Setting Up Commercial Surveillance Systems: What You Need to Know
Learn How to Achieve Security and Usability with Your Surveillance System
If you’ve been considering adding a commercial surveillance system to your Fort Wayne area business, it doesn’t take much research to realize there are a lot of different options out there. It can be daunting at first, especially if you don’t know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together this guide for Indiana business owners. Read over it and then give us a call at (888) 279-2276 if you still have questions!
First Things First: Do You Need Surveillance?
Many business owners view surveillance systems as unnecessary. After all, if your building has never been broken into, what’s the point of having surveillance? Good question. There are several advantages to having surveillance cameras even if your business has never had problems with crime in the past:
1. Just because it hasn’t happened yet doesn’t mean it won’t ever happen.
Think of surveillance cameras like a toilet plunger—you don’t want to wait until you need it to realize there’s not one nearby. You can’t predict the future but you can prepare for it.
2. Surveillance cameras can actually help deter crime.
Criminals are far less likely to target your business if they can easily tell that it’s protected. Having surveillance cameras is like putting up a sign that says “we’re watching, so don’t do anything you’ll regret.”
3. Surveillance cameras are useful for more than just catching standard crimes.
You probably think of a break-in or attempted theft when someone mentions surveillance footage, but your cameras can have far more uses than just that. For example, with smart cameras, you can check footage in real-time from your smartphone—no matter where you are. So you can check to make sure an employee is where they’re supposed to be or verify that the lights were turned off at night.
The Essential Parts of a Surveillance System
The typical commercial surveillance setup is going to have these two basic components:
Can’t have surveillance footage without cameras! There are a lot of different styles of cameras depending on environment and need. For example, outdoor cameras are going to have a weather-resistant design. You can get cameras with infra-red for night surveillance, cameras with 360-view capabilities, and cameras with ultra HD quality. It all depends on what your business needs.
2. Recorder/Video Storage System
Next, you’ll need some way to store the surveillance footage. The higher resolution footage you’re capturing, the more storage you’ll need. Here, too, you have options. You can choose a system that erases footage after 24 hours or keeps it indefinitely. You’ll also need to consider your network security—your video storage system needs to be protected from hacking attempts.
Nonessentials that are Still Nice to Have
If you want your surveillance system to do more than just the basics, then look for some of these neat features:
- Video Analytics: Your cameras can automatically identify trends or issues without any manual effort from you. Depending on your business environment, these analytics can be designed to track the things that are relevant to your industry (foot traffic in a restaurant, clothing theft in a retail environment, etc.).
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- Smart Control: Want to view your cameras from anywhere in the world? How about adjust where they’re pointing right from your smartphone? We recommend investing in a commercial automation system that allows for easy control of your cameras from anywhere.
Commercial Surveillance Brand Recommendations
There are a lot of reliable, reputable surveillance camera manufacturers out there. Personally, we’ve found that the best performance comes from brands like Clearview, IC Realtime, and GeoVision. If you already have a particular brand in mind, we’d be happy to talk with you more about the advantages or disadvantages of that manufacturer.
This guide covers some of the basics of commercial surveillance, but believe us when we say that installing a business surveillance system is not a DIY project. You’ll get the best results when you leave it in the hands of the professionals.
So if you’ve decided that a surveillance system is a smart addition to your Indiana business, the next step is to call and speak with one of our security experts at (888) 279-2276. Once we know more about the specifics of your business, we can offer detailed advice and guidance on the best approach. For a free consultation, fill out this form or click on the live chat window at the bottom of the screen.