There are many advantages to businesses, large and small, installing a capable CCTV system. But with all CCTV has to offer businesses nowadays, if CCTV is not looked after as part of your IT setup, you could be missing out on crucial tech developments and advantages.

Why CCTV should be part of your IT

Safety and security are the obvious reasons for installing CCTV, but it can help you with employee monitoring, and should also form a critical part of your disaster recovery planning. CCTV is an essential component of your business security and health.

But why should CCTV be part of your tech setup?

The short answer is that the infrastructure required for a CCTV system, particularly a digital system, is typically considered part of your ICT setup.

If your system has its footage located in the cloud, then the cloud architecture, and its compliance and security will need specialist input and maintenance. If you use a central server, the backup, monitoring and security is also an IT function. And whilst a facilities management function may keep your CCTV running well, it is unlikely to take care of running updates and hardware maintenance, potentially operating on a break-fix basis only.

IT security

Video surveillance systems can be hacked for personal and image data, just like any other system. You will need to ensure that your CCTV system is not only physically maintained but updated with all the required security updates and settings to protect you from the latest hacking trends.

IT security specialists will ensure your CCTV infrastructure is protected against vulnerabilities, monitored and updated to the highest level of protection against cyber criminals. But, as well as this, a specialist will ensure that the physical security of your data location is assured.

Data protection and GDPR compliance

With any CCTV system there are implications for your compliance in data protection and GDPR. Your IT security plays a part in this to ensure that the data you hold of your employees and customers complies with GDPR.

Penalties for not adhering to GDPR are steep; but again, this is for an IT expert to advise you on, and ensure your full compliance with the rules for holding data.

Video surveillance and ICT are convergent technologies

CCTV and ICT have, until recently, been two distinct markets, but now, they, increasingly, share the same market. Advancements in cloud architecture and file sharing capabilities have significant implications for the data gathered in video surveillance systems.

Global ICT firms, such as Dell and Motorola, are entering the video surveillance market, and the market is fast developing in terms of its capabilities for delivering on evermore sophisticated requirements.

You only have to think of the impact of the Safe Cities index to understand how digital, infrastructure and personal security are linked.

Don’t get left behind

While the leaps in advancing technology may be happening at a global level for ICT and video surveillance, for companies who class their CCTV as an IT-led function, there are immediate advantages in compliance and digital security to be gained.

For those who stick with the FM route for looking after their CCTV, the digital performance, potential development and compliance of their video data function is likely to become lost in the facilities’ priorities.

Going the ICT route for CCTV, is really now, if it wasn’t even just a few years ago, the smartest option.