Advancements in Video Surveillance: Multi-Sensor Camera Technology

Taking on the multi-billion dollar challenge of mitigating cargo thefts from supply chains requires a strong security strategy. Video surveillance solutions have played a huge part in deterring cargo crime within the transportation supply chain.

A major advancement in video surveillance – the introduction of multi-sensor security cameras – is helping advance efforts significantly in this regard. These security cameras have four or more individual lenses and image sensors that enable various views from one camera. They deliver seamless 180° panoramic coverage and views with great detail and minimal distortion. Equipped with multiple sensors, they provide a higher image quality and higher pixel density.

Multi-sensor cameras are proving to be perfectly suited for railway stations, metro stations and airports and are a trusted source for perimeter surveillance around critical infrastructure, public or government buildings, and transportation hubs.

 

Unlike a fisheye camera that uses a single sensor, multi-sensor capture video streams in each direction and then stitch them together to create a panoramic view of the covered area. A key benefit of multi-sensor cameras is improved image quality with more detail compared to fisheye cameras of identical resolution. They also offer more flexibility as the user can adjust each lens and sensor to create the ideal coverage and image characteristics for their needs. They also deliver improved depth-of-field for longer distance capture. Each of these capabilities are particularly significant in cargo security.

Security managers also love the fact that using multi-sensor cameras reduces the number of cameras needed to cover their premises, and they can more easily adjust what they want to see or focus in on as the operations at the facility change over time. For example, the lenses can be moved and adjusted based on orientation of storage racks, changes in walkway or forklift paths, change in location of more valuable products, change in personnel spaces like locker rooms or break rooms. Lenses can each be dedicated to an individual dock loading door decreasing overall camera count. Fewer cameras to purchase also translates into fewer cameras to install, fewer cameras to monitor, fewer cameras to maintain and fewer recordings to sift through! And, as an added perk for security and IT departments, there are far fewer IP addresses to assign!

Improvements in video compression also keep storage and bandwidth minimized. Multi-sensor cameras are proving a solid solution in reducing cargo theft. They can deliver tremendous resolution to cover wide areas, even in challenging lighting conditions, and are designed for surveillance applications that are typically more critical and demanding.