The banking industry has used legacy equipment for video surveillance for a very long time. Banks are the one industry that certainly needs higher resolution quality video for obvious reasons. However old ideas die hard and established companies have served this industry adequately for decades using DVR systems. Most banks also use an alarm company to handle their total security solutions.  As alarms are an industry mandatory item due to insurance requirements often their UL services for bank security is carried over to the video deployment as well.  Technology has advanced far past placing a minimum of 10-20 cameras within the main lobby and teller areas of any financial institution . The reasons for this is generally that they need higher detail.. so the current providers, do so by adding CIF level or D-1 analog based cameras to the mix to get more detail for their hot spots. It is not uncommon to see almost any bank have this amount right out front. In our opinion and we think as evidentiary rule the standard for bank video needs to be made higher by means of turning to IP based platforms for the video side of their operations. The ability to get ‘facial id’ for theft is greatly enhanced and with much less footprint of cameras by using the ‘new standard’.  In certain countries the quality of video used for documentation of ‘events’ has to be at a 4 CIF image quality at a minimum. That level is not being met by the vast majority of banks currently.  This industry is certain to change albeit slowly, however when you can replace old with new and to do so with similar costs the value equation is heavily in favor of IP based standards. We welcome this as public safety should be first priority.  IP has so much more to offer financial facilities and we are eager to show them..

Below is a bank lobby recorded using a panoramic IP camera. It can easily replace 4-6 analog DVR based cameras for an overview of any open facility, such as in a bank lobby.

IP video

financial lobby camera covers entire 180 degree frontage