Physical security, including video monitoring, is often a low priority for small enterprises. Unless an office is pre-wired for video monitoring, the costs of installing a video surveillance system have been too high for many small enterprises. A wide range of video cameras and associated monitoring capabilities, initially designed for the consumer market, are now available and appropriate for the small enterprise.
Some of the various options to be considered include:
- Wired or wireless cameras.
- Analog or digital transmissions.
- Color or black and white.
- Remote monitoring.
Not all of the available consumer devices will work in all office settings. By understanding the capabilities and limitations of the different technologies, the small business IT administrator can find the security options at the best price.