As a business owner, having a clear picture of what's going on around and inside your business is important. Security cameras can make a big difference in your ability to monitor activities and protect your employees and customers. If you've made the decision to have a security company install cameras, there are a few things that you should think about.
How Will Exterior Cameras Be Protected?
Your company's exterior cameras will be exposed to the environment all the time. While there are certain camera models designed to withstand the elements, you not only need to be sure that these cameras are used outside, but you also need to confirm what type of barrier protection the company will use for wiring.
Remember that all of your exterior cameras will be connected to a power source as well as a central recording and monitoring system. Those wires attached to the cameras need to be protected against rain and other weather threats to preserve their lifespan.
What Kind Of Cables Will Be Used?
When your security camera infrastructure is installed, it should be done with an eye toward future capacity needs and sustainability. As a result, it's important that you know what type of cable the security company is installing for your camera system.
Cat5 cable is a common choice for network-driven security camera systems. It is reliable and consistent for the most part. However, if you want to be sure that your camera system's network infrastructure can stand the test of time, you should ask about the benefits of using Cat6 cable instead. It features a greater network traffic capacity, has more reliability, and will easily accommodate faster cameras when you are ready to upgrade your security camera system later.
How Is Storage Managed?
Data storage is important for your security cameras. Remember that you may need to reference activity that happened even months before if something is called into question. Take time to understand the data storage system and its capacity so that you can ensure accessibility.
For example, many security camera systems operate with an on-board memory card that's only downloaded at specific intervals. If it's not downloaded to a separate storage drive in the predetermined period, the camera will overwrite that storage card with new footage. This could cost you evidence if something should happen.
Make sure you have a system in place for automatic data transfers and ensure that you understand exactly how those cameras store data.
For more information, contact local professionals like those found at Phoenix Access Control.