Did you know commercial surveillance systems could do this?
In my daily dealings with businesses across Las Vegas and Henderson I run across all sorts of circumstances where business owners say, well I have cameras at my business but they don’t really work all that well, and they are not really functional.
No matter how many times I have heard statements similar to this, I am still surprised. Partially it is because how our industry treats our customers, most do not take the time to not only find out “what they want covered”, but also to find out what are there true pain points. Let me give an example:
I walked a self-storage facility with the manager, it was an existing facility, and when we walked to the back, the manager told me, we have a lot of problems with this camera. The camera, which was a standard dome surveillance camera with no night vision capabilities, was pointed towards a wall that was shared with an apartment complex. What made it tricky, was that after the facility was built and the cameras were put in, another company came in and put in supplemental security lighting. The light put in that area brightly lit ¾ of the area that the camera covered and left the other ¼ in the dark. That washed out the picture so at night the camera really couldn’t see much.
I explained to the manager, that if we replaced the existing dome surveillance camera, with a new dome camera that had a feature called WDR, which stands for Wide Dynamic Range, that the camera could then adjust itself to the different lighting conditions. This would smooth out the picture and make the camera usable to them.
Once we completed this, we had improved the picture quality so much, that it enabled us to turn that camera into an alert system for the storage manager. We programmed their DVR to detect motion at night on that surveillance camera. When motion was detected after-hours, the DVR instantly sent a picture to the on-site facility manager. This took what was a non-functional camera for a client and turned it into a working surveillance system.
One of the other most useful functions that we install quite frequently with our commercial surveillance systems is LPR, or License Plate Reader systems. LPR systems 5 years ago were completely unaffordable for the average small business owner to integrate into their surveillance systems. However, with today’s rapidly advancing technology, the prices have plummeted all while the technology has improved.
What makes an LPR surveillance camera different than a normal surveillance camera is the way the picture and infrared lights are tuned. The first thing you will notice when you look at the picture of an LPR camera is that it is so dark it is black. This is to eliminate the glare that would normally come from pointing infrared lights at a reflective surface such as a license plate. By doing this it makes everything except the license plate un-viewable.
Do any of these features or functions sound like something that would help your business? If so give Las Vegas Low Voltage a call today and schedule a free site survey to see how we can help you make your surveillance system work for you.