Consider These 3 Choices When Planning Your Company's Surveillance System

Consider These 3 Choices When Planning Your Company's Surveillance System

Having a video security system in Olathe is almost essential for any retail business where customers can shoplift the merchandise or equipment.  It’s equally important to companies who work with important trade secrets and develop patentable technology behind secure doors.  Surveillance also lets you track customer trends and employee productivity.  However, every business, office, and retail floor is different, so it’s important that you get the kind of surveillance system that matches your needs and your budget.


Analog Versus IP 

Your first choice when looking at cameras is analog or internet protocol (IP).  Every camera records footage digitally these days, but analog uses old cable designs to transfer information while IP cameras use internet protocol to send and receive information.  This lets them send information wirelessly on your local Wi-Fi network, and it means you can use an Ethernet cable for both power and information (look for “PoE switch” to find out if the camera is compatible).

IP cameras are the modern standard, and they have plenty of advantages over ones that use analog cables.  IP connections can send more data, so IP cameras have higher resolutions that go up to 5 megapixels and beyond to generate HD video recordings.  Sophisticated software can make use of the IP connection to give you video analytics, and it’s compatible with modern recording systems.  But they also have downsides, like the higher equipment cost and a potential vulnerability to hacking, especially if you use a wireless connection.

DVR Versus NVR

Your choice for recording systems is between digital video recording (DVR) and network video recording (NVR).  DVR is the older approach that evolved straight from old tape recorders people used to use for recording CCTV cameras and TV shows.  NVR evolved from DVR, and it incorporates online technology and HD resolutions.  Then there’s hybrid video recording (HVR), a device that’s compatible with both IP and analog cameras so businesses can spread out the costs of upgrading their systems over time.

Most DVR devices usually only offer D1 recordings, and that means you only get standard definition.  NVR devices can record and store high-definition video from IP cameras, so you’ll need both systems if details are important or your cameras are far from the spots you want to monitor.  Finally, thanks to the network that lends NVR its name, NVR devices can link to any number of cameras at any distance while DVR devices have to be at the other end of each analog cable and the image quality will degrade if those cables get too long.


Costs Versus Capabilities

The last thing you should consider is exactly what you need your surveillance system to do.  What are you trying to record, and what does your camera need to have to record it?  Make sure you consider each camera location individually so you’ll know what to use.


  • Resolution:  Full HD and above are good for cameras looking over exteriors and large factory floors, but it’s less important in a small shop with limited viewing angles.

  • Shape:  cameras can come in any size and housing, including large cameras for deterrence, dome cameras on ceilings with pan-tilt-zoom capabilities, and concealed cameras for covert monitoring.

  • Durability:  outdoor camera mounts demand cameras that can last through big temperature changes and heavy rain.

  • Lighting:  a constantly lit interior hallway or a parking lot probably doesn’t need a camera with different viewing modes, but when things get dark it helps to have a camera with a night vision.


At our company, we offer a range of cameras and services for Olathe because we know our clients have different needs and expectations.  That’s why we always do our best to customize our services based on your directions.  Contact us today to find out how we can make your workplace more secure.

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