Much of the “business security” discourse centers around protecting what’s inside a business. Considering the value of what’s within your facility—employees, inventory, sensitive documents, cash, and more—interior security is nothing to sneeze at. This focus, however, often means exterior protection falls by the wayside.
Security cameras are common features in hallways, over cash registers, and in warehouse storage rooms, but they are all-too-frequently absent outside commercial sites. Often, business operators do not understand the benefits of a comprehensive surveillance system until they desperately need one—during a break-in, accident, or other serious event. The fact is, outdoor security cameras are an essential facet of a complete security solution.
The complicated necessity of outdoor camera protection
While most business owners understand the importance of keeping an eye on the front door or storefront windows, dangers can arise in a number of areas outside a business. Parking lots and business exteriors see a multitude of risks—risks that can be mitigated, or at minimum, recorded, by a comprehensive video system. These spaces pose risk of employee or customer injury, stolen merchandise, and vandalism. Airports, junkyards, banks, restaurants, and more all stand to benefit from a professional, outdoor surveillance system.
The average security provider faces many obstacles when installing outdoor video surveillance. It goes without saying that leaving high-tech electronic equipment at the mercy of the great outdoors comes with a unique set of challenges. Outdoor moisture can wreak havoc on electrical components, including power supplies, cabling, and cameras themselves.
Additionally, most modern surveillance systems (IP cameras) require an internet connection to function. Keeping an eye on buildings, sheds, parking lots, work yards, and the like becomes complicated fast without a plan to maintain a steady internet connection.
When surveilling outdoor spaces, there is also the question of location. Proper coverage of say, a field or large parking lot may require cameras mounted on poles, the corner of large buildings, or potentially, cameras with telescopic lenses that go the distance.
The good news? EPS Security is no average provider.
Modern outdoor surveillance systems
Recent advances in technology have paved the way for outdoor camera systems that cover your business’ vulnerabilities, while holding up against external threats. Modern camera surveillance systems include weather proofing and vandal resistance.
Modern camera technology also offers a wide variety of coverage options. A standard dome camera may miss an occurrence just out of view; a bullet camera may not see far enough to make out license plate numbers or faces. For these reasons, outdoor cameras have now been developed with a wide variety of features:
Pal-tilt-zoom (PTZ) capabilities
Remote zoom and focus
Facial recognition software
Infrared and night vision
This leaves just one question: How do providers combat the issue of internet with out-of-reach business cameras? A professional security company can set up devices known as point-to-point wireless bridges to provide cameras with appropriate Wi-Fi connection they need to beam the footage back to the network video recorder.
With the help of these devices, a network of camera systems can cover wider outdoor areas than ever before, allowing you to keep an eye on your business both inside, and out.
Top-notch video surveillance from an experienced provider
Knowing modern security technology is available to protect your business is half the battle. Crafting the perfect solution for your facility requires addressing a number of questions:
- What types of cameras cover my unique business needs?
- What are the limits of certain camera features?
- How many cameras will I need for full coverage?
- How much storage space will my recording device need?
- How can I ensure my cameras are installed properly?
- How do I maintain my system after installation and protect my investment?
At EPS Security, more than 65 years of service have prepared us to answer these questions. We engineer, install, and maintain our customers’ video surveillance systems. Our consultants and engineers will walk through your facility or reference a blueprint to select the right cameras from world-class vendors like Digital Watchdog® and Honeywell®.
Our technicians are trained at our in-house EPS Training Center, where they acquire the wealth of knowledge and experience needed to provide you with expert service. When we install your camera system, we’re just getting started. When the time comes to clean your camera lenses or perform software updates, our preventative maintenance technicians will be there. That’s the EPS advantage.
The EPS advantage
Threats to the exterior of your business can cause just as much chaos (and costly damage), as those to the inside. Don’t be caught in the dark at precisely the wrong moment—let Michigan’s security expert take charge. At EPS Security, we pride ourselves on our hands-on approach. We would love nothing more than to help you discover the benefits of our business video surveillance systems, and our service, for yourself.