How does remote surveillance work?
Remote surveillance involves four critical components: CCTV cameras, the internet, monitoring stations, and security professionals.
The CCTV cameras installed on the premises of your commercial establishment capture photos and videos of potentially suspicious activities. The internet helps in transferring all the captured images to the monitoring stations, which are located remotely.
Security professionals at the stations keep their watchful eyes out for activities that may indicate a potential crime. If a serious situation is on the cards, the professionals can alert the local authorities and emergency services, who would intervene and arrest them.
Remote surveillance is used mainly to prevent crimes, but it’s also effective for the prevention of disasters such as fires in and around business premises.
Why remote surveillance and why not security guards?
As surveillance technologies become more advanced and also more reasonable, experts predict that in a few years, remote surveillance may completely replace on-site human security professionals.
As of now, most business and industrial environments feature the employment of both surveillance technologies and manned guarding companies, but the reliance on humans is diminishing with every passing day. Here are the reasons why:
- Security guards can’t patrol and monitor everything in a certain area, particularly in and around large business and industrial premises.
- As human security professionals function according to a fixed pattern, perpetrators can learn their flaws by observing them and their patterns.
- Inconsistency is part and parcel of human security services, and there will also be situations when a guard is expected to perform his duties even when he is ailing due to an illness.
Benefits of remote surveillance
Increased Security at all entry and exit points
CCTV cameras are generally installed along the perimeter of a building or complex and they are meant to record everything that goes on in and around all the potential entry and exit points. Installing visible cameras at these points plays a huge part in discouraging individuals and groups from committing criminal acts
Unlike a human being, cameras don’t get tired or fatigued and can record footage throughout the day. So be it in broad daylight or during the night, CCTV cameras placed on the inside and the outside of a commercial establishment can keep an eye on everything that’s going on.
Security professionals typically work in coordinated shifts at the remote monitoring station, leading to more efficient and effective supervision.
Pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) capabilities
PTZ cameras have become one of the most popular types of CCTV cameras in recent times due to panning, tilting, and zooming capabilities.
Thanks to these features, a single camera can be used to cover a large area, greatly reducing security costs for businesses.
High Definition HD videos
Modern-day CCTV cameras have the capability to capture videos in HD, which ensures clear images that can be zoomed without significant pixelation, which can often be the difference between identifying potential criminals and not being able to identify them due to poor image quality.
Immediate response during emergencies
Even the most stringent security measures may not be enough to stop desperate people from carrying out criminal activities. However, remote surveillance makes timely intervention possible.
As soon as a threat is detected, the security professionals in the remote monitoring station can get in touch with law enforcement authorities so that the perpetrators can be caught red-handed.
Warning before stricter action
There is a difference between potential crime and one that has already been committed. By synchronizing with a business’ on-site audio systems, remote surveillance agencies can issue warnings to potential perpetrators.
On many occasions, such warnings are enough to prevent crimes. But in case they are not enough, stricter action can be taken by making swift contact with law enforcement authorities.
Reduced Security Costs
Installing ten cameras on the premises of a business is better than employing ten security guards from a price perspective.
While the initial investments on the cameras would be significant, businesses don’t have to pay monthly salaries that they would have to if human security guards are employed.
Enhanced employee performance
Apart from reducing the risks of crime and disasters, remote surveillance systems also put employees under pressure to perform better.
Indoor surveillance can help owners of commercial establishments to identify employees whose performances are consistently poor. The risks of an employee stealing from a business or damaging business property are also greatly reduced.
Makes customers feel safe
A business that has a surveillance system set up is more likely to earn the trust of its customers than a similar business without any kind of surveillance.
As soon as customers spot CCTVs in place, they feel comforted. The presence of remote surveillance systems can also prevent crimes such as shoplifting.
More effective than alarm systems
Before video surveillance measures became so advanced, numerous businesses installed alarm systems that were meant to go off if unusual sounds were detected.
However, such alarm systems are not always effective, as they tend to ring out loudly even if they detect noise generated by the wind. Such false positives can make it incredibly frustrating for security professionals to do their work.
In this regard, remote surveillance systems work much more effectively.
Crime will always be a part of the human condition, but with the help of measures such as remote surveillance systems, it can be combatted fiercely. When you take all the benefits of remote surveillance into consideration, it’s easy to see why so many businesses and industrial establishments around the world are slowly making it their first-choice security measure. As remote surveillance technology makes further advancements, it’s safe to say that it will become the standard security measure across multiple industries.