There are 3 common mistakes that business make, or should I say three common thing that business owerns/managers overlook when integrating a security camera system at the office. It’s easy to jump into a quick buy when you’ve recently be vandalized or are in a hurry to get a video surveillance system in place. But when installing and integrating a business surveillance system, there are several things that can go wrong, and cost you a lot of money, if you fail to do the proper research on the type, size and scope of the system that will best suit your business budget and surveillance needs. A business video surveillance system needs to be seen as an investment! It will save you money by preventing and/or detering theft, vandalism and a way to survey a number of other threats to your business.
Here are 3 common mistakes that businesses make when integrating a security camera system into their business:
1. Power distribution: Problems with surveillance system cameras are often the result of a problem with the power supply to the cameras and not the cameras themselves. It is common to receive calls from customers telling us that their infrared doesn’t work, or that their cameras don’t work at night. Or perhaps we’ll have customers calling in to say that their business video surveillance system camera outside the front door is working, but the camera surveying the parking lot is not. Don’t take the cheap approach on power supplies and skimp out on the wattage. It is important to know the amount of power that is required to run the video surveillance system of your choice efficiently; really consider this before investing in a video surveillance system for your business and make sure your budget allows you to invest in a power supply that will ensure your business video surveillance system runs smoothly.
2. No wires doesn’t necessarily = less complications: When installing a wireless CCTV system it isn’t always best to look for a system that will give you “the most bang for your buck.” The more reliable wireless video surveillance systems are pricey, and often businesses try to save money by purchasing cheaper systems, which only leads to more problems. In these instances, the many issues that arise with wireless surveillance cameras more often than not outweigh its ease of use. It is important to know as well that wireless CCTV cameras are not truly wireless. Your CCTV surveillance cameras will still need a power source to connect to (a power source that is often more expensive and complicated, and prone to problems). Another common problem with wireless is that it depends on a “point to point” connection between the wireless hub and adapters of the CCTV equipment. Anything that might block your wireless adapters (trees, buildings, towers, etc) will cause the signal to be lost and may cause unreliable connections between your CCTV wireless cameras and central hub. All in all, unless you have the means to purchase a large and expensive wireless CCTV surveillance system, at least at this point in time, it is more reliable and more cost effective to stay clear of a wireless video surveillance system.
3. The right camera for the right job: The most important thing to know is exactly what your surveillance cameras are going to be used for. No single camera application is the same and there are many different types of cameras that range in price and capabilities, so it is important to know what you need from each of your cameras. There are a lot of questions to be asking when searching for a video surveillance system for a business, to ensure that the most effective, efficient and affordable surveillance system is being purchased for the company.
Samples of a few questions to aks might be:
Will my camera be inside or outside?
Will my camera be used at day and/or night?
Does it need to be weather/vandal proof?
What focal length do I need from my camera?
Do I want a surveillance system that will record constantly, or do i want a triggered motion surveillance system?
Do I want my camera to be noticeable, aesthetically pleasing, or something hidden?
Which style will best suit the business security needs: box style, dome, or bullet?