Installation of high-definition commercial-grade security cameras is highly recommended for businesses large and small.
Features commonly provided by top security camera brands include crystal-clear video footage, AI-supported video analytics, remote access to video footage, and durable construction.
The best security camera systems can also be integrated with smart building automations, alarms, and access control allowing users to easily manage all systems on one interface and receive comprehensive situational awareness for effective emergency responses.
By connecting with the most recent Avigilon Control Center (ACC) software, surveillance cameras by Avigilon and other manufacturers are upgraded with artificial intelligence to identify people, objects, and even suspicious behaviors.
Ava camera systems feature powerful analytics and machine-learning capabilities to recognize objects and faces, detect anomalies and abnormal behaviors, and recognize sounds that require attention—including car alarms, cries for help, and gunshots.
Video analytics and artificial intelligence are supported on old security cameras through a network connection with Axis software.
Masters in lens technology, Hanwha Techwin produces exceptional fixed, varifocal, and motorized lenses.
Hikvision offers a wide selection of security camera systems at some of the most affordable price points in the industry.
There are eight main types of cameras used by businesses. Each has its own unique design, application, and features.
Dome cameras are the most discreet kind of camera because they are obscured behind a dome-shaped housing.
Bullet cameras are the least discreet type because they have the traditional rectangular shape associated with security cameras. While housings make dome cameras more vandal-resistant than bullet cameras, bullet cameras usually provide better footage when covering specific areas with relatively narrow fields of view.
Turret cameras are the most popular type of camera for large and small businesses alike. A turret's ball-and-socket design enables it to rotate freely within a turret-like mount.
PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) cameras offer even more flexibility than turret cameras. They give users complete control with optical zoom and the ability to move along vertical and horizontal axes.
Multi-sensor cameras are the most flexible type with the widest range and depth capacities because they include three or four unique cameras with independent sensors in one housing. They're able to record multiple angles of view at once, their sensors have different sensitivities (to capture image data in varied lighting environments and at different depths), and they can seamlessly stitch the footage together from multiple sensors for one comprehensive field of view.
Fisheye cameras and license-plate recognition cameras are the most specialized security camera types. Most fisheyes have lenses that can capture 360-degree views—although they pick up more details of nearby objects than distant objects.
Box cameras are customizable with interchangeable parts like lenses and sensors, which is unlike other security cameras. For example, you can transition a fisheye camera to an AI bullet camera, which has far more memory and technology features.
License-plate recognition (LPR) cameras apply complicated algorithms to recognize plates, separate their digits, and capture license plate numbers.
Commercial security cameras work by capturing high-definition video footage and transmitting that footage through reliable hardwiring to the cloud, to a digital video recorder (DVR), or to a network video recorder (NVR) for storage and management.
The best security cameras are IP (Internet Protocol) cameras, meaning they connect to the Internet so that they can be managed and so that their live and recorded footage can be viewed from anywhere using a web browser or mobile app.
The standard video quality for top security camera brands is 1080p HD or about 2 million pixels. Some top-brand security cameras record 4K surveillance footage, which is an incredible 8 million pixels.
More pixels and greater video quality mean crystal-clear video surveillance that is far more useful for identifying perpetrators than the often blurry images from lesser cameras.
By using video analytics to comb through countless hours of footage across an entire security system installation, the best security camera and video management systems enable rapid video searches with great accuracy.
In fact, the best commercial security systems let users search by event, location, time, and even face.
The best commercial security cameras for business have hardwired cable connections to video storage and management devices. Hardwired installations are significantly more reliable and hacker-resistant than the wireless connections that most home security systems require.
The best camera brands today are ONVIF-complaint, meaning users can mix and match their cameras with cameras by other manufacturers.
The best camera systems can also be integrated with other security systems, like access controls and burglar alarms.
Business security cameras that provide 24/7 surveillance monitoring require large hard drives, local storage devices with large terabyte capacities, or cloud storage. Cloud storage refers to saving footage on remote Internet servers.
With facial recognition, administrators and security personnel can create second-factor authentication protocols at access control points, can create watchlists to receive immediate notifications upon the arrival of listed faces, and can automatically track specific individuals as they move through a surveilled property.
In addition to supporting better communications with employees and delivery people, cameras with two-way audio can provide on-site deterrence by generating instant audio warnings if motion is detected after hours or if suspicious behaviors like loitering are detected.
Most of today's best commercial security cameras feature built-in motion detectors that can send alerts or begin recording surveillance when triggered. By configuring cameras to record only when motion is detected, less storage space is wasted on uneventful footage.
Our team here at Mammoth Security understands security cameras, the benefits, and drawbacks of individual models, how to place cameras for comprehensive coverage, and how to mix and match the best security camera brands for a massive ROI.
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Avigilon cameras are made in the USA and Canada. They also happen to be the absolute best security cameras on the market. Most other cameras are made in Europe or Asia, including cameras by the other manufacturers on our best business security cameras list.
The best IP camera brands are Avigilon and Ava because both are ONVIF compliant and advanced innovators in the field of artificial intelligence. Avigilon is also known for creating high-definition, megapixel video surveillance systems. And Ava is known for sophisticated AI that dynamically varies bitrates to dramatically improve video storage efficiency.
The most popular types of security cameras are turret cameras and PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) cameras. Turrets are the most popular security cameras today thanks to a ball-and-socket design for easy positioning and optical zoom lenses that can capture high-definition footage both up close and from a distance. PTZ cameras are popular for providing customers with even more flexibility and remote control over positioning. PTZs can pan and tilt along vertical and horizontal axes and also have optical zoom lenses.
Wireless cameras are not reliable enough for commercial use yet. Instead, we use purpose-built antennae to connect hardwired cameras on light poles and buildings.
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Watch live or previously recorded footage on any mobile device. Save it to your phone and e-mail it just like any other video or image.
4k or 8MP cameras represent the best value at the moment. Depending on your situation, a 30+ megapixel camera can be installed allowing you to read a seat number from the opposite end of a football field.