Every aspect of an enterprise-level corporation requires CIO attention, especially when it comes to company security. There are various methods to implement security measures; however, installing a video surveillance security system is perhaps the most effective way to protect a business, improve workplace efficiency, and reduce expenditures.
Protecting your business against crime
Security systems are most obviously thought of as ways to reduce theft and break-ins, and businesses have good reason to install them. The FBI’s 2015 crime report stated that only 16 per cent of all thefts occurred at residences.
Most facilities have several types of security systems, from intrusion-detection alarms to access controls to cyber-security systems. The most visible emblem of security systems is the commercial security camera, that innocuous glass orb with an eye inside of it. In 2009, Rutgers University found that as the number of security cameras went up in the city of Newark, the number of burglaries went down.
Installing a security system can protect against liability, as well. The costs of defending against a lawsuit alone are enough to take a business down. Employers are liable for their employees’ acts, for personal injury lawsuits, and for protecting consumer privacy. With a security system, a team will know exactly what happened and when it happened, therefore building the strongest defence possible in the case of jeopardy.
Improving return on investment of the workplace
According to Business.com, video surveillance security systems are also a useful way to keep track of employees, customer interactions, and improvements in ROI. As this article in Chron notes, monitoring employees helps managers catch mistakes before they become problematic and allows staff to re-adjust work plans in response to real workplace observations. The analytics the cameras provide can prepare team leaders for busier-than-usual days by beefing up the workforce.
Contemporary business security systems have raised the game by integrating their cameras with cloud streaming technology. Verkada, a company specializing in hybrid cloud business security systems and AI-driven security software, ensures that monitoring your workplace from any device is user-friendly straightforward.
Their system is plug-and-play and simple enough to install that any IT manager or administrator with a smartphone can get set up in under five minutes (plug in the cameras via PoE and open the Verkada app), and view live streaming on their mobile device from the vantage point of a security camera.
If a company has multiple locations, Verkada provides a handy map centralizing access to cameras as well as to camera health. What’s more, their system is gap-free and has never been hacked.
Monitoring employees may seem a little like “Big Brother,” but as long as the corporation is clear about using video surveillance, explicit about policies, and complies with rules and regulations, a company can create a trusting relationship between upper-level leadership and employees.
Saving you money
Finally, installing a video surveillance security system is fiscally efficient. Insurance companies often offer discounts on their premiums for businesses that install security systems, sometimes lowering their bills by as much as ten percent, which can be a tidy sum when every dollar counts against the bottom line.