Many people don’t want to upgrade their surveillance system because of the immediate financial cost, however, there are some hidden costs of not upgrading your security camera system. Older security camera systems drain your company’s time and resources and can fail you when you need them the most. Let’s take an in depth look at the ways your outdated security system may be costing you.
Older security cameras and surveillance systems tend to have more frequent problems arise. This is partly because they are getting less maintenance and are often not looked after well. For a large store with multiple cameras, this can mean frequent repairs; for smaller stores, outages mean a lack of security coverage for a large area.
Maintenance itself becomes an issue with older systems and you may begin to have trouble with parts availability. This means your technician will likely not have parts on hand and your servicing/outage time will be extended. Newer IP camera systems can often be serviced remotely, getting your system back up and running as quickly as possible. Additionally, if further servicing is require, the technician will likely have parts on hand at the time of arrival and will be able to correct the problem right then and there.
Older surveillance cameras have lower resolution and can only provide lower quality footage. This is further limited by the lower frame rate of DVRs as opposed to comparable network options. For more information read blog post on “Why is My CCTV Footage Low Quality?” Modern cameras also have improved IR capabilities for functioning better in low lighting conditions.
Zooming capabilities have also come a long way and older cameras frequently cannot offer a clear image while zoomed in. Modern PTZ cameras offer improved image capturing capabilities and are a valuable update to your surveillance system. Some cameras even offer license plate recognition features which can aid in your footage leading to an arrest.
It is a common misconception that using traditional analog cameras with a DVR will save you on storage costs. Older DVRs are not capable of processing a lot of data and this lack of storage often leads to owners spending even more money on additional DVRs or hard drives to store low quality footage.
Modern Network Video Recorders (NVR) can improve both the quantity and quality of the footage you are able to store. IP security camera systems use methods of compressing video to about a quarter of its original size, enabling you to store more using less space.
Older surveillance systems also provide you with fewer options. Modern security camera systems allow you to utilize remote viewing to review your footage any time, from any location. This means when you get a call at 3am saying your alarm is going off, you can check the footage right from your phone.
Remote viewing also allows you to keep track of your business from any location at any time. Now, checking in on your employees is easy and in the palm of your hands via a smartphone, tablet or computer.
Many CCTV users do not want to upgrade because they don’t feel it is worth investing more money when they already have a functional security system. However, by not switching, it is going to end up costing more money in the long run. 2M Technology has a team of highly trained installers, salesmen and technicians who can help you upgrade your surveillance system. Give us a call today at 1-877-926-2288 or come by our storefront and get into a modern security camera system today!