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It’s a question that many businesses struggle with as they look to improve their security: is it better to get live security guards or a virtual guard solution? The traditional method has simply been to go through a security guard service and use real human guards on-premise. Surveillance systems did have their place, but most businesses felt they couldn’t rely on them. Technology, however, has changed drastically in the past decade, and virtual guards are becoming commonplace as surveillance systems have advanced. If you’re still debating over the benefits of using security guard services compared to the benefits of surveillance systems, you’ll find that virtual guards have much more to offer and leave your premises safer than ever before.

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Right now, there is a $30+ billion market for CRM software in the business world. It’s the fastest growing segment in the software industry. In fact, Gartner expects the CRM market to generate as much as $37 billion in annual revenue by 2017. Do you know why? It isn’t because software is cool and trendy; it’s because CRM software is the foundation for a platform that generates business insights to optimize sales funnels, manage customer relationships, and otherwise pivot business initiatives toward greater revenue streams. To put it simply, it isn’t the software that’s valuable so much as it is the insights that software, when properly configured, can deliver. Insights build businesses, and as such, insights are worth their weight in gold.

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All across the U.S., private security firms are hired to protect public institutions, critical infrastructure systems, intellectual properties, and sensitive corporate information. Many companies also turn to private security agencies for a range of services, such as protection of employees and property, investigations, pre-employment screenings, IT security, and many others.

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The process of setting up an effective video-surveillance system hinges on a keen understanding of the layout, traffic patterns, and other spatial nuances of the piece of property you want to protect. With those things in mind, you can then focus on balancing your surveillance budget with available equipment on the market. With so many options on the market—from day/night cameras, pan/tilt/zoom cameras, and high definition cameras—it can be a daunting task to find the right combination. Luckily, there are a few general guidelines that security experts endorse. And, once those guidelines are factored in, configuring your surveillance system should be a simple matter.

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When it comes to the purpose behind public video surveillance and real time video monitoring, deterrence is still the primary objective. It’s a heavily researched subject. In fact, in 2011 Urban Institute published an authoritative report, which (among other things), outlines the basic premises of why surveillance is important and useful to the public. Here's a quick breakdown:

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IP-based video surveillance systems have been replacing analog video surveillance systems since the first digital network camera was introduced some 20 years ago. Surprisingly though, the shift to all-digital surveillance systems has not been as dramatic, or as fast as you might think. Despite the fact that IP systems are technologically superior in every way, and more useful in more-nuanced, day-to-day applications such as IP health monitoring, analog CCTV technology remains entrenched in some markets. There are a number of reasons for that, but the overall trend is that those reasons are fading as digital technology continues to improve, and as digital hardware prices trend ever downward.

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When it comes to surveillance and security, there’s no better provider than Pro-Vigil. And while there are those who might suggest that we’re a bit too close to this issue to be objective about it, the numbers don’t lie—Pro-Vigil is the largest live monitoring surveillance division in the industry, with over 200 years combined security and military experience spread throughout three separate facilities. Our advanced surveillance and deterrent technology is so effective, that in 93% of incidents, intruders actually flee the property without police even having to be contacted. In fact, we’re so confident in our security solutions, that we’re willing to pay up to $5,000 per incident of theft or vandalism in the event that our systems fail to halt or prevent a crime. Basically, we don’t need recognition for what we do, because we already know that we’re the best security and surveillance provider available.

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