Yes, most systems today allow the administrator to issue a temporary badge or PIN number. The PIN or badge can be set up to expire within days, weeks or by the number of uses.
Can access control help me track when employees come and go and limit entry access at certain points?
Yes, using a function of the access control system called”Anti Pass Back” will virtually eliminate tailgating, entering or exiting through unauthorized access points. This also provides a clean audit trial of the employee.
What industries do you serve?
- Industrial / Manufacturing
- Horse Farms
- Gated Communities
- Storage Facilities
- Home & Residential
What are some typical uses for security cameras? (Monitor for intruders? Monitor supplies? Monitor staff? Deter theft and break-ins? Weather monitoring?)
Leisure and Recreation Sites, Holiday/Caravan Parks, Vehicle Monitoring, Car Parks, Public Spaces and other Large Areas, Gaming and Vending Machines, Hospitals, Manufacturing, Robotics, Machine Monitoring, Swimming Pools, Cash Rooms, Retail.
What recording options are available before the data is recorded over – daily, weekly, monthly, continuous (with enough DVR storage)?
Generally, continuous recording is utilized. When the hard drive is full the new data pushes out the old or FIFO. Other options may include an email notification the HDD is about to be full and a system back up should be completed.
Can I record and playback simultaneously?
Yes, most all modern DVR’s and NVR’s allow this.
Wireless or wired – does it just depend on the exact system and setup?
Wired systems yield the most dependable systems. The systems designer has many options to deliver signal, coax, UTP, fiber and so on. One has to remember wireless sounds great but you still have to power the devices and if you can get power to them you may also run cable as well. Currently, analog CCTV has only two frequencies allotted by the FCC 2.4Mgz and 5.8Mgz, neither of which require a license. The pit falls are many. If your neighbor puts up a 2.4Mgz system next to your already running 2.4Mgz it may take you down and there is nothing you can do about it. Microwave appliances and the like also wreak havoc on these systems as well.
What’s the average lifespan of the average outdoor camera?
Typically 7 years by industry standards.
Is there a monthly recording service fee?
Yes, and this will vary depending on camera count and the amount of storage required. Generally low upfront costs over the life of a video surveillance system (7+ years is not uncommon,) data charges, internet connection charges and the cost associated with the cloud storage service could make the overall cost many times more than a traditional system with an NVR.
What about security for my security? Is the video feed encrypted?
An internet protocol (IP) camera lets you monitor your home or business using software that connects directly to the internet. Unlike a webcam, it doesn’t need a computer to transmit video online. But if the IP camera you buy doesn’t encrypt the information it sends, other people could access and view your feed. Put simply, you could be hosting the world’s biggest open house!