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Why expert installation is vital for back-to-business video

For intelligent video cameras to truly help organizations get back to business, they must be expertly installed according to specific instructions. In this blog, we explore four key areas that need to be adhered to for an optimal product installation. 

 

As businesses have reopened in the course of the pandemic, there’s been a race against the clock to install supporting technologies – such as AI-powered video – to help people return to work and public life safely. 

 

It’s easy to see why back-to-business video is so valuable. These cutting-edge cameras can effectively detect people’s skin temperatures and check for masks, help to ensure social distancing, and monitor the flow of people through busy locations.

 

But in spite of the understandable urgency, organizations must observe due diligence when it comes to product installation – or their investment simply won’t work effectively. 

 

While every device should be installed to its own specific guidelines, below we explore four critical considerations for an optimal installation of all AI-powered video security products.

 

1. Camera positioning and height

First of all, it’s essential that cameras are mounted appropriately to avoid loss of accuracy and performance. For example, the installation height of every camera must be adjusted according to the camera’s resolution and focal length, or the camera will not be able to ‘see’ its target at all.

 

People-counting cameras, specifically, must always be mounted vertically – with the flow of people passing beneath the camera in a vertical, up-and-down direction – and the width of the passageway beneath should be set as the camera’s counting width. 

 

It sounds simple, but all cameras must also be installed firmly, in a stable location (ideally, directly on a wall or a ceiling), to avoid errors caused by shaking.

 

2. Ambient conditions

The local environment is also very important: avoid installing devices in hot or changeable conditions. Always choose indoor environments with calm air and consistent temperature, and then you’ll get the optimal results.

 

For thermal cameras especially, avoid installation in semi-open locations that may be prone to changes in temperature, such as doorways.

 

Local lighting is also very important. There should be enough stable, visible light, but no direct sunlight in front of the camera. In addition, try as far as possible to avoid backlighting, high temperature targets, and reflections in the field of view.

 

3. The detection area

A key part of the installation process is determining how people will move into view of the cameras.

 

When installing Hikvision cameras, our expert technicians often advise our clients to use a rope or barriers to set out a specific route that people should follow. This route must go in one direction and be in clear view of the cameras, to ensure they capture the full faces of everyone passing or stopping by. 

 

For flow control cameras, the installer must make sure the detection area is flat: no uneven ground, slopes or steps. And for all devices, avoid obstacles in the