Installing surveillance in your workplace is a good move for anyone who wants to protect their business' assets, keep their staff safe and aid the police in criminal investigations. However if security is poorly set up, or too out of date, then it may not prove to be any use when it comes down to actually relying on it.
To avoid potential pitfalls then, this article will help outline exactly how to choose your security systems smartly and to make sure they capture all of the action as it happens.
The first choice to make is whether you need digital or analogue cameras. Here digital definitely offers the most advantages and should be the first option for any business that can afford the initial cost. Firstly, this will enable the user to record from multiple cameras (or 'tracks') at anyone time, which is very important as otherwise it's possible to miss events entirely. At the same time, digital cameras can be set up with motion sensors etc to ensure that they only record when something is actually happening. This is important as it prevents the camera from recording hours of static footage which can fill up storage space and make finding crucial details more difficult. This is also yet another advantage of digital security; that it allows files to be stored and viewed more intuitively, by date and time for example. It is also possible to alter the file size and quality by tweaking the mega pixel definition, the frame rate and other factors.
An IP camera or IP security system is a particular form of digital security which means the cameras uses an internet connection (either wireless or using Ethernet). This has many advantages and enables multiple cameras to be added to just one network with relative ease. NUUO Australia for example provide systems that support up to 64 individual mega pixel cameras. As these can work wirelessly this means that they can be placed anywhere within an office, shop or warehouse giving them a practical advantage. At the same time the wireless functionality means they can be controlled and viewed remotely for a range of other applications.
The only potential advantage analogue has over digital is that it can be more reliable in that it won't crash or be affected by a virus which can lead to the loss of data (and may even be the result of a malicious attack aimed squarely at erasing footage of a crime or criminal act). To prevent crashing or freezing as far as possible, ensure that you invest in a camera system from a reliable make such as NUUO Australia, Hikvision or Milestone Open Platform. It's also important to ensure that the camera system you invest in meats the ONVIF standards which guarantees a certain amount of quality. Generally research the system you are purchasing, read reviews online and find out what problems, if any, others have experienced. If your camera system is a good make (Hikvision, Milestone Open Platform etc), receives positive reviews online, and meets the ONVIF standards, then you can rest assured that it is a worthwhile investment.
By Emily Robinson