There’s no one answer to what surveillance systems are best. Well built surveillance solutions are professionally engineered by security experts to address your specific concerns. The best surveillance systems are customized based on the type of your facility and what your risk factors are. We have found that most of our clients’ first priority when it comes to video surveillance systems are protecting themselves from liability.
Who needs commercial intrusion protection? Anything can happen when you’re not there. You are expected to be aware of what’s happening at your facility and on your property at all times. A well-planned surveillance strategy uses the appropriate technology to achieve your goals, but that solution scales as your business scales and those expectations change.
Technology has evolved at an exponential rate. Motion detectors, sensors, high-end surveillance cameras, and security biometrics have upgraded consistently throughout the years. Mobile apps allow for access to your burglar alarm systems or specific cameras directly from a smartphone or other mobile device. Often there are relatively inexpensive security solutions available to keep you safe from liability and keep your property protected.
A trigger is an action or series of actions your commercial burglar alarm systems are set to perform under specific circumstances. In the event that you have a potential security situation, your surveillance system can be programmed to automatically send a message to any number of smart devices. That allows you to see what is happening in real-time, and make decisions about the severity of the situation as well as the best way to proceed. Your security system can be programmed to deliver a message to a 24/7 domestic monitoring center, or even directly to emergency responders, like firefighters or law enforcement. Certain surveillance systems also allow police to “take over” camera and speaker settings with a two-way radio allowing them to speak directly to the potential threat over the security alarm systems.
Smart security cameras are capable of recognizing and ignoring animals on the premises with smart technology motion detectors. Analytics also can determine behaviors to better assess the threat of an individual at the facility, and based on those behaviors engage specific actions. Employing artificial intelligence solutions allow a reduction in false positives, as well as specific automatic actions based on the degree of potential threat.
Smart surveillance cameras are strategically placed at points out of reach, but able to view areas of interest. Commercial industry and manufacturers have areas of concern that homes do not need to consider for a security breach. Depending on your specific needs there are multiple camera hardware solutions. Some low-profile or hidden, where others may be very visible. Seeing a camera can have a security value on its own accord. Surveillance cameras can send alerts directly to a monitoring service or to your smartphone.
In order to be best protected from any potential liability, all security camera solutions record to a safe storage location in the event that data should ever need to be reviewed or retrieved. Much like the vast number of camera options, there is an equal number of recording and data storage options. The best choice for you depends on your specific needs and often is a combination of both onsite and offsite cloud storage solutions.
The cloud has become a topic of interest for data storage as more software companies rely on cloud storage to deliver services, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s an ideal surveillance solution. The advantages of having access to your data from any location, potentially unlimited storage capacity and storage time would suggest the cloud as an obviously superior option, however, there are some things to consider before making that decision.
Your cloud storage is a secured section of the internet your surveillance system is using to store recorded data. That means that you’re recording is limited by your internet speed. Multiple cameras need more bandwidth to record successfully, the more hardware… the more bandwidth required. In the event that you don’t have the necessary connection speed to support your system, you could get corrupted data, or your cameras could stop recording successfully altogether. Part of your security strategy is to determine the number of cameras needed and what storage solution is best.
With a cloud solution in place, you are dependent upon internet access to execute your surveillance strategy. Regardless of the bandwidth you’ve leased from your internet provider, if the internet goes down your system stops working. One of our roles as security consultants is to mitigate variables outside the scope of our control. This could potentially be an easy way to deactivate your entire system.
Although many software security measures are in place to protect cloud data, your security information is still online while employing a cloud-based system. That means that it is still vulnerable to data hacks, and software vulnerabilities that more traditional on-site solutions would not be at risk of.
The costs associated with having a personal storage server custom built can be more than the return on that investment, but it is an option available to you. There are third-party businesses that provide on-site storage as a service. With these resources, you have the security of a data storage solution that doesn’t rely on the internet. If you lose internet access, your security alarm systems continue to work effectively, but costs are based on storage time. The more storage space you need and the amount of time you want to keep data available define the recurring cost for service.
The ideal choice is the one that meets your specific expectations effectively at the lowest recurring cost. This is where businesses that contract with a professional security consultant has a strategic advantage in developing a plan that will scale with your business while keeping recurring costs manageable.
After a consultation a professional security strategy is engineered with a security expert, the correct hardware and software tools are employed, redundant measures are in place, and intelligent resources will communicate automatically with either you or first responders to reduce risk of injury, loss, or liability. The equipment can vary from a few cameras and door locks, to many cameras, motion detectors, sensors, alarms, and more. Your consultation will help you decide what strategy is best for your commercial intrusion detection systems.