You want your business to be protected and security cameras are a great addition to your security system. Most businesses, big and small, rely on surveillance cameras to keep their offices, inventory, vehicles, and employees safe. Here we have outlined a few different types security cameras for businesses small and large.
This tends to be the traditional route for businesses when it comes to purchasing a camera system. A CCTV system can be completely customized and comes with a DVR that records all video from the camera. There are two types of CCTV systems:
Analog System – A camera system connects to a DVR to record all video. Analog camera systems are an older technology. They doesn’t use any new technology such as the internet and live viewing through apps and smart phones. However, this makes it a very affordable option. Pros: Great option for small businesses on a budget. Cons: The picture quality is not a sharp as an IP camera (2 megapixels). It is considered an older technology and there might be a need to upgrade in the future.
IP Cameras – IP cameras utilize your network but aren’t using your wifi connection. It won’t effect your wifi speed. IP cameras have sharp picture quality and are good for long distances on large properties and details, such as looking for license plate numbers. A few years ago, IP cameras weren’t really an option for small businesses due to how expensive they were. However, thanks to advances in technology in recent years, their prices have significantly decreased making them a good option for small businesses. Pros: You can live view through apps and your smart phone and receive sharper images and better quality cameras. Cons: More expensive option.
iView now provides a full video camera system that is integrated into your burglar alarm. When a camera picks up video of someone who shouldn’t be there at that time, it sends the video to the central station and the customer. Pros: Live view, record clips, playback from an app. It is a Video Verification system which significantly speeds up police response time. Cons: Only works with certain brands.
Videofied is essentially a burglar alarm system with motion detectors that have cameras. When a motion detector activates, a 7-10 second video is recorded and sent to the central station, as well as emailed to the customer. This allows the central station to label it as a Video Verified alarm, which significantly improves police response time. Pros: Video Verification system. Video clips emailed to the customer. Works as part of your burglar alarm system. Cons: Proper usage is to secure a specific item (i.e. a safe) or an area. It is not a full CCTV system. Does not provide great picture quality. No live viewing.
Business Automation Security Cameras
Like Home Automation, Business Automation features integrate with your alarm system on an App. Pros: It works seamlessly with other automation features. Provides live viewing and recording. Budget friendly. Cons: Placed on your wireless network so it will make your internet slower. Picture quality is not as sharp as IP cameras. Video storage is very minimal.
Overall, technology has made for better, more affordable security cameras. Nowadays there are solutions for businesses of every size, whether you are looking for one camera or a robust surveillance system.