We’ve talked before about how having cameras at your property helps you protect the value of your business and gives your customers a sense of safety while on the premises. But once you have your camera system installed, how do you know who is looking at your cameras? Find out why you should know who is viewing your cameras and steps you can take to audit your camera system.
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On a traditional DVR system (that we mentioned in a previous article), you can’t see who has been viewing footage that the cameras have recorded or even know who has accessed your cameras. Not being able to know that information is a little scary and creepy!
One of the benefits of using a smart cloud based camera system is the data that is accessible for you to peruse. These are great for commercial business, HOAs, places of worship, schools, and shopping centers. However, in the wrong hands, there can be the possibility of misuse which is why the audit log feature is vital.
Whether you gave access to someone a long time ago and forgot about it, you can easily change settings to revoke access and even see in the audit log who has a login and if they’ve viewed your cameras. If you are part of a homeowners association board or property management group that has access to a group of cameras, you can set up parameters for individual users of what cameras they can view and even if they can download the footage. This log will show the users that have logged in and from what IP address.
In the audit log you will find a plethora of information including users, user login, when they started viewing, when they ended viewing, and even show the clips that were viewed. This gives you the ability as the administrator to monitor who’s logging in, what they’re doing, and the purpose of what they are using it for.
Another great function of the audit log is to review the analytics of cameras that aren’t popular or being viewed. This would be something to note and even discuss a better location to place the cameras. Or, if there is a camera that is being viewed frequently, perhaps a discussion of adding additional cameras to have different angles and views of that area.