How To Choose The Best System For Your Office

A safe working environment is essential for any business. Use these five tips to choose the right system for your business.

1. Specify What You Want The Security Camera To See.

The majority of businesses invest in security systems for three main reasons: to protect their employees, to reduce shrinkage, or to prevent false claims. Be clear about the monitoring that will take place at your business and when. Do you need to know who enters and exits the front door, for example? To monitor the property 24 hours a day? To read license plate numbers? To document activities for workers’ compensation claims? Determining what and when you want to record visually helps determine equipment type and budget.

2. Choose A System Based On IP Or Analog Technology If You Have A Specific Purpose In Mind.

Analog systems are suitable for many applications, such as monitoring the entrance to your building or identifying who is there. If you need to perform more complex tasks, such as reading license plates from parked cars or monitoring large areas, or generating automatic counts of people, then an IP-based system with high-definition video cameras and software is the best option.

You can upgrade your analog system to IP functionality. You can, for example, purchase a hybrid digital recording system (DVR) that will support both analog cameras and IP cameras. IP camera systems require Cat5 network cabling or higher, but older coaxial cables can be adapted to work with IP cameras.

3. Plan When, How And Where You Will View Images From Your Camera.

Will you be storing images to review later, or do you have staff that can monitor video in real time? You can view the images on a computer screen or digital display in your office or from another location. You want to have access to recordings via your smartphone. Are you looking for high-resolution photos?

The type of system you choose will depend on your needs, especially if you need to monitor several locations. Analog cameras, for example, record on a digital video recording (DVR), which can only be viewed remotely in one box at a given time. This may or may not meet your requirements.

IP cameras can record to a local area network (LAN) through a network recording device (NVR), allowing multiple cameras to be viewed simultaneously, even from a distance. This system is best for monitoring multiple locations in real time.

Video management software can be used to access multiple recorders and view them selectively. This requires a computer.

4. Decide If Your Integration Of Cameras With Other Systems Is Right For You.

Are you currently using a burglar alarm system or an access control system? You can integrate your burglar alarm and access-control system with your cameras. You can set analog and IP cameras to only record when motion is detected. This can be triggered by your burglar alarm or when someone enters the building using an access control system.

You can connect security systems using a spot monitor to see what alarm was triggered. If someone buzzed on your door, for example, the spot monitor immediately showed you the video of the entryway camera.

5. Ask Your Security Specialist For A Site Assessment And A Master Planning.

A security consultant will need to tour your facility in order to assess what equipment you have, determine any obstacles to installation, and troubleshoot potential sources of interference. It is important to have a floor plan, especially for large spaces. This will help you to determine what you would like to monitor and where in your building.

A consultant will visit your site to assess the existing technology infrastructure and determine whether any upgrades or changes are needed to support the cameras that you select.

Ask your consultant to look over your blueprints if you’re building a brand new facility. It is almost always cheaper and easier to make pre-construction modifications than retrofits.

Your security consultant can create a master plan, complete with a list of equipment and budget. Ask for suggestions on how to implement the plan in stages if necessary.

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  • Security risk assessments on-site determine your facility’s vulnerability and the type of system you need.
  • A master plan for security, which includes a detailed budget and equipment list as well as recommendations on how to integrate your security system into existing networks.
  • Experience in the design and installation of security systems in retail, K-12 schools, Universities, Churches, Nonprofit Organizations, Healthcare, and Private Business.    For more details –

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