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$3.4 billion—that's the staggering annual cost of burglaries in the United States, as reported by Inside Indiana Business. With burglaries occurring every 12 seconds in the U.S., businesses and organizations need robust security to prevent massive losses to thieves and other bad actors.
Enter commercial-grade security cameras, the silent guardians of the business realm.
By the end of this guide, you'll have the knowledge you need to begin navigating through the world of CCTV cameras. You’ll know the top four benefits of camera monitoring, the top factors to consider when selecting surveillance devices, and the main types of security cameras on the market today.
Let's embark on this journey together, shall we?
All right, let's cut to the chase. With countless commercial-grade security cameras out there, how do you begin to narrow down the cameras you may need for an effective security posture?
When it comes to cameras, it's crystal clear that resolution is queen.
The higher the resolution, the clearer the image.
For commercial spaces, it's recommended to go for at least 1080p resolution cameras, although some cameras offer staggering 8K resolutions.
With high-resolution footage, our cameras will help you spot the devil in the details—quite literally. But be careful with ultrahigh-resolution cameras. The higher a camera’s resolution, the more bandwidth and storage space its data will need.
Outdoor cameras are built to withstand the elements. They come with weatherproofing and Ingress Protection (IP) ratings that indicate their resistance to fluids (like rain and melting snow) and small particles (like dust and smoke).
Indoor cameras, on the other hand, are designed for use in climate-controlled environments.
Wireless cameras offer the most flexibility in terms of placement, but they’re only as reliable as the Wi-Fi they use.
Wired cameras, on the other hand, use cables for power and connectivity.
Wiring is well-suited for commercial-grade surveillance because it supports faster, more reliable, and more secure data transmission between cameras, software, recording devices, and more.
Here are the four most common areas for commercial-grade security camera placement:
Entrances and Exits: This one's a no-brainer. Make certain you have a clear view of everyone coming in or going out.
Secluded Areas: Isolated corridors and other secluded areas inside your property can pose significant security risks. Don't let them go unmonitored.
Parking Lots: A hotspot for incidents, it's crucial to have eyes here.
Storage Areas: Protect your assets by keeping a watchful eye on storage spaces.
You wouldn't buy a car and not service it, right? The same goes for cameras. Here's how to keep them running smoothly:
Regular Cleaning: Dust and grime can affect image quality. Gently give your cameras the occasional wipe-down.
Software Updates: Manufacturers often release updates to fix bugs or improve performance. Stay on top of these to resist cybercriminals and keep your cameras functioning and optimized.
Physical Inspections: Periodically check for signs of wear and tear, especially for outdoor cameras.
Well, there you have it! A beginner's guide that's as easy as pie.
There’s more that goes into camera selection and installation, so why not let the team here at Mammoth Security guide you the rest of the way? We’re Connecticut’s one-stop shop for everything from security cameras and access control systems to alarms and structured cabling.
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For most commercial spaces, opt for security cameras with at least 1080p resolution, though some newer camera models now provide staggering 8K resolution footage. The better the resolution, the more clear and actionable your footage will be. The downside to extremely high-resolution cameras is that each image requires significant bandwidth for data transmission and much more storage space to contain the additional visual details. In most cases, the recommended resolution for commercial-grade security cameras is somewhere between 1080p and 4K.
In the business realm, commercial security cameras aren't just about surveillance; they can also help maintain a productive work environment by ensuring employees remain focused on their tasks.
PTZ stands for Pan-Tilt-Zoom, and these cameras are ideal for targeted surveillance as they can adjust their angle and zoom level. In fact, many PTZs apply artificial intelligence to track objects as they move. PTZs are also unique in the world of security cameras because they can be operated via handheld remote controls and joysticks.
Wireless cameras offer flexibility during placement, but they are much less reliable than wired systems because they rely on Wi-Fi connections for data transmission. Wired cameras, on the other hand, use cables for power and Internet connectivity, ensuring faster, more reliable, and more secure data transmission.
Security cameras for commercial-grade security include turrets, domes, bullets, PTZs, LPRs, multisensors, box cameras, fisheyes, and facial recognition cameras.