Are you considering a video surveillance system for you business or home?
There are a lot of options out there. How do you make the right decision?
What Questions do you ask a video provider?
What makes a good system?
First, you have to understand what you want your video system to do. Do you want to identify potential criminals? Do you want to capture events? Do you wish to present a deterrent for criminals who see the cameras? The answer is probably yes to all of these. Do you want to record? How long? Do you want to manage your system remotely over the web?
First, you should understand that not every camera will do all of these for you at once. As your provider designs your system, he will have to place cameras of different types in different places to accomplish different tasks. When chosen, placed, and configured correctly some cameras can perform multiple tasks, however, no camera can do them all.
A video surveillance system is comprised of many parts and each component is as important as the next. Cameras sit on the edge of the system however; the network infrastructure is essential to the system. Expensive cameras attached by way of cheap cable to a poorly designed system will prove useless when needed for forensic review and ineffective at detecting problems as they occur.
Another consideration is video analytics (algorithms in the system that detect certain activities/events). These analytics can be affordable if chosen carefully and can detect a number of activities such as; motion, direction of travel, placed object, speed, removed object, and many others. A system designer should select and place cameras with these in mind.
Over the next couple of weeks, I will expand further on selecting a Video Surveillance System. So you can decide on the best expenditure of and protection for your most valuable assets.
Remember that security should always be Effective, Efficient, Economical and most of all Make Sense.
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