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Understanding Security: How Video Surveillance Systems Work And How They Can Help Your Business

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As a business owner, the safety of your business is one of your top priorities. The installation of security solutions such as video surveillance and audio surveillance may help guarantee that safety. By having remote access to a video surveillance system, you can help eliminate the possibility of theft, improve productivity, and reduce inventory losses by up to 80%.

But choosing to utilize video surveillance systems with a remote wireless internet access point is one thing, installing it is another. In other words, how does digital video security actually work?

Analog surveillance systems
There are two types of digital video security systems, among them analog surveillance systems and IP surveillance systems. Analog security cameras are the most common and are connected to a digital video recorder with the help of a lens and a digital signal processing chip.

The digital video recorder acts as a compressor, convertor, and storage area for the data recorded by the security cameras. Transmission cables connect the security cameras to the digital video recorder. The security camera passes on its digital recordings to the digital video recorder where it’s compressed and stored within a hard drive to be watched later.

Because it’s mostly the digital video recorder that works as the heart of this video surveillance system, this type of security system is considered one of the cheaper options available to business owners.

IP surveillance systems
Unlike the analog surveillance system, the IP system’s cameras each do the same amount of work as the digital video recorder. The IP camera can compress and convert the video information that’s recorded into a digital format that enables the information to be screened via an ethernet cable.

Because the IP cameras can convert the videos themselves into a digital format, they can additionally stream the recording online for the business owner to observe after an additional wireless access point setup. What does that mean in plain English? Once your new digital video surveillance system is installed, you can view your cameras in real time, on any device, and at any time.

Because of the way these systems are designed, the IP surveillance system is particularly easy to use and additional cameras can be added to the system should the user desire to place more cameras outside for protecting the property. However, IP surveillance systems tend to be more on the expensive side because each camera comes with its own web server that would otherwise come only with the digital video recorder on the analog system.

To reduce your business’s risk of being broken into or robbed, consider installing a security system with video surveillance. The visual recording will provide you with information regarding any intruder’s identity as well as their their potential license plate number. With this evidence, you can help the police catch your potential intruder and provide your employees with a peace of mind.

Pros And Cons Of VoIP Systems And Why Your company Should Switch

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Many companies use a private branch exchange, or PBX, to connect their internal phones to their external lines. They then use these systems to carry out functions like call forwarding and call holding. Business voice offer internet protocol, or VoIP, systems perform the same functions, but at a lower cost.

Both systems work to replace the traditional phone systems of the past, offering as much, or more, than telephone systems could. But, both have their pros and cons.

One of the biggest benefits of the VoIP is the cost, both for the initial investment and for the monthly charges involved. If your company chooses a VoIP service that works with traditional phones, there is only a small charge to set it up and to pay for phone adapters.

The calls are free for low monthly charges, but some systems may have charges for outside of North America. They do, however, rely on a strong network infrastructure.

PBX systems need a cabinet of electronic equipment in the office, and you have to pay a higher rate for the equipment and the charges per month. Lower cost is one of the biggest reasons companies go to VoIP.

However, VoIP software is not without its disadvantages. It is reliant on the internet to function. If there is a power failure, or the internet goes down, your company is left without any sort of hosted phone systems, or a phone line.

A traditional telephone line gets power through the telephone wire, and can often function through power failures. VoIP will send calls to a message center and store them until the service is restored. Often, companies will keep one traditional phone line so that they can make a priority call if the service is down.

VoIP business systems are also limited by bandwidth for size. If the connection reaches capacity, call quality can suffer. PBX has a certain number of lines per system, and this can be increased by buying a bigger system.

This also affects voice quality at times, so a fast internet and a good bandwidth is needed by the company to ensure the best quality for the systems. VoIP software needs a good infrastructure to run well, and so you need to make sure you have a strong internet infrastructure.

If you have any questions regarding VoIP software, VoIP systems, or VoIP services, contact us. We’ll be happy to help.

Looking At a VoIP Provider? Keep These 3 Things In Mind

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On average, there are 11 million meetings per day in the U.S., many involving video conferencing, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) services. VoIP services have grown in popularity as the world has moved increasingly online, leaving traditional types of business phone systems behind.

But what is VoIP? VoIP, is a technology that allows you to make voice calls using a broadband Internet connection instead of a regular phone line. So you make calls over the internet instead of a phone, using a system similar to a phone line. It requires a lot more network power than a traditional service, but after an initial investment? Is generally cheaper to maintain.

If you’re a small business considering getting VoIP there are some things you’ll need to keep in mind, however.

There are two different types of VoIP systems that one can use, at least on a basic level. One that you host, and one that another company hosts for you.

Hosted VoIP services for small businesses rely on an “open Internet” connection; meaning they (the poster) do not control the total connection to the switch. This type of service is more common in residential VoIP services and for the small office/home office. Some provider’s offer a good quality business VoIP service or hosted VoIP at this level.

Picking a good small business VoIP provider can be difficult, but if you follow a few guidelines, it shouldn’t be too difficult.

  1. Manage Your Network
    This is one aspect that you have complete control of. You need to make sure your network is running at the best levels, on your end. You need good structured cabling for data and voice. Structured cabling is a key part of network infrastructure.Simple networks can have problems that will affect the quality of VoIP calls. Make sure your computers are hooked up right, your switches are in good shape and that there is only one DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol).
  2. Don’t Pick Low
    The lowest price is not the best service, and the cheapest parts are not the best quality. Going for the least expensive structured cabling, network components, and VoIP provider might cripple your business. Choose a provider that has a price that is reasonable with their competition, but not a low-cost provider. And never be cheap on hardware, they’ll last longer if they’re better quality.
  3. Choose Based On Features
    When comparing features from the various VoIP providers, keep in mind how the information is presented and what information is presented. The look and feel of a provider’s website can give a good clue as to the provider’s target customer base. Does their website convey quality? Does the information they provide appeal to you?Do their features benefit you, or are they more than you need, for more cost? Can you get what you need, without the additives, elsewhere? Keep it all in mind. You’re not going cheap, but you don’t want what you don’t need or won’t use.

Those are just some guidelines to keep in mind when comparing VoIP hosts. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.