Business Security Systems
In today’s digital age, business security systems have become more sophisticated, and are a crucial part of business operations in the protection of assets and employees.
Most importantly is the implementation of coordinated solutions for your business that work together to effectively protect your facility, improve customer and employee safety, provide a valuable management tool to aid in operations, and provide controls and the ability to effectively monitor business activities.
SoCal Access and Video has worked hard to become the premium provider of commercial security systems. Our process is focused around understanding the customer’s specific operations and providing a working solution by designing and installing the proper equipment for you and your business, while working with management on staying within your budget.
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Video Surveillance and Access Control systems have improved substantially with the advancement of the internet and internet protocol (IP) technology. The most recent IP cameras, access control panels, intercoms, and alarm panels represent the future in business security system technologies. These options also allow for more advanced features. Some components of effective business security systems include some or all of the following:
- Motion sensors
- Night vision cameras
- Smart Locks
- Cloud-based surveillance
- Video Management Software
- Automatic mobile alerts
- Network video recording systems
- Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- Video analytics
- Video verification
- Remote guarding
- Motion detectors
- Intrusion detection
- Smoke detectors
- Fire Suppression Systems
Types of Recording Equipment
When considering a video surveillance system for your business, it’s important to understand the different types and features of security cameras on the market today. IP surveillance cameras come in all shapes and sizes, with many different features and price points. Many of the advanced features IP cameras offer are worth the increased cost, but a full understanding of each device, the location where the camera will be placed, and the needs of your facility is required. The other consideration in selecting the appropriate cameras for your facility is to study the type of recording equipment that is most appropriate for your application. DVR (Digital Video Recorder), NVR (Network Video Recorder), VMS (Video Management Software), and cloud-recording equipment represent the current options for recording video footage. The days of using VHS tapes are over, although, believe it or not, there are still some out there using this outdated technology. In today’s digital environment, A Digital Video Recorder (DVR) is generally referred to when dealing with analog cameras, and a Network Video Recorder (NVR) is often referred to when dealing with IP Cameras. Either way, the recording device – NVR or DVR is generally a Linux based operating system with a hard drive that records the video and stores the archive. The DVR or NVR resides on your company network, or both the recording device and the cameras can be partitioned on their own subnet to avoid any bandwidth issues. The NVR or DVR is then configured using the internet connection. Using a web browser, smartphone app and/or the VMS software allows you to view live and recorded video that can be accessed through multiple devices from virtually any location. Employing a VMS (Video Management Software), particularly for enterprise level applications, on a more sophisticated network can also utilize network recording arrays and access video archives over the company network using the VMS from anywhere where network permissions are granted. As previously discussed, IP options are the new standard for security camera systems. They have become more popular as compared to analog cameras. IP cameras are superior in many ways. They are smart devices that can communicate over a network providing health checks and messaging in the event of any type of malfunction. They are both POE (Power over Ethernet) and can be powered locally with 12 Volt DC. They can leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Analytics to better manage and track specific types of events or activities on your property. Using AI and video analytics are key to video verification and remote guarding applications. IP cameras also offer higher resolution, a clear, digital image that is far superior to yesterday’s analog technology.
Network Video Recording System
Security camera systems require a central video recorder to transmit and store footage. In analog systems, images are captured on DVRs, which evolved from the older VCR models. NVRs, on the other hand, record on the network, allowing for higher resolution images and professional monitoring.
Cloud Based Video Surveillance
The main advantage of a cloud-based video surveillance system is the elimination of network equipment at your business and the associated cost of acquisition and maintenance. Particularly in larger applications, cloud-based recording can equate to substantial savings and convenience. Storing IP video recorded images on the cloud allows for remote access from anywhere with an internet connection and the proper permissions. While the cloud offers expanded and more flexible storage space it can also be costly depending on what your archive requirements are and what your video volume measured in Terabytes equals on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. SoCal Access and Video provides a very effective cloud solution that may be the appropriate arrangement for you. Complete the Contact Us form or give us a call and one of our associates can provide you with more information. The transfer of video data in the cloud can result in reduced bandwidth and lowers the network’s performance. To avoid this problem, it’s important to schedule uploads to the cloud during off-peak business hours. Data can also be offloaded in regular intervals. With this option, there would be no need to purchase or maintain a DVR, NVR or Network Storage Arrays. Using a Cloud Based Video Surveillance System means you can access and manage surveillance footage without worrying about maintenance or damage of recording hardware.
IP cameras offer the advantage of video analytics. Video analytics leverage an algorithm to send an alert if certain events take place within the camera’s field of view. Some of these include, human movement, vehicle movement, line crossing, customer counting, object removal or additions. Similar to motion sensing, the camera begins recording when one or all of these events are detected. The camera can then send a notification to the camera owner via smartphone, or to a central station in real time to communicate what is happening, to aid in prevention of unwanted activity at your property, or to assist responding to predetermined events in the operation of the business. This can also include flagged video footage.
Video Verification allows the security provider to monitor footage captured by an IP camera. The company employs monitoring agents who can verify if an intruder has entered the facility or if another emergency is occurring. Video verification enables faster and more accurate police, or fire department, responses.
Remote Guarding has been made possible by advances in technology. Security guard patrols, many times simply fail to provide effective prevention. They may avoid confrontation while waiting for law enforcement to arrive and can be easily manipulated to look the other way while your business is being exploited. Remote Guarding employs an associated monitoring center with agents that are alerted to unwanted activity through AI and/or Video Analytics. Security Agents are able to monitor the entire site and receive alerts when unwanted events and/or movement is detected in a restricted area in real time. They have unique and specific knowledge of your property and practices and can speak to (Voicedown) the perpetrators as the event is occurring. At the same time, they can alert law enforcement from the safety of their workstation and keep law enforcement informed of the whereabouts and activities at the location before, upon arrival, and during their search and apprehension. In Remote Guarding, we generally find that when a subject is given a Voicedown, they tend to leave the scene for fear they will be caught. Remote Guarding puts teeth into a business video surveillance system in that it is most effective at preventing a crime before it happens. As a result, intruders can be identified right away, and law enforcement summoned. In other applications, Remote Guarding can also provide improved solutions for late night deliveries using smart locks. It is generally a more effective and cost-efficient option than paying for onsite security guards.
Fire protection is one of the biggest concerns for any property or business owner. A fire can do severe irreparable damage and can be caused for a variety of reasons. Electrical fires, natural disasters, and workplace accidents can happen anytime, and it’s always safer and more cost effective to prepare for such incidents in advance. Many times, we find the property management company or property owner takes care of the fire suppression system, but if you own the building, and in some cases, you may need to include fire prevention in your business security plan. SoCal Access and Video can leverage your fire detection system using features such as smoke detectors, fire alarms, fire sprinklers, and carbon monoxide detectors to keep your facilities safe from fire related damage. Our professionals can recommend the best fire protection methods for your business and pair them with an appropriate video surveillance and/or access control system. Fire suppression and fire alarm systems are a required addition to any commercial security solution.
The Importance of Choosing the Optimal Business Security System
There are many factors and options to consider when considering a business security system. Cost, workflow, hours of operation are all important to consider. Every business comes with its own unique security challenges and every business owner must take the proper precautions to protect their facilities. The experts at SoCal Access and Video are ready to help you take your business security system to the next level. Call us and request a quote today.