More and more properties, especially commercial properties, are concerned with security in the era of COVID-19. For facilities that have switched over to Work From Home policies, this can mean that areas that were usually busy and vibrant during the week are emptier or even shut down, as employees work to protect their health and their co-workers or family.
However, this can mean that more properties are vulnerable, as they are unattended and unsupervised for more extended periods. A surveillance camera system is an excellent way to mitigate these risks, but what does that entail for people who’ve never invested in one before?
How It Used To Work
At its heart, the security or surveillance camera system works exactly the way it always has. A series of cameras are positioned in strategic locations and transmit what they see to a central source. The footage can be viewed or recorded and played back later if required.
In the old days, this was a very elaborate, bulky, and costly setup. Cameras required cabling to power themselves with a building’s electrical supply and carry their video signal to a central source. That central source was a dedicated security room with one monitor for each camera and a mass of physical videotape to store footage.
How It Works Today
In the 21st century, that basic concept remains the same. Still, it is much easier and less demanding to get a surveillance camera system up, and running Cameras are now wireless, so there is no need for either electrical wiring or transmission cabling to ensure that an image is broadcast. Hard drives are now used instead of videotape, meaning that digital video can be stored in several ways.
Finally, images can be viewed on any reasonably powerful computer device, from desktop computers to laptop computers to even a smartphone. A dedicated security room is no longer required, with multiple displays allocated to each camera. This means that the images can even be viewed remotely online by people with the right software installed on their phones.
Finding The Right Configuration
The evolution of digital technology integrating into security technology means that surveillance systems are now affordable for any commercial property, not just large, successful multinational corporations. A small, local corner store can now enjoy security camera coverage, while larger retail facilities such as shopping malls can still play host to dedicated security monitoring rooms or stations for security staff.
Now the most important thing is finding the right surveillance configuration for a property’s needs. Residential, for example, is primarily concerned with camera coverage at doors and windows. A retail outlet such as clothing or electronics might be more focused on cameras within the store itself. However, a commercial or industrial facility may prefer to have cameras in the parking lot to protect the vehicles of employees while they are at work.
Whatever kind of surveillance camera system you need, we can help. Contact Supercircuits, and let us assess your property and find out what type of coverage will provide maximum surveillance protection.