Security requirements differ from business to business. When purchasing a video surveillance system for your facility, you’ll want to choose a system that’s appropriate for your day-to-day needs.
Take stock in your company’s size and infrastructure. How many facilities will you need video coverage for? How many access points? Will you be integrating with other existing security measures, such as access control and alarm systems?
CCTV systems and cameras come in a number of different shapes and sizes, and are distinguished by a multitude of accoutrements, bells, and whistles affecting performance.
Here are seven important features that will ultimately factor into your decision when purchasing a video surveillance system.
- Style. Bullet cameras are ideal for outdoor security. Not only do they have extended range, but their distinctive shape offers up a visible deterrent to trespassers and potential thieves. Domed cameras provide an unobtrusive way of keeping tabs on indoor spaces, and their shape and housing prohibits individuals from determining which angle the camera is pointing.
- Wireless or wired? In traditional setups, wired IP cameras utilize Ethernet cables to communicate with an NVR, while analog units use coax to connect to a DVR. This can be problematic if your cameras are stationed a significant distance from their recording device. Wireless – or WiFi – cameras are easier to install and configure, though they can occasionally – albeit rarely – be subject to electromagnetic interference.
- Resolution. Today’s video surveillance systems can record in 1080p high definition, which is strongly recommended for commercial properties and small businesses. Lower res units can provide adequate coverage for indoor usage that focuses on one specific area. Still, the higher the resolution, the better the chance that law enforcement officials will be able to identify and apprehend perpetrators.
- Weather-resistance. Unless completely shielded by an awning, outdoor security cameras should be chosen that can endure the wind, snow, rain, and extreme temperatures.
- Low light requirements. Night vision in the video surveillance arena has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent years. Look for systems providing built-in infrared LEDs that can offer remarkably clear images in almost complete darkness.
- Remote access. Whether cloud-based, or a traditional NVR/DVR setup connected to the Internet, remote access remains one of the most sought-after features for business owners who are purchasing a video surveillance system. Remote access allows a company owner to view and manage their video surveillance footage from virtually anywhere in the world from any Internet-connected device.
- Cloud system or on-premise? Network-based solutions offer up high-definition clarity and abundant storage. Cloud-based systems offer convenience, enhanced scalability, and low-operating costs. Which option is better for your business? Ultimately, it comes down to your company’s priorities, preference, and budget.
Secom offers comprehensive video surveillance solutions designed to keep your small business or commercial property covered from every conceivable angle. We can even integrate your cameras with alarm systems and access control, allowing you to receive video alerts whenever something is out of the ordinary and immediately view footage from a mobile device to discover the cause.
Most importantly, if you’re purchasing a video surveillance system, our specialists can guide you throughout the decision-making process, ensuring that your investment will be a sound one.
Give us a call today at 240-374-1475, or reach out online, and be sure to ask about our in-house financing options.