A network video recorder (NVR) system that uses cameras is the hallmark of workplace and home security. Without one, your business is vulnerable to vandalism and theft. Rather than face financial loss at the hands of criminals, upgrading your security system with cameras and the right recording technology is a smart strategy that dissuades theft while keeping your property, employees, and operations safe.
Security Camera System Design Best Practices
The most crucial aspects of a security system are, of course, the cameras themselves. A functional security system offering full property coverage requires a network of high-quality security cameras and ample computer memory storage. The cameras that are right for you will depend on your individual needs
1. Determine camera placement
Start by establishing a secure perimeter and determine what you want to see. Any blueprints, photographs, and sketches you can find of your facility can help you determine proper camera placement to maximize effectiveness. A good rule of thumb is for each camera to cover as much area as possible without overlapping another camera’s feed. The amount of area each camera covers and their orientation will inform the number of cameras you need.
Camera installation should cover main entrances, stairwells, and first-floor windows, as well as the paths leading up to them. Parking lots and garages are risky areas and have to be monitored at all times. Pay attention to the field of views to eliminate blind spots that could reduce the effectiveness of your system.
2. Systems specification and setup
The cameras’ specifications are another factor to consider. Is 1080P the right resolution? Is the quality good enough even in low lighting? For instance, your outside cameras will require a higher resolution than your inside cameras. You want at least 5-megapixel cameras for outdoor use and 2-megapixel cameras for indoor. If you have older outdoor cameras and are upgrading your system, you may be able to move some of the outdoor ones inside to keep using them.
Make sure to consider the environment when choosing outdoor cameras. It's best to install outdoor cameras equipped with proper protection against the elements.
Fixed cameras are the foundation of a sound surveillance system. If you want a camera with a higher area coverage, you can install Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) cameras. These cameras are great for actively monitoring suspicious activity; just make sure they are placed in open areas to avoid dead space.
3. Consider storage
The Network Video Recorder (NVR) is another essential element of any security system with IP cameras. NVR systems allow you to record and store videos on a hard drive for later viewing. You can also opt for Digital Video Recorder (DVR) if you have analog cameras. Choosing the right amount of storage for your camera system doesn’t have to be complicated. Two cameras can work on an 8-channel DVR. If you need more, you'll have to get a higher channel DVR – they double as they increase in size, i.e., 8-channel, 16-channel, 32-channel.
NVR systems that use IP cameras usually have better picture quality than analog camera systems. They also have the ability to easily incorporate microphones and record audio.
Modern closed circuit (CCTV) camera systems let you store footage in the cloud, which is a great alternative to memory cards. This way, you can store large video files and have access to your security feeds for a longer period of time.
Can You Use An Outdoor Security Camera Indoors?
Yes, you can. Outdoor security cameras are more durable for indoor use as they’re built to withstand the harsh outdoors. The key is to choose cameras that are not too bulky for indoor use as they’ll be too obvious and distracting.
Opt for Professional Installation Services
Some people decide to install their own security cameras. However, if improperly installed, this can result in weak spots that criminals may capitalize on. Our security design professionals are here to eliminate the guesswork. They have experience and can make sure cameras are positioned in the right location, cover all blind spots, and work with your technology. We can also help you with pairing your cameras with burglar alarm monitoring for extra security. If you have any questions, please call us at 800-6070-2767 or visit our Contact us page.
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