How To Purchase The Best Security Camera System For Your Small Business

If you’re in charge of a growing small business, one of your first concerns is probably increased security. But the number of options you have when choosing a security camera system is often overwhelming. It’s usually not advisable to simply shell out for the first system you come across, or the cheapest for that matter. Remember that purchasing a cheap system may in fact be more expensive in the long run. So take a look at the following tips so you can feel confident when you invest in a security camera system. 

Know the Range

For cameras installed in an office building, range won’t be much of an issue. But if you run a small business that has its own warehouse, range suddenly becomes a hugely important issue. You don’t want to install an entire system of cameras only to discover that the upper limit of their range is less than what you need. So compare ranges on various systems to find one that will have all corners of your building covered, no matter how far away.

Inquire About Remote Viewing

No matter how dedicated you are to your small business, the fact remains that you can’t be around all the time. That’s where remote viewing comes in. Most security camera systems worth their while include software packages that allow you to monitor your business from wherever you are. If you can preview a company’s remote viewing software, do so. You’ll want to ensure that it’s easy to use, navigate, and install.

Take Storage Limits Into Account

It’s very tempting to spring for the latest high definition camera system, especially once you compare them to older models with grainy images and low frame rates. But getting crystal clear video isn’t without its drawbacks — it means that you’ll have to pony up for a lot more storage. Take into account how many cameras you want to install, the frame rate for each camera, the video encoding format, the number of hours each camera will record, and how many days you want the footage stored. All of these will factor into how much storage will be required — usually several hundred gigabytes for a few cameras recording around the clock and encoding in MPEG-4. But unless you have over ten cameras all recording in high definition and storing the footage for two weeks, chances are you won’t need more than a terabyte of storage. 

Author: Kim Wilkerson

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