Making a profit in the business world is hard enough these days without losing money or unnecessary productivity. Physical property theft, insurance claim fraud, financial impropriety, and simple employee inefficiency can detract from a company’s overall mission. Fortunately, there are various ways to improve enterprise security. Depending on the budget for security, companies may require background checks, install alarm systems, or limit access to certain areas of the facility. One of the more interesting advancements in recent years has been systems IP cameraor internet protocol camera.
It is a digital surveillance camera connected to a computer network that can be viewed remotely via the internet. With indoor security cameras and a good internet connection, company managers can monitor certain facilities from different buildings, or even from their homes. Of course, a company manager can perform a cost-benefit analysis to determine whether investing in a security system is a good choice. They will likely find many reasons to buy such a system.
Worker Compensation Claims
One reason to buy a network of surveillance cameras is to monitor the situation around workers’ compensation insurance. Millions of dollars in worker compensation claims are paid each year, and sometimes the system is abused. So when a claim is filed, the company needs to investigate to determine whether the injury actually occurred on the job. With indoor security cameras, a company can review footage of its warehouse, office, and production line and then determine when an accident may have occurred. If that doesn’t happen, claims won’t need to be paid, and the company will save money. If an injury does occur, the company can find ways to improve its safety procedures. Either way, a security camera system can be an effective tool for dealing with workers’ compensation claims.
Find Property Crime
Theft happens in businesses with people’s cash and merchandise values. It can happen at all levels of a business, from a small one like a gas station to a large bank. Theft can be as simple as a thief stealing cash from a cash register or a crew swiping boxes of high-tech merchandise from a warehouse space. One set IP camera in strategic locations can provide high-resolution images that can help pinpoint a specific time frame. Because digital surveillance cameras can be adapted to record only when they sense sound or movement, there is very little wasted footage. This can help police find and prosecute criminals and minimize profit losses from theft.
Check Employee Productivity
When the boss is away, sometimes the workers will play. IP cameras such as webcams can help reduce the problems from the work environment that are common in large companies. And they don’t have to be as clear as the boxy, old-style closed-circuit TV camera in the corner of the room. Digital security cameras can now come in a variety of camouflaged looks. This includes the following:
- Coat hanger
- Smoke alarms
- Tissue dispenser
- Alarm clock
With such a clever camouflage, the camera can walk around high traffic areas unsuspectingly. If a supervisor suspects someone is behaving badly, he or she will be able to scan the footage from the camera and see who is playing in the water cooler, or who is repeatedly arriving late for work. It might also help managers see workflow inefficiencies in certain departments.
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