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An effective VMS looks different depending on the type of enterprise it is servicing, but all organizations should consider six non-negotiables to ensure they are receiving an enterprise-grade solution.

Here are the must-haves:

  1. Adaptive and Scalable

Quick start-up and lag-free workflows are what make an enterprise VMS live up to its name. The fear many enterprises have is that the more cameras and devices connected to their solution, the greater the lag time. This is not true for an enterprise solution. The right fit for your enterprise will support an unlimited number of recording devices.

  1. Centralized Management, Command and Control

Not only can you use this dashboard to view all of your camera streams, whether on a large campus, national, or global scale, but you also manage system maintenance. Instead of having to be on-site to service your servers or cameras you can configure your cameras, set recording parameters, apply firmware updates to your devices, and configure server upgrades with only the click of a button.

  1. Sophisticated User Management 

With large enterprises, there are different levels of access needed. Enterprise users require different aspects of the VMS to complete their job requirements. An effective VMS will provide highly customizable features that give administrators and users the access required to complete their jobs effectively.

Administrators should be able to restrict and grant access to certain camera streams, locations, networks, and archived data. Additionally, administrators should be able to export user reports of jobs in queue and jobs that have been executed, as well as user access data.

  1. A Robust Alert System

Failing hard drives or network issues, contribute to important data being lost. An enterprise VMS solution will alert users to technical errors with information on what error has occurred so the issue can be resolved quickly. It’s risky to take on a system that relies on the user to find errors or devices that have failed because an enterprise could have thousands of devices.

  1. Support for Third-Party Products

A VMS solution should not be limited, it should be used to bridge the gap in security accessibility for large organizations. All of those disparate parts make having viewership of the full enterprise a concern to reconcile. Third-party products should be easily integrated. The more customizable integrations your VMS offers, the greater its chances of being a long-standing, evergreen system that can grow and adapt with time.

  1. Exporting and Editing

Surveillance is about capturing what is happening all the time. However, sometimes you need to bring the viewers’ attention to a specific details in the video, so editing software is necessary. It is an added step, unless it is part of the VMS solution and accessible from the Central Command and Control Center. Pulling a video recording from a chosen camera stream, exporting it, and editing that video all in one application saves time and money.

These features – and many more – are available in Surveill VMS.