Axis praises mandatory video surveillance in Dubai

Dubai authorities are taking a proactive approach to crime prevention

Marwan Khoury, marketing manager – MEA, Axis.
Marwan Khoury, marketing manager – MEA, Axis.

The introduction of mandatory security surveillance for all buildings in Dubai is a major step forward in creating a safer environment for all residents of the city, says global network surveillance company Axis Communications.

Marwan Khoury, marketing manager – MEA, Axis, says growing numbers of studies have shown the effectiveness of video surveillance in reducing crime, allowing emergency situations to be responded to faster and more effectively, and providing additional levels of access control, especially in residential buildings.

“We’ve seen a strong increase in demand for video surveillance systems in the UAE in the past couple of years as building owners look to protect their tenants and their properties,” Khoury said. “By making these systems compulsory, Dubai authorities are taking a proactive approach to crime prevention, emergency response and protecting the people and property of this city.”

While the new regulations apply both to commercial and residential buildings, Khoury believes that Dubai’s apartment and commercial complexes will benefit significantly.

“Apartments, for example, tend to have large, frequently-changing populations, which means building residents rarely know each other,” he explains. “Good surveillance systems will help control who gets access to the building, and once people are in the building, provide a level of safety they would not have enjoyed otherwise.”

Thanks to modern IP network solutions, several locations can be monitored remotely from a central location. The cameras also have built-in intelligence that allows them to capture images via motion detection during quieter periods, bringing down operating and security staff costs.

The new regulations will see cameras installed at the entrances, emergency exits and in public spaces in all buildings, including lobbies and entrances to elevators. Reception areas, entrances to health clubs, parking entrances and exits are also to be covered.

According to Khoury, unlike scenes in the movies where people disable cameras by spraying paint on them, today’s generation of cameras is tamperproof: the moment someone tries to tinker with them or spray them, they immediately send an alert to security personnel.

“One of the great things about network surveillance technology is that it never falls asleep on duty, and never takes lunch or tea breaks – it’s in action 24/7,” Khoury says. “This round-the-clock peace of mind will make a real difference to the peace of mind of many Dubai businesses and residents.”

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