As the business world begins its slow recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic there will be additional pressure to be budget-conscious whilst simultaneously maintaining protection against security threats, both internal and external.
Not all businesses will be able to afford state-of-the-art business surveillance systems with facial recognition technology, for example, or fully contactless door access control.
But the good news is that there are cost-effective options that give businesses solid security functionality that can easily be expanded upon in the future as budgets are extended – and at the foundation of such systems is a robust camera surveillance set-up.
Weighing up the Pros and Cons
There are two primary types of cameras to consider: traditional analog cameras and Internet Protocol (IP) cameras. And while at first glance IP cameras may simply seem a more expensive, and therefore potentially unnecessary option, it’s worth knowing the key differences between these and analog cameras and weighing up the cost vs benefits of each.
Simply put, IP cameras offer:
- Better resolution than analog cameras, by a factor of between 50% and 500% depending on which IP camera you choose.
- Automation which not only records automatically when there is movement detected, but also sends alerts and footage to a predetermined destination (your mobile, an elected security official or a monitoring company)
- Compatibility with Network Video Recorders (NVR) as opposed to older Digital Video Recorders – the key benefit here being quality of recording, and far greater data storage capacity
- Simpler powered options using Power over Ethernet (PoE), meaning a single cable which both powers the camera and transmits the video data from the camera to the recording device.
And these days, with scaled production costs, IP cameras have come down in price considerably from a few years ago.
Based on this, as well as the fact that IP cameras generally offer a wider field of vision (meaning fewer cameras to cover a larger area), require less cabling (because of PoE), and can take less time to install, IP camera systems are actually generally slighter less expensive than analog systems.
Combined with a robust alarm system, off-site monitoring and some form of access control, ensuring that you have some form of video surveillance in place at your business will set you on the right path towards protecting your business and employees from security threats.