There is no disputing that video surveillance is a critical component of your business’ security system, whether it is one c-store, restaurant, or chain of grocery stores it is a technology that is trusted and proven fundamental to protecting employees, customers, and property. But the question is, when is it time to replace the existing system with a new one?
It is easy to hold on to old technology as long as possible to try to squeeze out the most value for our money, but doing so can actually cost us a great deal.
With so many frequent developments in technology it can be a hard determination, so we have a few guidelines to help you decide.
Is the Current System Malfunctioning?
This is probably the most common reason for updating a system. You have seen it before—law enforcement publishing grainy or useless video footage to try to get a lead on a suspect. If the footage had been clear, the suspect would likely already have been in custody. Having a surveillance system is not enough. For it to be of worth to you, it must be functioning properly. After a while, wear and tear on older equipment takes a toll on its ability to operate properly. Be sure to have your system serviced regularly to maintain the system’s health and detect signs indicating you may need to replace the system. If the system is producing poor quality images, or otherwise malfunctioning it is likely time for replacement.
Is the Business Expanding?
If the business is growing, either in the number of locations or expanding or reconfiguring the current location, it may be time to upgrade your current system. Today’s video surveillance systems are much smarter than their predecessors and offer owners many more advantages. Business owners can employ wireless networks to connect their video network and enable remote management capabilities.
Is the Technology Out of Date?
It is easy to hold on to old technology as long as possible to try to squeeze out the most value for our money, but doing so can actually cost us a great deal. Today’s video surveillance systems are much more cost effective than older versions and offer a host of advantages that can actually save money and improve overall profitability. For example, remote management allows unattended delivery monitoring, as well as process monitoring and verification. They can also reduce false alarms through video verification to keep business running smoothly without costly interruptions. New technology offers highly improved image resolution, scalability, and upgrade options over those of just a few years ago. If the current system does not have enough storage or provide benefits beyond just recording and storing footage, it is probably time for an upgrade.
Video surveillance system upgrades are often overlooked until the old system completely fails. Not only can this leave a serious gap in protection, it also means that the business is not leveraging the most advantage possible from the current technological offerings which could leave them at a serious disadvantage. If you have questions about video surveillance systems and technologies, give S-TRON a call today.
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