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Benefits of Video Surveillance for Facility Managers

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Since there is typically one facility manager for an entire property, and since there is more of a focus on cost with the need to take on more and more duties of the facility, video surveillance becomes essential, not just a luxury.  Facility managers are often responsible for maintenance, security and so much more.

Proper video surveillance can ensure OSHA compliance and help you to conduct management, training and life safety exercises. 

You are also more able to monitor manufacturing and production processes, as well as monitor entrance and exits for anything from deliveries to disgruntled ex-employees.

Not only will you be able to reduce liability if slips and falls were to happen, with video surveillance in place you can prevent them altogether.  See the conditions that cause these incidents from one central place without having to be everywhere at once.

Keep an eye on inventory and reduce shrinkage by controlling employee theft and/or theft by visitors and customers.  In fact, just having the cameras in place acts as a deterrent.  And use recorded footage as evidence to prosecute when the time comes.  This is an opportunity to consider the clearer images that IP / Megapixel technology brings. 

Another area where this technology pays off is in the parking lot where accidents occur, vandalism happens and thefts can be a problem.

The good news is that nowadays, quality video surveillance doesn’t have to be expensive.  In fact, the aforementioned, clearer image-producing IP/Megapixel systems can have a low overall cost of ownership.

You will often need fewer units to cover the same area that you’d need if you used analog security cameras—lower labor costs can be the result of this.  And if you ultimately actually catch the perpetrator due to having better quality images, didn’t it all pay off?

But facility managers can gain much from analog security cameras as well.  You may be able to easily identify the individuals you’re monitoring, for instance, so high quality images may not be as necessary.  And the sticker price for similar specification analog cameras will typically be less expensive than IP/Megapixel security cameras.

Don’t forget to consider low-light and vandal-resistant cameras for your facility, especially for the exterior and especially when your facility is not manned 24-hours a day.

Another thing that is important to facility managers that we mentioned in a previous blog is the need for a wide dynamic range feature in cameras that are facing areas where there will be a contrast of bright and dark lighting.

The example we cited was a large garage with security cameras inside pointing at the loading dock doors.  When these doors open, bright light can cause bleaching in a regular security camera’s field of view.

If the camera has wide dynamic range, backlight compensation is provided to balance things out and silhouettes don’t become a problem.  You can better distinguish the actual objects in proximity of the loading dock door even with the bright light in the picture.

So if you are a facility manager who is taking on more responsibility yet burdened with keeping costs lower and lower, talk to your security integrator about the many options you have with video surveillance to help with your day-to-day tasks.

Thanks for spending some time with us today.

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