We go in to a lot of school and businesses that have multiple camera systems that have been added piecemeal over the years. Start with a few cameras, add a few more a few years later, another handful a few years later, and soon you have three different systems operating on three different platforms being viewed at three different locations on campus by three different departments/individuals.
Listen, we fully support video surveillance as a solid security measure. But having systems that aren’t unified costs you time and money. Having the various systems fixed may mean calling and scheduling three different suppliers, manufacturers, or installers. We’ve seen many cases where there are so many disparate cameras that the security people don’t even know which cameras are recording and they don’t bother to view some of them because it’s too difficult to access the various platforms or locations.
Having cameras is good; wasting time and money because you don’t use the cameras effectively is not good. Replacing all of your cameras is simply not a viable option for a lot of schools and businesses. You can save money by improving the functionality of your existing cameras. There is software that can improve the functionality of your existing cameras and unify them all on a single platform that can be viewed from a remote location.
Another way to save money on your security system is to set up a regularly scheduled maintenance program. Preventative maintenance often costs less than emergency maintenance (e.g., it’s cheaper to maintain your current hardware than replace it when it inevitably breaks). Preventative maintenance also allows your equipment to run at higher capacities for longer, allowing you to get the most from your investments.
We know that physical security equipment is an investment. Understanding how your equipment works will help you get the best functionality out of it. Doing preventative maintenance will help you keep the equipment in good working order for longer. Unifying disparate systems onto one platform will help you improve your productivity.