CCTV surveillance systems have gained popularity in the past few years for protecting the home and office premises, to keep a watch on warehouses, employees and public places etc. With time, new and advanced technology has come up and it’s quite possible that the CCTV system you installed a few years back is not that effective and requires an upgrade.
Here are 4 signs that suggest that it’s time to upgrade your existing CCTV system:
If your current system lacks scalability and you cannot add things required for your current monitoring to it, it’s time to move to an advanced system. Also, the old camera designs have a restricted field of vision, which makes it difficult to provide adequate coverage. Newer designs have better maneuverability, wider image capture angles, and advanced and robust system that is difficult to hack.
Quality of Resolution
If you are using an old analogue system or early IP systems, there are fair chances that image resolution is grainy and pathetic. Having a bad resolution limits the usefulness of the system. The maximum resolution in a conventional analogue camera is only 0.4 megapixels. On the other hand, the basic resolution provided by IP cameras these days is 1.3-megapixel. This can further go up to 4K. If image capture and recognition capabilities of the system are much below par, it’s high time to upgrade your system.
Insufficient Storage Capacity
The current storage may have sufficed your requirements a few years back, but with time your needs may have grown. If your business has expanded, you would need more monitoring, which requires more space to record and store all the images and videos. If the current system doesn’t provide that type of storage infrastructure, then you will have to upgrade the system because you can’t falter on the security front.
As the system gets older, it requires more maintenance. Also, the older systems were more dependent on huge networks of cables and then there are complex switching and multiplexing devices. The maintenance of all these is not cheap. If you find that the maintenance costs are increasing and are significantly higher than what you would spend on a modern system, it’s better to switch.
Sticking to an outdated technology is not an intelligent move. It will not only prove costly but also render ineffective in providing proper security. If you notice any of the above-discussed signs, consider it as a signal for upgrading the existing system.