Video surveillance for warehouse isn’t your standard operation. Unlike a retail store with only a few entryways and a couple of thousand feet of square footage, warehouses are huge buildings, filled with busy employees. Warehouses often contain a large number of items, making it easy for employees to steal small objects. Burglars often target warehouses due to the increased chance that they can come in, hit one building, and leave with enough merchandise for a sizable payday.
All that being said, your warehouse video surveillance system is crucial to maintain the safety of your workers and product—if it’s done right.
Conduct a Site Assessment
Before installing your surveillance system, ensure you perform a site assessment. Best performed by a security expert, a site assessment helps you identify high-risk areas in your warehouse. A site assessment doesn’t just look at your surveillance cameras but at your security system as a whole.
For example, if your doorway stations aren’t outfitted with a video camera, then you’ll want to include one there when you install the video surveillance system.
Expert Camera Placement
More goes into video surveillance placement for warehouses than you might think. Cameras need to unobstructed, well-lit (preferably backlit) and able to withstand the environmental conditions of their area. Warehouses provide a unique environment that is often dusty, loud, poorly lit, and busy. Your surveillance cameras need to be well-placed in order to accommodate these unique challenges.
Cameras also need to be placed strategically to avoid vandalism. If they’re easy for you to reach, then they’re probably also easy for a potential burglar to access. In a warehouse, your video surveillance integrator will also need to account for the large equipment that could be used to knock down cameras.
Durable Camera Choice
Video surveillance for warehouses includes both indoor and outdoor use. In either case, video cameras need to be heavy-duty and able to withstand the environments of both the warehouse floor and the outdoor environment. Depending on what’s going on inside the warehouse, the indoor video camera could be plagued with dust, chemical particles in the air, and other contaminants. An outdoor camera will need to withstand wind, rain, heat, and cold.
In both cases, it’s a best practice to use high-quality durable cameras.
Put Thermal Cameras to Use
Some warehouses aren’t as well-lit as others. Large shelving can block lights and outdoor cameras need to be able to “see” after the sun goes down. This is where thermal cameras come in. Thermal cameras are a relatively new technology for video surveillance for warehouses. Thermal imaging allows them to record images clear as day that would otherwise be impossible to see in low light. These crystal-clear video streams mean that your warehouse is just as protected at night, as it is during the day.
Choose Remote Access
Many video surveillance systems allow you to send customizable alerts to building owners and security guards. However, without remote access to live video streams, you may find yourself responding to a few false alarms. When you can remotely access video surveillance for warehouses, you’re able to verify if there is a serious threat at your building before heading over there. While high-quality cameras cut down on false alarms, the occasional squirrel can trigger even the most advanced camera.
Remote access also allows you to keep an eye on your building no matter where you are. If you have to leave your business for the first time or need to take a sick day, remote access to video streams can make you feel connected, even when you aren’t there.
Password-Protected Video Streams
One downside to remotely accessible video streaming is the increased risk of someone hacking your live feed. To decrease this risk, discuss password-protecting your video streams with your video surveillance integrator. This enables you to keep the added convenience of video streaming without the risk of burglars accessing your video feed. It’s also important to use high-quality video surveillance software when installing the system. This will increase the security of your video system and keep your warehouse safe.
Future Proof Your Systems
With the advent of thermal cameras and smart technology, the world of video surveillance for warehouses is constantly changing. Usually these systems are changing for the better. Too often warehouse owners are tempted to go with inexpensive video surveillance systems when they first have them installed. While this does save money upfront when you’re working with a tight budget, it also increases the risk that the entire system will have to be replaced in the next few years.
Older surveillance cameras won’t be able to integrate with your IT network and are significantly more vulnerable to cyberattacks. This leaves your warehouse more and more at risk of burglary as the years go on. It’s a best practice to prepare for the future by installing the most cutting-edge system available within your budget at the time of the original installation.
Integrate Your Networks
The security of your warehouse increases significantly when you integrate your various networks. For example, when your IT and video surveillance network are able to communicate, some video cameras will be able to identify wanted felons or cut down on the number of false alarms by recognizing the difference between a squirrel and a potential thief. In order to integrate your various networks across the warehouse, work with an expert low voltage and security integrator.
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