A security camera system is an investment you only want to have to make once. To help you select the most suitable camera system for your business, here are a few tips and pointers on what to look for.
Choosing the Right Security System
The most important thing when selecting a camera security system is to ensure it is fit-for purpose.
Each business has different security requirements—the security threats in an office environment are different to those for a retail store or warehouse. While some businesses simply want to be able to check their business premises when they’re not there, others need a more comprehensive system which provides 24/7 active monitoring.
It’s also important to consider the value a security system will add compared to how much you’ll need to invest.
If you store high-value items or equipment or a large amount of inventory at your business premises, a more sophisticated security system will quickly pay for itself if your business was ever targeted by thieves or vandals. Any insurance claims are also likely to be significantly easier if you have a quality security system in operation.
What to Look for When Choosing a Surveillance System
Depending on what you’re looking for, different surveillance systems offer a variety of features and functionality.
Some features you may want to consider include:
- wide viewing angle (to provide greater visibility from less cameras)
- high-definition visuals
- low- or no-light viewing capability
- heat and motion detection
- audio recording (if required)
- ample video storage space, and
- remote access IP monitoring
While a stand-alone security camera set-up will allow you to check in on your business whenever you want, it’s best to opt for a system which offers proactive 24/7 monitoring through a professional security company if you want complete peace of mind.
Active third-party monitoring will ensure that if anything happens at your business premises – from a break-in, to flooding, fire or power outages – you’ll know about it sooner so you can take immediate action to minimise any loss or damage.
Wired Vs. Wireless Cameras
You’ll also need to decide if a wired or wireless camera set-up is more suitable.
The key difference between the two systems is that wired systems need to be physically cabled to a Digital Video Recorder (DVR), while signals from wireless cameras are distributed via an internet or wireless network connection. Both wired and wireless cameras will still need to be connected to a power source.
The key benefit of opting for a wired camera system is reliability—while wireless systems can be prone to dropouts, wired systems won’t be as susceptible to interference.
Comparing camera types
The most suitable type of camera will depend on your individual requirements. While there are a wide range of cameras on the market, with the most common options including:
- Box/bullet – Often used in large-scale installations.
- Dome – Discreet and tamper-proof, they often also include additional motion sensing and heat detection features.
- PTZ – Can be easily manoeuvred to focus on points of interest.
- IP cameras – Offer a wide field of vision, high-definition picture and remote connectivity.
Your security company should be able to advise on the most suitable type of cameras for your requirements.
Video monitoring & video analytics
Video monitoring and analytics are a valuable tool which can make the job of security monitoring and detection easier.
Video analytics monitor recordings from your security cameras and alert you to any activity which may be of interest, such as movement on the premises outside of business hours. While some security systems will come equipped with video monitoring and analytics, others will need you to purchase it separately.
Professional Installation Vs. DIY
While a DIY installation job may be sufficient for a simple at-home wireless set-up, businesses often require more comprehensive security systems.
If your system will comprise multiple cameras which require hard-wiring, you’re better off opting for a professional installation. This will ensure the system is installed correctly and set-up in the optimal configuration.