You've been thinking about ramping up your property's security and exploring different methods. Yet, with so many options out there, it can feel overwhelming figuring out which security method works best for you.
An increasingly common way to secure your property is through remote guard services. These services link your surveillance cameras to a command center. When your camera detects an intrusion, an alert is sent to highly trained staff who identify the threat and initiate a response.
The way your system detects, identifies, and responds to a threat varies widely between services, from live two-way communication with the intruder to prerecorded audio messages.
To help you decide on the best security solution for your property, let’s take a look at three remote guarding approaches and see how they compare.
1. Bolt-On System
With a bolt-on system, security professionals install an analytics box and hook it up to your existing surveillance camera system. You choose what type of analytics to utilize, from perimeter protection to license plate recognition, and subscribe to a monthly remote guard service.
When the analytics box detects an intrusion from one of your camera feeds, remote guard staff are alerted and talk down the intruder or alert the authorities.
- Quick and easy installation because no new cameras are installed
- Opportunity to keep your existing cameras if you decide to switch services
- Low-quality, outdated equipment may not be reliable or effective
- Charges for any camera maintenance and repairs
- Bandwidth limits may slow down analytics speed and remote guard response
2. Custom System
Custom remote guard systems are built by a security provider from the ground up. Professionals will work with you to determine where cameras are needed and design a system that’s perfect for your property.
In a custom system, you don’t own the cameras. Instead, you rent cameras as part of your monthly subscription fees.
- New camera system utilizes the latest advances in analytics
- Zero additional fees for system maintenance or camera replacement
- Less to manage because one company provides cameras, analytics, and remote guard services
- Zero latency issues because systems are designed to work together from scratch
- Installation takes longer, typically a month after signing up
- You don’t own the cameras or system, so you can’t keep them if you switch services
3. Quick Deployment System
Quick deployment systems are often used at construction sites and other temporary properties because they’re quick to install and set up. Cameras monitor motion only and send alerts to an overseas command center to determine next steps.
If an alert is legitimate, the overseas center contacts a local remote guard service who initiates contact, usually through prerecorded audio.
- Quick and simple to set up and begin monitoring
- Cameras are maintained and serviced by remote guard company
- Lack of analytics results in a significant amount of false alarms
- Complex response involving overseas command center can reduce response times
- Prerecorded talk-down feature not as effective for deterring repeat intrusions
At the end of the day, the type of system you choose depends on your needs, site-specific details, and your timeline. For immediate, temporary needs, consider a quick deployment system. If you want to own your cameras and get set up fast, a bolt-on system might be the way to go. And, if you're looking for a comprehensive solution using the latest technology without all the maintenance, a custom system is your best bet.
Let us help you find the perfect remote guarding system for your needs. Download our free resource: Comparing Security Options For Your Business.