The 5 Components of a Comprehensive Video Surveillance System
As a business owner, you want to be able to find out what’s happening with your business at any time, all the time. Now that the Internet has replaced the old, standalone filing cabinet of the past, it can be easy to check in on the records of your business. You might use a service like QuickBooks for your accounting needs, or a service like DropBox for your business files. The accessibility of these files from your computer or smartphone is what makes these services so useful.
Your security plan could be this accessible, too. Companies today that offer video surveillance as part of an overall security plan have features that make keeping tabs on your business easy, affordable and user-friendly. These features usually come as part of a comprehensive video surveillance system, a multi-faceted security plan that touches multiple areas of your business. Business owners today can use a comprehensive video surveillance system to keep their entire business safe, from their budget to their employees.
Here are five components of a comprehensive video surveillance system.
- Financial Stability for Your Security Budget
Keeping your business secure can be costly. With new features coming out as technology gets better, businesses have to keep budgeting and financial planning in mind. According to a 2011 report by Electronics.ca Publications, a market research firm, the video surveillance market was slated to grow from $11.5 billion in 2008 to $37.5 billion in 2015 due to increased interest in video surveillance.
When considering a comprehensive video surveillance solution for your business, you’ll want to find a company where you can lock in the costs. Deciding up front what your budget is for security and sticking to it will help you keep new financial addendums to your security plan at bay with the comfort of knowing your business is secure.
- Mobile-friendly Features for Your Smartphone
These days, your mobile phone is likely just an arm’s-length away. Our smartphones are our banks, our mailboxes and our social networks. They’ve also become part of our business workflow. This year alone, the U.S. could see an increase of 45 million employees who use smartphones in conjunction with their work.
Your video surveillance system should work the way you work, and if you use a smartphone for business email or documents, it’s best to find a company that can utilize your mobile phone in your security plan. For example, some companies will allow you to view your property from your smartphone, or get security alerts to your phone around the clock. These features can help you stay connected to your business on your time.
- Complete Video Coverage of Your Business
Depending on your security needs, you may already be using a security guard at your location. Security guards can be a great option for businesses that are smaller in physical size, or in certain scenarios (like an event) at your business that require a fast reaction or a human touch. But if you’re looking to “see” every square inch of your business at all times, a security guard isn’t enough.
For the most effective 24/7 security monitoring for your business, you’ll want to either supplement your security guards with video surveillance or install a video surveillance system when you create your security plan. Video surveillance systems allow you to have “more eyes” on your business than a security guard has, and can help decrease theft and vandalism in and around your business.
- Quick, Robust File Retrieval of Your Video
Businesses that already use video surveillance as part of their security plan understand the benefits of having a record of all the activity in your business that’s indisputable. Video surveillance systems boast one feature that you can’t really get anywhere else: recorded proof of the identity of someone you think may have robbed or vandalized your business. In a serious situation, video recordings may be all you have to prove what you’re saying is true.
For this reason, one component of your video surveillance system should be quick and easy access to your video recordings coupled with the ability to use those files as you see wish. It’s your video and therefore your data, and you have a right to access it in a timely fashion. Plus, different companies might offer different lengths of time to hold the recordings, which could be beneficial if a serious situation involving the law does arise.
- The Latest Security Features and Functionality
As your business grows, so will advances in technology. As a business owner, it’s your job to ‘keep up with the times’ and know the latest offerings available to you from your vendors. Even if you don’t handle the majority of the systems maintenance on your own, it’s in your best interest to know if you’re using the right services for your business.
When evaluating systems, be sure it’s understood between you and the video surveillance company how you’ll maintain as well as update your equipment in the future. While the first purchase is important, it’s just as important to choose a company that will guide you through choosing and understanding different features and functionality, keeping your system up-to-date with the latest technologies while not sacrificing what you need from your system to meet your business goals.
Even if you’ve already start dabbling in some video surveillance equipment or techniques, creating a comprehensive plan that includes the present and future maintenance of your system can only be beneficial. Doing so will help you better plan with your security budget, unlock the features you truly need (and those you don’t) and give you the security of knowing that at least one area of your business has a stable, long-term plan. Although it’s noted that video surveillance packages can be costly, you’ll have to balance your budget with services that meet the goals you have for business. Start by researching what these kinds of companies have to offer today.
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by, Shawn Scarlata May 2016