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

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.