If your business is sensitive in nature or you simply want to make sure that thieves don’t end up with your precious inventory or computer equipment, you probably have some type of a security system in place already.
Older security systems often have very simple alarms with motion detectors that an entire generation of thieves have learned how to disable. If this is what you are relying on today, it makes sense to consider an upgrade to a more sophisticated system that is harder to circumvent.
Older surveillance cameras also could only be viewed from one central location, which means that thefts could occur when security personnel step away momentarily.
Ethernet based security systems are scalable as your business grows, can send alarms to email addresses or mobile phones, and can allow a complete picture of your facility to be viewed over Ethernet connected security cameras from any Internet connection. The images from multiple cameras can be used to form a real time collage, which allows a wider area to be seen and analyzed for abnormalities.
The only down side is that they will require additional Cat 5 or Cat 6 cable to be run if you choose not to take the additional risk of using a wireless network.
Ethernet security cameras come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and features. Night vision cameras are available, as well as cameras that pan and zoom, include two way voice capabilities, and have hidden cabling to prevent hacking.
IP connected cameras can also send video or still images to any email address specified, allowing quick identification of intruders and enhanced communications with law enforcement personnel.
Another benefit is that hard disc drive storage of surveillance data that wasn’t possible with traditional CCTV systems is now enabled, as is computer enhancement of still images as well as video footage for greater clarity.
These systems tend to be much more cost effective than traditional CCTV based systems too, as they don’t require expensive splitters, multiplexers, and repeaters. Enhanced competition among vendors continues to drive the price down, meaning having video added to your surveillance system no longer means high Capex.
The use of PoE or Power-over-Ethernet also means that only one wire needs to be run to each camera, instead of one for the signal and one to power the device. This streamlines installation of Ethernet based surveillance cameras, and helps keep them unobtrusive for stealth reasons.
Perhaps the greatest advantage of an Ethernet- based security system is that it can integrate seamlessly with your company network – allowing voice, video, security, and information processing to be synchronized. The entire capability of your network cabling can be brought to bear on solving tough security issues with this type of approach.
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