Questions to Ask Before Investing in Alarm CCTV Camera System

Nowadays, video surveillance through an alarm CCTV camera system has become a significant component of business security strategies in the 21st century. This is most true in Singapore and the fact that it is included in the top 20 most surveilled cities in the world (based on the number of cameras per square mile) affirms this. 

Simply put, more and more Singaporeans are investing in alarm CCTV camera systems. Why not? They are proven to give reliable and unwavering protection against theft, vandalism, intrusion, and so on. Also, they are known to boost productivity, accountability, etc. 

Putting the said factors into consideration, it is safe to say that alarm CCTV cameras are must-haves for your business. If you are contemplating investing in them, it is best to take note of a couple of questions to ensure that you are going to get your money’s worth. They are elaborated below. 

What type of camera is ideal? 

Not all businesses are created equal and each one has different needs, goals, and even budget. As such, the right CCTV cameras for them varies. Below are some of the models that you may encounter when making a purchase. 

  • Indoor cameras – They are arguably the most discreet, multi-functional, and versatile CCTV cameras on the market. The said cameras are ideal when it comes to monitoring indoor areas minus the blindspots. 
  • Outdoor cameras – They are similar to indoor cameras, but what makes them stand out is reinforced hardware for enhanced durability.
  • Thermal imaging cameras – They are specially designed to detect heat signatures as visual hot spots and detect the presence of individuals even in a dark environment. 
  • Centrally managed CCTV cameras – They are specifically designed to deliver the highest level of video quality with low bandwidth requirements. 

What’s better? A reactive or proactive system? 

Reactive CCTV cameras are just that—they are helpful for business—when it comes to being reactive to present or even past threats. With them, your business can determine the level of risk; then make adjustments to prevent similar ones from happening in the future. That’s because you can call the police if you observe a suspicious individual in your facility. 

Proactive systems, on the other hand, are those that are installed to keep threats from happening. They include alarm CCTV cameras that are complemented by sensory detection, artificial intelligence, and so on. If placed in strategic business areas, you can effectively and efficiently mitigate security risks.

Where should you store recorded videos? 

Thanks to technological advancements, gone are the days when video recordings were exclusively stored in hard drives. Many CCTV cameras are more sophisticated and come with more cutting-edge storage capabilities. You can choose to store them in cloud or on-premise storage. Both have advantages and disadvantages. 

  • Cloud-based storage – Storing video footage in the cloud delivers a number of benefits. The long list includes 24/7 access, greater storage capacity, device flexibility, etc. 
  • On-premise storage – This type of storage provides a network that you can access any time of the day. While it is cheaper compared to its cloud-based counterparts, it has a higher risk of tampering, hardware failure, and theft, among others. 

Summing up

By taking note of the aforementioned questions before purchasing and installing an alarm CCTV camera system in your business premises, you can rest assured that you are going to get your money’s worth and use your system to their full potential.