Businesses primarily use CCTV as a deterrent, while deploying physical guards to spot and manage security threats. This traditional approach has been the status quo in the security industry for decades.
Remote CCTV monitoring and advancements in technology are shaking up the way businesses protect assets and deter crime.
Simply put, CCTV monitoring can reduce the cost of security and spot more threats, whilst optimising its effectiveness as a deterrent. In this article, we answer two core questions:
- What is CCTV monitoring?
- How does CCTV monitoring work?
Let’s get started.
What is CCTV monitoring?
CCTV monitoring is where a business’s CCTV system and cameras are monitored offsite by a team of security professionals.
CCTV monitoring can also be referred to as monitored CCTV, off-site security camera monitoring and 24/7 remote monitoring.
As mentioned at the start of the article, most businesses use CCTV as a deterrent and physical guards to keep an eye over their premises and tackle threats. Some businesses don’t require physical guards and use an app to monitor their footage internally.
Which businesses are most suited to CCTV monitoring?
To put remote CCTV monitoring in context, businesses operating at a site with a large perimeter, or with significant assets to protect, achieve the most ROI from monitored CCTV.
Car dealerships, solar farms, warehouses, wind farms and construction sites are all businesses that meet the above criteria.
A car dealership would use CCTV monitoring to spot and deter security threats such as theft.
Owners and operators of a warehouse would invest in CCTV monitoring to protect all the goods they store.
Construction sites look to protect plant machinery and tools, while operators of solar farms need to protect panels, copper wiring and more.
By now you may be thinking, what’s the advantage to moving your security offsite?
CCTV monitoring can greatly reduce the cost of security, in some cases by up to 80%. More about this later in the blog.
How does CCTV monitoring work?
Typically, businesses deploy physical guards to monitor sites and watch over CCTV camera footage.
Remote CCTV monitoring performs the same function, using technology as opposed to people, at the fraction of the cost.
So then, how does CCTV monitoring work?
The CCTV system is designed, installed and commissioned to the customer’s requirements.
The system is designed to include sensors, beams, thermal detection or video analytics to detect an intruder, or someone approaching the perimeter.
The cameras are connected to the internet and footage fed to an offsite monitoring station.
In the industry, we call this an alarm receiving centre (ARC).
If an intruder or threat is detected, or sensor triggered, an alarm is raised. When this happens, your off-site monitoring team will view the footage immediately.
If a security threat is detected, the business’s keyholder will be notified and the relevant authorities contacted.
Why switch from managing and monitoring your CCTV internally to remotely?
When compared to the costs of physical guards, CCTV monitoring can vastly reduce costs. In many cases, this can be a reduction of up to 80%.
Therefore if your security costs are £100,000, you could save £80,000 from your operating costs.
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