Investing in the right video security system makes it far easier to protect your company from thieves and vandals.
As you look for a video security system for your business, you’ll see multiple options on the market. The choice will ultimately come down to what works best for your purposes, but it’s worth exploring all the available solutions before deciding.
Some companies are comfortable with a traditional camera system that records video onsite, while other organizations need something more flexible and efficient. The availability of analytical software is also a factor, as it automates some of the threat-detection processes and can mitigate human error.
Here’s a look at seven video surveillance system features or types to consider when developing a security solution for your commercial property.
1) Recorded video
If you’re at all up to date on the latest video surveillance systems, it might surprise you to learn that some systems still record video onsite and don’t have anyone actively monitoring them.
While the days of recording video on cassettes are long gone, some businesses rely on on-premises hard drives to store the footage for later review. A crucial problem is that these hard drives can fill up quickly when recording HD video, so recordings may be downgraded in quality or frequently deleted to create space. Cloud storage is also an option when recording unmonitored video, and it has the advantage of not having an onsite device holding this information that could be corrupted.
Recorded video remains an option for many businesses and will surely be part of any solution. But other systems and methods of storing footage are worth exploring.
2) Onsite monitoring
Larger businesses sometimes invest in onsite monitoring of their video feeds. This option works well for big companies with the resources to support an entire security team and the need for trained guards on the property.
There are a couple of issues with onsite monitoring, though, starting with the cost. You’ll need at least one full-time employee to watch a feed and more if you require around-the-clock surveillance. Human error can also be an issue; inadequately trained or inattentive onsite monitors could provide a false sense of security.
3) Wired or wireless
You’ll encounter wired and wireless products while looking at video camera options. Both possibilities have benefits and drawbacks, so you’ll want to consider their attributes carefully.
Wired cameras are essentially stationary because they may be hardwired into data transfer and electrical systems. In the latter case, cameras may be vulnerable during a power outage without dedicated battery backups. And while some models physically connect to a storage device via cables — which provides extra security for those worried about data — others wirelessly transmit to a cloud storage option. And the most modern wireless cameras have encryption protocols to prevent usable data from being intercepted by third parties.
Many wireless cameras don’t require an electrical outlet, so you can place them anywhere around a business. However, because they use battery power, you’ll have to ensure they’re charged, or they become useless. One option that is especially valuable in outdoor settings is a solar-powered system. For example, Mobile Video Guard’s solar system provides up to five days of power if all electricity is cut off, ensuring security doesn’t go dark.
4) Low-light and thermal cameras
Companies with outdoor areas prone to theft or vandalism should invest in cameras with excellent low-light capabilities to catch potential threats at night. Without them, feeds become dark and grainy when the sun goes down, making it challenging to identify legitimate threats and individuals.
Excellent night vision cameras are a must for construction companies and other businesses with large yards or sites requiring around-the-clock protection. But there is also a way to take night-vision further by opting for thermal cameras. By detecting the heat signatures from any source, they provide long-range intrusion detection up to 1,200 feet away, plus play a role in detecting fires.
5) 4K cameras
High-definition cameras are standard nowadays, providing security teams with outstanding resolution on their video feeds and helping them identify threats. An upgrade is available, though, in the form of 4K cameras.
These “Ultra-HD” (4K) cameras provide eight-megapixel resolution, providing one of the most precise pictures on the market. They can cost more, but prices have reduced significantly. And if theft is a significant problem for your business and you want to make every effort to deter it, 4K cameras are your best bet.
6) License plate detection capability
How would thieves most likely target your business?
Would they cut a hole in your perimeter fence and sneak onto the property? Could they break in through a window or back door? Is driving right up to your yard or building the most likely option?
If you believe thieves need a ride to take anything of value from your property, investing in license plate detection is a good feature. These cameras include a filter that blocks headlight glare to see a vehicle’s front or rear plates clearly.
7) Remotely monitored systems with advanced analytics
Perhaps the most comprehensive security system currently available is one that’s remotely monitored while integrating advanced analytical software. These systems include wireless, high-quality cameras around your business and professional off-site security monitors who keep an eye on the feed — at critical hours or at all times.
They also feature analytical software that can automatically identify many threats while ruling out others, such as distinguishing a stray dog from a human trespasser. The software can also automatically notify monitors of dangers, who can then warn off intruders via sirens and loudspeakers and/or call local authorities if necessary.
Finding the ideal security system
Determining the perfect security system for your business can be a challenge, but it’s worth the effort because of the significant protection it provides. A hybrid system combining some of these methods is also worth exploring for some companies.
Mobile Video Guard provides flexible and powerful monitored surveillance systems for business owners. We can assist as you install high-quality cameras in strategic locations and will ensure that trained professionals watch the property. Contact us today to get a quote.