Videoprotection, video surveillance, what’s the difference?

There is a distinction between video protection and video surveillance even though both terms refer to the same function: using video cameras to ensure the safety of goods, buildings and people. Indeed, video equipment and systems are called video surveillance when they are deployed in the private environment and video protection when they are used in the public domain, equipment covered by Article L251-2 of the Internal Security Code (CSI).

Video surveillance for the safety of private spaces

Video surveillance refers to a system of one or more video cameras on a network which transmit, on screens or a smartphone, the images captured inside a private space (goods warehouse, office, car park, research laboratory, etc.).

These images, filmed permanently or at predefined times, can be monitored live (remotely or locally) or transmitted to a central location for recording and storage.

These devices must meet the data protection requirements of European legislation and respect the privacy of employees, visitors, customers, etc. The presence of cameras in the workplace, for example, must be declared to employees. There are also rules for the positioning of the equipment that must be taken into account so as not to disrespect the privacy of employees or customers: it is better to be fully informed and accompanied by a specialist video surveillance installer! See the CNIL website for more information.

Video surveillance equipment can be integrated into a more global security supervision system and be coupled with an intrusion detection system. Thus, video surveillance can be automatically triggered in the event of an intrusion. A notification is then sent to the person in charge of site security.

Video protection to counteract the feeling of insecurity

Video protection systems film the public highway and places accessible to the public such as streets, cultural sites, railway stations, administrative buildings etc.

Videoprotection systems help to secure a defined area through the use of cameras and recording devices. Indeed, they support the work of the police and gendarmerie services by giving them access to images, but they also reassure users by minimising the feeling of insecurity.

Prior authorisation from the prefectural authority is required before any video protection system is set up. The images cannot be kept for more than one month. Video protection systems must respect the legal framework and the rights of the persons filmed.

Videoprotection and video surveillance: a fast growing security system

These surveillance systems have evolved significantly as a result of the terrorist attacks and the increase in malicious acts. Companies are now allocating a significant budget to install effective monitoring systems combining access control and video protection to ensure the safety of their infrastructure, data and employees.

Security monitoring software, such as ALWIN for example, communicates with equipment such as recorders to bring up video footage and information from the cameras and provide it to the company’s security manager. In case of incidents, the system reacts by sending real-time notifications to warn the administrator and speed up the reaction time.

Installing a video protection system can not only alleviate the feeling of insecurity but also dissuade malicious acts.

Our ALWIN security monitoring system includes an ALWIN VISION video protection module to protect your site with a powerful and durable solution.

Discover our ALWIN solution.

Find advice and best practices from our network of qualified integrator partners.

Other recent blog posts

Videoprotection, video surveillance, what’s the difference?

There is a distinction between video protection and video surveillance even though both terms refer to the same function: using video cameras to ensure the safety of goods, buildings and people.

     Wireless access control

The ALWIN security supervision solution integrates the latest generation of reading heads (wireless, OSS…) and allows mixing technologies according to the security level of the site.
Baromètre Fiducial - Sécurité des français

Security: French confidence at half-mast

Security: the perception of insecurity is growing and the confidence index has never been so low.