Consumer or Commercial Grade Video Surveillance? What’s the Difference?

Most people in the market for a video surveillance system wonder: What’s the difference between consumer and professional, commercial grade CCTV and video surveillance systems. Will consumer grade surveillance systems work for a small or medium size business?

No matter the size of the business, commercial and consumer video surveillance systems are two completely different products and there are some differences that make them specific for their intended usage.

So Many Options in Commercial and Consumer Grade Video Surveillance Camera Systems

There are literally thousands of choices in video surveillance on the market, so it is easy to get lost in a sea of brands and options. There is a way to make it much easier to understand the options when you know that you can divide all of the choices into two groups: those intended for commercial use and those intended for residential usage.

Some Key Differences in Surveillance Systems

Because surveillance systems are made to fit a specific usage, they all have some basic differences that would impact your decision.

  • Commercial Systems have additional options to meet needs that are specific to their intended application, such as dramatic lighting changes, expansive spaces needing full coverage, analytics, exception reporting, networking, scalability and more.
  • Consumer Systems are made for the residential market. They offer features that are specific to residential needs, such as unobtrusive design, most suitable cameras and components, affordability, accessibility, and a host of other design features that make them a good fit for most consumer uses.  

But They Are Not Interchangeable

Video surveillance systems have become increasingly high-tech and complex as the industry rapidly advances. Because of this, it is getting harder to know which systems are intended for what, or what features you need. The systems are different, however, and no matter what level of features you want, you will find those features in a system designed for your application. Here are some reasons why the systems are not intended to be interchangeable.

  • Commercial Systems are not a good option for typical consumer usage because the system altogether would be complete overkill. The consumer would be left with a set of features that do not add anything to their security needs and complicate its usage. Additionally, a smaller space would impact the effectiveness of the cameras.
  • Consumer Security Camera Systems are conversely, not fit for business, professional, or commercial applications. Consumer systems do not have the features businesses need and would not be helpful in things such as combating shoplifting or useful in fighting false claims of injury. Consumer security systems are not made to power commercial grade cameras, such as infrared night vision security cameras and would render a commercial system virtually useless.

The retail, grocery, c-store, and restaurant industries have very specific security needs. S-Tron is an electronic security integrator with local and national reach specializing in meeting those needs.

 

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Tina Dunn

Director of Marketing at S-TRON
S-Tron provides superior security systems project management during implementation and dedicated service management after installation for retail and hospitality companies nationwide.
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