It can be very tempting to put off updating your video surveillance system. One of the main reasons business owners cite for doing so is the desire to maximize the worth of their original security system investment. In many instances, extending the life of a tool does maximize its worth. This is not true of video surveillance systems for some very critical reasons, and knowing those reasons can keep you from unexpected and devastating loss.
1. Aging Systems Can Malfunction Without Warning
Surveillance systems run non-stop without notice, and often without maintenance. The system can seem fine on the surface but can malfunction without notice, often when it matters most.
2. Older Video Surveillance Systems Might Not Be Supported
All technology needs updates to stay current and the same is true for video surveillance systems. As new technology is released and updated, old technology may no longer be supported with critical updates.
3. Older Surveillance Technology May Not Be Compatible with Newer Systems
Security technology is rapidly advancing and today there is a vast amount of supportive systems available. Those supportive technologies are likely only compatible with newer systems.
4. The Longer it has Been Around, the More Vulnerable it Becomes
Hackers are skilled at their craft and the longer a system has been around, the more time they have had to crack the code or find ways around its effectiveness.
5. Your Security Needs Change
Over the course of several years, your security needs change vastly and the longer your surveillance system has been in place, the more likely it is that it no longer meets your real needs. For example, your business could have grown or been remodeled making the older system ill placed or ineffective in a larger space. With increased traffic and employees, you might need security monitoring, or the ability to restrict access which older systems may not support.
6. Older Systems May Not Run Optimally
Even a system that has received regular professional maintenance can experience problems with time and usage. Systems that use magnetic tapes for example find out that the tape has a limited lifetime only after there is an incident they hope to have captured.
7. Missing Out on Important Insights
One of the biggest disadvantages of an older system is that they are not usually compatible with systems that provide valuable business insights, analytics, and access. This means you may be missing out on remote access and control, alerts, and the analytics that can improve safety and business functions.
An effective video surveillance system is the core of your business security. S-Tron’s suite of innovative video surveillance products yield critical reporting metrics that provide security, safety and marketing data in one comprehensive solution. For more information, call S-Tron Security Electronics today.