehicle” can be used to automatically alert operators to emerging traffic conditions, and “forbidden crossing” can be used to watch for people that might leave the roadway and enter adjacent controlled areas. Analytics are a powerful method to increase the effectiveness of operators so that they can focus on the situations that need review.
Summer travel season can highlight a unique set of security concerns. Employing advanced analytics and surveillance cameras that are designed to meet these challenges helps security teams get the video images they need and focus on the situations that need their attention the most.