Chances are that your business has invested a lot into cyber protection but are you remembering the importance of physical surveillance? Businesses big and small should consider implementing a video surveillance system. Video surveillance, like any other technology, is rapidly evolving, so the following is what you need to know about the current state of video surveillance.
How is video surveillance used?
While every business has its own needs, the following are the most common uses of video surveillance:
- Loss prevention: Whether it is physical property or digital data, video surveillance will provide you with the information and evidence you need to identify and discipline thieves.
- Liability protection: Video surveillance can provide you with evidence against liability claims and even lower your liability and insurance payments.
- Employee protection: If your parking situation is sketchy or you have employees who work after dark, video surveillance can act as a deterrent to crime and can be used in identify criminals if need be.
What are the options?
Essentially, video surveillance boils down to two options – analog and IP.
Analog is the most basic option. It is a standalone device that records footage on the camera and can be connected to a TV or computer for viewing or editing.
While analog is still the most used recording option, IP is slowly beginning to take over. Video is recorded to a computer and there are options for remote viewing on mobile devices and viewer manipulation. This is more expensive, but most experts agree that IP is going to replace analog the way DVDs replaced tapes.
Before installing surveillance, businesses need to consider privacy and legality. There are limits to where you can put cameras, even on private property, so make sure to check your local laws.
In addition, if a crime occurs in the range of your camera, you can get dragged into legal proceedings. The best solution to this is to have advanced technology so you can quickly provide law enforcement with the recordings they need.
The future of video surveillance
The technology is constantly evolving and the list of applications is growing. Here are just a few things to keep in mind about what’s coming:
- Business optimization: More cameras mean more information. Algorithms are becoming more advanced and computer interpreted video data is becoming more reliable. Soon, companies will be able to rely on video surveillance technology to improve marketing, supply chains, and overall work efficiency.
- HD capability: HD is available currently, but network infrastructure limits many businesses from adopting it. Fortunately, technology is reducing the challenges of HD and soon there will be a large migration to 1080p.
- More license plate recognition (LPR): Yes, your company can have CSI-esque video technology. LPR is a great add on for cameras covering parking lots or garages. It can even be employed to monitor parking if your company has issues with limited parking spaces.
- Access control: Video surveillance can improve your company’s access control. Near Field Communications (NFC)-enabled devices can communicate with your surveillance system and allow access to the company without the use of key cards.
Video surveillance has a lot to offer businesses; seriously, who doesn’t want added security and protection? Just remember to strategize before making the investment. A good strategy will guide you to the technology you need and provide the information you need to measure effectiveness and ROI.