Choosing a Surveillance System for your Business

Choosing a Surveillance System for your Business

All your hard work has finally paid off and you’ve built a successful business with a great reputation. Now it’s up to you to keep it safe.

Deciding that your business needs an efficient surveillance system is not the end of it. There are many surveillance systems for you to choose from, which makes the process of selecting the ideal system for your business a daunting task.

Whether you own a single storefront or multiple warehouses, there’s always a solution for you.

Here’s some important things to consider and choosing a business surveillance system:


Video Resolution and Frame Rates

By far, one of the most important things you have to consider when buying a business surveillance system is the camera’s resolution or video quality.

You need to have at least 720p resolution if you want to get good, sharp images on the footage. This is a crucial factor when choosing a surveillance system, and you don’t want to cut corners or your budget here. Simply put, there’s no use of the footage you obtained if you can’t see what is going on in it.

Frame rate (frames per second or FPS) is the frequency (rate) at which consecutive images called frames appear on a display. Currently, the best frame rate for security cameras and the industry standard for clear, smooth video even with moving objects is 30 fps (frames per second). Basically, the lower the frame rate, the choppier your footage becomes.

Finding the right balance between the quality of video you’re hoping to capture and your network’s bandwidth will ultimately determine what frame rate will work best for you.

Lighting and Night vision

For business security cameras, lighting is essential when the cameras are placed in a dimly lit areas such as basements, closed rooms and outdoors. You have to make sure that even in these conditions, the cameras can still capture quality and clear footage.

It’s also essential to make sure that your surveillance system will work efficiently during the night (night vision) when the lights are dimmed or turned off. There are cameras with infrared LED lights, which allows them to capture footage as if the area is illuminated.

Monitoring

With most modern surveillance systems, you don’t have to be there physically to verify that things are running smoothly. You can check-in remotely any time to keep tabs on major shipments, deliveries, customer traffic, daily operations and more by using a smart phone app, tablets, or a home PC.

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity has become a growing concern for consumers and companies. The surveillance industry is no exception. Far from the days of CCTV cameras, which held footage for a limited time and were never connected to the internet, the advances in digital video mean that connected surveillance systems and associated devices on the network are at risk of being hacked. The importance of the data captured by surveillance cameras and what can be done with it, has led to a new breed of cyber criminals looking to steal and sell.

Unfortunately, the average commercial surveillance system is outdated and behind the times. All too often, business owners go with a substandard system that creates cyber security risks, uses outdated software, technology and inferior performance.

Bottom line

When choosing the best security surveillance system, think about your business requirements:

  • Why do you need a surveillance system?
  • How many cameras do you need?
  • Where are you going to place your security cameras?
  • Do you have a network that can handle a High Definition Surveillance system?

It’s also important to consider additional features and functionalities such as video recording storage or cloud storage, and even integration with existing security systems such as intrusion and access control systems.

It’s imperative to have the best up-to-date surveillance system for your business in order to protect your assets, deter theft, vandalism and so on.

We can help you find the smart solution. Book a free on-site consultation with one of our friendly Security Consultants by clicking button below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What areas do you service?

We proudly install and service security systems in Calgary and surrounding areas.

Will I have to wait around all day until the work is done?

No, we understand that you can be busy and your time is valuable. We’ll give you an exact time of our arrival and notify you in advance so you know that we’re on the way.

Do you offer warranty?

Yes! We offer 2 year warranty on all parts and labour on new HD Video Surveillance, Access Control and Intercom system installations. We also offer customized service agreements to maintain your system for years to come!

What payment methods do you accept?

We currently accept cash, debit, cheques, etransfers and major credit cards; VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Discover and JCB.

How much will this cost?

For new installation projects, we offer free on-site consultations and assessments for the most accurate price quotes. We can work with your budget and we’ll have the best solutions for your needs.

For service calls, we have a low $80 minimum charge (travel + 1 hour). We’re fully transparent with our billing and you will never experience any surprise costs. We also offer customized service agreements to maintain your system.