The security of your office is important. Installing security cameras can help you show clients that you have taken appropriate steps to protect their private information. Additionally, catching an intruder on camera can provide you with some excellent evidence in court. A video camera also provides intelligent data mining and information retrieval if you want to know exactly what happened – and when.
Great strides in video surveillance technology have been made. IP cameras are stand-alone devices that connect to your wired or wireless network. An IP camera acts like a computer on a network, allowing you to view its video feed from within your office or over the Internet. You can monitor multiple cameras at multiple locations from one remote site. The digital picture quality is superior and recordings are highly compressed for easier storage. Some of the benefits include:
- Live remote monitoring: monitoring multiple locations becomes easy and economical with IP cameras. The camera doesn’t need to be connected to a PC and you can view the camera images from anywhere that has an Internet connection.
- Motion detection and alarms: When used with motion detection software, you will be informed and alerted instantly when motion is detected. Sound alarms can be triggered and SMS and e-mail alerts are sent when motion is detected.
- Better view and control: Some IP cameras can be controlled remotely so you can adjust the focus, angle, and field of view without actually being present at the site. You can track and zoom to reveal more about the exact person, place, or thing you are looking at.
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