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3 Tips for optimizing your camera system to get 90 days of retention.

Getting 90 days of retention out of your camera system.

Security and surveillance cameras capture a lot of data. Although modern camera systems can retain more footage than ever before, their storage capacity is still finite. Once the camera system’s storage device is full, it begins to overwrite the old data with new data.

Though this may not seem like much of a problem on the surface, it can cause significant issues—especially when you’re trying to query something from the past that has been overwritten. When it comes to camera retention, nothing is more frustrating than trying to pull a recording that you could’ve sworn you had, only to find out it has been deleted in order to make room for new footage.

So, it stands to reason that most facilities that utilize and rely on camera systems to protect their business and employees would want to get the most retention as possible. Though infinite retention is the dream, 90 days of retention has become the de facto gold standard.

In this post, we’ll give you three tips for optimizing your camera system to reach the gold standard of 90 days of retention:

  1. Make sure each camera view is masked correctly. Don’t try to capture every movement with every camera—that’s a surefire way to quickly fill up your camera system’s storage. Eliminating areas of movement that are not critical greatly reduces the size of your footage files. If you stop recording computer screen savers, busy traffic areas or plants that move with the HVAC system you’ll have a lot more storage space for the video you actually want to retain.

    Optimizing your camera masking can be difficult. We recommend you have professionals (like us!) take care of it to ensure it gets done correctly.

  2. Adjust the frame rate and resolution. When camera systems are installed, they are typically set to record at their maximum frame rate. Though this may not seem like a big deal, recording at a high frame rate can eat up your data storage. The human eye doesn’t really see a benefit from anything above 20 frames per second (fps). If you’re recording at a frame rate above 20 fps, you can increase your camera system’s storage simply by lowering the recording frame rate.

    Though this may sound easy, it’s not. Before you fiddle our with your camera system’s frame rate, we recommend you reach out to an experienced technician (like one of ours!).

  3. Add storage space. In 1980, a gigabyte of storage would have cost you around $437,500. Today, it costs less than $0.02. As digital data storage technology continues to improve (and costs continue to fall), camera system retention should naturally increase. However, most businesses don’t have the time or resources to upgrade to the latest camera system technology every year. Luckily, most modern security camera systems allow for data storage expansion. By adding the correct hard drive to your camera system, you extend your retention instantly.

    Don’t try to do this yourself. It should be noted that there are a variety of factors involved in expanding your camera system’s storage capacity—it should only be attempted by an experienced technician. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, please contact us.

Conclusion

Increasing your camera system’s retention doesn’t mean you have to buy the latest technology. By following the three steps mentioned above, you should be well on your way to achieving the gold standard of 90 days of retention.

Though the tips mentioned above are intended to help, they are not guaranteed to work. If you want to increase your camera system’s retention and improve your facility’s security, it’s best to have a professional security company (like Hunt Enterprises Inc.) help you out:

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3 Ways you can get more out of your access control system.

Getting the most out of your access control system.

Access control systems are used to manage access to tangible and intangible assets. In its most simple form, an access control system is comprised of a gate and a gatekeeper. The gate creates a secure barrier between its contents and the outside world, while the gatekeeper checks the credentials of anyone looking to go through the gate. Those with proper authorization get to enter—everyone else is turned away.

Though access control systems have come a long way since the gate-gatekeeper systems of old, most businesses still view their access control systems as primitive—only useful for metering the flow of people and information. The truth is, modern access control systems are capable of much more than simply letting people into or out of a building. In this blog post, we will highlight three ways you can get more out of your access control system.

Tip 1: Recording time.

Your employees are humans. Humans make mistakes. In the world of business, one common mistake employees make is clocking in and out. Though this forgetfulness is not the end of the world, it can cause headaches for supervisors, managers, and HR personnel alike. Thankfully, most modern access control systems can help mitigate this problem.

Most modern access control systems collect time stamp data—when someone scans their access card to enter a building, the system records the date, time, and card information (i.e. the card identification number, employee name, etc.). If you have a secure facility where employees are required to scan into and/or out of buildings or departments, the data collected from your access control system can help solve timecard problems.

Tip 2: Database integration.

The panel that you use to scan into your facility every day may not seem like an exquisite piece of technology, but the truth is that modern access control systems are quite sophisticated. Most modern access control systems not only capture a treasure-trove of data, they also have software that enables them to integrate with other programs.

This integration capability is specifically important when it comes to HR. When properly integrated with an HR system, employee credentials can be updated from one central location. When employees are promoted, their authorization can be easily extended. When employees are dismissed, their authorization can be revoked or restricted. With the integration capabilities of modern access control systems, this can all be done from the HR team’s preferred program—there’s no need to log into multiple systems to make a simple update.

Tip 3: Arming / disarming alarm systems.

Though the ability to keep time and integrate with other software is nice, the reason you invested the money in an access control system was to protect your business and your employees. Chances are high that if you were willing to invest money in a state-of-the-art access control system, you were also willing to spring for some kind of alarm system. At first, these two systems may seem incompatible—after all, you use your card to scan in and then type a code to disable the alarm system. However, most modern access control systems and alarm systems can be securely integrated. This means you can program your access card to disable the alarm system, saving you time and hassle. Understanding specific security requirements, some institutions have implemented swipe plus PIN to ensure an even higher level of security.

Conclusion

Yes, the primary function of your access control system is to manage access to tangible and intangible assets. However, modern access control systems are capable of so much more. We hope this blog post helped you discover more ways your access control system can be used to save you money and improve your company’s efficiency.

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