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If you’re considering installing new commercial security cameras or upgrading from existing models, there are certain key features to seek out as a business entity.

Whether it’s clearer images you’re after, better range or more convenience, options exist for you to improve the video surveillance at your business.

Pictured above is an infrared commercial security camera complete with housing.

IP / Megapixel

If you currently have analog security cameras, you may be limited with the amount of features you receive, such as digital zoom.  You are most likely not seeing as clear an image with your analog system than you could be with IP/megapixel technology.

Remote viewing, which we’ll touch on below, is also more achievable with IP cameras than it is with analog. 

There are plenty positive aspects to analog security cameras however, such as price and flexibility of design (and compatibility), but as a business, IP / megapixel security cameras will provide superior quality and more functionality for the things that are important to you.

Weatherproof / Vandal Resistant

Businesses need video coverage in outdoor areas such as loading docks, parking lots and parking garages.

In areas of the country such as here in the northeast, weather can be rough—specifically during winter months. Commercial security cameras can be fitted with weatherproof housings that actually provide heat by way of a heater and also have a blower.

The housings not only protect the cameras form the elements, but also from vandals.

Infrared Capability

Another condition that has to be accounted for with outdoor security cameras is light, or the lack thereof. 

Many cameras that are purchased specifically for the outdoors will have what’s generally referred to as “nightvision”. This usually means that they have infrared capability.  The security cameras have infrared illuminators that transmit a beam of infrared light sometimes over 100 feet away.  They are actually creating light in otherwise dark conditions. 

These cameras will also often come with the aforementioned weather-resistant options—they are often combined as packages with the same commercial security camera suited for the outdoors.

Remote Video Monitoring

This is not only a feature and a service that can be added to your overall video surveillance system, it’s also a new way to manage and oversee your business from a distance.

As we’ve written about in a recent blog post, this is a must if you’re looking to maximize your commercial security cameras, reduce costs and increase efficiency.

Train your employees, improve customer experiences, monitor openings and closings to ensure that your employees are safe, monitor sensitive areas where valuable items or confidential records are kept—all from a distance.  Save on gas costs while improving efficiency.  It’s a win-win.

180° / 360° Field of View

These security cameras consist of several lenses to provide the full range of view.

For instance, a 180° megapixel camera could be used to monitor a parking lot adjacent to the building that it’s mounted on.  In fact, this one camera could take the place of up to four analog security cameras.

The cost per camera is certainly higher with IP/megapixel, but if you’re reducing the number of cameras needed from four to one, you’re also reducing labor costs to install and maintain it going forward.

And just think of how many analog cameras that a 360° can replace…and how much more clear the images will be, how much more accessible, etc. 

These 5 issues are certainly not the only things to consider when it comes to commercial security cameras, but they provide a solid foundation to get started.

Thanks for spending some time with us today.

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