Video surveillance systems may seem all the same—but they’re not.

Select systems may use stationary cameras while others pan an area, while others are monitored by security personnel. Surveillance systems can even be used as a deterrent for crime and fraud while others more actively seek out facial recognition and other information.

That leads to more questions to consider as outlined by Corporate Tech Decisions.

Who do we want to see?
Consider the needs of your business. Are you looking to clearly identify a person’s face—or are you simply trying to detect an intrusion? Are you using your system for crowd control—or are you looking to deter an intruder? All of these factors will determine the height, angle, and type of cameras placed throughout your building.

What do we want to watch?
There is a distinction between a security system and a surveillance system—but what is it, really?

The difference comes down to intention. Most security cameras are an appendage of an already-in-place security system, used for recording stationary actions for later review.

A high-definition surveillance system with panning capabilities may be more useful for seeing the “bigger picture”—and canvassing a larger area of your business.

Nuance for each system—security and surveillance—is what sets each category apart. Deciding what is most important for you and your business is a first step to choosing which system is best for your needs. If, for example, your intention is to monitor inventory, stock, or remote areas of your business, a security system will do.

However, if you wish to monitor high-traffic areas, a surveillance system is most opportune.

Where should we be watching?
In order to narrow down the assessment of your needs, it’s a good idea to ask yourself the following:
• What are the problem areas?
• Are these “problem areas” indoors or outdoors?
• Where are the areas with the highest amount of traffic?
• What are the areas with the most important information, documents, or products?
Why are we watching?

Perhaps you are only using a camera as a deterrent. Your system could be as simple as placing a few cameras around the premises and heavily displaying the fact that the premise is under surveillance through signs posted around the area. Maybe you want to monitor in case of a crisis, so that you can go back and find out what happened. In this case you won’t need any video feed, simply the recording. Otherwise you likely want to monitor in real time to respond to a crisis as it occurs. This will require an extra employee (or several) to monitor the video feeds. Put simply, do you want to deter, detect, or capture an incident? Each answer will result in a vastly different surveillance system.

Maybe your course of action is to use a camera as a deterrent for intruders. Or to capture a crisis. Or even monitor employees, customers, and observe a transaction. Determining demand for a system is important for determining the system that will work best for you and your business. Are you looking to deter, detect, or capture? Consider this before you have to reconsider.

Answering these simple questions about your surveillance system can help you make the right decision for your business. If you are looking to install a system for your business give MAX a call at 856-825-6000. We would love to answer all of your questions.