There are a lot of camera systems and a lot of people who install them. Prices range from a few bucks for out-of-the-box plug-and-play models to tens of thousands for state-of-the-art custom systems. So how do you decide what’s for you? To start, you need professional surveillance installation.
While it may be tempting to go for the cheapest product and do it yourself, that’s rarely the best option when safety or technology is involved (let alone both)! Here’s why you need professional surveillance installation for your camera system.
The Right Equipment
Not every camera is suitable for every situation. I once had a customer who wanted to capture the sunset with his security cameras. I told him we could do that, but I also had to tell him that it wasn’t exactly what it was designed for. That didn’t end up resulting in a surveillance sale.
There are two primary divisions of surveillance cameras: analog and IP. Just like telephones, cameras have been steadily shifting to IP models, though RCI offers professional surveillance installation for both types of models.
Analog cameras collect video on a DVR and tend to have lower quality than IP cameras. Today, you can get better quality for less money with an IP system.
Some of the most critical considerations involve storage and the quality of the picture. If you want to collect every moment of a 24-hour business and be able to identify the faces of drivers in a parking lot, you will need higher resolution and more storage than if you are only open 8 hours a day and only need a general sense of movement.
The Right Angles
Even the best equipment won’t do you any good if installed incorrectly. In addition to the technical difficulty of getting high-tech equipment to work, you also have the problem of ensuring you capture the video you need.
Part of the training that RCI sales and technical staff undergo to get DCJS certified is learning the best way to position equipment for safety. As security professionals, we know what you need to capture.
In addition, if you are trying to get the best bang for your buck, we’ll help you determine how to do the most good with the least equipment.
Of course, the biggest reason you need professional surveillance installation is that you’re good at your job, and surveillance pros are good at theirs. So why learn a whole new profession just to do something RCI is already trained for?
To install your own system, you’ll need to figure out what equipment you need to install and the tools you’ll need to install it. That in itself is time-consuming.
But then you need to learn the ins and outs of system installation and the specific programming of the system you bought. All told, you’re looking at many hours away from your regular duties, which means hours you aren’t being productive.
Contrarily, when you hire a professional like RCI, the installers will complete everything as efficiently as possible with minimal disruption to your business.
While it’s counterintuitive, you save money when you hire for professional surveillance installation. That’s because you don’t lose sales or productivity, and you get it done right the first time.
There’s nothing worse than having to do the same thing twice! Only more so if you have repurchased damaged equipment.
Plus, if you make mistakes in where and how you install your new surveillance equipment, you may not recognize it until it’s too late, meaning once you’ve had a safety issue or loss of merchandise!
With Professional Surveillance Installation, You Get Support
Finally, with any technology, it’s rarely set it and forget it. Most IP cameras run on servers that need updates. It pays to have someone who knows how it all works if you get something not working perfectly. It’s hard enough to put something you don’t understand together when it’s new and working correctly!
When you hire RCI for your surveillance installation, you get a year of maintenance included, so if something goes wrong, we take care of it. After your first year, you can purchase one of our affordable maintenance agreements.