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5 Considerations When Choosing a Surveillance System

Posted by VIAAS on Jun 7, 2018 5:19:03 PM
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Commercial surveillance should always be customized to meet the individual needs of the company. Choosing a surveillance system means knowing more about what you're looking for. There are a few questions that you need to ask yourself to be able to determine the kind of security and surveillance system that you will need.

Our Tips For Choosing a Surveillance System:

1) Identify Your Pain Points

The reason for installing a surveillance solution varies by company. Some may do it to learn about and protect against intruders while others may use the system to find out about employee activity and reduce theft. Surveillance may also be used for improving operations and training purposes.

Once you identify what your biggest pain points are, it's easier to determine what needs to be encompassed in your system to provide you with the information and coverage that's needed. Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) can be used to provide an array of benefits.

2) Decide if You Need Instant Access to Footage

DVRs and NVR's will often limit access to security footage. You may need to review an event or receive a motion alert real-time. It may be difficult to access the content if you are offsite or overwrite video when the drives are full.

If you need instant access to your cameras and recorded events in real-time from any mobile device, you should be choosing a surveillance solution that can be connected to the cloud. You also won't be limited to storage capacities like you would with DVR's, NVR's, or servers.

3) Decide How Large of an Area You Want to Cover

You have to consider how much of an area you want to cover. This includes indoor and outdoor spaces. The more space that needs to be covered, the more cameras will need to be placed. Additionally, there are cameras with motorized zoom lenses that allow you to set the ideal field of view to capture any action taking place.

It's useful to schedule a consultation with a surveillance specialist to conduct a site survey. This will ensure that the correct number of cameras are identified based on all that you want to capture. You will want to consider some of your pain points prior to determining the area you want to cover to ensure that the best cameras are chosen.

4) Determine How Much Image Clarity You Need

Just as you want to consider how much area you want to cover, you also need to consider the level of clarity you need in your video clips and images. Nearly all modern surveillance cameras deliver HD video, but you have many resolution options. High definition images can be captured in even the darkest of conditions. This will ensure that you are able to identify more about what is going on across your premises. Whether you are trying to identify the face of an intruder or you are trying to get close to see what's going on with employees, you can receive the highest level of clarity.

5) Consider Your Budget

Your budget has to be a consideration when choosing a surveillance system. Network bandwidth, for example, is often a hidden cost when it comes to owning and operating a modern video surveillance solution. You want a solution that is bandwidth efficient, thus minimizing the impact on your network and operations. Additionally, you want to be able to run as many cameras as necessary without increasing your cost significantly.

Contact VIAAS With Your Surveillance Needs!

By utilizing an easy-to-use and affordable system, you can minimize future upgrade costs. You also want to make sure to work with a reputable company that is capable of identifying what equipment you need and what equipment can be avoided as a way of keeping costs under control.

Learn more about a custom surveillance solution for your company by contacting VIAAS, Inc. today. We offer patented Bandwidth Shaping and motion-sensitive IP cameras operating on a secure, cloud-connected platform.

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