By now we know that video surveillance is an incredibly effective security solution for all kinds of businesses no matter the industry. The presence of a well-stationed surveillance system is an excellent solution for deterrence and, used to its full capability, can determine criminal activity and those who are committing it. But there is more to know about how to maximize a well-designed video surveillance system, and it’s time that you know what those things are. Here are our 5 top video surveillance tips that your business needs to know.
1. Making Sure Your Surveillance System is Secured from Hackers
A very common fact in our industry is that as our technology becomes more sophisticated, so do the criminals. And that’s not to say that technology has been extremely beneficial to the world of security because it certainly has. This is why it is important for the user to always stay on guard and do his or her part to prevent any hacking. Here’s what you can do to deter this from happening:
Change your system password every two to four months. Hackers prey on old usernames and passwords. They seek trends and have mastered puzzle-piecing information together. Stay ahead of them by changing your passwords often, and refrain from having stagnant information.
Always change your default Log-in usernames and passwords. Believe it or not, default login information can be found online. It is one of the first things we tell people to do when ensuring a safe network, and it is something that should be done for every digital login process.
Choose cameras that utilize encrypted signals. Encrypted cameras disguise signals that are sent over the internet and this makes it difficult for hackers to acquire any information that is being passed through your network.
Always Secure Your Business Network. All a hacker needs is an angle and sometimes they can get to your information or technology through outside access points. You need to make sure this network is secure.
Don’t ever link your cameras to a public network. This happens very often and it is worth mentioning how this typically ends up being the culprit for hacking. Make sure they are always connected to a secured network.
2. Strategic Camera Placement
Video Surveillance cameras are best positioned:
- Above all entrances and exits
- Above and near high-valued items
- Placed within great lighting for the highest quality footage
- Capable for wide shots and angles that capture more space
3. Be Aware of Video Surveillance Legality
The safety of your business is always a top priority, and that also goes for your employees and guests. When installing cameras within your business, be sure to avoid these areas:
- Dressing rooms
- Exam rooms
- Hotel rooms
- Locker rooms
It is also important to mention that every state has different video and audio recording laws. It’s best to get familiar with those before you install. Here is more information on that.
4. Transition Video Footage into the Cloud
As video footage builds up, you’re going to need the storage space and here is why else you should use it:
Cost-effective. Ip cameras can eliminate the need for separate DVR systems which requires their own set of maintenance and upgrading.
Accessibility. As the footage is being stored in the cloud, you can access that footage through other trusted and secure devices, and not be limited to on-site viewing.
Flexibility. If you want to add additional cameras or view footage from a different location, you can do that. If a new and trusted individual needed access, you’re capable of granting that.
5. Additional Camera Features for Increased Security
Improve the overall effectiveness of your surveillance system with some additional camera features, including:
- Adjustable Views: Cameras that move and can tilt or zoom for multiple views.
- Artificial intelligence (AI) technology: Cameras hosted on monitoring platforms powered by artificial intelligence can automatically monitor all footage and alert you about unusual events.
- Night capture capabilities: Cameras with night vision use infrared LEDs to provide clear images in near low-light conditions.
- High resolution: Higher resolutions give the best quality image and threat determination.
- IP-based versus wired video: Video cables are not required with IP-based systems.
- Weatherproof: Cameras that can withstand all weather conditions.
- Remote access: Sync your video surveillance system to your mobile security app to control settings and monitor footage on your mobile device.
Why You Should Choose ASI
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If you are looking for “Commercial Security Near Me,” look no further than ASI. Call ASI today at 844-222-2280 for more information.