Choosing the right security cameras system is an important decision for businesses of all sizes and industries in Ireland.
With the range of cameras and equipment available, and the varying benefits CCTV cameras can bring to a business, making the right choice is now more important than even before.
See below some considerations to ask yourself before investing in a new CCTV System for your business.
1. Will the security cameras be indoors or outdoors?
Whilst most cameras are suitable for both inside and out, it’s important to consider features such as mounting and housing. If the camera is for use in a cold environment, choosing one which is durable and incorporates an inbuilt heater means it will be operational despite the temperature.
In the transport industry, for example, it’s also wise to choose a robust solution. This ensures it can operate reliably in harsh environments and where there may be a high level of vibration.
But it’s not just external cameras that need consideration. In factory environments, for example, you may need to protect cameras from dust or heat.
2. Do you want your cameras to be discreet or act as a visual deterrent?
The location you’re considering and what you need to monitor with your CCTV will help determine whether you require obvious or discreet cameras. Larger cameras can act as an obvious reminder to people that they are being monitored, reducing the chance of theft. Smaller dome cameras are the best choice for discretion. PTZ (pan tilt zoom) cameras are the best choice if you want to cover a large area and follow subjects.
3. How large is the area you want to monitor?
The best type of cameras will depend on the size of the area you want to cover.
As mentioned before, PTZ cameras works best for larger areas. They’re generally more powerful cameras with the ability to view a wide area and zoom in on particular activity. Using PTZ cameras can also reduce the number of cameras needed when covering such areas. Keeping costs down whilst retaining high quality images.
4. Do you need audio integration?
Combining audio into a CCTV system makes it possible for security to hear and speak with possible perpetrators.
It can also be used as an independent detection method triggering recordings and alarms when audio passes a certain threshold.
5. How clean do you want the footage to be?
The area you want to cover determines the resolution you need. For example, if you want to monitor potential shoplifting, having a high-quality image for identification purposes in the event of prosecution is vital. Our expert, Hikvision introduced the new ColorVu Turbo HD technology. This new version transmits vivid color imaging 24 hours a day, with a brightness and clarity not seen before in CCTV camera systems.
Alternatively, lower resolution cameras could be relevant for smaller areas such as offices.
Whilst it’s often thought that high resolution cameras are best, they’re not always the top choice for every space. It’s more cost effective to assess each area you want to cover by what exactly you’re wanting to monitor.
6. How will the lighting affect the CCTV recorging?
It’s important to place cameras effectively according to lighting conditions, especially with external cameras. Varying amounts of sunlight and sufficient daylight during the darker months can all affect effective placement of the cameras.
Other factors to consider is background glare from security lighting, sun or light reflection from windows facing the site. Also, any specialist lighting such as strobe lighting in nightclub environments.
7. Will you need to add more cameras in the future?
Having a flexible and scalable surveillance system should be a consideration. Traditional CCTV systems are closed circuits meaning that everything is hard-wired and difficult to scale.
Therefore it’s wise to choose IP cameras which connect over a wireless network, allowing you to easily scale any system as you need. Adding IP cameras to network is simple and quickly, and there’s no wiring to change or update.
8. How could your business benefit from effective surveillance and monitoring?
CCTV systems benefit businesses by not only monitoring theft, but increasing staff safety and confirming incidents. Employees can feel safer knowing they are being protected.
Video footage is also valuable for confirming incidents such as theft, workplace violence, property damage and vandalism . This information is essential when suing for damages or reporting to law enforcement.
But a good camera system can bring other benefits in terms of wider business operations and analytics.
For example, in the retail industry, CCTV system can provide data and customer insights, helping to improve the customers experience and business profitability. Understanding a customer journey throughout a store, which promotions they take notice of and using facial recognition to determine the age and gender of customers can all provide significant benefits to a business.