In a controlled environment, where you expect all production and work to be done in the most efficient way possible, why should your surveillance be left behind in the checklist? Not just for efficiency, but also from the perspective of security and safety, surveillance systems are a must in a factory environment. Apart from just keeping tabs on the way machines and equipment are functioning, you also get the added benefit of a constantly alert security guard that just needs electricity to stay awake and functional.
So, what things should you consider when you are thinking of installing factory security cameras? There are multiple websites and vendors that you can choose from. Almost everyone will tout about the quality and efficiency of their systems, but here’s a list of things that you should always keep in mind when considering a camera system installation –
- CCTV versus IP Cameras
- Installation and portability
- Power supply
- Internet Connectivity options
- Video resolution
- Audio feed and quality
- Build quality
- Mobile app and remote control
The first option is a pretty simple one. At the very core of their functions, CCTV systems are in a closed loop, need a lot of expensive cabling, recording and data storage equipment. Mostly, they do not offer audio capabilities and the recorded footage stays on DVRs and that needs to be converted into more portable formats if they have to be shared. The entire system cannot connect to the internet on its own. IP cameras are relatively simpler, need no specific cabling, can store footage locally as well as to the cloud.
Installation of CCTV systems are permanent and need professional help. Once installed, any kind of modification in placement and positioning of each camera will again need the help of experts. IP cameras are very portable and can be installed by almost anyone who knows how to operate a hand drill and fit screws.
Power supply for CCTV systems has to be built from the ground up. IP cameras can make do with any normal 10A or 16A power outlet, and can even work off extension boards.
CCTV systems do not come with the functionality to connect to the internet or upload recorded footage to the cloud. To have that functionality, again professional or expert help is needed. IP cameras come with the ability to connect to the internet out of the box. However, you must check how they work on different bands, I.e., 2.4GHz or 5GHz.
Video resolution in CCTV systems rarely comes at high definition or higher, whereas in IP cameras, the 720p recording is the option that the most economic ones provide at the least.
Many IP cameras come with 2-way audio. This means you can hear as well as speak over the inbuilt speaker and microphone. It goes without saying that all footage recorded on IP cameras come with audio. But you should check how well the microphone differentiates between noise and actual meaningful sounds.
Build quality is very important if you are going to use the security cameras in a factory environment where corrosive substances are being used or the temperature difference shifts rapidly.
Lastly, a good mobile app can help you control your cameras and view the footage remotely. A well-built app will go a long way in improving your experience of the entire surveillance system.