What is Remote Video Surveillance?

Remote video surveillance allows you to outsource security to a team of experts who make use of modern technology with plain old human intelligence. How you use these services is up to you.
What is Remote Video Surveillance?

In remote video surveillance, security professionals use IP surveillance cameras to watch your business. These cameras are internet-enabled (IP stands for “internet protocol”). The cameras send the data they capture online to a remote call center environment. There, a trained security professional observes everything the camera sees. It’s the latest best practice that modern security companies like Pro-Vigil employ to alleviate risk and protect your assets. 

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If you’ve wondered whether remote video surveillance is right for your business, this blog is for you.

What Is Remote Video Surveillance?

Difference Between IP and CCTV Camera image quality

Traditional video surveillance used low-definition cameras that recorded information on a tape, DVR, or other physical device. Today, HD-capable cameras can connect to the cellular network and send live data into the cloud. At the other end of the feed are a trained set of eyes and ears, using the security camera with remote viewing to watch what’s happening on your property.

There are two primary types of remote video surveillance monitoring services:

  • Fully hosted

    “Fully hosted” video surveillance services send live feeds to a remote operator. The provider of this service handles everything, like onsite cameras, video analytics, and monitoring the cameras.

  • Hybrid hosted

    “Hybrid hosted” remote video monitoring makes use of onsite storage at your business as well as in the cloud. Your security team can handle both or a portion of these services.

Remote video monitoring allows you to outsource security to a team of experts who make use of modern technology with plain old human intelligence. How you use these services is up to you.

What Are RVM Capabilities?

Today’s video surveillance can enable a trained security team to watch your company long after you’ve gone home for the day. Strategically placed cameras can watch every nook and cranny of your business. These cameras have a host of features that can be controlled remotely by a virtual security guard. This includes:

  • Camera pan and zoom features

    From a remote security hub, security technicians can control select cameras onsite at your business. This means they can rotate the camera, panning to check out movement. They can zoom in, and with today’s low-light cameras, see even the darkest corner of a warehouse, basement, or parking garage. But that’s not all.

  • Audio and alarm systems.

    A guard doesn’t have to be onsite anymore to be a big deterrent to criminals. For example, they can talk directly to trespassers through the camera speakers. To scare a would-be criminal away, they can sound an alarm or turn on flashing lights—all as part of a remote video monitoring service.

These are a few of the capabilities of the cameras themselves, but what are the types of remote camera monitoring? 

The Three Types of Remote Camera Monitoring

  • Live video monitoring

    Live video monitoring is a real-time alternative for business owners that want eyes and ears on their property 24/7. From your virtual security hub, a bank of security monitors can capture live video as it happens from a security camera with remote viewing.

  • Scheduled video monitoring

    Scheduled video monitoring allows for periodic or supplemental surveillance by a virtual guard at different times of the day or night. It’s a good way to spot-check employee behavior. You could use this service to monitor customers at peak traffic times. It could supplement live security guards.

  • Event-specific remote video monitoring

    Event-specific remote video monitoring is for specific events that need security beyond your usual. If you’re sponsoring an event of any size, the more eyes and ears on your security detail, the better.

If the event is in a large outdoor space, you can rely on mobile cameras mounted high above the crowd. These IP cameras can connect wirelessly through the cellular network to your virtual guard service. With solar panels, these cameras don’t even need hardwiring to work. 

No matter your choice, a virtual security guard service offers companies an alternative to traditional onsite security. 

The Benefits of Remote Video Surveillance

Remote Surveillance Setup

There are several benefits that traditional security can’t offer. For example, remote camera monitoring can:

  • Surveil all points of your business around the clock

    Strategically placed modern cameras, with a live video feed watched 24/7, can reduce your risk. It also increases the chances of catching thieves or vandals in the act. Traditional CCTV cameras can record the security incident as it occurs, but companies didn’t have the opportunity to review the data they captured until after the fact. Remote camera monitoring is proactive, live, and prevents crime before it happens.

  • Improve your oversight

    Today’s IP-enabled cameras can send a live video feed to any digital device. So not only can a virtual security guard watch your business while it’s closed, but you can also choose to check what’s going on in your business from a camera feed sent to your cell.

  • Cut your costs

    Many companies rely heavily on traditional human security guards, an expensive option that in some ways only increases your risk.
    It is typically the cost that deters many smaller companies from making use of these resources. When you consider a live security guard can run $30+ per hour, a virtual video surveillance company begins to look much more affordable.

These are only some of the benefits of remote video monitoring service. The obvious benefit, of course, is having peace of mind—and that’s really where Pro-Vigil can help.

Are You Ready to Try a Remote Video Surveillance Monitoring Service?

Pro-Vigil designs state-of-the-art security systems that work. We offer a virtual guard service that increases security on your outdoor lot or indoor business. Contact us today to find out how we can help.

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