Remote security and video surveillance have become a necessity for public and commercial organizations worldwide. Cellular connectivity is an essential part of effective remote surveillance operations as it may not always be feasible to connect every security camera to a landline. If you want to develop a successful and sustainable remote security solution, then it’s vital that you select SIM cards and data plans that precisely fit these types of Internet of Things (IoT) deployments. In this post, we’ll discuss what your organization should look for when choosing connectivity solutions for smart security and video surveillance.
Security Camera SIMs Built for IoT and 4G LTE
When it comes to remote surveillance cameras, you want to choose a SIM developed for IoT and that it supports 4G LTE technology since security cameras use a high amount of data. Consider form factors like plug-in or SIM-chip as well as custom SIM profile-capable. As security cameras may be mission-critical technology for your enterprise, you’ll need a better, more serviceable and redundant solution. Leveraging a roaming SIM will ensure that you have additional MNOs available. Also, security cameras are often in rugged environments where they are exposed to the elements. You should consider making industrial-grade SIMs part of your requirements specification so that your products can withstand and operate reliably under rougher conditions.
Smart Security System Data Plans Save Money
In addition to IoT SIMs, choose a data plan designed explicitly for IoT security camera deployment. While traditional data plans are strict and offer minimum flexibility, data plans built for IoT are flexible and reduce the risk of exposing your business to financial crises that can easily arise from bill shock. First, start with a basic broadband data plan ideal for high data usage (50 MB to 3 GB) and well-suited for devices that have high data consumption rates like surveillance cameras. Then, delve into the detail of data traffic patterns across application types, regions and time for your devices with your provider to craft the most exacting plan. For roaming security camera solutions, verify that your provider has a 4G LTE roaming agreement. It will be time and effort well-rewarded over your deployment’s lifetime, even if not at the beginning.
Telit’s IoT data plans are tailored for specific markets and application types and designed to meet each organization’s needs. We operate pay-if-use models that charge you when the device is in use and automatically allocate pooled balances for optimal charging. These models help minimize expensive overages for applications like motion-activated cameras with varying monthly data usage levels.
Security and Surveillance System Measures
Protecting security and surveillance equipment and data is crucial, as these devices play an essential role in keeping your facility safe and reducing loss. In addition to 24/7 monitoring, look for VPN solutions and a private APN that help keep device data secure and out of the wrong hands.
Serviceability and Quality of Service
When it comes to remote surveillance, your security devices must remain connected to one of many possible networks to avoid data transmission disruptions. That’s why you need to ensure that your devices can operate across carriers. When it comes to the quality of connection, the adage, “you get what you pay for,” applies. Ensure that your devices are powered with data plans and SIMs that enable using the best network possible, not only the least expensive. A lower-cost network is not always going to be the network that provides the best connectivity for every spot you will need to mount a camera.
You may not always know what your monthly data usage will be from device to device. Some devices will overuse, while others will remain well under the limit. To avoid bill shock at the end of the cycle, you need an optimization solution to allocate the optimized data plan every month. Telit OPTIMUS is such a solution. It automatically assigns your data plan for each SIM to ensure all your products have the bandwidth they need. OPTIMUS reduces operating expenses so that the organization’s focus remains steadfastly on the business.
Sending a technician out to the security camera’s physical location costs time and money, especially for cameras in hard to reach places like roofs and towers. Remote troubleshooting prevents sending out a technician to the camera site and reduces downtime, which can significantly impact an organization’s security operations.
Security is a vital concern for both public and commercial organizations. Security cameras are mission-critical devices. Work with a company that offers around-the-clock support to ensure that support services always cover your devices and provides specialists who understand the network connection’s operation side and device side. Having this support means your cameras and devices stand the best chance of staying connected and available to transmit data (and be sure to ask if there is an added charge to that service).
Global Support for SIM Security Systems
Looking to deploy a global smart security and surveillance solution? Select a connectivity solution provider that offers global SIMs that work wherever your devices are. Ask about specific solutions for the markets in which you plan to operate, whether in North America, Europe, South America or other countries worldwide. Another critical item to consider is how you will manage these global SIMs. Telit offers global SIM solutions tailored to your specific global market, and we make it easy to manage your SIMs via one convenient portal.
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Editor's Note: This blog was originally published on 9 October 2017 and has since been updated.