Where to Begin
When considering a commercial security system, begin by determining your security goals and taking an inventory of your most valuable assets. While some security management items, such as fire alarms are required by NFPA standards.
Are CCTV Cameras Illegal?
Security camera installation is very common in most workplaces, and while cameras are prohibited in certain areas of a building, they are useful tools to help protect your business. Ensure that your employees are well-informed of the usage and goals of the CCTV cameras.
Once you have determined what type of security you want to install, you will be able to decide if you want to have your security system monitored. Using apps like Alarm.com, you will be able to review your security camera footage and manage your security system.
A central alarm system transmits signals to a central monitoring station, and any alarm signals are put through a verification process to determine what the alarm response will be. Working with your monitoring company to establish the process through which they can contact someone from your company or contact the necessary authorities in the case of an alarm.
Security Camera Placement Needs
When you are planning security cameras, consider the places that you want to watch. These places may include:
Difference in Security Cameras
Not all security cameras are created equal and determining which cameras you need may be a more complicated question that you might think. Consider these differences:
Indoor vs. outdoor cameras
Various sizes of security cameras
Cameras that are easy to camouflage
Cameras that provide high-quality video footage
Wired vs. Wireless Systems
And many more...
There are also many different kinds of CCTV cameras, including:
Video Doorbell Cameras: See who is at your front door without leaving the couch or even when you are not there. Read more about this in our blog, How Video Doorbells Work.
Bookshelf Cameras: Designed to be placed on shelves so that they can blend in with the surroundings.
Dome Cameras: Offer a wide dynamic range for adjusting to natural changes in light.
Bullet Cameras: Have small housings that are unobtrusive and offer options for infrared light.
360 Fisheye Cameras: Allow for a panoramic view of the surroundings.
Pan-Tilt-Zoom Cameras (PTZ): Can be moved with a joystick or mouse directly from a security desk.
Turret Cameras: Designed like a ball-and-socket and can be easily moved around in the socket.
Deciding on what type of camera will suit your business best will depend on the availability of power sources, whether or not you want to record audio, if you can support wired or wireless, the type of video storage you want, and the field of view you want to monitor.
Resolution needs will depend on if you select an IP or analog camera, as well as what the cameras are going to be aimed towards. The higher the resolution, the more you will be able to see.
Making sure your workplace security system follows the American with Disabilities Act is not only necessary, it will help customers and employees living with disabilities to feel more comfortable in your workplace knowing that they are safe.
If you want your security cameras to work at night, you will need to create solutions for external lighting or infrared cameras that can capture the image in limited lighting.