Business owners do not take chances when it comes to crime or determining customer responses. Many have installed video surveillance equipment that allows them to monitor and record everything that is happening inside and outside their business premises.
Recognizing the value of video surveillance is the first step, but finding the right video equipment is important to ensure that businesses are protected. Video surveillance systems come with different types of cameras and digital video recorders. The need for a full high definition (HD) system with excellent picture quality, unlimited video storage capability, or the ability to view everything in real-time or after the fact will depend on the type, size, and location of the business.
HD surveillance cameras are capable of recording images at wider angles with clearer resolution. Surveillance experts recommend HD cameras because they are equipped to cover wider areas.
HD cameras are also helpful in capturing special facial and body features, including distinguishing marks such as birthmarks and tattoos, for easier identification. The cameras can be placed in doorways, lobbies, over bank teller booths, and behind checkout counters.
With their large-image formatting capability, HD cameras are useful when monitoring parking spaces on business premises to determine suspicious activities as well as capture license plate numbers. They can also be placed over roadways of big shopping or business complexes to record important information on accidents and traffic violations that can be used as evidence in a conflict.
Smart IP Cameras
Capturing images and events is only half of a camera’s job. Modern surveillance systems now include smart IP cameras and surveillance and maintenance software that allows businesses to respond faster to security incidents.
For example, when motion is detected by the camera software in areas where activity is not expected, the motion is captured and recorded and concerned authorities are immediately alerted through their mobile devices. They can then remotely browse the live footage or search video archives from wherever they are.
Unlimited Digital Video Recorder (DVR) Storage
Most DVRs are capable of recording from two to 30 weeks’ worth of video data. After the last day, existing recordings are overridden with new ones. Businesses that use such traditional DVRs risk losing historical data that may be needed in the future. And if the DVR is stolen during a robbery, all of the evidence will be lost.
Losing video data is no longer a problem with modern DVRs. Data is directly uploaded through the Internet to the cloud, allowing for unlimited data storage that is co-terminus with the life of the surveillance system. This means that video information can be accessed as far back as when the surveillance system was installed to the time that it is dismantled.
Some video surveillance system providers include services that send email and text message alerts when recording devices experience issues. They have dedicated teams to monitor and maintain their customers’ surveillance networks for a small monthly fee.
If you’re looking for a strong surveillance solution for your business, contact us at Copper State Communications for a no-obligation session with our experts.