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Is It Time You Considered A Video Surveillance Solution

Wireless cameras, HD quality, motion, and infrared detection... there is no doubt that modern video surveillance technology is cool. Now add remote cloud-based connectivity with DVR and streaming video feeds to your smartphone and the cool gadget factor is off the charts. So why doesn't every business, with assets to protect, have a deployed video surveillance solution? Is it a nice-to-have versus a must-have argument? Is it the complexity of the solutions or the unknown nature of the network required to support it or even still the bottom line ROI? Whatever you think the barrier is, today's video surveillance solutions offer features that overcome just about all previous objections.

Not Your Father's Video

A recent survey* shows a strong resurgence in IP-based video surveillance solutions with commercial office locations now outpacing hospital and school locations, the once-dominant market verticals. Additionally, IP-based solutions once the sweet spot for high-camera-count deployments are seeing significant growth in smaller installations displacing traditional CCTV applications. The 11-20 camera deployments now figure for half of the installs in the market. Why? You can't ignore the wireless network backhaul of video combined with cloud-based smartphone and desktop access to streaming video. Add the ability to record video and images triggered by a security breach and receive email notifications and the possibilities are almost endless. Best of all, these systems are easier than ever to configure and manage.

An Ounce of Prevention...

While video surveillance has historically created a record of a security breach, today's solutions are providing a-pound-of-cure as a deterrent. Recently, the hottest feature added to the video surveillance game is the ability to communicate with the secure site once an intruder or security breach has been detected. One- and two-way audio solutions have created the virtual security guard communicating both recorded and live audio. It's remarkable how effective a simple recorded message such as "Access is prohibited; this site is under video surveillance; or Police have been dispatched" is at stopping a perpetrator in their tracks. Additionally, the two-way systems can serve as an unmanned control point, allowing friendly access by communicating both video and two-way confirmation. More recently a new twist has been added... one that adds yet another element to your purchase decision and even more security.

Shedding Light on a New Surveillance Model

It has been said that "nothing good can happen at 3:00 a.m." Probably because it's usually very dark outside and the very reason a new play on outdoor and indoor video surveillance has been added – security lighting. The addition of high-powered, high-efficiency LED lighting to existing video and two-way communications has created a new chapter in video surveillance. In hindsight, it seems simple. Adding the latest in LED lighting technology with HD video and audio has created the ultimate in unmanned video surveillance applications. From parking lots and equipment yards, to cell sites and remote industrial applications, the combination of high-efficiency LED lighting (for which operating costs are a fraction of traditional lighting solutions) with high-value video surveillance is changing the game. This combination of surveillance technology changes the ROI model. Your return is not only the value of deterring theft and vandalism, but the real dollar utility savings from LED technology.

So, if you have a video surveillance system, it might be an opportune time to investigate an upgrade. If you've been pondering a video surveillance solution, there's good news, the game is rapidly changing in your favor. The barriers to entry are being mitigated by technology and solutions that drive strong ROI.

Scott Gregory can be reached at gregorys@tessco.com

*Source: Security Sales and Integration; April 2013

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