Choosing a DVR security system isn't as easy as it looks. It isn't as simple as many off-the-shelf providers would have you believe, and an out of the box plug-and-play system may not be what is best for your business. There are a wide variety of wired, wireless, and cloud-based systems that you may consider to secure your premises, but how do you know which one is right for you?
Know what you need
First, you need to know what you wish to accomplish through the installation of a DVR security camera system. Determining your individual needs will require some examination of your circumstances. How much square footage will you need coverage for, and on how many properties? If it is a large number, you will need to consider a network solution in order to ensure a cohesive security plan. If your needs are more basic, such as a single location or one that has very few access points, a single DVR security system may be sufficient for your purposes.
Take stock of your options
Just as important as determining your security needs and assessing your areas of vulnerability is taking stock of the capabilities of the DVR camera system you are considering and matching it to your requirements. For example, some systems will have superior night vision while others will focus on a wide dynamic range that will be better for interior coverage in areas where the lighting is expected to fluctuate. Infrared camera capabilities may also be a part of the system and will be ideal for areas that are always expected to be dimly lit. Just as important as camera capabilities are the amount of cloud storage and the speed of transfer that the system provides. Analyze all of these important factors before making a decision regarding what you should install.
Determine your system type
There are three main types of security cameras and DVR systems that you have to choose from. They vary in size and scope, but each has specific advantages and disadvantages that you should be aware of. These include the following systems:
Hybrid DVR systems
Hybris systems are popular because they can accept more than a single video signal type. This may be to your advantage if you have existing security cameras such as analog CCTV or a variety of camera systems that you wish to integrate into your DVR storage. However, this flexibility may be at the expense of image fidelity or high-resolution security solutions. This may be the best option for established properties such as hospitals or retirement communities that are modernizing existing systems.
PC-based security systems
If a personal computer is at the center of your network, such as a single surveillance station, the software-based PC solution may be best for your needs. However, this may not be the best option for properties with more extensive security requirements and a computer crash might put compressed footage in jeopardy if there is not a dedicated back-up system. This is a good option for warehouses or smaller-scale businesses such as retail outlets, bars, and restaurants.
Embedded DVR Systems
One of the more popular options is the stand-alone embedded DVR system. This provides external storage of data collected and can provide real-time imagery as well as extended recording intervals. They have the advantage of being less prone to interference such as hacking, viruses, or denial of service attacks. However, they may not have some of the convenient features that other systems provide. This could be a great option for businesses that move from site-to-site such as construction, contractors, and parking lot security.
Do you need any more information before making this important decision for your security plan? Contact us today and take control of your security environment with our security cameras and DVR systems solutions.