Commercial video surveillance systems are a must for businesses today. Whether you’re interested in monitoring the comings and goings of your employees or register transactions, there are multiple ways to get the most out of your system. To make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck, take a look at the tips we’ve put together below.
1. Determine what you want to do with the cameras
Deciding exactly what you want to monitor will help you choose what kind of camera and system to buy. If you’re looking for an up close view, you may want to opt for a point-tilt-zoom or PTZ camera. PTZ cameras are useful when you have a live operator because they’re reactive. PTZ cameras let you zoom in live but not after, therefore if you’re wanting to get a closer look later, you’ll need multiple cameras to cover the scene.
2. Map out your security system
Once you’ve decided whether you want to capture faces, recognize currency, or just record the general details, you’ll want to plan out the placement of your cameras. Since cabling will need to be completed, it’s important to map out the placement of your cameras.
3. Consider adding an audio security system
Most commercial camera surveillance systems don’t capture audio. To bump up your security, consider connecting an audio system. However, you’ll need to be aware of the laws. Cameras placed in a public location are fine but if you’re doing audio recording, you’ll need to post a sign. Your community may also have local laws governing video and audio surveillance.
4. Take steps to secure your cameras
If you have cameras placed outside, you’ll want to take precautions to secure them. Most of the time people place them in enclosures that aren’t actually locked, which makes it possible for thieves to steal them or hackers to access the network.
5. Pick the most appropriate camera for each location
When mapping out your camera system, you should think about what camera you’re placing where. If you want to monitor certain areas closer than others, place your higher quality cameras there.
6. Have your cameras set up by a certified installer
Though you may be tempted to save some cash by having your IT department install your system for you, it will be better in the long run to have a qualified, certified installer set up your system.
7. Manage your system with software
The majority of commercial video surveillance systems come with software programs that allow for easy monitoring. If you’re using 16 cameras or less, you can use free software apps to manage your cameras.
8. Bring in the professionals
The most important thing you can do to enhance your office’s security is to think about what it is you’re trying to protect. Once you’ve done this, you’ll have a better understanding of what physical measures to take. That may also mean it’s time to call in the professionals. For a complete assessment of your property, call in someone who has a background in physical security to do a threat and risk analysis. This will give you further insight into what areas of your building to focus on. If you opt to not work with a physical security integration partner, you may end up using the wrong security solutions.