Video Security Systems for Your Business

For businesses, CCTV cameras are commonly installed in areas that are at risk of safety and security issues such as burglary and vandalism. CCTV cameras can be beneficial in monitoring areas of a building, lab or industrial facility that are not safe for people to enter.

Setting up your security system for your small or commercial business helps you protect people, property, and assets. For a business owner, a reliable security system is your best friend. Installing security cameras allows you to see what is happening even if you are not there to watch, as they can be monitored from your phone.

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.

 

Commercial Monitoring

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:

  • Near entrances and exits

  • Monitoring parking lots and walkways

  • By cash registers

  • In storage rooms

  • In hallways or alleyways

 

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. 

 

Additional Considerations

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.

Features of Our
Commercial Video
Security Systems

  • Bullet Camera

    Bullet cameras get their name due to their size and shape. They are small housings that are unobtrusive on your building. These cameras are available with numerous options, which includes infrared lite.

  • Small Business Dome Camera

    Dome cameras are essential in small businesses as they offer a wide range of lenses for any view.

  • 360 Fisheye Camera

    Fisheye lens cameras allow for a 360 degree panoramic view of its surroundings. These cameras work best when mounted to the ceiling or high on the wall. They can also monitor up to four areas at once, allowing you to have one camera in place of four.

  • Dome Camera

    Dome security cameras are very common because of the design, they blend in well with their surroundings and make it difficult for suspicious persons to know which direction the cameras are facing. Additionally, dome cameras come in a variety of options including weather and vandal-proof. Pricing can also vary widely depending on the options selected.

  • Video Management Software

    Video management software, whether server or web-based, will link all of your business locations together in one dashboard. They can also be integrated with your door access for even more visibility and control.

  • Network Video Recorder

    The NVRs allow for cost conscious options for digital video recorders. They can be used with existing conventional cameras and are fantastic for putting on the network for remote viewing.

  • Turret Camera

    Turret cameras resemble a mini dome and are designed like a ball-and-socket. Their unique design allows for the camera to be easily moved around in the socket.

  • Pan-Tilt-Zoom Camera

    A pan– tilt– zoom camera (PTZ camera) is a camera that is fit for remote directional and zoom control. These cameras can be moved with a joystick or mouse directly from the security desk.

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