As a business owner, you are already aware of the importance of protecting your assets. First-rate locks, alarm systems, and other security measures go a long way toward achieving that, but for exceptional security, a video surveillance system is an absolute must.
These days, there’s no need to tether yourself to CCTV (closed circuit television), either. IP video security systems offer more flexibility and lots of extra features. They’re relatively easy to set up and install, and the information they provide can be truly priceless.
CCTV vs. IP Cameras
A CCTV video security system includes one or more analog cameras that move signals via coaxial cable and connect to a DVR for playback. A tried-and-true technology that has been in use since the 1940s, CCTV systems generally offer a lower cost solution. Because it is a hard-wired system, the primary drawbacks of CCTV are flexibility and scalability. But depending on your situation, it may be a perfectly good video security solution for your business.
If you need a video surveillance system that is more robust, flexible, and scalable, an IP surveillance system is the answer. IP (Internet Protocol) cameras send digital signals over a computer network. Although slightly more inexpensive initially, an IP-based video security system gives you the ability to monitor, view and record activity from remote locations. Cameras can be controlled simply by logging into the network using a computer, tablet, or even a smartphone.
Delivering high-quality video delivered in real time, IP-based surveillance systems are highly scalable and can grow as your business grows.
The right security system can act as a powerful deterrent to would-be criminals. If someone targets your business for a potential break-in and sees evidence of a security system, they are less likely to pursue action. That’s even truer if the system includes a video surveillance camera.
While it may be tempting to keep the camera from view, installing them in plain sight is even better. Once they realize they are about to star in their own incriminating video, most offenders move on. For this reason alone, an IP video surveillance system is a worthwhile investment for any business.
But there are more.
Preventing Theft and False Claims
Even though most employees are completely trustworthy, workplace theft remains an all-too-real problem for business owners. When it comes to loss prevention in the workplace, it’s hard to beat video surveillance as an effective deterrent. When employees know their actions are being monitored, they’re more likely to think twice before borrowing that stapler or those office supplies.
Chances are you have never had this problem in your organization. But if you’ve been faced with a situation in which a pattern of theft may have gone unnoticed had it not been for the security cameras, you know that it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
IP cameras can also be instrumental in reducing lawsuits and frivolous claims; it’s hard to dispute the visual evidence video evidence provides in such cases.
Video surveillance isn’t always about monitoring the actions of people. It has also proven to be valuable in discovering gaps and making adjustments in workplace processes that can dramatically impact productivity.
One of the surprising benefits of an IP video surveillance system is the ability to identify where methods and routines can be improved, and work practices made more efficient. Imagine having a bird’s eye view of your workforce in action. From such a vantage point, you see things you might have otherwise missed.
Even one small change can make a huge difference to your bottom line. An increase in productivity alone can sometimes more than make up for your very initial investment in an IP video surveillance system.
Security and Productivity with IP Video Surveillance Systems
From protecting company assets and motivating employees to increasing workplace productivity, a well-designed and professionally installed IP video security system offers significant benefits for business owners. This technology isn’t expensive or complicated, and it can make a major difference to your business. At Network One, we have installed IP video surveillance systems throughout the Southern Oregon and Northern California area, and we can install yours. If you want to learn more about IP video surveillance and the benefits it can offer your business, give us a call now at 877-256-2006.