Professional Security Camera Installation
Do you want to secure your facility from threats or criminal activities? A security camera system will help you keep track of such activities or incidents at your facility.
But do you not have the time to research the latest cameras and technology for securing your facility? Do not worry; a professional security camera installer can take care of the entire process, from selecting the right place to mount the camera to integrating with other security systems like access control systems, mass emergency notification systems, and more.
Umbrella Technologies has over 17 years of industry experience. We follow a transparent process of knowing the user’s expectations, document the strength and limitations, conduct an onsite security assessment to identify new security camera locations while taking into consideration the advanced technologies, design and send the proposal to the user that tags itemize each product, software license, and service to be performed. After the installation is complete, we train your staff and employees to actually use your security camera system effectively. Contact our team of expert security consultants today!
Hiring a professional security camera installer can help you in many different ways to minimize security risks. Some of them are:
Setting up the security camera at the right place to capture the desired view at the right angle is important. It’s a time-consuming process, but a professional security installer has the right experience and follows a well-defined surveillance plan to secure every facility’s required area.
Criminal activities like glass break or theft can cause damage to your property. A professional security camera installer can save you from such liabilities by gathering the footage from monitoring devices and help you to file a claim in an insurance company. The FBI’s numbers show in Naperville, IL – 80 burglaries were reported in the first half of 2020, up 18% over last year’s 68.
Advanced technologies like motion detection are used with security cameras by professionals to alert the user of movements near the facility. This triggers video surveillance cameras to capture the live footage and view the footage by logging on to the internet.
Reduce the risk of being hacked
Professional security camera installers can adopt extra security measures to prevent the surveillance system’s tampering, like creating customized passwords for the security devices.
Business Security Camera System Solutions
Commercial security cameras provide many solutions to protect your business. Some of them are:
Tracking motion around the facility
Security camera systems use motion detection technology to monitor and keep track of movement near the facility. If a motion is detected, the security camera captures the incident’s live-in video and thus protects your business from unwanted crimes. Professional security camera installers can do the job well by mounting them at the right place at the proper angle to capture the incident’s complete view.
CCTV video footage are archived with proper recordings and stored on-premises or on the cloud for future use as and when required.
New technology integration
Professional security camera installers can integrate advanced technologies in security cameras to enable remote monitoring.
Steps for installing security cameras
1) Create an Installation Plan
Planning is a crucial stage for installing security cameras. It would help if you considered various factors at this stage. They are:
- How many cameras do you need?
- What are their desired features?
- Where to install indoor and outdoor security cameras?
- How many entrances and windows are there?
And the list goes on…
Design the plan and diagram the priority areas of the buildings with the camera angle. Popular commercial security camera locations include:
- Entrances, windows, and open areas – Monitor major entry points to keep track of the suspicious activity
- Hallway and Staircases – Monitor busy areas
- Perimeter and Parking lots – Monitor outdoor activities and ensure the safety of employees and staffs as they walk into the facility
- Hazardous areas – That involves handling of toxic materials, mostly for manufacturing industries
- Cash Registers office or accountant office – Keeps money safe
- Low visibility areas – Provides ample coverage for illicit activities
- Back Room or Inventory room – To protect against unwanted thieves while keeping the daily operations up and running
Walkthrough the whole plan to ensure no obstructions are there and display a clean method.
Outdoor security cameras are placed higher than 10 feet and have weatherproof guards or equipment to protect against adverse weather conditions. Professional security camera installers can help you choose the right outdoor security cameras that are durable and robust and help place the camera in the correct position.
Similarly, wired and wireless cameras have specific requirements in terms of placement. Let’s take a look at those in the next section:
Wired, Wireless, Camera Type
The installation process varies according to the variety of video surveillance systems and security camera systems. So, which one to choose—wired or Wireless?
Well, it depends upon your security requirements for protecting your facility. If you want easy installation and flexibility, get a wireless camera installed, such as Wi-Fi security cameras or battery-powered cameras. If you want to get rid of wiring and cabling, battery-powered cameras are the best. For more stable network signals, opt for wired PoE IP cameras. It’s essential to go to the site if installing wired cameras, check the required components’ location, and determine how to run the cabling that connects the camera to the main box. Cabling involves many efforts starting from measuring the space where the wiring will cut the wires accordingly, drilling holes in the walls and ceilings.
2) Camera Placement
Check the spot where the camera gets a clear view and stable power source
The first step is to check where the cameras can be mounted to get a 360-degree view of the desired area.
- Mount the camera high to make sure it gets a more transparent and broader view.
- Cover most of the view with less usage of cameras that will lower the cost of purchasing a bulk number of cameras.
- Place the security cameras out of reach from children and hidden places to avoid being noticed by thieves or unwanted people.
- Keep them away from sunlight to avoid reflection.
- Place them near the power source.
Prepare the Camera Mount – Wireless
When mounting a security camera for Wireless, follow the below directions –
- Use the mounting template as a guidebook
- Drill pilot holes at the indicator for mounting the screws
- Install all the mounting pins with the help of a hammer
- Screw the mounted security camera securely at the right position and the right angle against the wall
3) Install the Camera
Mount the camera on the designed wall or ceiling according to the plan
To mount the camera on the wall or ceilings, drill holes to screw the camera. Then point the camera at the right angle and right position to capture the best-desired view. As we know, security cameras use motion detection technology; it’s crucial to position the camera to capture the best detection.
Arrange Wires and Cables for Video surveillance Camera Installation
Plan on checking the security camera wire route throughout the facility, mainly hallways, basement, garage, etc.
- For wired systems, connect the wire extending from the wall to the camera
- For wireless WIFI systems, insert the battery first before mounting
- Secure the security camera against the wall or ceiling and then adjust to the desired angle
Check angles and coverage
The distance of the camera from the subject should be proper to capture the view clearly and adequately. All the critical areas need to be covered at all times. Avoid placing the cameras near sunlight to get rid of the glare and reduced visibility. Security cameras should be mounted at an angle pointing downward, mostly for a dome camera. When mounted against a wall, make sure to check the position so that it won’t shake and distort the image.
4) Connecting to the system
After the cabling, the next step is to check if the security camera systems work successfully with a power supply. The recorder and monitor require an adequate power supply. Distributing power sources across various components for the proper functioning of the whole system. Cabling has drawbacks because intruders might cut the cabling to erase any proof, but wireless networks are more secured in such scenarios. Make sure to mount at the right distance and angle to prevent such crimes.
Local vs. Cloud storage
Local storage options vary from microSD cards to Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) and Network Video Recorders (NVRs).
Cloud storage enables video archives and evidence or recordings to be stored securely in the cloud.
Local storage can be vulnerable to attacks from thieves or unwanted persons, but cloud storage is more secure and password-protected.
Professional security camera installers can help you seamless integration of your security camera systems with access control systems to prevent unauthorized access to your facility, a mass notification system to alert during an emergency and crucial situations, and a visitor management system to streamline the check process in and more. The integration provides a unified solution that is easy to manage and involves a relatively low cost.
Professional Vs. Self-Installation
“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.” – R. Adair
Self-Installation is free of cost, mostly after purchasing the equipment. Still, most cameras are not easy to install nowadays because of the complexity in design. The right knowledge is required for the security cameras’ placement, knowing the correct location to mount the cameras, choosing the right camera to secure indoors and outdoors. Self-installation requires drilling the walls properly. If done incorrectly, it can damage the wall.
Considering all these factors, hiring a professional security camera installer like Umbrella technologies takes care of the entire process and does the whole job to your satisfaction and budget requirements. Contact us today for an informed plan and implementation of installing the security cameras in your facility.
What materials do I need to install security cameras?
Wireless security cameras mainly require a Wi-Fi cam and a wireless receiver, but wired security camera installation requires much more. They are-
- Ethernet cable
- Baluns that converts analog to digital, mostly used for analog systems
- A power drill with drive bits and spade bits with regular drill bits as well
- Steel fish tape
- Power supply
- Masking tape or other types of tape
- A monitor, mouse, and keyboard
What to expect with a professional security camera installation?
Security professionals in the facility should document the facility’s restricted areas and expectations before hiring a professional security camera installer. Here is what to expect with a professional security camera installation
Before the camera installs – Before starting the installation, you need to know what the professional should be doing and what to expect from them. Constant communication on the work and expectation makes the process transparent by asking questions and doubts even before the installation process. An onsite audit is done before the implementation process that helps in identifying:
- If existing security cameras are analog or IP based surveillance cameras
- If all gaps are covered
- Cable paths for low-voltage installation measurements
- IT network infrastructure
During the camera install – During the installation process, you should expect consistent communication on updates and progress report sent daily or bi-weekly based on the project’s size. Some of the project updates involve:
- General Project Info
- General Status Info
- Milestone Reviews
- Project Summary
- Issues/Ways they were Resolved
After the camera install – Upon completion of the installation process, a final site-survey is provided that documents all areas of installation, checking the focus of the cameras, network settings, and storage configurations. The professional installer trains the employees and staff to properly handle the equipment and the security actions required from the end-users.
For detailed information on the checklist, what to avoid and accept, common mistakes to watch out for, please read out the blog on What to Expect from a Professional Security Camera Installation
Umbrella Technologies will guide you throughout the installation process and select the best security cameras for your needs and budget.