February 5th, 2019 | Updated on February 8th, 2019
Although they’ve become a staple of our lives, smartphones never cease to amaze us. Just when you thought you heard it all, manufacturers introduce new features that leave us amazed by the new world of possibilities.
What are we talking about this time? Smart phone video surveillance is the new security cameras. But are they reliable?
What Is Smartphone Video Source?
Business owners can now use smartphones to monitor and check their security system. Making sure everything is in order right from the comfort of their tablet or mobile phone is, without a doubt, one of the main perks of this new trend.
Most security cameras are IP-based, meaning that they have their IP assignation or an Ip-based recording system. Because of this, the video footage picked up by the cameras are stored on the internal network, making it quite easy to monitor, track, or even analyze it.
The Perks Don’t Stop Here
With an analog system, whenever an alarm was triggered, business owners needed to have a person physically present at the scene to see if there was cause for worry. That in itself is a pretty dangerous requirement, assuming there was an actual reason for concern (such as a robbery in place, or other issues). If not, then it was just a waste of someone’s time.
But with smartphone surveillance, it’s a lot easier to keep track of the things back at the office than ever before. The devices will send a notification directly to the smartphone, warning that the alarm is triggered. The person receiving the notification can then tap into the live feed of the cameras to see if there is cause for concern, and then notify the authorities immediately if needed.
So there’s no more need for 3.00 AM drives to the office just to see if a raccoon got too close to the premise.
That Sounds Great, But Who Can Afford It?
These smartphone surveillance systems sound like something companies can spare to pencil in their budget, but what about small businesses that don’t have the capital for such investments?
Luckily, it seems these systems come in all shapes and sizes so everyone can benefit from them
However, it seems like the system itself might not be such a financial burden as the service package itself. Standard features include zooming, direction controls, and setting switches, but that’s pretty much it. The analytics component is something small business owners tend to skip, as it can cost them more because it is usually done by a third party.
However, as the digital IP surveillance system increases in popularity, the price of the hardware goes down. There are plenty of affordable models on the market, so nobody needs to worry about being left out.
Should You Buy One?
It’s very possible that at some point in the future, perhaps not that far away, we will be looking at a complete replace of analog surveillance cameras. The monitorization and storing process alone make a compelling argument for the pro smartphone surveillance camp. But the question isn’t necessarily should you buy such a system. It’s more of a what kind.
It’s really important for businesses to analyze their needs before they start spending on a digital IP surveillance system. Issues such as coverage, camera resolution, indoor or outdoor use are important factors to consider before deciding on a surveillance system.
Regarding prices, it seems that so far the principle of the more expensive, the better rings fairly true. It might be more affordable for business owners to acquire cheap models, but that also means forgoing some of the quality of services that the high-end systems have to offer.
Back to You
With all the things you are now able to do on a smartphone, it’s not that surprising that one of their features include office surveillance. It’s clear that businesses big and small can greatly benefit from these digital IP surveillance systems, but the technology isn’t that widespread to make it truly accessible for everyone.
However, if you weigh in your needs, it’s possible to find the best of both worlds.