Is Mobile Security Management a Necessity? 6 Reasons Why You Need It.

One of the top concerns of a business owner is keeping the business safe. As important as this is, it is a tough task and heavy burden when trying to manage this and all of the other needs of the business at the same time. It is even more difficult if you have multiple locations.

For any business owner, having integrated Mobile Security Management can help balance the obligations. Rather than “one more thing” to have to think about, it is an easy application that allows you to access your security system from anywhere, anytime. But how do you know you need it? Here are six reasons it can take a load off your shoulders.

You Spend Time Away from Work

Whether you travel for business or pleasure, spending time away from work can create some problems in managing security and operations. This is one reason so many business owners are so reluctant to be away from the business even for a day. Mobile Security management solves the problems by allowing owners to set up text alerts and emails and receive them directly to a smartphone. Not only are you the first to know if something goes wrong, you can act by arming or disarming the system or changing administration codes on the go, remotely.

You Want to Avoid Opens or Early Closes

If you are away from your business, it is hard to know if your employees are adhering to business hours. Shorting hours is a problem that can seriously bite in to profitability but one that is easily solved with Mobile Security Management. It allows users to monitor site activity 24/7 vis alerts so that you always know that employees follow the proper schedules.

Receiving Packages and Product Delivers or Schedule Maintenance After Hours

Providing access codes is always a risky proposition and scheduling an employee after hours creates a whole host of problems. By using the mobile application, you can disarm the security system as needed and arm it again once the delivery is complete or maintenance job finished with just the touch of a button.

You Have Multiple Locations or Plan to Expand

As a business owner, you wear many hats and your time is stretched to the limits. This may make you wonder if managing the security of multiple sites is even a possibility. Mobile Security Management makes it makes it easy to interact with multiple sites, cutting down your work and worries.

You Would Like to Know What is Going on While You Are Away

It is a natural and predictable reaction—people perform better when there is the possibility of being watched. Mobile security provides this advantage through alerts and video clips. Additionally, having the ability to see what goes on in your absence can help you improve productivity and customer service in addition to streamlining your security.

You’d Like a Better Balance Between work and Life

Work is an important part of your life, but it is not your whole life. Even if work requires your attention 24/7, you can still use the management tools to transform your time away. With Mobile Security Management, you can stay completely informed without sacrificing down time.

S-TRON understands the needs of the grocery, retail, c-store, restaurant and hospitality market, and delivers solutions that alleviate the problems and empower the owner. If you would like strategies and tools to deal with ongoing security challenges, Call S-TRON today.

7 Tips for Obtaining Court Admissible Surveillance Footage

Businesses invest in CCTV surveillance systems for many reasons. The most common reasons are the desire to deter, spot, and stop crime. But if a crime does occur your surveillance system can serve an addition purpose of providing irrefutable digital evidence. Irrefutable, that is, if you obtain and protect that evidence in a way that prevents it from being dismissed in court.

Surveillance footage greatly improves the chances of law enforcement catching a perpetrator of a crime, and it also enhances the court’s ability to serve justice. However, the value of that footage can be jeopardized if not obtained, handled, and presented correctly. Here are seven vital points to help you.

Choose the Highest Possible Camera Resolution

The FBI recommends using cameras with a minimum resolution of 480 x 640. Anything lower produces grainy images that make facial recognition difficult and can lead to problems leading to appeals.

Have Your System Professionally Designed and Installed

Another problem with video footage faced in court has to do with camera placement. Even a high-resolution camera can produce useless footage if not placed in a way to optimize field of vision. Cameras placed too low encounter too many obstructions; too high it is difficult to capture faces. The best option is to have the system installed by a professional who understands the cameras, their capabilities and the technicalities involved in camera placement.

Consider Lighting

Choose cameras that work well in various types of lighting, including very low light. Also, consider lighting throughout the day, such as sunlight through a window which can cause camera glare.

Avoid Irrecoverable Footage

Many cameras record over old footage once the storage becomes full. This makes the footage irretrievable in most cases. To avoid this, pull or retrieve important footage as soon as possible after a crime.

Save Footage in Original File Formatting

It is critical to save your footage in “native files” that are proprietary to the camera system. Files in original format are uncompressed and contain the most detail.

Keep it Authentic

It may seem okay to adjust the contrast a little so you can see more detail on your video footage but any alterations can potentially cause your evidence to become inadmissible. Never alter images in any way through enhancements, edits, or after effects. Any changes can be viewed as misrepresentation of truth. Instead, be sure your camera system can obtain clear images.

Submit Only Relevant Images

This one is pretty straightforward. The images you submit must pertain to the crime and arguments of the case. Anything else will be dismissed.

S-TRON specializes in advanced video surveillance solutions for the hospitality, retail, c-store, restaurant, and grocery industries. If you have any questions about advanced security solutions, please call us today.