IT Insight: Your business: safety & security

Your business faces many security threats, and you need to be vigilant against them all. Security camera surveillance helps you secure your commercial space, while also protecting your most valuable assets, your employees, giving you enhanced peace of mind.

Security cameras let you check in on your business when you’re not there. They help you monitor who is coming and going through your building or parking lot. Ultimately, they allow you to sleep better at night because you know your business is more secure.

Security cameras allow you to monitor outside threats such as theft and vandalism. With surveillance cameras, you can record video evidence of crimes, and then, you can leverage that information to spot vulnerabilities in your existing security.

Cameras can also protect you from property loss and theft from insiders. They deter employee theft and help with workflow monitoring. In retail environments, they can keep an eye on potential criminals, which gives your employees the chance to focus more on customer service. They can also provide important footage if you are facing a lawsuit or dealing with harassment claims between employees and overall create a safer workplace for you and your employees. In many cases, they can also help to reduce insurance costs for your business.

There is a wide range of surveillance cameras including wired, wireless, indoor, outdoor, 4K, and analog. Some offer wide-range 360 degree static views, while others can pan, tilt, or zoom in as needed. Some cameras just record what’s happening in front of them, but others are programmed to pick up specifics such as every license plate on vehicles that come into your parking lot.

There are also a host of varied accessories from door access with key FOB to power adaptors, doorbell integrations, and battery packs. You can have cameras that cast to CCTVs or apps on your phone. You can record everything 24/7, or just keep the footage for a limited time. This is just the beginning of the possibilities.  The abundance of options means that it is possible to find exactly what you need — but it can often feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. When you work with an IT Managed Service Provider, they will help you assess the best security cameras for your needs and budget.

Your business has unique concerns, risks, and security goals. Surveillance advice from a trusted resource in the industry is key. At PCG, we’re not in the business of selling security systems. We’re in the business of providing our clients with the highest level of security for all their needs. To do that, we assess your security risks and your safety goals. Then, we customize a security set-up that addresses your unique concerns and works within your budget.

We also integrate your security surveillance system with your IT network. Working with IT pros helps to ensure that you don’t face any tech issues that compromise the functionality of your cameras.

With network integration, you can ensure that only authorized people can access the camera footage. Then, you can allow them to watch the cameras through their PC monitors, laptops, or phones. You can also eliminate cyber risks such as hacking, improve up-time, and tap into network monitoring as desired.

If you need to upgrade your current security camera system, you need to assess the pros and cons of your current system, look for vulnerabilities, and map out an upgrade that works with your budget. For instance, to create more clarity in surveillance videos, many business owners want to upgrade from analog security cameras to IP cameras. This requires new equipment as well as replacing old coax and power cables with Wi-Fi based solutions or Cat5E/Cat6 cables with power-over-ethernet (POE). Your Managed Service Provider will assess all your requirements and solutions such as this.

At PCGiT, our clients’ needs drive our actions and recommendations. We work to protect your business and your assets and meet the needs of your existing network such as assessing if your current network can support Wi-Fi-based security solutions or would a wired solution better fit your environment. . We’ll design wire and cabling systems that address all the location’s needs inside and outdoors that are discrete, well-organized, tested, and documented. We’ll ensure that you have the right DVR and storage that can handle your footage time requirements.

If you are ready to boost your security and want to work with a company that has decades of experience improving security for businesses, we have extensive experience working with a wide range of companies in many different industries including healthcare, manufacturing, office, retail, legal, and more. When you contact us, we will start with a conversation about your unique needs, and then, we’ll get you the best security solution for your business.

At PCGiT, we offer a wide range of IT and security services for our clients including Security Surveillance/Camera Solutions. Get more from your IT Support Team -Call PCGiT today – Comprehensive Managed IT Services, tailored to your business needs!

JoAnn Hodgdon is vice president and co-founder of Portsmouth Computer Group (PCGiT) with her husband David. PCG provides comprehensive managed IT services, business continuity, security, cloud computing and Virtual CIO services to their clients. You may reach her at or at