Many businesses do not use their commercial CCTV equipment to its full capacity. Taking a strategic approach to how you use your system, along with a programme of planned, intelligent upgrades, can help you get better value out of your investment in modern equipment.
Here are our tips for how you can start making better use of your CCTV system:
Your system needs to address the specific security and surveillance needs of your business, and for this careful thought needs to be given about where you position your cameras. The type of equipment you invest in, and the results you can expect, will depend on the environment where the cameras are used. For instance, will the system overlook a public high street, or private car park? Do you need your cameras to observe well-lit indoor areas, such as office corridors, spacious areas such as warehouses, or outdoor, low light environments – like car parks and walkways between buildings?
It is your duty of care as a commercial CCTV operator to ensure your equipment is set up to capture accurate images. This is in your interests as it allows accurate identification of persons and vehicles in your recordings. It is also important to avoid any misidentification of a person that could lead to jeopardy or wrongful prosecution. An important data protection obligation is that personal data – which includes photographic and video images – is not used to the personal detriment of the individual involved.
Your cameras therefore need to be able to capture high quality, clear videos and images, have the capacity to record video for the required amount of time and be able to store a sufficient volume of captured data.
A CCTV security system works best when it can integrate effectively with other security systems. Depending on the needs of your business, these could include door access controls, car park barriers or facial recognition software. A system should be capable of automation as far as possible: a drawback of early CCTV systems was that they had to be physically monitored, limiting their effectiveness. IP technology allows modern CCTV cameras to interface with data storage and processing devices, as well as other cameras, allowing a flexible approach to security procedures and policies.
A CCTV security system is an important investment, so its design should allow you to get the most value for the longest possible time. The cost of any upgrade or maintenance plan should be proportionate to the value the system generates for you. When choosing new equipment, give preference to modular systems that can be expanded and upgraded in increments, thus reducing the amount of infrastructure you need every time you upgrade. Also look at systems with the most cost-effective installation time and minimal maintenance requirements.
You can find plenty more information about how to implement an effective commercial CCTV system in our new e-book: The Commercial CCTV Surveillance Guide. With sections on camera technology, data management, surveillance best practices and the benefits of upgrades, the guide is a good starting point for any business serious about getting the best value from their CCTV equipment. Click here to download a free copy.