Consider These 5 Features For Your Next Camera System

IT professionals and security departments set high standards when procuring on-site security. A solution that combines protection for your property (and possessions), with the needs of your business, is imperative.

It can be easy to spend large sums on surveillance equipment (typically those relying on NVRs and DVRs); but the decision-making process is not always so straightforward. Therefore, it’s vital to first consider your own security shortcomings, before turning your attention to the camera systems currently on offer.

Once you have taken stock, it is important to list the requirements you would need in your new system. Being able to decide which features are must-haves and simply nice-to-haves is fundamental. To help you in the decision making process, we’ve set out the top 5 features you should look for in your next intelligent security camera system.

A Secure Security System

The majority of organisations will demand remote access to their security system – this can be a fundamental requirement, but only if it is achieved in a secure manner.

Traditional NVR and DVR based systems are considered secure, closed-circuit solutions; but as soon as they connect to the internet this assurance is no longer guaranteed. Exposing your DVR system to the internet by hole-punching a firewall can open you up to a range of unwanted issues. Therefore a system that allows you remote connectivity, in a secure fashion – be it via multi-factor authentication or single sign-on – is one that adds extra piece of mind.

Plug-and-Play Cameras for Simple Installation

Avoiding a complex installation not only removes a major headache, it also allows you to hit the ground running.

The ease and speed of installation should be a key consideration when selecting a security system supplier. Plug-and-play cameras can make your deployment straightforward. So if your security requirements are to provide total coverage of your office or building, then finding a solution that utilises your existing Ethernet infrastructure should be top of your list.

Most systems will require a PoE cable to provide power and connect to the network – allowing you to plug in your cameras, and get on with the job of staying secure.

Remote Access When You Need It Most

Sharing video feeds among personnel within your organisation may not be something you have considered in the past. And there may come a time when share footage with local authorities is required as an emergency arises.

Find a system that allows you to enable the sharing of data without needing to download software or technical configurations. Instead, prioritise a solution that can distribute your footage using remote, digital processes (to any device or browser).

Notifications and Alerts

Security camera systems have come a long way. Advanced systems offer face and car recognition, so instead of having to observe camera feeds 24/7, you can be alerted as and when certain situations arise.

Furthermore, your IT and security teams can be notified when your system is under attack or being tampered with. These type of features can save time as well as money as you reallocate resource to other areas of your business.

Intuitive (Multi-Site) Management Dashboard

As the demands placed on IT departments have developed, so have the requirements for modern software. Ideally, a system should be able to display security footage from multiple locations from a single dashboard.

Previously, security professionals would have an array of systems and login credentials to manage. But the standard expected for today’s software has moved forward, and with it have the expectations for an intuitive video management system.

Ease of use is imperative, as is being able to respond to security concerns as and when they happen.

In Summary

There will of course be other features that you’ll need to consider, including those that are specific to your industry. The requirements of a security camera system will vary from business to business, so it’s important you consider what is important to yours.

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