Video Surveillance: The Smart Choice for Small Business

shutterstock_554551897The Internet of Things (IOT) has opened up a whole world of DIY options for residential security camera applications. But to maintain the safety of employees, inventory, and other assets it’s imperative to install a professional CCTV or video surveillance security system for your small business to immediately alert authorities in the case of employee theft or other criminal activity. They also provide visual evidence of fraudulent slips or falls.

Video surveillance constantly monitors defined, important areas within your office, retail store or warehouse. Discrete or open-viewed HD cameras and a DVR (digital video recorder), NVR (network video recorder), HVR (hybrid video recorder – a combination of the analog DVR and digital NRV recorder), micro SD card or cloud storage to monitor and archive recorded footage are the primary components of a CCTV system. Other features can include motion detectors, sensors, email alerts, infrared night vision, panic buttons, mobile app support, facial and voice recognition, remote monitoring, and more.

Wired vs. Wireless

A professionally wired system offers more reliable and stable transmission vs. a wireless system that relies on a WiFi connection. A wireless system still has to be connected to a power supply whether it’s battery or solar powered.

The Importance of Cameras

There are many cameras types of cameras that comprise a system based on their intended use: dome, PTZ, bullet, day/night, thermal (FLIR), IP camera or wireless IP camera.

HD cameras recognize important details. But the more pixels in the image captured by your security camera, the clearer the image will be. However, that extra information will also take up more memory space.

The type of lens is important for field of view. Cameras with adjustable lens give you more coverage and are flexible. A fixed lens will give you a more precise view. A rugged weatherproof camera for Pittsburgh’s harsh winter weather is important for outdoor spaces, of course.

Security is not just a daylight pursuit. That’s why infrared night vision cameras with LED lights surrounding the lens to capture more light are an important part of your security solution.

Choice Is Key

Video surveillance systems are designed to last a lifetime. But lifespan is impacted by design, the extent of security measures implemented, quality, the area of installation (indoor or outdoor) and capacity.
Do your research. Although the internet is a great source of information to show you’ve done your homework, a site survey by a reputable firm is an important first step. If this company will also be you installer, choose a company with a long history and responsive customer and maintenance/repair services.
Acquiring a video surveillance system doesn’t have to be difficult. Turn to TN Security, serving the greater Pittsburgh area. We can give you the best information, so that you can make an informed decision for your business.

Contact us today for a site survey.