The invention of video camera systems revolutionized how we manage the physical security of premises. Technological improvements in video cameras made it possible for small and medium businesses to have complete control over their security and premises. Today, a video camera system to protect your assets is a must-have for any business.
However, installing a video camera system is not just about fixing commercial security cameras at different corners of the premises. Though that is a great first step, there are many pertinent factors and options to consider.
You should determine the cameras that match each location and select a video management system (VMS) that suits your needs. Also, consider the flexibility of the video camera system, especially how well it integrates with cybersecurity and other security platforms, and whether it is easy to install and affordable.
We have put together a guide to help you apply these considerations when choosing a video camera system for your business.
Determine your needs and the cameras to match
Start by figuring out which parts of the premises require video cameras. Do you need to manage the parking lot, storage area, front office, or back office? What other locations need security management? Ascertaining the best spots will help you to determine the correct type of camera.
For example, you will need all-weather cameras for outdoor security management. Also, you will need cameras with night vision capabilities to better understand workspaces where activities continue after-hours and other dark spots like warehouses.
Obviously, this is not a DIY task. Unless you have a background in video camera technology and security management, we suggest that you should engage a professional’s help.
Select a VMS that best works with your cameras
Now that you know which cameras to install and at what points, think about managing the whole system. You need a video management system (VMS) that connects with your cameras. It should not only show real-time video, record footage, and playback specific events but also offer options like:
- Remote viewing.
- Cloud storage with extensive capacity.
- Remote management.
- Automatic alerts.
- Occupancy management.
Due to enhanced privacy laws, there are strict rules regarding video cameras and management of footage. Therefore, you should seek professional help when selecting a VMS. A professional will help you ensure it matches your cameras, meets your needs, and satisfies legal requirements.
Pick a system that can integrate with other security platforms
The video management system should match your cameras and offer functionality to suit your needs. It should also integrate with physical and cybersecurity platforms.
Modern video camera systems have an in-built capacity to integrate other security platforms such as access control and building management systems. Consider a camera system that runs on an open program and can integrate with other security systems in your business. It will offer high flexibility and the option to integrate with other products for upgrades and improvements.
Keep up with emerging trends in video security technology
Incorporating emerging trends in video camera systems with your security strategy can help you mitigate risks more efficiently, process data intelligently, and automate some security operations.
Other trends you may consider as you choose a video camera system include:
- Using IoT devices to send and receive video security data over the internet.
- Using automations and workflows to enhance speeds to enable instant alerts whenever a threat is detected.
Consider the price and ease of installation
The gains of installing an efficient video camera system at your business should always outweigh the pains. Two of the most significant “pains” you will encounter are price and ease of installation and operation.
Generally speaking, a video camera system for your business should be affordable to purchase, install, maintain, and easy to operate. At first, the pains, including the costs, may seem high, especially if you install a sophisticated camera system. However, consider engaging a professional. They will help you select and set up an effective video camera system that balances your needs and costs. In the long run, the gains will outweigh the pains.
Choosing a video camera system for your business – the bottom line
A video camera system can offer immense security benefits for your business. However, to maximize the gains, you should apply tact and strategy.
The flexibility of the camera system is crucial. It should meet your present needs, integrate with alternative security platforms and allow room for future enhancements. Additionally, the video camera system should be affordable, easy to install and maintain.
Consider engaging an expert during the entire process. They will help you choose suitable video camera systems, install them strategically, lower costs, and comply with privacy laws.