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How to Design an Industrial Security System with Cameras

Every business has its own issues and security challenges that must be addressed. You’ll want to pin down which features you need your security system to have, which will help you find the right type of security camera for your property.
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Often, industrial sites are sprawling and complex, which can cause security design and deployment challenges. Lighting, blind spots, and even a lack of electricity can all pose problems. These tools must also perform simultaneous tasks, from reducing theft to protecting employees by identifying things like bottlenecks. Despite the many challenges, a good industrial security camera system can handle all of this—and more.

Who Benefits from Industrial Security Systems?

Industrial camera monitoring systems are found wherever the hard work is done.

  • Factories

  • Warehouses

  • Construction Sites

  • Mining Facilities

  • Farms

  • Oil and Gas Fields

How Many Cameras Are Needed for Your Industrial Security System Design?
How Many Cameras Are Needed for Your Industrial Security System Design?

How many cameras does it take to make an effective security system? To answer that question,  you should first assess the immediate requirements you have for your industrial security camera system. One thing to consider is what you need your security system to accomplish. Here are some common uses:

  • To watch the business after hours

  • To monitor employees or contractors

  • To deter theft from external threats

  • To evaluate daily operations

  • To stop vandalism

  • To reduce customer liability risks

  • To monitor potential terrorist threats

  • To keep unauthorized workers from entering restricted spaces

  • To meet government or other regulatory compliance standards

Once you have a good list of everything you need from your system, answer a few questions related to the area you need to secure:

  • Does the property have a fence? Buildings? Dark allies? A clear entrance? What is the layout?

  • How big is the property, and how much of it needs to be secured?

  • If there is a building, does it have multiple stories?

  • What challenges do these spaces present? (Blind spots, limited lighting, etc.)

  • Does the property need 24/7 video surveillance or only at certain times?

  • Should the cameras be hidden or visible? (There are pros and cons to both)

  • Where does suspicious activity happen? (For example, in the parking lot or inside the building?)

So how does this tell you how many cameras you need? Well, the number of cameras depends on everything from the type of work you do to how large your business is. For example, a single factory and a massive industrial park will need very different security solutions – including the number of cameras. 

As a general rule of thumb, though, most businesses can expect to need around 16 to 64 security cameras for a complete surveillance system. This will depend on your business’ specifics, however, so contact your security provider for a customer assessment.

What Types of Industrial Security Cameras Do You Need?

Once the basic architecture of your system is developed, we can evaluate conditions within the business to pinpoint what TYPE of cameras you need. For example, you should ask these questions:

  • Does the property have access to Wi-Fi?

  • Are some locations low-light?

  • Do some (or all) locations inside the business pose problems for hard-wiring the cameras?

  • What outside elements will the camera be exposed to?

  • Do you need someone to watch the camera feed? How often?

  • Do you need audible and visual alarms to sound if suspicious activity takes place?

This design phase of your industrial camera monitoring system must take into account each location where we’ll place a unit. If you want external door cameras, they should be weather-hardened. For parking lot cameras, you’ll probably need Wi-Fi-enabled, cloud-connected devices. Are any locations inside the business exposed to extreme heat or cold? This may require specially equipped cameras. Do you have a stable place to mount each camera or should they be mobile?

Say you’re trying to keep unauthorized workers from entering restricted areas. But you don’t have 24/7 security guards or personnel to keep them out. Could you instead use a motion-activated camera? Are there certain people that can enter the space during certain times? If you are using cameras, should they be turned off or on during those times? 

The type of cameras you need will vary depending on your answers. Especially since every business has its own issues and security challenges that must be addressed. You’ll want to pin down which features you need your security system to have, which will help you find the right type of security camera for your property. 

Pro-Vigil Industrial Security Camera Systems

Industrial Security Camera Systems

Pro-Vigil offers our industrial customers a careful security assessment as a baseline for our work. This process includes a walk around your business, along with a careful discussion of the needs, wants, and priorities for your industrial camera monitoring system.

This process, along with the innovative new technologies found in our video surveillances tools make our company a better choice for your industrial company. Chat with us to discuss how we can help your business protect its assets.

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