11 Factors to Consider When Selecting the Perfect Security System

There’s nothing more important than keeping your people safe, and there’s nothing more frustrating than losing assets. Security system options can be overwhelming, so we asked the CIS security team for their best recommendations on factors you should consider. Here are a list of 11 factors you should consider.

  1. Resolution and Image Quality
    Resolution and image quality are among the most critical factors to consider when choosing a commercial security camera system. High-resolution cameras capture clear and detailed footage, which can make the difference in you being able to clearly to identify individuals and loss events. Look for systems that offer at least 1080p resolution for optimal results.
  2. Camera Types and Placement
    You will find many cameras available in the market, each designed for a specific purpose. Dome cameras have the capability for indoor and outdoor use, while thermal cameras are ideal for heat-based detection in challenging light conditions or smoke. PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras offer the flexibility to monitor larger areas with the ability to remotely control the camera’s movement and zoom. The camera you choose will ultimately depend on the information you need to obtain, and how scrutinizing you plan to be with video footage. Many systems can control pan, tilt, and zoom remotely for live surveillance, which is a very nice-to-have feature should you desire to stop a crime in its tracks.

    For general surveillance or cloud-based recording, a simple directional or dome camera may suit your needs.
  3. Low-Light Performance
    Effective surveillance is not limited to daylight hours. Consider a commercial security camera system that offers excellent low-light performance, including cameras with infrared (IR) capabilities or those equipped with low lux sensors.
  4. Advanced Motion Detection and Analytics
    Consider cameras with advanced motion detection analytics capabilities, and AI features to minimize false alarms and increase the efficiency of your security system. These features enable the camera to distinguish between actual threats and false triggers caused by environmental factors, which can reduce workload and increase safety with your security team.
  5. Remote Monitoring and Mobile Access
    Remote monitoring systems allow you to access live or recorded footage from anywhere at any time. These features are especially useful for business owners or security teams who travel frequently or have multiple locations to monitor.
  6. Scalability and Future-Proofing
    Choosing the right expandable system today can save you big money when it comes time to add cameras later. Make sure that your investment remains relevant and adaptable as your business expands, and make sure the manufacturer is stable and likely to be available to support future add-ons.
  7. Integration with Other Security Measures
    A comprehensive security strategy involves more than just cameras. It’s always a good idea to explore how your chosen commercial security camera system might integrate with other security measures, such as access control systems, alarm systems, and video management software.
  8. Determining the number of cameras needed for your business
    How many cameras you need for your business will depend on several factors, including the size of your premises, the layout of your space, and the areas that require monitoring. Conduct a thorough assessment of your business to identify critical areas that need surveillance coverage, such as entrances, parking lots, storage areas, and high-traffic zone and make sure there are no dead zones.
  9. IP-Based Video Vs. Analog
    IP-based video solutions are becoming the standard for businesses seeking versatile and scalable monitoring that will enhance security and operational efficiency without breaking the bank. It is always a great idea to make sure your selected hardware is certified and not susceptible to foreign hacking.
  10. Installation and Challenges
    Selecting the right commercial security camera system is only half the battle. Proper installation is crucial for ensuring optimal performance and longevity.
  11. Environmental Factors & Power Surges
    Surveillance cameras in outdoor, or extreme temperature environments can be prone to failures if not installed and maintained properly. Protect your gear against the elements with housing units, proper drainage, and temperature control. There are two general types of camera housings to look for: fixed camera housing and dome camera housing.

Lastly, no matter the investment you are considering for security, it is a great idea to get a second set of eyes from a security professional. The CIS team is constantly immersed in the latest product options and can help you safely select the best system for your needs.

Call or message our team to schedule a free on-site survey to begin your exploration process.