Don’t be distracted when shopping for surveillance equipment

It's safe to say no business wants to compromise on its security, not just online, but when protecting their facilities, resources and employees in the real world.

To do that, most businesses would say they're willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done, especially if it means purchasing brand new technology like cutting-edge cameras. What issues should business owners keep in mind when acquiring new video surveillance equipment?

4K technology has its obvious advantages, but can your business support them?4K technology has its obvious advantages, but can your business support them?

4K definition
If businesses are looking for a surveillance system with picture clarity so vivid, they could see a mole on a thief's cheek, many will say 4K definition is the way to go. Picture quality in general appears to be one of those forms of technology that progresses without caveat. Unfortunately, that's not necessarily the case, according to Charlie Erickson, director of product management at 3xLOGIC.

"People want the same quality picture that they're getting with their consumer experience, and 4k is a logical progression," he said to VectorUSA. "However, our industry is still challenged by managing data at 2K and HD. We still have storage and network capacity limitations."

Given 4K technology's incredible data footprint, a compatible security system can put a strain on a company's network and server space. Without the proper IT hardware throughout the rest of the business, companies could sacrifice other amazing assets modern surveillance can offer, like remote viewing, for something as flashy as picture quality. Business owners would be wise to loop their IT departments in on any decision regarding top-of-the-line technology, including surveillance.

"Companies could spend untold amounts of money on video surveillance features they don't need."

Destandardization
Jon Cropley, principal analyst for IHS Technology, wrote in a recent report how despite more than a decade of revenue expansion, the market for video surveillance equipment will not reach the level of pure commodification, no matter how important security is to companies now and will be in the years to come. Surveillance is not just an item a business owner purchases, but rather a way of improving operations overall. As such, security needs will differ depending on the industry in question. Cropley believes video surveillance system brands will begin to branch off, targeting specific industries and tailoring their products in ways that attract that audience exclusively.

This is where the average business owner could falter, as this commercial phenomenon has already started somewhat. Without thoroughly researching the equipment they plan to buy, companies could spend untold amounts of money on features they don't need. For instance, quality of low-light imaging might be more important to some than it is to others. Unintentionally purchasing a system on the higher or lower end of that scale would mean customers wasted money. Moreover, if customers bought a system thinking it included a feature it didn't, it could even give them faith in surveillance that isn't right for them. Instead, any business looking to upgrade surveillance should look into the systems similar companies use.

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