In June 2012, National Retail Federation released its National Retail Security Survey. In that report it suggests retailers in 2011 lost $34.5 billion to retail theft, or shrink – the loss of inventory due to employee theft, shoplifting, paperwork errors, or supplier fraud. Overall that accounts for approximately 1.41 percent of retailers sales last year.
One of the areas which retailers have invested in to address the shrink and security issue in gereral is video survieillance. This can cover areas including loading docks and the parking lot at distribution centers, or along the aisles and checkout in the stores for theft or criminal activities.
Cisco recently announced a new Video Surveillance Manager 7 with Suite of Hyper-Scalable Connected Physical Security Solutions that can help retailers address their video surveillance needs in a scalable and flexible manner.
With Cisco Video Surviellance Manager 7.0, retailers can integrate video surveillance and the network to support open cloud-ready web and IT applications through APIs and SDKs, and is purpose-built to virtualize security operations on Cisco UCS B-Series, C-Series and UCS Express. VSM 7.0 now supports up to 10,000 IP video surveillance cameras per instance and up to 100,000 cameras when combined with Cisco Physical Security Operations Manager (PSOM).
Also included in the announcement are extensions to Cisco’s medianet strategy, remote management services and new Cisco Video Surveillance 6000 Series IP Cameras.
For more detailed information please check the complete news release in the Cisco News Room or contact your local Cisco account representative.