Office Surveillance Guide

By Ethan Ace, Published Sep 11, 2013, 12:00am EDT (Info+)

Ask five integrators how an office should be covered with surveillance, and you'll get five different answers. Though it is one of the most common applications in the industry, surveillance of office buildings still suffers from a lack of planning and design based on realistic threats, with arbitrary camera placement which may ignore vital areas.

In this guide, we will look at design considerations for office buildings., covering common threats, camera locations, procurement, network considerations, viewing video, and product selection.

Common *******

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  • *********:****** ** ******** *** ******* ********* and ****** *******. **** *** ** caused ** ****** *******, ********, ******* lighting ** ***********, *** *** ****** of ***** ******.
  • ******** ******:********* *** ****** ******* ** ********* as **** ***** *** ***** ****, especially ****** ********* ** ******** *****.
  • *********:**** *** **** ********** **** ********* in *** **** *** *****, ******** a **** ** ***** ********** ******* commercial **********. ** *** ******** ** open ** ******* ** *** ******, such ** *********, ********, ** ******, or **** ** ** *** ****** sidewalks, ********* *** ** * *******.

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Common ****** *********

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******** *******:** *****-**************, *** ******* ********* ********* ***** may ****** ** ******** *******, ** well, ** **** *** *** ***** point ** **** ********** *****. **** is ******** **** ****** ** ******-******** facilities, *** **** ** ******** ****** subjects ** **** **** ******* ******. Other ********** ****** **** ******** *********. Many *****, ** ***** **** ******* cameras ** *** ******** ****, ************ ******** ****** ******* ** ******** transmission ****************** ***** ** *******, ****** **** *** ********** ** the ******.

******** ********:******** ******* *** ********* **** ** capture ********* ** ********. **** ** most ***** ************ *** ******* ******* at *** ********'* *******, ***** ***** the ******* *****. ***% ******** ** every **** ** *** *********** ********, as ***** **** *** *** **** likely ** ***** ** ******-****** *****, such ** ***** **** ****-*** *********** areas ** *************. ***** *** ** the **** ** *** ****** *** key, ** ***** ****. ** **** and **** ** * *******, ******** cameras ****** ***** ****** *** *****, such ** ********* *** ********, ** well. *** ******* *** ******** **** for ******** ******** ****, ** ********** are ***** *** ******* ****** ***-*****, when ********* *** **** ****** ** occur. ** ****** ** * ******* concern, ****'* ***** ** ***-**** ******** *********** ****** ** *******.

******* **************:********** **** ***** ******* **** ** garages *** ****** ****** ******** ** necessary, ********** ** ***** ***** ***** comes *** **** ****** ********* *****, where **** *** ****** ******** *******. Parking **** *** *********** ********* ** cover **** **** *******, ** **** are ******* *** ******** ***, *** their **** ***** ******** **** **** usable ********** *********. ****-********* ******* *** often **** *** ***** ********, ****** they *** *** ******* ******, ** many *** *** ***** ****, **********- or *****-****, *** **** ********* ** light ** ******. ***** *** ***** better *** ********** **** *****-********** ******* (1-2MP) **** ******* ****. **** *** performed ******** ***** ********* ************** *********** ****** ** ******* **** ****** selection.

**** *******:** ********** **** ********* **** *******, comings *** ****** *** ***** ********. This ******** * ****** ** *** entered *** **** ******, *** ****, and *********** ***** ******* ******. **** may ** **** ***** ** ********* tampering ** ***** ** **** *** been **********. ***** ***** **** ** where *** ***** ************ ****-*** ** network ******** *** *******, ****** ******* in **** **** ** ********** ** deter ********* **** *** ******.

******* *****:******** ** ******* ***** ****** *** purposes. *****, ******* ***** *** ***** used ** *** ***** ** ***** items, ** ** ** ****** ** move ***** ******* ******** ***** **** man *****. ******, ** ******** * record ** *********, ******** *** ********, which *** ** ******* ** ****** claims *** ******* *******. ***** ***** often ******* **** ******* *******, ** open ******** ***** ****** ****** *********. An ********** ******* **** ****** *** have ********* *********-******* ****** ************** *****.

*******:**** ******* ****** ** ***** ******* throughout *** ******** ** *** ******, in ******** ** ***** *****. **** is * ***** ******* ********. ******* in ***** ***** ********* ********** ****** employee ********, *** **** *** ******* to ******* **** ** ***** **** if ********. *******, ** ***** ** a ********** **** ** ***** *****, there *** ** ** ***** ******. In ***** *****, ** *** ****** is *** ** ***** ******** ********, users *** **** *** *** ** mask ******** ********** ** ********.

Network **************

** ** *** **** ** **** instances, ** ****** *********** ** ******* most ***** *** * ********* ******* as ********* ** ********** ********** ******. *** ******** *** *** ********* LAN *** ***** *********, *******, ** that ***** ** *** ********* *** may ****** *****. ************ ******* *** also **** ** ** **** ********* on *** ********, ** ****** ****** or ****** **** *** *******.

Viewing ** *****

*** ***** ** ****** **** ***** depends **** *** **** ** *** facility. ** ***** *******, ***** ** rarely ******, ******* **** *** ******** purposes. ************* ** ******** *** **** use * ********* ******* *** ******** monitoring. ** ***-**-***** **********, ******* *** be **** **********. **** ****** ********** have ***** **** *****, ** ****-**** guard *****, *** **** ***** ** a ******* *****. ** *** ******** is **** *** ******** ** * multi-site *******, ***** *** **** ** viewed ********, ** * ******* ******** command ******.

** ***** *******, ******** *** ****** may **** ****** ************ ******, ** they ***** *** ****-** *** ************ of ****** ***** ****'** **** **** their *******. ** ****** **********, ***** staff ** ********* ** ********, **** is ****** **** ********** *** ******.

***********

**** ***** **** ***, ******* ****** facilities ******** ******* ************ **** * single ******, ******* *** **** ** RFP ****** *******. **** *** ******, or ** ******** ** ******* ******, to ******* ******** ******. *****, ********* facilities *** ***** ****, *** **** is **** ******** ** ***** **** do ***. ****** ********* ******** ****** should ******** *** ********* ** ****** that *** ********* *** ** ***** to "****** ** ******" ** ******** in ***** ** ****** ****, ***** and ********** ** *** *******, ** well ** *** ********* ********, ***** rate, **********, *** ********* ******** ** well ** *** ********* ** *** system.

*********, ****** ***** **** **** ****** depending ** *** ****, ******, *** security ***** ** *** ********. ********* speaking, ***** ******* **** ***** ************ will ****** $**,*** ** **** *** surveillance. ** ** *** ******** ** see ****** ********** ****** ** *** range ** $**,***-**,***, ********** ** ******** outdoor ******* ** ******* **** *** involved. *** **** ***** **********, **** as *****-***** "******* *****" *** **** centers, $**-**** ** ******.

Product *********

**** **** ** **** ****, ***** are ******* ****** ** *** ***** of ********* ***** ********* ** ****** facilities:

  • ***** ****:***** *** ***** ****** ** **** of **** ******** *****, ***** ***** of *-** ****** *** ****** ****** be **** **** **********. *** ******* of ***** ******* ** **** *** identification **** ** ******* ****** *********, making *** ****** ***** ***** **********. Exterior ***** *** *** ***** ***** as **** ** **-** ***, ********** if ********* ******* ** ****** ******** is * *******.
  • ********* ******:****** ***** *** **** ********** ** how **** ***** ** ******, ***** generally **** *** **-** **** ** storage, **** ** ** ** *** being ********. ****** ******* *** ****.
  • ** **. *********:** **** *****, ******** ********** ******* are ********** *** *** ***. ******-**** entrances, *** *******, *** ************* *** feet ****. *** ****** ****** * six-foot *** ******* ** **** *** pixels *** ****, **** **** ********** for **************. ***** **** ******** ***** may *** ** ****-******* ** * single ** ******, *******, ****** ********* a ****** ******. ******* ***** *** generally **** ******* **** ********* *******, in ***** ** **** *** ***** of ********* *********** ******* ****** * wide ****.
  • *****-********* ***:*****-********* ******* (*** *** *****) **** seen **** *** *** **** ***** areas, ********** ******* ****. **** ****** be ********* **********, *******. ***-***** *********** is ** ***** **** *** *** above *****-********* *******, ** ******** ***** areas, ***** *** ********* ***** ***, proves ***********, *** ******** ****** ********* over *.*** (****) ** *** (*****) cameras.
  • **** ******:********* *** ********* **** ** ******** areas, ****** *** **********, *** **** to ****** ************** ** *********. *** exterior *****, ***, ******, *** ******** styles *** ****. *** ******* ***** for * ***** ********* ** ******, which *** ** ********* ** **** instances.
  • ***** **. ***:*** ******* ****** **** ** **** in ********** ***** ***** ** ********* cameras *********. ** ***** *****, **** may ************* ******** ** ******* ****, ** ********* *** **** ** to ***** **** ********. ***** **** these *****, **** *** *** ***********, as **** *** ********* *-** *** price ** * ***** ******, *** when *** ** ****, ********* ** "always ******* *** ***** ***".

**********

** ****** ***** ************ ****** *** vary ** ******* ** *** ****** that ****** *** ******** ** ********* that ******* *** ******. ** **** this ***** *** ***** ** * base ******** *** *** ****** *** layout ** ****** ******** ***** ************ systems. ** ** *** ***** ** be ***-************ ** **** ************ *** its *** ********** ********** *** **********. However, **** ****** ************ **** ******* threats *** ****** ******** ******** **** we **** ********* ****.

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