Why are you in the market for a new security and surveillance system? What do you hope to accomplish with video surveillance?
The obvious answer most people give is “increasing security,” but that concept means different things to different businesses.
Smaller practices may want to find a way to keep patients and staff members safe.
Larger practices may wish to prevent intruders from gaining access to certain restricted areas on-site.
Still others may be looking for ways to incorporate innovative technology into the mix, adding remote monitoring features from anywhere in the world.
Whatever your goals, video surveillance has changed quite a bit over the past few years. If you’re still dealing with an old system, you might be surprised by the benefits a newer system can bring to your business.
Before you hone in on a new system, it’s important to take a step back and evaluate your needs.
Start by evaluating your current infrastructure
If you go with a top-of-the-line video surveillance system, be prepared for data overload. All of that content will need to be streamed and stored. Are your current systems ready to handle the job? If not, you’ll need to upgrade other systems to ensure you meet all requirements, which could further increase your costs.
List your priorities
Like all systems, you’ll find endless possibilities when it comes to installing something new. That’s why it’s important to understand your budgetary restrictions, where you can compromise, and what you consider to be essential requirements. This will allow you to create lists of “must-haves” and “nice-to-haves” and be prepared to negotiate with the differences.
It is worth noting that, at times, you might be able to save money in the long term by increasing what you invest in today. That’s why it’s essential to demo several systems, as well as work with a knowledgeable IT person who can help you compare and contrast the benefits of each.
Plan for the future
Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the moment rather than thinking long-term. And after the year we’ve just had, it’s also important to realize how quickly everything can change.
While you can’t consider every option you might face in the months and years ahead, you can evaluate a system for growth.
- Does the video surveillance system have lots of options for growth?
- What support comes with the plan you’re considering?
- Can you easily add features as you grow into them?
- Do you have the necessary requirements in place for expansion?
Also consider your future growth model. Will you be opening up other offices? Are you moving more into a remote workforce? Can your current systems handle that growth?
While you can never fully understand all potential security threats coming your way, you can spend time evaluating what is possible with any system you are considering bringing on board, including a new video surveillance system.
Before you say yes to a new system, be sure you have a scalable solution that will grow with you into tomorrow.
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