A security surveillance system is a must have for any office, big or small. But before installing any such system, here is what you should ask yourself.
Should the cameras be installed in a discreet place or in clear visibility?
The answer to this question depends on the location where you are installing the camera and what you’d be using it for. For instance, box cameras are huge and installed in obvious places in an attempt to remind potential intruders that the place is being monitored.
Dome cameras are installed in discrete places; they are small in size, and can easily be hidden from view. High end dome cameras can even fit in your palm. If you want to monitor expansive areas, then you should select Pan Tilt and Zoom (PTZ) cameras.
Should you install the cameras indoors or outdoors?
Generally, most modern surveillance cameras can be installed both indoors and outdoors, but you should still consider other elements like the packaging, housing and mounting. For instance, if your office is in a cold area, you should go with a camera that features an inbuilt heater and higher durability levels. The heater warms up and prepares the camera for operation, regardless of the temperature.
For the transportation industry, it’s important to choose a camera that can operate in harsh environments where high vibration levels are common. Considering the factories and other manufacturing plants, the camera should be housed or mounted such that it is protected from sawdust. For restaurant kitchens, the camera must be protected from smoke, oil and grease.
How much area should the camera cover?
Consider the area which the camera would be overlooking as well as the network type that you would need. Draw a rough blueprint of the floor area, and then figure out the total number of cameras and their types.
Generally, if you want to monitor large areas, then PTZ cameras are your best choice. Opting for these means that you would require fewer cameras and reducing overall costs. For smaller areas, the simple static cameras should be enough.
Regarding the network, some large businesses use WAN, but in most cases, a LAN connection would work as well. If you won’t be using wireless networks, you would have to install cameras in a location where connectivity is available.
What should be the resolution and quality of the captured images and videos?
The answer to this question depends on the size of the monitored area. If you are installing the camera at a retail store, the resolution should be high enough to ensure good quality when the camera is zooming in.
But if you are installing the camera in a reception area, even a low resolution one would be fine. Assess each of your spaces, and accordingly, decide the most suitable resolution.
What kind of lighting conditions will be required?
Test various cameras to figure out models that perform the best in the lighting conditions of your office. Technologies like artificial illuminators and IR filters can increase or reduce light, providing vision even in dark hours.