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The Best Security Camera Systems For Businesses

The Best Security Camera Systems For Businesses

Keeping a small business safe and secure should be a priority for all businesses large or small.   Whether you have a stock room full of expensive products, maintain confidential information, or to simply make your employees feel safe, your business needs a certain level of security.  Technology is changing every day, and companies are now able to protect themselves internally and externally with cost-effective systems such as access control systems.  Another example of rapidly changing technology is video surveillance, which has drastically improved since it’s launch in the 60’s and 70’s, when the only businesses using video surveillance systems were prisons and government facilities.  But now the technology has evolved in leaps and bounds making it a very low-cost investment for business owners.  Today we are going to look the basics of a business security system.commercial-monitoring

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Educate Yourself

The first and most important step when determining what type of business security system you may need is to find out as much information as possible on how security systems work and what options are pertinent to your business.

Monitored Burglar Alarm Systems

A monitored burglar alarm system consists of a series of devices that detect an unauthorized person entering your company and sends a signal to a central monitoring station. This monitoring station provides continuous service 24/7  365 days a year. If necessary, they will alert the authorities.  There are basically six components of a monitored burglar alarm system.

  1. Control panel: The control panel is the power source for your system. They are typically installed in a closet type area and are connected to your phone system.
  2. Security key pad: Typically set up outside your main entrance, the security key pad is a two-way system that allows the central monitoring station to talk directly to a person who has set off the alarm and can then determine if the person is an authorized person. Additional panels can be added to other areas of your building.
  3. Motion detectors: The motion detectors use infrared energy levels to recognize if there is an intruder in the building.
  4. Door and window contact: These mechanisms also use infrared energy to sense when an intruder is breaking in. They are installed around door jams and window frames and are set off when a door or window is opened.
  5. Glass break sensors: These sensors are triggered when any acoustic shock waves are detected from breaking glass.
  6. Sirens: When the alarm is triggered, this is the noise that alerts everyone in your immediate surroundings. Sirens can be located inside or outside of your building.CCTV footage

In addition to the basic features, there are additional options you might consider to “beef up” your business security system.  One great option is a backup system. Most alarm systems offer a 24-hour backup that takes over in case your phone line goes down or if there is a loss of electricity.   If your company relies on VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) it is important to have a backup system as not all alarm systems are compatible with regular phone systems.

Two-way monitoring is another feature to look into. This is helpful for false alarms. Once the alarm is triggered, the central monitoring station can instantly communicate with your company. The security keypad also acts as an intercom system and the central monitoring service can help assess the situation.

A tracking feature is another additional option that shows who has opened/closed the main entrance to your business. One way to do this is to have a supervised system that will alert you of who armed or disarmed the system, as well as what time this all happened. You can also have the central monitoring station notify a point of contact if the system is not activated.  If a supervised system isn’t for you, you can choose to have the alarm system keep track of when the alarm is armed and disarmed.

Access Control Systems

Access control systems and card access systems are additional components of your business security system. These systems allow employees to enter in and out of the building while keeping unauthorized personnel out. They use keypads or cards to allow entry.  Card access points are usually located at the main entrance of your building, but can also be located in other areas of your property such as at a parking lot gate. Access control systems can range from simple to very complex attendance systems with different levels of security access.

A proximity card is a choice to consider when looking into access control systems. These cards gain you access by placing the card anywhere from one inch to three feet from the sensor. You can add photo IDs to your cards and go as far as creating a car tag, which will allow an employee entrance to a parking lot without the driver needing to get out of their car. If your company already has employee ID cards that have magnetic strips or bar codes, you can implement those cards and save your business some extra cash.  Smartcards carry larger amounts of information which can include employee records and even spending account balances. Though the costs are still a little high ($2-$10 a card and terminals can cost over $500) they are a great option for a large company with many employees.

Video Surveillance

Video Surveillance and security camera systems are a very common business security systems. These systems range from a single camera and monitor to hundreds of cameras with multiple operators.  If preventing theft is a top priority for your business then a video surveillance system is a must.  There are two major benefits to implementing a video camera system. The first benefit is that a video surveillance system often discourages potential thieves since the cameras are more noticeable to burglars. The second benefit is that video taken can be used as evidence in the case of a theft or if an accident occurs. Video surveillance systems often meet insurance requirements, and many insurance companies provide a discount for having a security system.   These systems have a multiple of uses including monitoring a cash register, as well as visitor and employee areas.

Choosing the right video equipment for your business can be daunting. There are many different options to choose from when looking into a business video surveillance. One choice to consider is what type of camera signal you would like. A charged coupled device (CCD) camera has an analog signal while a digital signal processing (DSP) camera converts the signal to digital. The biggest difference between these two options is picture quality. If you don’t need to monitor your video closely, you can opt for a CCD and save yourself some extra money.

Next is the size of the camera. Most are usually between 1/4” and 1” in size. Keep in mind a bigger camera doesn’t automatically mean a better picture. Things to think about that your security installation company can assist you with:

  • What type of lenses do you need?
  • What quality of resolution do you need?
  • The location of the camera or cameras
  • Will you need the camera to pan, tilt or zoom?
  • Do you need color or will black and white work?small business video surveillance

Ensure the safety in your workplace while protecting your assets. New and improved IP camera systems allow for remote monitoring of any size business. And, with weatherproof outdoor security camera options, you’ll cut down on vandalism and property damage.  Smart Security Camera offers the best brands in the market including Samsung,  AXIS,  Mobotix, and more.

 

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