Owning a business – big or small – is a huge commitment and investment. For the good of your business, it is vital to keep your investment safe and secure. Although most small businesses may not be able to afford a team of security guards around the clock, many can afford video surveillance systems to keep their business and their employees safe.
A study from the University of North Carolina concluded that 60 percent of convicted burglars said they consider the presence of cameras or other video equipment when selecting a target, while more than 40 percent said video surveillance cameras would be a factor in prompting them to choose another target. In addition to deterring criminals, many businesses are using them to improve business operations, monitor employees and get a better understanding of their customers.
Although the video surveillance industry started off as an analog system known as closed-circuit television, or CCTV, surveillance systems in 2016 have come a long way. Today, most systems are IP-based and use digital cameras to transmit footage over Ethernet cables to a digital video recorder (DVR) or network video recorder (NVR). Cameras are set up to monitor the inside and outside of your business, allowing users to view and record live video footage from any angle. Digital cameras provide crystal-clear views of everything that is recorded, unlike the footage offered 10-20 years ago.
What camera is right for your business? Consider commercial grade cameras rather than cameras made for personal use, so they can stand up to the wear and tear they will receive. Businesses should also factor in lighting. You may need a camera with low-light and infrared capabilities for a camera used outside at night. For indoor cameras, look for something that fits the aesthetics of your business.
Once you choose your cameras, decide where the video footage will be stored, such as an on-site DVR, NVR or in a cloud. The main factors to consider when choosing your recording device are how much storage you will need and if you want to store footage on-site. Whatever you decide, make sure your footage is safe from potential hackers. Security is key when it comes to accessing live video feeds within a video surveillance system.