Is your business keeping up with camera preventative maintenance? The whole purpose of having a camera system is to keep your business secure. Part of securing your business is making sure you keep with the camera preventative maintenance. What does that look like you ask?
Preventative maintenance starts with checking your camera recording. You will want to check to make sure that each camera is recording. There are times that cameras stop communicating with your DVR (Digital Video Recorder) or NVR (Network Video Recorder). When they stop recording then you lose any data of the incident should you need to go back and view that camera.
You will also need to check your backup. Just because the camera is recording you will need to check to make sure your backup of that recording is working. Backups can be set to record 30 days, 60 days, or even months of video data. Without a backup you will lose data of the incident.
Cleaning the cameras is a vital part of preventative maintenance. Whether the camera is outside or inside, it can collect dust. Or when it rains, and the camera is outside, it can leave a residue. Not cleaning your cameras will create obstruction of your view. Without a clear view your video then becomes useless.
Adjusting the cameras is also a part of preventative maintenance. Believe it or not, cameras can get out of alignment due to software or communication issues. When this happens, you will need to adjust your camera view.
Last but not least, camera preventative maintenance should also include software updates. As your system ages and you replace existing cameras with new cameras your software will start to glitch. Without updating the software your camera system will seem less functional. Without a functional camera system, you risk losing video data and or risk losing your whole security system.
When is the last time you performed preventative maintenance on your cameras and system? If it has been a while or you have not done it at all, contact C Three Business Consultants to schedule your maintenance today! Depending on the size of your system and how many cameras you have you should be scheduling maintenance quarterly, bi-annually, or annually.