Proactive live video surveillance is hard. It’s not only difficult to economically and effectively monitor thousands of high resolution IP video cameras. It’s also a huge challenge to successfully build a video monitoring network and record, store, send, and manage terabytes of video security data.
Stealth Monitoring President David Charney and host Michael Harris of Kinetic Strategies discussed Business Communications & Live Security Monitoring in the Time Warner Business Class (@TWCBusiness) podcast How Big Data & Fiber Can Transform your Business.
The podcast topics included:
- Video Monitoring Network Growth for Business
- Business Communications & Live Security Monitoring
- Security Video Performance in an Internet Age
- Commercial Surveillance Service & the Video Network
- Business Intelligence & IP Security Cameras
- Performance & Commercial Video Solutions
- Strategy & the Surveillance Video Network
These are the edited comments from the podcast.
David, you’re every entrepreneur’s dream. You’ve caused a disruption in your market, you’ve leapfrogged established competitors, and you’ve taken a local family business and grown it into a national player. What’s driven your success?
It’s a fun place to be in business. It’s an interesting time in the world. Security is something that every company and every person thinks about. We’ve been fortunate to create a business that’s based around interesting technologies that allow us to help businesses and communities around the country.
Folks who are listening might have a picture in their mind of what video monitoring looks like from years ago. What’s it like in this day and age with high-performing networks, high-definition video cameras, and the power of data analytics?
HD or high-quality megapixel cameras not only are much more sophisticated and powerful, but the quality of the images are unbelievable.
Stealth Monitoring’s story is different. It is not just because we help our clients design and install and service cameras, but it’s the way we watch them.
It’s a complete game changer that is using the Internet in real time throughout the country to centralize that video information.
Our specialty is being able to watch something that looks suspicious and take action in real-time. Whether it’s sounding a speaker and trying to scare off two kids on skateboards in the back of a property or something more serious. We are able to do that throughout the country. Many times a night we prevent crimes.
So that’s the differentiation.
I heard you point to two factors that have been game changers for you. One is the power of the Internet. The second is the power of data analytics. Talk about your infrastructure, what you do for Internet connectivity and your analytics solutions. How do both of those help drive your business and help make smarter, better, more efficient decisions to serve your customers?
When you listen to what Stealth Monitoring does day in and day out for hundreds of customers, you think we just have people watching cameras. But you can’t do it at the scale that we do it unless you have very sophisticated algorithms and custom-built databases that improve efficiency. Our analyst teams, developer teams, and database teams are all optimizing our master formula and our secret sauce to do it in a way that no one else does.
First we have a serious Internet pipe with all kinds of redundancy: redundant power and redundant Internet, all with real-time switching with seamless integration.
In the nine years we’ve been in business I don’t think we’ve ever missed a night of monitoring. That’s a testament to the different providers we use. For our house Internet, we use Time Warner Cable Business Class. They’ve been an excellent partner. It’s strategic in helping us design for the future as well as getting the Internet speeds for our constantly growing needs. It’s one thing when you plan what you need today because it’s easy to measure. But it’s hard when you have to predict how much you’re going to need over the next year or two. You have to think ahead when you’re in the technology business because the growth curves are exponential.
To give you a little bit more on the analytics, obviously with video feeds, there’s a constant process called video analytics. That is when a computer is studying the pixel-by-pixel change across the camera signal in real time. It then makes a decision to get rid of the noise and send back what is important. That is a fundamental part of how we create great efficiencies.
Stealth Monitoring is a security industry leader in live video surveillance with over 9,000 video cameras watched nationwide. Stealth proactive video monitoring can detect and deter crime in cities in the U.S. and Canada while reducing security guard and other expenses. Stealth’s virtual security guard service can reduce or even replace security guards at a fraction of the cost. A remote surveillance Stealth operator can see unusual activity , activate a speaker warning to deter criminals, and call the local police.