Upgrading your security camera system has an obvious cost attached to it. You have to pay for the new hardware, get new software that can handle it, possibly get a Wi-Fi system that can send the signal, have someone install it on your property, and then spend time figuring out how the new system works and training your employees if you install it in a business. However, there are other kinds of costs that come with leaving an outdated system in place for longer than you should.
More Maintenance And Downtime
Cameras and DVRs have limited lifespans. They can last for years or even decades if you treat them right and maintain them, but over time the software can become corrupted and the hardware can break down. This results in camera failures and downtime, downtime you can avoid by replacing the cameras with newer and more reliable models. If you don’t, the cameras won’t be useful when you’re repairing them and a camera failing won’t seem suspicious even if a burglar disables it.
Quality loss affects cameras in two ways. First, a security camera’s image quality can degrade as part of the aging process and give you blurrier footage, sections that the camera can’t see, or a big quality drop in poor lighting conditions. Second, you lose potential quality because new cameras offer HD and 4k resolutions, improved low-light imaging, facial recognition software, and so on. This quality boost is important for almost every function a security camera offers.
Older cameras with low-quality footage might not take up much hard-drive space, but then older DVRs don’t have as much storage space to spare. On top of that, older hard drives can fail and lose all their information, especially if it sees heavy use. Newer recording setups have plenty of space to store HD footage, plus newer compression software is more efficient without losing as much image quality. That’s why a newer camera system can end up storing more hours of footage even when the cameras record HD or better footage.
Fewer Viewing Options
While older cameras used analog connections, new cameras almost always use IP formats. Not only does this let you send HD images, it’s also compatible with your internet connection so your cameras can send their footage wirelessly and store it on an online cloud server rather than a local computer or DVR. Cloud storage means you can view your camera footage from any location so long as you have your ID and password, plus security companies like Advanced Integrated Security can set you up with a smartphone app that lets you check your live camera feeds anywhere you go.
While a security upgrade can be costly, refusing to upgrade your surveillance cameras can end up costing you more. Fortunately, modern cameras might not cost as much as you’d think. At Advanced Integrated Security we can help you choose the best cameras for your budget, so contact us today to start your first consultation.