The basics of video surveillance in companies

Companies face the challenge of protecting their employees, assets and resources from potential threats. In this context, video surveillance plays a crucial role. By using cameras, potential threats can be detected and preventive measures can be taken. But what about the legal aspects? And how can video surveillance be used effectively while ensuring physical security?

Why video surveillance in companies?

The main reason why companies use video surveillance is to protect their facilities, employees and customers. By installing cameras in strategic locations such as entrances, car parks or storage areas, potential threats are detected. This enables the early identification of thefts and robberies to prevent damage. Vandalism and damage to property can also be prevented by cameras as they act as a deterrent.

Furthermore, video surveillance supports the efficient monitoring of operational processes: Workflows are analysed and improved, bottlenecks and inefficient processes are identified and optimised.

Another advantage of video surveillance is to prevent unauthorised access. It ensures that only authorised persons have access to certain areas, which guarantees the security of sensitive information as well as employees and customers.

Video surveillance should always be lawful and ethical. It is important that it is communicated transparently.

Principles of video surveillance

Before installing a video surveillance system, the following three points should be clear:

  • the selection of the right cameras
  • the optimal placement
  • and the seamless integration into the security system

These are decisive factors that contribute significantly to responding effectively to incidents and increasing the security of the company. No less important is the protection of the privacy of employees and, if applicable, customers.

Choosing the right camera

The choice of cameras should meet the specific requirements of the organisation. There are different types of cameras, such as dome cameras, PTZ cameras (remote direction and zoom control) and bullet cameras. Dome cameras are discreet and can be installed indoors or outdoors. PTZ cameras allow you to adjust the angle of view and zoom, while bullet cameras are a good choice for monitoring large areas.

The correct placement of a surveillance camera

The positioning of the cameras is another important aspect. Strategically important areas such as entrances, exits, car parks and warehouses should be covered. Good placement allows for early detection of potential threats and appropriate responses. Camera settings should be checked and adjusted regularly.

Seamless integration of the camera into the security system

Integrating video surveillance into the organisation’s security system is critical. Ideally, cameras should work seamlessly with other components such as alarm systems and access control systems. This enables effective monitoring and rapid incident response. Kentix’s IoT-based modular system allows for easy integration of individual components. This security system can be assembled and expanded as needed. (more on Securing offices, industrial buildings and rooms).

Protecting privacy

Protecting privacy is another important aspect of video surveillance. The cameras should only cover public areas and not private rooms. Attention should be paid to data protection regulations and it should be ensured that recorded videos are stored securely and can only be viewed by authorised persons.

Physical security and prevention

Use and benefits of video surveillance

Effective physical security and prevention are critical for businesses and organisations. They serve not only to protect employees, customers and assets. But also to protect the company’s image and its assets. Video surveillance systems are a good way to ensure security.

Video surveillance systems are now widespread and standard in many companies. They allow not only the recording of events, but also the real-time detection of threats. By combining them with other security measures, potential threats can be detected at an early stage, reliably preventing security incidents.

Identify unwanted persons: One example of using video surveillance systems to detect security threats is facial recognition technology. Special cameras and software recognise persons in real time and match them with a database. This allows unwanted persons to be identified and appropriate action to be taken before anything happens.

Documentation of events: Another advantage of video surveillance is the possibility to document events and provide evidence. In case of theft or burglary, the perpetrators can be identified with the help of the recorded videos. This not only helps to recover stolen assets, but also deters potential perpetrators.

Detection of security risks: In addition to deterring criminals, video surveillance also helps prevent accidents and injuries. By monitoring dangerous areas such as production sites or construction sites, potential safety risks are detected at an early stage and accidents are prevented.

Despite all the advantages, video surveillance should not be considered as the sole security measure, but as part of a comprehensive security concept. This should include other measures such as access control, alarm systems, environmental monitoring and security training.

Liability and consequences

Liability and consequences are two crucial aspects that companies should consider when implementing video surveillance systems and protecting sensitive data. Responsibilities should be clearly defined to avoid potential legal consequences.

First and foremost, the applicable laws and regulations regarding video surveillance should be observed. These can vary significantly depending on the country or region, so it is important that companies inform themselves about the legal requirements and ensure that they comply with them.

Another important aspect concerns privacy. Video surveillance can affect the privacy of employees and customers. Therefore, it is of great importance to comply with the legal boundaries and ensure that the privacy of those affected by the surveillance is protected.

In the event of a data breach or security incident, it is critical that companies take steps to investigate and resolve the incident. This may include working with external experts, notifying affected individuals and, if necessary, reporting to the relevant authorities. Failure to take these steps could result in legal consequences.

Employee liability

Liability extends not only to the company itself, but also to the responsible employees. These must be informed of their duties and responsibilities and be aware of the possible consequences if they do not perform their tasks properly.

To protect themselves against potential liability claims, companies should explore insurance options in advance. Insurance can limit financial damages and protect the company from the costs and consequences of a security incident or data breach.

Video surveillance: an indispensable tool for physical security

The installation of surveillance cameras or systems enables companies to identify potential security risks and react to them at an early stage. Likewise, they serve as a deterrent for potential perpetrators and thus contribute to the prevention of crimes.

When implementing video surveillance systems, it is important to comply with the applicable principles and legal regulations. A regular exchange with a legal advisor or data protection expert ensures that technology and implementation are always up to date. A clear strategy for video surveillance is also advisable. Depending on the areas to be monitored in the company, different types of cameras and technologies are suitable. In addition, it is important to inform employees about video surveillance.

Simple solution with Kentix

Kentix offers companies a simple and user-friendly solution for video surveillance. The individual components are easy to install and operate. Because the security requirements of companies are diverse, the Kentix portfolio does not just include a video surveillance solution, but is a complete system that can be combined in any way and is always compatible – similar to a construction kit. Kentix combines eight common security systems in one – including video surveillance, early fire detection (read more about early fire detection), access control and monitoring.

Conclusion: Video surveillance is an indispensable tool for physical security in companies. However, to take full advantage of video surveillance while ensuring compliance with policies and legal requirements, it is advisable to develop a clear strategy and stay up to date with the latest legislation. With Kentix solutions, companies can implement simple and user-friendly video surveillance, expand it with additional components as needed and improve their security standards.

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