Without metadata, much of today’s technology wouldn’t be the same. Audiovisual inputs and data streams can, however, become overwhelming. As dedicated and skilled as your employees are, information overload can overwhelm them. Parsing through all of the “noise” gets even more complicated when multiple surveillance systems are monitored. Details can indicate when something is wrong, and for that to happen more smoothly, metadata needs to be organized to make much more sense when it’s time to analyze and act upon it.
A Clear Definition of the Term “Metadata”
In simplest terms, metadata is a collection of information about other types of information. Since video surveillance is a relatively narrow technology, defining what this means in this particular context. The important questions of “where what and how” need to be answered. Sound and motion detectors are crucial aspects of strong surveillance configurations. Relevant factors are location, time, colors, sizes, shapes, coordinates, tracks, and volume decibels. Likewise, speed, voice, duration in the scene, and direction of travel all matter and should not be ignored or downplayed. Finally, video stream descriptions, codecs, time stamps, and device identities are fundamental elements of how metadata works and is interpreted.
How Metadata Helps You and Your Business
People, objects, and events can be arranged in ways that make them easier to understand. The video footage needs to be separated and reformatted for human consumption. Grouping, sorting, searching, recovering, and usage all make a remarkable difference in efficiency and responsiveness. With enhanced real-time alarm triggering and notifications enabled your business benefits. Your business also benefits from post-event forensic searching. Finally, consider leveraging improved statistical analysis and reporting as a way to help streamline the technological assets your employees need. Taking this step will also help strengthen your bottom line.
Intelligence and Interoperability Boost Interpretation
Artificial intelligence is becoming more and more prevalent in every single aspect of life. Why not use that to your advantage? In short, intelligence and interoperability boost interpretation. Everyone’s lives get much easier that way. Each video frame of surveillance receives an assignment of digital meaning. In this way, metadata becomes the baseline of what’s considered “normal” and, as such, helps detection of crime and other unusual or suspicious activity. How effective is your video management system? It can be made even better by using appropriate upgrades. Visual, audio, activity, and process-related inputs will be easier to decode and unpack. High-value data sources help everyone by delivering more profound insights.
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