That was Gil Grissom to Greg Sanders on CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
The “CSI Effect,” a very real phenomenon, is how the exaggerated portrayal of forensic science adversely affects jurors, criminals, and forensic science itself. Nested somewhere within forensic science now lies video surveillance, perceived as the magic bullet that solves hundreds of cases within minutes. By way of either mystical pixel magnification, or the likes of CBS’ Criminal Minds’ Penelope Garcia accessing any video system in the world and gathering the needed video within seconds, the recent portrayal of video surveillance has led to, in many cases, a very misinformed customer base with unrealistic expectations.
The CSI effect has also, in many ways, driven a change in our industry, as we see more movement from standard definition (SD) cameras, to megapixel (MP) and high definition (HD) cameras. The argument now rages on about what equipment to deploy so that you or your customer can be ready for that CSI moment.
In this article, we are going to look at a few of the factors in the deployment of video surveillance systems that affect the quality of video and the ability of the user to find the video or evidence they need. These fundamentals apply across the board no matter what video technology you are deploying.