Security cameras have been in the market for a few decades now and have also been providing building owners the peace of mind that their premises is being watched 24/7. With modern innovations and technology breakthroughs in the CCTV and security camera industry, their operations have gotten so much better and dependable that the need for actual guards for security reasons has gone down a great deal and that is a good thing for business in terms of saving expenses and reducing the risk of human error all that much.
However, with the rise of security cameras, the choices have gotten wider as well, so much to a point that selecting the correct setup for your premises has become a bit of a challenge and a confusion that building owners must take care of before going ahead with the right setup. There are many different questions that you must ask yourself when selecting the correct type of a security camera setup, here are some important ones:
1: Do You Need to Hide Your Cameras or Make Them a Visual Deterrent?
The feeling of someone or something watching you is usually a great deterrent for a lot many people and makes them abort their foul intentions in most cases, or in some other cases you need to hide your eyes away while you watch everything silently. Only you know which situation is best for you, security camera brands like HKVision, Lorex, Panasonic Security Surveillance or RCI offer perfect solutions for both the situations and you can choose perfectly whether you want to hide them away of show them in the face to drive people away.
Cameras in large box shaped enclosures like you often see on street lights work great for notifying people about them and other options like the capsule shapes narrow ones can be concealed away from sight making them a perfect spy.
2: Are Your Camera Indoors or Outdoors?
Indoors cameras are much different to outdoor cameras, both of these have to deal with different light conditions and need adjusted exposure and brightness levels to cope with each kind of situations. The outdoor cameras, for example, will have to deal with both very bright situations during the daytime and very lowlight situations during the nighttime and indoor cameras, on the other hand, can be subjected to pretty much similar light conditions most of the time.
Industries such as transport of shipping logistics need some of the most advanced outdoor cameras with HDR (High Dynamic Range), 3D DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) and Advanced Edge Detection technologies which are to be found in HIKVision DS-2CD4025FWD-(A)(P) or LorexLBV2723B-2PK efficiently. Indoor cameras that are exposed to pretty much similar lighting most of the times can be served great with HD recording, HIKVisionDS-2CD4126FWD-IZ and many other similar options work great in these scenarios.
3: How Much Field of View You Need To Capture?
The other important question to ask is how much coverage you need, there are options available in the market that have one camera for all kind of a setup covering much wider angles but those can lack in detail and the traditional fish-eye effect can cause the image to appear a bit distorted. However, you can also install a combination of cameras at the same spot facing in different directions to make things better for you.
Whichever installation you choose, make sure to test them out first, have you security camera providers install a test run at your facility or go to their preferred site where they might have samples installed showing off what each type of setting can achieve for you.
4: What Kind of Image Quality and Detail Suit Your Needs?
One of the basic reason to have a security camera setup installed at your premises is to be able to identify people and faces after an unwanted situation has happened. Your security cameras are only good expense when they are able to do that efficiently and depending on their location and setting, you need to make sure what kind of image quality and high detail you need.
For a parking area, for example, you will need cameras that are able to zoom in a lot showing you number plates and people’s faces through their windshields in their vehicles. Similar distortion free zooming capabilities will be required for a cash areas as well.
5: What Are Your Lighting Conditions?
Lighting conditions play a very important part in footage capture and depending on how bright your surroundings are, you must adapt you security camera setup as well. In well-lit areas that don’t get much glare into them, basic cameras can work great, but when you have the glare problem or a low-lit scenario, you need high end options.
Different versions from Lorex, HIKVision or RCI are perfect for both the situations. Again, a demonstration might be the best way to go about things because seeing is believing and you will only get the best idea about what you need by actually testing something out.
6: Will You Need Audio?
This is probably one of the most important question amongst all for some select kinds of situations. If you are installing cameras in a cash area or a reception, the best approach is to record all the audio footage as well because this is where most of the action happens and listening to conversations can unlock many mysteries for you.
If you do need audio, you must select high definition audio recording cameras that are available rather easily these days. Panasonic and RCI have come up with some great options indeed that record audio as efficiently as they record video footage.
7: What Are Your Building’s Most Critical Parts or Areas?
Any security camera team will tell you that where you install you cameras will play the biggest role in how much of the action you capture. Make sure to point out just the right places for your cameras and consult your service providers on the matter as well, usually they are experts and can judge a scenario better than most non-professionals.