Like the eyes and ears of an office building, these little helpers reaffirm safety within a corporation. A security camera system has become a fundamental security feature within the workplace. They provide the confirmation that someone is monitoring things on a constant basis.
While the initial efforts involved in installation might be at the forefront of one’s mind, this is usually where that attention to detail ends. With every new model on the market, expectations rise and hardware lasts longer. When done correctly, your security system can be an investment into your safety, lasting years into the future.
This being said, at the end of the day, your security cameras are functioning pieces of machinery. They need maintenance on a regular basis and even upgraded at certain points.
Like the computers that you work on and the servers that enrich your work, even security systems need looking after if one expects them to function at full capacity.
Pitfalls of not Upgrading Your Campus Security System
Like any other type of system or machinery, a security camera system comprises of key components that work together to provide that sense of safety we all enjoy. Getting a closer look into each one of these aspects and how they impact your daily lives is crucial when looking for a firm handle on things. Especially with regards to the costs that can arise if you don’t maintain them properly.
Let’s be honest, keeping costs low is the goal for many campus heads. Initial installations can come with a hefty bill that, in some cases, can be a hassle to deal with. This is the leading reason behind lack of maintenance and upgrades. As initial setup often costs quite a bit, many people tend to believe that reducing system improvements can reduce costs. This couldn’t be further from the truth, and just because you received a system in perfect working order does not mean it will stay that way.
Exposure to the elements, unforeseen damages, lack of planning, and outdated software can all lead to malfunctioning cameras and system down-times. For companies that use a lot of cameras, these sudden and somewhat risky outages can quickly add up. And, for smaller companies that use smaller systems, even losing one camera can mean the loss of a large amount of security camera coverage. You might think you can save costs by not maintaining your systems, but should something happen that requires a full system, you’ll soon find yourself paying more than you anticipated.
Outdated and Redundant Image Quality
Regardless of the security camera system you choose for your campus, never forget that their main objective is to capture electronic evidence in the form of pictures and video. What might have been acceptable image quality when camera systems first came out will not necessarily serve your purposes today.
Older, more outdated camera systems are infamous for producing terrible, grey, and blurry images in low lighting conditions. These images result in little to no detail being present. They are also well-known for being so low quality that zooming in on any image will result in it being even more unintelligible. This is mostly due to the fact that old analog security cameras function by sending video signals to the provided digital video recorder (DVR). The DVR then processes the signal and records it, resulting in a lower frame rate and limited resolution. There is a saying that states, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”. This is unfortunately not the case when it comes to security cameras. Facts are facts. In order to stay ahead of the curve, your system will need to upgrade from time to time.
Fewer Options and Capabilities
One of the main benefits of having a campus security system is convenience. And, when it comes to choosing one, you get what you pay for. When choosing not to upgrade, there are numerous benefits that can be lost to those using old and outdated models.
As newer, more capable models come to market, their users enjoy functions including remote access, motion detection, and easy integration with access control systems and alarms. And, as a campus head, should disaster strike while you are nowhere near the office, simply logging in on your smartphone or tablet could mean the difference between minor and major losses.
Inferior Storage Abilities
Contrary to popular belief, DVRs that record, process, and store the footage from older analog cameras are not actually capable of handling very much data. Like many other things in life, camera footage has improved, with file sizes becoming larger. Analog data is represented in a continuous form, as opposed to digital data which has discrete values. It is very difficult to remove noise and wave distortions during the transmissions. For this reason, analog signals cannot perform high-quality data transmission. Therefore, requiring large amounts of storage space as well as being very taxing on any resources currently in place.
Enhance Tomorrow Through an Upgraded Security Camera System Today
It is a fact that running a campus can be costly, and with more responsibilities come more risks. One cannot just spend frivolously. But true wisdom is being able to discern where to cut the costs and where doing so will actually be a disadvantage. In many ways, your security camera systems are a barrier – protecting you from loss and devastation. And in turn, should be valued and maintained accordingly.
So the next time that check-up comes due, don’t shy away in the name of a few pennies saved. Instead, embrace the opportunity to make your already strong system even better.