Businesses looking for an integrated security
and surveillance solution can find a daunting range of choices.
Following are key elements to consider while selecting the security and surveillance solution that best meets your needs:
- Clarify your objectives
Why do you need a new security and surveillance system? How will it be used to benefit your business? Be specific about what better security means to you.
- Prevent loss from customer theft?
- Prevent internal loss from employee theft?
- Protect property perimeter?
- Protect production process?
This will help point to some specific hardware requirements while not deploying functionality that you don’t need.
Review your data storage
High-resolution network camera systems create a lot of data. This needs to be streamed and stored. How might this impact your existing infrastructure?
How will you measure ROI?
Security expenditures need to generate a return just like other business investments and expenses. Look at what that return looks like for your business. Accordingly, determine how much you are willing to invest based on that. Some of this may be tangible while others may be intangible. Check with your insurance provider to determine if insurance premium savings may be available.
List your priorities
With an established view of your essential features and the budget you have available, you can make an objective choice about what is a must-have versus nice-to-have.
Plan for the future
Consider your current needs and budget while taking into account the ability to adapt as your business needs change. By evaluating these factors, you can make an informed decision on which solution is a justifiable investment.
Do you have plans to open new offices? What are your annual growth projections? Will you be employing new people? Your system needs the flexibility to accommodate these changes.
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