9 Key Things To Look For In A Business Security Camera
One of the most important things to consider when running a physical business is ensuring that your premises is secure. A number of methods can be put in place to minimise the risk of criminal activity occurring on your property, one major tool being Security Cameras.
To make sure you are getting the most out of your Security Camera, we have compiled a list of 9 important functions and features to keep in mind when considering your options.
4MP OR greater
To put it simply, the higher the resolution the easier it is to identify subjects when viewing footage. A device that is 4 megapixels or greater will produce a clear, high quality recording.
IP67 water resistant OR greater
This level of water resistance will protect your security camera from splashes of water in all directions, so if it’s in a location exposed to rain you won’t need to worry. Additionally, If for some reason your security camera is dropped into a body of water, you can rest assure that IP67 WR or greater will guarantee protection for a period of at least half an hour of being under water. This level of protection will also provide dust resistance and keep the camera protected in most weather conditions.
30m IR distance or night vision range OR greater
It’s generally difficult to keep an eye on your premises during the night, so a camera with IR or night vision will be able to do the job for you. To ensure your camera captures a high quality image in little- to no-light situations, a 30 metre IR or night vision feature is what to look for.
Vandal Resistant Domes
Cameras that are vandal-proof are generally covered with a poly-carbonate plastic cover and have a metal base. Once these cameras are properly installed it’s very difficult for anyone to tamper with them and therefore interfere with footage.
Mobile/PC application for viewing on the go
A mobile application such as DMSS can be installed on your device of choice (mobile, tablet, laptop) and will give you access to live-view your surveillance footage anywhere and anytime. It also gives you the ability to view multiple sites all on the one screen.
A PC application is useful for businesses as it gives management the opportunity to see what is happening around the work place easily from their office or even offsite on any PC connected to the network. It also gives them the ability to download footage straight to the PC for storage or to share.
A camera with motion detection can detect and notify you of any movement occurring within its view. Without motion detection there is a lot of wasted footage creating the need for a larger storage space to get sufficient playback. This feature also makes it a lot easier to review footage and track incidents.
A Pan-tilt-zoom camera allows you to control the device and look around from off site. They can generally record a larger area than a static camera and therefore may reduce the total number of cameras required to monitor a certain space. The PTZ allows you to scan around an area and monitor in real time. There is also auto tracking features that allow you to track and zoom on cars or people that have entered a zone.
An Internet Protocol camera refers to a digital video camera that can send and receive data via a computer network, as opposed to sending a feed to a Digital Video Recorder.
These are advantageous over analogue cameras for many reasons, including:
-Provides a higher resolution image and a wider view of field.
-Provides the ability to set your network to flag “events” that occur in the cameras’ sight, such as motion detection, missing objects or tampering with the camera itself.
-Reduces the amount of cabling through the use of POE (Power over Ethernet), meaning only one cable is required.
This feature is used to protect one’s personal privacy by concealing parts of the image from view with a masked area. An example of its use is for internal cameras that monitor an area where a computer can be seen. A block can be placed over the computer screen so that private information is not exposed.
To find out more information or to organise a free security camera consultation with Next Office Tech please call us on 03 5821 4333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Offices located in Shepparton & Albury.