In today’s business market, margins are still as tight as they’ve ever been. Regardless of what particular industry or the precise nature of the field you are in, those margins are the difference between the business having room to grow, expand and conquer the market. Recent advances in technology and automation have offered rapid and extensive remedies, reducing manpower and opening that closing margin back up, however, the nature of the technology and its purpose largely vary. Aside from streamlining software or the occasional “cloud-based” initiative, finding technology that equally serves the small business is difficult. This one isn’t: Business security cameras.
Security elements placed appropriately act as a comfortable “insurance policy” of sorts against theft and other foul play elements. Having the right eye in the right place can also act as a huge deterrent. Not just for recording criminal activity, but for halting it altogether. This article will provide a general overview of business security cameras and three of the top security cameras available in the space.
When looking into a security camera there are several metrics you should keep note of, video quality, functionality, and price. Additionally, knowing if the camera is going to be used for 24/7 surveillance will inform whether or not you need infrared or spotlight integration features. Many cameras work in tandem and form a network for greater sequential coverage and visage.
Additionally knowing what areas need coverage will tell you the number of cameras you need in your system and can affect how much funds you can allot to a system or styling of a camera. Some offer greater scope, rotation, or the aforementioned networking capabilities to cover this necessity.
Business Security Cameras: Arlo Pro 4 Wireless Security Camera
The Arlo Pro 4 features a 2K video with HDR (High Definition Resolution) and an integrated spotlight for 24/7 coverage. The footage is triggered by its motion-detecting features. The camera also directly connects to Wi-Fi features and does not require a hub or base, however, it can offer smart home integration, (Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomeKit). The footage is stored in the cloud for 30 days, so if there is anything that requires a second look. The Arlo Pro 4 has you covered there as well. It is considered the best camera for outdoor use.
It does require a plan for optimal usage and is largely of poor quality without one. Plans go at 3, 10, and 15 USD a month. The battery is rechargeable and one of these can be guarding your doors and windows for $200.
Business Security Cameras: Reolink 3 Argus Pro
This camera is considerable for its overall best quality. A 2K camera that works both day and night ensures that you don’t just see “the thing” but see it clearly, whenever it lurks. It features 122-degree sights, slightly less than Arlo’s 130 vision. The Reolink 3 features motion sensitivity as well allowing you to get a notification or alert when something is detected. It has, however, cut motion zones – areas where you could target key tracking like doors or windows, to conserve battery life.
You can also schedule times to record. And with 128 GB of storage on the device and 1GB kept in the cloud for up to a week. You can find the detected thing. The Reolink also captures audio as well.
This camera typically runs around $130. It has video plans at 5, 10, 15, and 25 dollars monthly with the first two allowing for 30 days of cloud storage and the last two allotting for 60. With improved cloud storage at 30 GB, 80 GB, 150 GB, and 250 GB respectively.
Business Security Cameras: Eufy Cameras
This is the premiere indoor camera focused on indoor security (duh) and customer privacy. All storage is housed in the camera, meaning anything recorded is kept on-site and not stored in any outside cloud or database services. These cameras additionally offer 2K video (1920 p) and offer cloud-based programs and AI detection. This allows for the camera to auto-capture anything with motion or similarly timed suspicious activity.
The standard Eufy runs anywhere from around 150 – 200 USD. There is a budget pick – the Eufy Solo IndoorCam C24 that is only $43. Some models also allow for cloud plans for those who are content to store their data on an external drive or source.