Why Does My Business Need Surveillance Cameras?

There are many reasons to protect your business with Surveillance Cameras, but we will start with the main reason; deter crime before it happens. Many people wait until something happens to decide to invest in cameras to protect their business. While having Surveillance Cameras on the inside and outside of your property won’t guarantee zero crime, it can go a long way toward providing a very strong deterrent.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte performed a study on criminals that got caught breaking and entering homes and businesses. 83% said they would try to determine if a security system was present before attempting a break-in. Among those who discovered a security system’s presence during their attempt, only 13% said they would still try to break-in. Pair these statistics with the benefits listed below, and it is clear to see why investing in Surveillance Cameras is a smart decision for your business.

SURVEILLANCE CAMERA BENEFITS
  • Enhances safety and security for your employees and customers

  • Greatly reduce the possibility of break-ins and theft with a visible deterrent

  • Greatly reduce the risk of vandalism with a visible deterrent
  • Improved employee productivity and business operations

  • 24/7/365 peace of mind knowing your business is always being monitored

  • Can help avoid fraudulent legal and workman’s comp claims with video evidence

  • They are cost-effective and scalable as your business needs and requirements grow

  • Can be used in conjunction with a monitored Burglar Alarm System to verify break-ins and increase police response times

SURVEILLANCE CAMERA FEATURES
  • Infrared night vision and low-light viewing which is good for picking up unwanted nighttime activity

  • Motion sensing allows cameras to record only when movement is detected

  • They are capable of high-definition resolution, which allows for better image details

  • They can pan, tilt and zoom to give you a better view of what is happening in your building

  • They are available in many different shapes and styles, like easily seen or covert, and you may require both

  • Modern cameras can be accessed and viewed from anywhere in the world on your phone, tablet, or computer

  • When paired with a digital video recorder (DVR) or network video recorder (NVR), you can record footage and store it for the length of time you choose

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What Are the Main Classifications for Commercial Cameras?
ANALOG

Analog cameras have been around the longest and are commonly found in pre-existing systems. They are inexpensive, but they also do not have a very high image quality. They require coaxial cable, and the wires limit the distance the cable can run without additional equipment. They work by transmitting the image back to a recording device like a digital video recorder or DVR for short.

ANALOG HIGH DEFINITION

Analog High Definition or just referred to as HD cameras, is an improvement over traditional analog cameras. They have significantly better image quality, compatible with newer and more advanced DVRs, and have color and night vision capability. As their name implies, you can capture HD quality images (1080p) and see much more detail in your recordings. HD quality images can be beneficial when you need to identify intruders or verify the details of an office disagreement or worker’s comp claim. Another advantage of HD cameras is that you will not incur any additional cabling expenses as they can utilize the same coaxial cable as their analog predecessors.

INTERNET PROTOCOL (IP)

IP cameras are a substantial upgrade in features and image quality from both forms of analog cameras. The IP stands for “internet protocol” and utilizes an ethernet cable (or wireless network) to transmit the signal back to a network video recorder (NVR). (We will go into more detail about storage later on, so stay tuned.) They are easy to access and view from anywhere, have higher image resolution, and provide data like motion detection, facial recognition, people counting, spatial distance (aka social distancing), and temperature screening solutions.

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What Types of Camera Format Options are Available?

There are many different types of cameras available to choose from, and they each have some unique features that make them useful in different situations and for various industries. Here are the basic categories, and as always, we are here to answer any questions you may have about the right type of cameras for your needs.

BULLET CAMERAS

Bullet cameras are named for the long cylindrical appearance, which somewhat resembles a bullet. They are highly recognizable and provide a visible deterrent to those who wish to break-in. They allow you to focus on a fixed view like a building entrance, so you will need numerous bullet cameras if you have multiple access points. They can have night vision, as well as motion-sensing capabilities. They can be mounted on a ceiling or wall and used both indoors and outdoors. They are ideal for large areas like parking lots due to long-distance viewing capabilities.

DOME CAMERAS

Dome cameras are similar in functionality to bullet cameras, but they have a couple of advantages. They have a wider viewing angle, which means you could cover more of an area with a single camera. Another advantage they have over the bullet cameras is that they are more tamper and vandalism proof due to being a completely enclosed unit.

PTZ CAMERAS

Pan, tilt, and zoom cameras do precisely just that. You can control their movement with a joystick or through software. They can automatically run a specific pattern or turn to a preset location. Panning can range from a complete 360-degree circle to smaller ranges. The amount any camera can tilt will vary by model, but it can go up to 180 degrees. Optical zoom physically adjusts the camera lens, which maintains image quality and is stated as #X, like 12X zoom. Digital zooming uses software to enhance the image. This is a significant difference as digital zooming usually results in low-quality pixilated video images.

THERMAL CAMERAS

Thermal cameras use the heat generated from an individual or object to detect movement, and they do not require any light to operate. They are ideal for not only detecting persons in the dark, but they can also “see” outdoor activity in less than ideal conditions like a thunderstorm or heavy fog. The video recorded by these cameras is for detecting persons or objects in areas where they should not be located. These cameras can also see and prevent incidents before they happen in areas where hazardous chemicals are stored or in factory or warehouse settings with overheating equipment.

TEMPERATURE SCREENING CAMERAS

Unlike thermal cameras, these cameras exist for the sole purpose of detecting elevated body temperature to help prevent the spread of disease and sickness. They come in different formats like a bullet or dome camera, a walk-through solution, and handheld. They can measure multiple people in seconds and sound an alert when a person with a higher than average temperature is detected. While they cannot detect disease or sickness, they can help prevent the spread by preventing people with a fever from entering your building, factory, or warehouse

WIDE DYNAMIC RANGE CAMERAS

Wide dynamic range cameras can handle a comprehensive range of lighting levels all at once. What does this mean for your surveillance video? It means that these cameras provide superior clarity of images when dealing with bright and low light in the same scene, like bright headlights in a dark parking lot. You would lose a person’s facial details driving toward the camera in the parking deck with a traditional camera. The technology in these cameras can balance between the different lighting levels on a pixel-by-pixel basis.

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Where Does All the Footage Surveillance Cameras Capture Go?

There are two types of storage devices for Surveillance Camera footage, a digital video recorder and a network video recorder. DVRs are designed for wired analog cameras, both plain and HD versions. They utilize coaxial cable and BNC connectors to connect to the DVR. DVR systems process the video at the recorder.

A network video recorder is used with wired IP (or wireless) cameras. They have built-in power-over-ethernet (PoE) ports for a more simplified camera connection. NVR systems encode and process the video data at the camera and then stream it to the NVR for storage and remote viewing. These devices come with a wide range for the number of channels and storage capacity.

DVRs and NVRs
Surveillance Camera Integration

When you integrate your Surveillance Cameras with other building protection systems such as your Burglar Alarm, Access Control and Fire Alarm, you can unleash these systems’ benefits and efficiencies. For example, suppose an unauthorized person is trying to enter your building. In that case, your Access Control system can communicate with your Surveillance Cameras and Burglar Alarm, have the camera start recording, and send you an alert via text or email.

Another feature made possible by integrating all your systems is that you can use your Access Control system’s scheduling feature to arm your locks and alarm. Access Control scheduling allows contractors, cleaning crews, and other service providers can gain the off-hours access they need to your building without you having to be there in person to allow them in and re-arm your system once they are done. You can verify their identity with their access cards and via your cameras.

The possibilities are practically limitless with the right security experts and equipment. With an integrated system, you will have multiple security features working together to reduce risk, streamline your business operations and realize the ROI from your systems.

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Have Questions, or Want to Learn More?

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our Surveillance Camera solutions, please feel free to contact us at 1.885.885.8881 or fill out the form on this page.