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Security for museum, galleries and cultural property, Dallmeier video surveillance solutions for museums

Dallmeier CCTV / IP solutions for museums

Protecting valuable works of art is one of the primary missions of museums and galleries the world over, and video surveillance plays a critically important part in this activity. With SEDOR® Art, Dallmeier has delivered a reliable, powerful video analysis system. 

These days, security personnel are often used to protect works of art against theft and damage. However, human concentration is commonly known to wane rapidly with typical surveillance work. Moreover it is simply not possible to keep an eye on every visitor in large groups (e.g. school classes). SEDOR® Art is able to secure works of art without the permanent use of security personnel – and it can do so 24/7 with the same degree of attention. 

For example, the Dallmeier SEDOR® technology reports an illegitimate approach, and if necessary, can be precisely reconstructed within the video. Visitors are automatically notified of their transgression or addressed directly on their misconduct. In case the art work is damaged, the perpetrator can be tracked down and held accountable, based on the LGC Forensics approved recording. Repositioning of art works is reported, as is unattended baggage in the exhibition rooms. Should a theft occur, the security personnel are immediately notified.

SEDOR® Art is equipped with a variety of analysis options that reflect the practical areas of application in museums and galleries.

Illegitimate approach/protection against contact
Considerable damage is caused in museums through the objects being touched by fingers and materials. To avoid the approach to an art object, special video analysis was developed, which secures the area in front of the art object. The analysis form “illegitimate approach/protection against contact” is insensitive to cast shadows and normal daily light fluctuations. The false alarm rate is therefore very low.

Theft of an art object
In museums theft protection is very often carried out by physical contacts, so that the actual theft can be identified and reported very quickly. The documentation of a theft is guaranteed with permanent video surveillance, so that it is available as usable evidence in court. If the protection, for example through contacts, is not possible, with help from the video analysis it can be ascertained whether an art object changes position or was stolen.

Unsupervised baggage (“object alarm”)
A similar form of analysis to theft protection, recognises objects which were left in a cameras’ field of vision, for example bags, magazines, coats and similar items. When needed, it can easily be verified, who this object belongs to, as it springs back to the moment in the recorded video, which triggered the alarm.

Escape route and emergency exit surveillance
With the help of modern video analysis, it can be reliably detected when the escape routes and emergency exits are blocked by objects. Furthermore emergency exits, in particular externally opening doors and gates, can pose a potential security risk, after the building is shut. Video surveillance therefore offers an effective alerting opportunity and validation of alarm system messages. Additionally, intruders can be detected and alarmed as early on as entering a building. With the analysis form “escape route and emergency exit surveillance” these sensitive areas can effectively be controlled, in order to ensure the highest level of security for the visitors and to avoid uncontrolled usage.

Entry into security zones (“intrusion”)
The analysis form “intrusion“ serves as an indoor and outdoor safeguard, normally after the building is shut. The in-door security detects movement in sensitive areas. With the outdoor security, sample questions such as these can be answered: What happens outside the museum doors during the night? Who is moving about in the proximity of the museum? Are there vehicles in the close vicinity, respectively at the loading ramp or at the back entrance? Is anything happening at the cellar entrance or in the underground car park?

When an object – a person or a vehicle – obstructs a closed entrance or back door at close proximity for too long, an alarm in the control centre is switched on, which then monitors the situation live and if necessary can alert the police. It is also possible to make the person audibly aware that they are being watched.

Complete solution
Besides the analysis and recording system, the choice of cameras is also immensely important. The logic is simple: even the best recorder can only record high-quality images if the signal transmitted by the camera is good. 

Dallmeier cameras deliver pictures with a high degree of detail and colour fidelity even in difficult lighting or backlighting conditions, and they are therefore ideal for surveillance tasks in museums. 

And these cameras have one more special feature: they are also available as “DesignCams”, that is to say they can be made in a specially compact construction, and with a range of housing colours they can be integrated discreetly and unobtrusively in the interior décor of the building. The cameras no longer seem like jarringly intrusive in the room, and the atmosphere is rendered more pleasant because people do not feel as if they are being watched all the time. 

Thus, leading edge technology is combined with superior style to produce the ultimate in high-quality surveillance solutions. Now, advanced contouring and elegant interior harmonise perfectly with surveillance technology in its most elegant form.

Proven in practice
The museum solution with SEDOR® Art has already proven its value in practice many times over. Besides the complete video solution that provides security for both outdoor areas and the paintings indoors, automatic switching to a security centre and an intuitive video management system with integrated site plans, many different forms of connection are also possible. Thus, Dallmeier offers museums and galleries a solution to cover every conceivable aspect of security.