When it comes to the safety and security of your business environment, a camera surveillance system is a must-have. However, the costs of installing and operating one can be costly.
A mistake many companies make is that they only consider the initial purchasing and installation costs but forget the maintenance costs. They soon realize that several expenses come after purchasing a security system.
Ideally, you want to get the most from your security system while cutting down on expenses and it is very much possible. Saving money, however, requires you to pay attention to a few areas.
Here are four smart ways you can save money while still operating a security surveillance system. Read more.
When it comes to cameras, there is a very small margin in costs for either on-site or cloud-based systems. The big difference comes in networking, recording, and analytics hardware costs.
With cloud-based services, you can save well over $1000. Cloud services are flexible meaning making changes on the system is much easier as compared to an on-site system. Cloud-based services also help you reduce transmission costs. You can opt for wireless transmission, which eliminates most of the cable costs.
Using a cloud-based system also reduces your redundancy and continuity costs since you’ll use a subscription payment method unlike in on-site systems.
Configuring a security system can be a difficult task for most people. Many companies usually outsource a third party specializing in surveillance configuration after purchasing a system.
A smart way to save on configuration costs is to order your system from security camera installation companies that pre-build and pre-configure the factory system such that all you need to do is install it. This is especially important if you expand your business to multiple sites.
If your business or home sits on a large field, you need more camera coverage. Instead of having many cameras, you can select cameras with panoramic capabilities and good megapixel capabilities to help you zoom in.
Instead of using a bullet camera, you can get a dome camera so that you can get more expansive coverage of the location. With IP technology integrated into security camera systems, it’s much more comfortable and cost-effective to reduce the number of cameras required for your security needs.
If you are using a surveillance system for your home, you can save costs by using an alternative energy source for your outdoor camera. You can use a battery-powered Wi-Fi camera instead of adding to your power bill.
The downside to this is that in hostile weather conditions, the battery might drain quickly.
A surveillance system is quite similar to how insurance works. You pay for insurance as a precautionary measure and you may end up not using it. But if you do, it will be worth the cost.
It is the same way that you will have a surveillance system as a safety measure, but you may never face an actual threat. For this reason, you need to find ways to reduce costs, especially recurring costs while still maintaining effective safety measures in place.