Entrepreneurs in the brick-and-mortar world put a lot of energy and sweat equity into their company’s core specialization as well as managing the nuances of the physical location.
One prevalent concern is security. Inventory theft during or after business hours can be a nightmare. Many businesses, such as jewelry, antique, collectibles and sports memorabilia stores, are constant targets for the unscrupulous who may try to acquire inventory when “no one is looking.”
With video surveillance running on 4G LTE, small business owners have the ability to quickly and easily monitor their business locations remotely using a smartphone or tablet. Verizon Wireless is providing innovative solutions to help small business owners, working with leaders in the security field.
For example, TacticalVIDEO, which offers a complete 4G LTE surveillance kit that enables business owners to keep an eye on their assets from any location. High-definition wireless cameras can be accessed in real-time and controlled from mobile devices. It also includes Video Viewing, a secure application that runs live with minimal latency and sends an alert to a mobile device if there is an unwarranted disturbance.
Another option is SecureWatch24, which notes seeing more small businesses interested in analytics working in tandem with video. By integrating high-speed connectivity with security solutions, technology gives the small business information about their security landscape – whether it is activated by motion detection or a continuous feed.
However, security isn’t the only application for mobile video. Intelligent video can also supply valuable analytical information for a business. What are people doing inside your store? Are your displays in the right place and getting noticed? How many times did customers pick up that red sweater on sale? Answers to these and other questions can help a business prosper – and 4G LTE technology plays a key role.
As such, businesses should consider the use of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) in the security monitoring. By adding these tags onto inventory or portable items used by salespeople, businesses can monitor assets and ensure they don’t go missing. A simple geofence can be defined to flag items when they are outside the business perimeter.
Small business security is all about information and notification. Whether it’s a physical disruption, a misplaced asset or a report on the number of customers who walked by a display, 4G LTE and mobile devices give the business instant awareness. With smartphones and tablets, it becomes easier for a business to monitor its livelihood 24/7 – and with peace of mind.
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