Surveillance Equipment That Protects Businesses, Assets, and Employees

There is no shortage of security challenges facing businesses. From cybercrime to theft and liability concerns, there are plenty of things to keep executives up at night. Understandably, theft consistently ranks as a top concern for many, as it can have devastating effects. The good news is the digitalization of our world has benefited video surveillance. Today's video surveillance systems offer more options, better quality cameras, extended recording archives, and peace of mind. 

High-quality surveillance systems allow businesses to quickly find and review incidents to determine what happened and when. The systems are beneficial not just to assess theft, but also from a liability perspective. Reviewing the footage can quickly resolve workplace accidents. Additionally, it is easy to settle any disputes on the delivery of materials by checking the video. 

Now that you are convinced you need a surveillance system, the question is how to determine the proper video equipment. Video surveillance systems come with different types of cameras and digital video recorders. Your business industry, size, and location will determine if you need a full high definition (HD) system, picture resolution, storage capabilities, and real-time accessibility.

HD Surveillance Cameras

HD surveillance cameras are capable of recording images at wider angles with clearer resolution. Surveillance experts often recommend HD cameras for their wide area coverage. 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 as evidence in a conflict.

Smart IP Cameras

Recording images and events is only half of a camera's job. You need to react as events are unfolding to protect your business. Modern surveillance systems include smart IP cameras and video management software (VMS) that allows companies to respond faster.

For example, you can set your VMS to record activity, notify you, and alert authorities when motion is detected. Authorities can access the live camera feed or review the historical surveillance to determine what happened. 

Unlimited Digital Video Recorder (DVR) Storage

Most DVRs are capable of storing up to 30 weeks of surveillance footage. Once these systems reach their thresholds, it overwrites the older recordings with new surveillance. Businesses that use such traditional DVRs risk the loss of needed historical data. 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. The footage is uploaded directly to the cloud. These systems often allow for unlimited data storage that is coterminous with the life of the surveillance system. Recordings are often accessible from implementation until the end of life. 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 reliable surveillance solution for your business, contact us at BlackPoint IT Services for a no-obligation session with our experts.


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