Hurricanes, heavy rains, earthquakes, droughts, forest fires and high temperatures are some of the natural disasters that we face today in various parts of the world.

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During the past year, we witnessed several natural incidents that arose in Mexico and that undoubtedly became a watershed for companies, government and some institutions to work hand in hand to devise and implement prevention, reaction and recovery systems and programs or, put another way: before, during and after these types of situations.

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The issue of prevention covers many areas such as the safety and well-being of people who are not safe from the environmental inclemencies that have developed and are more constant today, such as hurricanes on the coasts of Mexico and how the earthquakes in the CDMX and surroundings. The official figures dictate that from 2013 to 2018 433 declarations of emergency and 177 of disaster have been issued. 1

Technology, allied with prevention systems
In the preparation and prevention phase, choosing the right technological tools for the right reasons is of the utmost importance. For example, we could update the technology in the alert systems for equipment that have self-test capability, with the integrated amplification components and a lower energy consumption, which could not only save important amounts to the citizens but also, offer the detection Timely and accurate equipment that could have some flaw and increase the chances of efficiently alerting people. Network megaphones project clear and long-range voice messages, their installation is very simple and they use less infrastructure, in addition to offering compatibility with other past and future technologies.

In many of our cities, strong winds and constant rain are an inconvenience for the safety of businesses, employees and people in general; We can consider the filtration of sewage to businesses, businesses and homes; flash floods in coastal areas or near bodies of water; unpredictable earthquakes and other phenomena where technology plays an important role in coping with these inclement weather. As for example, IP video surveillance cameras and an intelligent system that can provide valuable information for companies and business continuity, as well as contribute to the safety of citizens.

"It is common to place surveillance cameras on elevated poles or traffic signs on busy roads or exposed to wind, rain, hail or traffic, which can make the video look blurry," says Manuel Zamudio , Industry Associations Manager of Axis Communications for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean; and adds: "In these situations, the stabilization of electronic image available in some cameras, greatly improves the quality of the video when the camera is subject to vibrations, ensuring a live display fluid and high quality that also consume less bandwidth and storage, characteristics that can be better exploited in the transmission of useful information ".

Undoubtedly, this allows the government to maintain communication and the flow of information from affected areas as well as businesses and businesses, not lose visibility in any situation beyond their control; likewise, he can continue to monitor everything that is happening around avoiding further damage by staying alert even during recovery processes, says Zamudio.

For the manager of Axis, both for government and for companies it is vital to have intelligent solutions designed for the safety of people and businesses. The network cameras that have electronic stabilization provide a series of benefits such as clear, fluid and stable image even during windy days or in environments with high traffic or in construction areas without degrading the quality of the video, since being less Vibration sensitive both for their function and for the mounting options available, fewer cameras will be required to satisfy the surveillance requirements.

Image stabilization makes the entire video surveillance system more versatile and cost-effective by making better use of the potential of each camera, for example maintaining the image quality in the zoom shots when vibrations may have affected the quality of the video.

The development of hardware and software is making video stabilization techniques affordable for a growing range of network cameras. This progress not only ensures a smooth and comfortable live video monitoring. It also improves the usability of the image, improves the operability of the camera, makes the installation more flexible and, finally, improves the overall cost efficiency of a network camera surveillance system and reduces the fatigue of the monitorists.

Other technological characteristics to consider are the ability to visualize color even in poor lighting conditions, a fast focus of moving objects and without distortion even when the camera moves on the horizon line, which has mechanisms that reduce maintenance costs for example, after a rain, where the drops of water could dry on the dome of the cameras and cause less clear images and, of course, that can also see in backlit conditions.

With teams that have the ability to analyze what is happening in their environment (audio and / or video), which transmit only the metadata and alerts with the corresponding evidence, we can evolve from the obsolescent systems that transit enormous amounts of audio and video to a central point for processing and be much more effective and efficient in the attention of what really matters, which is our security.

Author: Duván Chaverra

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