Once upon a time, the grainy surveillance systems that operated on analog technology represented a breakthrough in security and monitoring for businesses everywhere. But times have changed and digital video surveillance is making analog technology obsolete.
If you are considering installing a new digital surveillance system, or considering upgrading your old system, it is important to know the advantages a digital video surveillance system can provide your business. From security to productivity, the possibilities are many.
1. Reducing Loss, Theft, and Vandalism
Let’s start with the obvious advantages a digital system provides, compared to analog. Digital surveillance cameras not only capture and store more video than analog systems, but the quality of the video feed is far superior as well. Digital video cameras offer high-definition clarity and wider viewing angles. This quality gives businesses the ability to clearly see what is taking place – good and bad – within and around their facility.
These clearer images allow your business to pursue charges against individuals caught stealing or vandalizing property because you can now provide law enforcement with quality images to be used in the prosecution of suspects. As a result, you have a more effective deterrent than an analog system that merely catches an individual with poorly defined detail.
2. Easier Installation, More Effective Implementation
Digital systems can be installed more easily than analog systems, require less equipment and can help your security team more effectively operate the surveillance system. Analog surveillance systems need complex wiring to cameras in order to view multiple video feeds.
Today’s advanced digital surveillance systems require less work to install and maintain. Additionally, you will be able to more effectively monitor your surveillance system because multiple digital feeds can be viewed from any location. Your security team will also be able to store more surveillance footage on your hard drive because digital video feeds can be compressed.
3. Remote Monitoring
This might be the most overlooked advantage of a digital surveillance system. With a highly integrated digital video system, you can monitor the activity on your surveillance feeds from anywhere in the world, as long as you have a connection to the Internet. Mobile devices, laptops and tablets are all fair game. You can log in to your security system from any of these devices and view live streams or access archived footage.
4. Cost-Effective & Scalable
First and foremost, digital video surveillance is more cost-effective than its analog counterpart. A digital system requires less physical infrastructure to operate (think fewer wires) than an analog system. Since digital cameras produce higher quality images with wider viewing angles, you’ll need fewer cameras to cover the same space, too. And, as mentioned above, digital feeds can be compressed and stored using less space than analog video.
Then there is scalability. As your coverage area grows, a digital system can easily grow with your company one step at a time. Digital cameras can be added as needed and easily integrated into the network. Analog systems cannot be integrated as easily, and it can be more costly to place analog cameras in remote locations because of its wiring needs.
5. Distributed Intelligence
With a new digital surveillance system keeping a sharp eye on the activities in your business, and countless hours of video captured, who is going to have the time to watch every hour of footage? Analog systems have gaps in security coverage that digital systems fill with distributed intelligence.
It is impossible to sit and view every minute of security footage captured by your digital surveillance system, but distributed intelligence can fill that gap. Available software programs can monitor video feeds to pick up events, activities and specified behavior through the recognition of movement patterns. Alerts are generated and sent to your security team. Analog systems simply cannot match this capability.
6. Improved Productivity
All of these advantages lead to this final point. Your employees are more likely to remain on task, take breaks efficiently and feel safer in the workplace knowing there is an advanced, digital surveillance system monitoring activity in the workplace on a daily basis.