The events of recent years have prompted a security revolution. Upsurges in remote and hybrid work, publicized data breaches, and health concerns require organizations to think differently about how they protect their workforce.  

This means accelerating innovation, sunsetting some solutions, and unifying separate systems. 

Video surveillance will continue to be the crux of organizational security. However, optimal camera performance isn’t enough for end users like you. When you’re contemplating different solutions, you should ask: 

  • Is this the right technology for our environment? 
  • How easily can we add new features? 
  • In addition to recording video for forensic review, how else can this system help us? 

It’s hard to stay on top of security camera technology. Terms like these are more than buzzwords, though. They are examples of technology that deliver intel and capabilities that personnel can’t.    

Read on for an overview of business security camera systems, their purpose, and an A-Z definition list of industry terms

What is a security camera system? 

It’s a system that provides surveillance capabilities to help protect people, assets, and systems, as per the Department of Homeland Security. It’s a security force multiplier, providing surveillance for a larger area than would be possible with security personnel alone.  The system can integrate live and recorded video with security alarms for barriers, intrusion detection, and access control systems. 

Technology typically includes: 

  • Cameras  
  • Monitors 
  • Equipment for recording 

What is the purpose of a security camera system? 

You can deploy security cameras in many different settings, from medical environments to correctional facilities.

Business security cameras can: 

  • Help catch crime and reduce risk inside and outside the organization 
  • Maintain perimeter, building, and grounds security 
  • Monitor traffic 
  • Surveil areas that would be hazardous to humans, like areas with radioactive waste. 
  • Provide valuable law enforcement evidence 
cloud video camera installed on outside of building

Beyond capturing footage, a business security camera system is an asset to your overall organization. They preserve business continuity. For example, they can help you check if all your employees are where they need to be. People counting and/or occupancy monitoring is particularly important in the era of the coronavirus and hybrid offices. You can take care not to fill office spaces and specific areas beyond capacity. 

Another way systems maintain the status quo is by minimizing the chance for supply chain disruption. Disruptions can cost organizations an average of $184 million a year, according to Security Magazine.  

Thirdly, systems help organizations stave off or mitigate lawsuits, such as slip and fall or fraudulent damage claims. They provide evidence that you can use for confirmation or contestation in legal contexts. To navigate the complexities of installing surveillance cameras, start by making sure you comply with related state and local laws and make sure you’re working with an experienced video surveillance integrator. 

Business Security Cameras in Today’s World 

The pandemic accelerated a much-needed widespread adoption of touchless and mobile-first solutions. These include automated screening and mobile access. Recent surveillance innovations not only prevent the spread of germs but also create a faster, more efficient workplace experience. 

Keep in mind that capturing more data may also raise privacy questions.  The more we understand privacy concerns, the better we can enable organizations to create policies and leverage technology to effectively reduce safety risks.  

To Make the Best Decisions, Partner with a Provider 

Keeping track of the latest innovations and terminology may seem like a tall order. These advancements and capabilities will, however, make security a more efficient process. To make sense of them, turn to a trusted, experienced solutions provider. They’ll help you tailor top-performing, cost-effective solutions for your particular organization.  

A-Z Definitions of Video Surveillance 

The following are terminology definitions of core concepts in video surveillance security.

Empowering Organizations to Stay Safe and Productive


Organizational security requires a holistic approach, from its facilities to its employees to its networks. Beyond tools, it involves specific techniques and approaches. Once you have the knowledge, strategies, and systems, you’ll be able to execute a well-rounded security program. 

Connect with STANLEY Security to learn more about the right business security solutions to effectively protect your organization’s people and assets.

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