Retailers: Is It Time to Upgrade to IP Video?

Businesses implement security camera systems for many reasons, such as protecting their employees and assets. They also play a role in preventing theft, detecting customer movement and habits, and in improving operations. If you’ve used a surveillance system for some time, it’s likely an analog system which has been the standard for decades. Recent and swift advances in the security technology industry, however, has brought us digital video surveillance systems which far exceed their counterparts. With these advances, the industry as a whole has changed making it the ideal time to upgrade to a digital video surveillance system.

What’s the Difference Between Analog and IP

There are many differences of course, but the defining difference is that analog camera systems need a direct physical connection to a recording device and use a lower resolution NTSC standard. Digital cameras, also known as IP cameras, link to the local area network rather than having a wired connection and achieve much higher resolutions.

Pro Tip: The cost of surveillance technologies have dropped dramatically making it very affordable and accessible technology.

6 Reasons to Upgrade to an IP Security System

There are many reason people are reluctant to upgrade their video surveillance systems, such as believing it will be cost prohibitive or a desire to use the old system until it no longer works. These important reasons will explain why upgrading is not only beneficial, ut economical.

Lower Cable Costs

Analog Camera systems require three cables, power, audio, and video. IP cameras use a single cable that handles between 4 to 8 cameras.

Higher Resolution

Resolution is the amount of detail a camera can capture. Analog cameras, which have low resolution, cannot provide TV standard resolution, while IP cameras provide a resolution which is many times higher. This means that IP cameras capture clear images, even while moving.

Better Image Quality

Images do not help much if they are not clear enough to identify individuals. The higher resolution of IP camera systems means the images are much clearer. Also, since the images are being recorded digitally and not being converted from analog to digital, there is no loss in the quality of images.

Remote Access

Digital cameras can be accessed remotely which allows the user to view video anytime and from anywhere.

Cost Effective

One of the most prevalent misconceptions about upgrading to an IP camera system is that it is expensive and running one might be cost prohibitive. First, the cost of surveillance technologies have dropped dramatically making it very affordable and accessible technology. Also, since the system can serve many purposes, and the NVR is able to manage video surveillance as well as operates as a foundation for data and storage needs of a remote location the overall cost is lower and advantages higher.

It’s Near the End of Analog

Low definition analog camera camera systems and DVR have nearly reached the end of their technological lifespan. The competitively priced more advanced technology is making analog obsolete.

About S-TRON

These are just a few of the many reasons upgrading to an IP video surveillance system will enhance your security, enhance your business insights, and reduce your overall costs. S-Tron specializes in retail loss prevention and addresses your specialized needs with individualized solutions.

Questions Retailers Should Ask Before Installing An Access Control System

Whether you are upgrading an existing system or installing a new one, the effectiveness of your access control system will depend greatly on the preparation you do before installation in evaluating the environment, materials and circumstance as well as knowing how you will use it in the immediate and projected future.

A professional security integrator can help you sort out your needs and explain the various access control technology options.

Avoiding Extra Cost and Headaches

As a business, you want to delegate your electronic security spend wisely and have components that are well-designed and expertly fit to your specific objectives. That requires a bit more effort than a plug-and-play system. The good news is that if you ask yourself some simple questions, you can identify your real needs and communicate them to your commercial security company and the technician. If you have trouble nailing it down, don’t worry. A professional security integrator can help you sort out your needs and explain the various access control technology options.

Top Questions to Ask Before Installing Access Control

Here are the top questions to help you find solutions that are right for your business and facility.

Why Do You Need Access Control?

  • Do you need to increase safety by controlling entrances and exits?
  • Do you need to avoid replacing keys or rekeying locks?
  • Do you have a high employee turnover rate?
  • Is it important to know who is on the premises at all times?
  • Do you need to make certain areas off limits or accessible only to some?
  • Is it important to protect products, supplies, or equipment?
  • Do you need to closely restrict or monitor access at all times?

Should Your Access Control System Include Biometrics?

  • Are there areas you need to know when it was accessed and by whom?
  • Do you need to make certain areas off limits?

Should Your System Include the Perimeter of the Property?

  • Is it important to restrict access to more than just building structure?
  • Are you wanting to prevent vandalism?
  • Do you have outdoor storage areas that need protection from theft?

Should You Have Layers of Access Control?

  • Are there other areas that need to be restricted to the public but accessible to most employees?
  • Do you need to restrict some areas to only upper level management?

What Features Will Benefit Your Business?

  • Proximity (touchless)
  • Biometrics
  • Remote smartphone control
  • Key fobs or cards
  • Keypads
  • Scalability
  • Integration with video surveillance systems
  • Tied to other smart devices such as occupancy sensors or temperature detectors

Whether the focus is on tighter cash or inventory controls, theft detection and deterrence, or improved labor management, S-TRON’s access control and integrated solutions positively impact retail operations. Contact us today for a free consultation for your retail operation.

About S-TRON

S-TRON is an electronic security integrator for national and regional retail and hospitality companies. Established in 1995, and headquartered in Melville, NY, we have served thousands of retail locations with best of class equipment installations and backed them up with our ongoing service, maintenance and support. Our brand promise is “Service excellence” and we deliver.

Eyewitness Testimony is Important, But Surveillance Camera Footage is Critical

Eyewitness testimony has always played an important role in solving crimes and heavily relied upon by law enforcement and the court system. Law enforcement processes the information in hopes of attaining enough information to find and convict the criminal. In court, juries tend to see eyewitness testimony as a reliable and place a lot of weight on that person’s ability to relay information about the event, as well as the perpetrators. However, just how reliable and accurate is eyewitness testimony? New studies shed light on the psychological factors related to eyewitness testimony, and give good reasons why surveillance camera footage is critical.

Research Uncovers Why Memory is Spotty

People tend to think of memory as their own video surveillance camera with a rewind button that allows them to perfectly recall the details of any event. That’s not anywhere close to how memory works, however. Research has actually found that recall is affected by many factors, including stress, fear, and selective attention. Since crimes are highly stress and fear and inducing, it impacts the details witnesses can recall later.

For example, if a weapon is used during a crime event, witnesses are much more likely to be able to describe the weapon in detail than able to describe details of the perpetrator’s face. This is because the mind places more importance on the weapon and the attention is automatically drawn there. This is not very helpful in reconstructing events, or finding and convicting criminals but without access to video surveillance footage, it’s all we might have.

Surveillance Camera Footage is Critical

There is no doubt that video surveillance systems play an important role in retail, restaurant, grocery and convenience store security. Individual recollections are easily influenced by personal beliefs and expectations, cultural influences and stereotyping as well as other psychological processes. Video surveillance systems serve as the backbone of criminal cases and is the one unbiased witness to events.

You Have to Get Right, Though

In the world of video surveillance systems, choice, application, and placement matters. Camera and surveillance technology is complex and there are many features and options that play an important role in just how effective your system is for you.

One simple example is how your choice in types of cameras and placement impact things the surveillance camera’s image quality, ability to handle low light or darkness and variances in light within a given area. The wrong types of cameras and placement might mean restrictions in the field of view, lighting additions, or inability to use tilt and zoom to capture suspicious activity.

Headquartered in Melville, New York, S-Tron is a national security systems integrator with local, professional service and installation.

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Video Surveillance System for Retail

As a retail establishment owner, it is easy to come to the quick conclusion that you will need a video surveillance system. The problem is knowing what you need and which options work best in your environment. To help figure this out, there are some things to consider when choosing a video surveillance system that will help you ask the right questions, and end up with a perfectly suited system.

What Do You Want the Video Surveillance System For?

That might seem like an oversimplified question, but defining your goal will help you choose the right components and not get lost in a sea of really amazing technologies that all seem like must-haves. List your goals, and prioritize them. Is it safety and security, loss prevention, to help minimize risks such as false injury claims? Perhaps you’d like it to help improve processes and productivity. Whatever your goals, define them.

 

What Areas of Your Retail Establishment Do You Want and Need Covered

It might be that you want every square inch of the property covered with surveillance, or you may only need certain areas covered. Determining what areas you want to be covered and prioritizing the list will help in choosing how many and what kinds of cameras later.

Attach a Retail Security Goal to a Specific Area

The areas of a business are used differently from backroom to the floor. That means each area is likely to have a different security objective. The spaces also vary in size, set-up and lighting. All of these things will play an important role in choosing surveillance system components. For example, a wide area might need a pan-tilt-zoom camera , and a storage area might be better suited for a bullet camera. Your goal might be to reduce loss at the register so using a DVR to record transactions could be an option.

What Surveillance Options Do You Need?

The bells and whistles available in security technologies and video surveillance systems is incredible. You will have options such as infrared technology, waterproof, dustproof, vandal resistant, tilt, zoom, remote monitoring, field of view, low or high resolution, and much more. You will not need every option in every location and determining your real needs can help you manage costs.

How Many Cameras Do You Need?

By knowing your goals, defining the area and purpose, and determining the need for each area you can determine how many cameras you need. A larger area does not necessarily mean a larger number of cameras. Choosing the right cameras can actually reduce the number you need. For example, depending on what you need to see, a pan-tilt-zoom camera that covers an expansive area might reduce the number of fixed cameras you need.

S-Tron is an electronic security integrator for national and regional retail and hospitality companies. Specializing in an industry means we keep current on every trend, changes, challenges, and advances so we can address your specialized and unique needs.