How to choose the right video surveillance system for your business?

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Security is a crucial issue for companies, especially at head offices and industrial sites. A well-designed corporate video protection system helps prevent the risks of theft, vandalism and intrusion. This keeps the site clean and tidy, while protecting employees. That’s why it’s so important to choose the right video surveillance system for your business.

A safety issue for companies

Safety issues on industrial sites

Industrial sites face a variety of risks, including theft, vandalism and intrusion. Protecting employees is also a priority. A video protection system can mitigate these risks by monitoring sensitive areas in real time. In general, just the presence of a video surveillance system can be enough to deter some brave souls.

Benefits of a video surveillance system

Intrusion and malicious act deterrence

The visible presence of cameras deters ill-intentioned individuals from entering the site or committing malicious acts such as theft, vandalism or assault. A study carried out by Cardiff University has shown that CCTV cameras have reduced commercial burglaries by 21%.

Real-time monitoring

The images captured by the cameras can be used to identify the perpetrators of criminal acts and facilitate their prosecution by law enforcement agencies.

Improving employee safety and asset protection

Cameras can be installed in sensitive areas of the company, such as parking lots, changing rooms or break rooms, to protect employees from aggression or harassment. With increasingly effective high-resolution cameras, video surveillance helps to identify a person who has committed a crime on site. The images captured by the cameras can be used to identify the perpetrators of criminal acts and facilitate their prosecution by law enforcement agencies.

Incident and emergency management

Video recordings can be used to reconstruct the course of an incident and provide crucial evidence for investigations, whether it’s a workplace accident, fire or other emergency situation. The images can be used, for example, to identify the location and cause of a fire.

Parking lot security and management

The parking lot is a place where many people cross paths, including employees, colleagues and delivery personnel. It’s important to make this space as safe as possible, and to allow the different flows to circulate unhindered.

Choosing the right VMS (Video Management System) for your business

A VMS centralizes and manages video streams, enabling recordings to be stored, analyzed and accessed. It is essential for efficient and secure video surveillance management.

What criteria should you take into account?


Existing Cameras and Equipment

The VMS must be compatible with cameras and other surveillance equipment already installed. Check compatibility with standard protocols such as ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) to ensure seamless integration.

Standard protocols

Support for standard protocols ensures that the VMS can easily integrate various devices without the need for costly or complex modifications.

Ease of use and ergonomics

User interface

An intuitive, easy-to-navigate user interface is crucial to enable efficient management of video streams, recordings and alerts without requiring intensive training for users.

Training and Support

The availability of training and technical support resources can greatly facilitate adoption of the VMS by the existing team.

Dynamic Dashboards

The ability to create dynamic dashboards that update in real time can replace Excel spreadsheets and provide useful indicators for contract negotiations.

Advanced features

Video analysis

Integration of advanced functions such as motion detection, facial recognition and behavioral analysis to identify potential threats and enhance proactive security.


Flexible options for video storage, including local, server or cloud storage. The ability to choose the storage method best suited to your needs is essential for efficient data management.

Real-time alerts

Ability to send instant notifications of suspicious events, enabling rapid incident response.

Multi-site management

For companies with multiple sites, the VMS must be able to centralize video management for all locations, facilitating global monitoring and management.

Data security

Data encryption

The VMS must protect recorded data against unauthorized access and cyber-attacks, including encryption of data in transit and at rest.

Robust authentication

Robust authentication protocols, such as two-factor authentication, are needed to prevent unauthorized access.

Regulatory Compliance

Make sure your VMS complies with local and international data protection and privacy regulations.


Capacity expansion

The VMS must be able to grow with the needs of the business, supporting the addition of new cameras, extra functionality and the management of larger volumes of data without compromising performance.

Updates and Maintenance

The ability to integrate new technologies and carry out regular updates without disrupting existing operations is essential for maintaining system security and efficiency.

Support & Assistance

Technical Assistance

A good VMS must be accompanied by responsive and competent technical support to quickly resolve any problems that may arise.

Documentation and Training

Clear documentation and training options for users can help them get to grips with the system and make the most of it.

Choosing the right cameras for your business

Surveillance cameras capture images and video of monitored areas. They can be fixed or mobile, with various functions such as night vision and motion detection.

What criteria should you take into account?


Cameras must be compatible with the selected VMS (Video Management System), supporting standard protocols such as ONVIF to ensure easy integration. This ensures smooth communication between cameras and the video management system, making it easy to configure and manage video streams.

Ease of use and installation

Simplified installation

Cameras must be easy to install and configure. Features such as plug-and-play can simplify the installation process, enabling users to quickly set up an operational monitoring system.

User-friendly management interface

The camera management interface must be intuitive and easy to use, enabling users to monitor and manage video streams without the need for extensive training.

Advanced features


Image quality is essential. Cameras must offer the right resolution for the job. For example, a resolution of 1080p is generally sufficient for standard clarity, while resolutions of 4K or higher may be required for superior detail and better identification of individuals.

Night Vision

The ability to capture clear images in low-light conditions is crucial for 24-hour surveillance. Cameras equipped with infrared LEDs or other night vision technologies enable effective surveillance even in total darkness.

Motion Detection

The ability to detect movement and send alerts in real time is a key feature in preventing intrusions and malicious acts. Cameras with this feature can trigger recordings or instant notifications when motion is detected.

PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom)

The ability to remotely control camera orientation (pan and tilt) and zoom for flexible surveillance is an important feature for covering large areas with a single camera. PTZ cameras can track moving objects and zoom in on specific details as required.

Data security

Cameras must offer security features such as video stream encryption to protect data from interception and unauthorized access. Data security also includes protection against cyber-attacks, ensuring that video recordings cannot be compromised or manipulated.



Cameras must be scalable, allowing new units to be added without requiring a complete overhaul of the existing system. This includes the ability to integrate new technologies and updates as business needs evolve.

Integration of new technologies

Cameras must be able to adapt to technological advances, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, to offer enhanced functionalities such as behavioral analysis, facial recognition, and other forms of advanced video analysis.

Spotlight on 10 key players in enterprise video surveillance

There are many players in the field of corporate video surveillance, offering a range of services and solutions tailored to each company’s specific needs.

They can be divided into 3 main categories:

  • VMS suppliers
  • camera manufacturers
  • and integrators

VMS: Video Management System suppliers

Genetec Canada’s leader in VMS

Who is Genetec?

A Canadian technology company founded in 1997, Genetec is a world leader in unified security solutions, offering a wide range of products including video surveillance, access control and alarm management systems.

Where is Genetec located?

Genetec is headquartered in Montreal, Canada, but has a global presence with offices and partners in over 100 countries across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

What does Genetec offer?

Genetec offers the Security Center, a unified platform that integrates video surveillance, access control, automatic license plate recognition and other security systems. Their VMS, Omnicast, is renowned for its flexibility, scalability and ability to integrate with various devices.

Milestone international leader in VMS

Who is Milestone?

Milestone Systems is a Danish company founded in 1998, specializing in video management software (VMS). It is one of the world’s leading suppliers of VMS solutions.

Where is Milestone located?

Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, Milestone Systems has offices and partners in over 130 countries worldwide.

What does Milestone have to offer?

Milestone Systems offers XProtect, a suite of VMS products designed to meet the needs of small businesses through to large, complex installations. XProtect is renowned for its flexibility, intuitive user interface and centralized management capabilities.

Dahua Technology

Who is Dahua Technology?

Dahua Technology is a Chinese company founded in 2001, specializing in security and surveillance solutions. It is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of video surveillance equipment.

Where is Dahua Technology located?

Dahua Technology is based in Hangzhou, China, and has a global network with subsidiaries, sales offices and partners in over 180 countries.

What does Dahua Technology have to offer?

Dahua offers DSS (Dahua Surveillance System), a VMS suite designed for various security applications. DSS offers centralized management, advanced video analytics, and compatibility with a wide range of cameras and security devices.

Axis Communications

Who is Axis Communications?

Axis Communications is a Swedish company founded in 1984, and a pioneer in the development of network cameras and IP surveillance technologies. It has been a part of Canon Group since 2015.

Where is Axis Communications located?

Axis Communications is headquartered in Lund, Sweden, has 4000 employees and operates in over 50 countries with partners and distributors worldwide.

What does Axis Communications offer?

Axis offers AXIS Camera Station, a VMS software for medium-sized installations. It is designed to offer a simple, intuitive user interface, easy integration with Axis cameras and advanced features such as event management and video analysis.

Avigilon a subsidiary of the Motorola group

Who is Avigilon?

Avigilon is a Canadian company founded in 2004, specializing in end-to-end monitoring and security solutions. It is part of the Motorola Solutions group.

Where is Avigilon based?

Avigilon is based in Vancouver, Canada, and has a global presence with offices, service centers and partners in many countries.

What does Avigilon offer?

Avigilon offers Avigilon Control Center (ACC), a VMS software recognized for its high performance, ease of use, and artificial intelligence capabilities for video analysis. ACC is designed for efficient camera management and proactive site monitoring.

Video surveillance camera manufacturers

Hikivision the Asian world leader

Who is Hikvision?

Hikvision is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of video surveillance products and solutions. Founded in 2001, the company is known for its technological innovations and its wide range of surveillance products.

Where is Hikvision located?

Hikvision has set up one of the most extensive sales networks in the industry, including 66 regional subsidiaries abroad, to respond rapidly to the needs of customers, users and partners. Hikvision products serve a diverse set of vertical markets covering more than 150 countries.

What does Hikvision offer?

Hikvision offers a wide range of surveillance cameras including IP cameras, analog cameras, PTZ cameras, as well as video management solutions and access control products. Their technology incorporates advanced features such as artificial intelligence, night vision and facial recognition.

Dahua Technology

As the origins and implementation of Dahua’s cameras have already been described in detail above, we’ll focus here only on Dahua’s range of cameras.

What does Dahua Technology offer?

Dahua offers a wide range of surveillance cameras, including IP cameras, analog HD cameras, thermal cameras and intelligent video surveillance solutions. Their offering also includes video management systems, storage equipment and access control solutions, featuring technologies such as facial recognition and behavioral analysis.

Bosch Security Systems

Who is Bosch Security Systems?

Bosch Security Systems is a division of the Bosch Group, specializing in security and protection solutions. Bosch is a major player in the field of video surveillance, with a strong technology and innovation footprint.

Where is Bosch Security Systems located?

Bosch Security Systems is headquartered in Germany, with offices in over 50 countries worldwide, providing a strong global presence.

What does Bosch Security Systems offer?

Bosch offers high-quality surveillance cameras, including IP cameras, fixed cameras, PTZ cameras and thermal cameras. They also provide complete video management solutions, advanced video analytics systems, and integrated security technologies to suit a wide range of business needs.


As the origins and location of Avigilon’s cameras are described in detail above, we’ll focus here only on the Avigilon range.

What does Avigilon offer?

Avigilon offers a wide range of high-resolution surveillance cameras, including IP cameras, HD cameras and video analytics cameras. Their offering also includes video management systems, AI-based video analytics software, and access control solutions, enabling enhanced security and proactive surveillance.

Video surveillance system integrators for businesses

What is an integrator?

An integrator is a specialist who designs, installs and configures complex systems and services, such as cybersecurity or IoT systems, lighting or infrastructure for businesses and organizations. It acts as an intermediary between the end customer and the various hardware and software suppliers.


Who is Eiffage?

Eiffage is one of Europe’s leading construction and concessions companies. Founded in 1992 in France, the company was formed from the merger of several construction and engineering companies. It is recognized for its expertise in construction, infrastructure, energy and concessions.

Where is Eiffage located?

Eiffage operates mainly in Europe, with a strong presence in France. The company also has subsidiaries and projects underway in Africa, South America and Asia. Eiffage has a solid international network that enables it to meet the needs of its customers on various continents.

What Eiffage has to offer

Eiffage offers a full range of construction and infrastructure services, including video surveillance. For video surveillance, Eiffage provides integrated solutions including the design, installation and maintenance of surveillance systems. These solutions are designed to improve building and infrastructure security through the use of advanced technologies such as high-definition cameras, video management systems and analysis software.


Who is Sodexo?

Sodexo is a French multinational specialized in quality of life services. Founded in 1966, Sodexo is one of the world’s largest employers, offering services ranging from foodservices to facilities management, security and maintenance.

Where is Sodexo located?

Sodexo is present in 56 countries around the world. It is particularly present in Europe, North America and Asia. In France, Sodexo has extensive coverage with numerous clients in different sectors, including education, healthcare and corporate.

What Sodexo has to offer

Sodexo offers security services that include video surveillance. The company provides complete electronic surveillance solutions, including camera installation, remote monitoring and security system management. Sodexo uses state-of-the-art technologies to ensure the safety of the facilities it manages, helping to create safe and secure working environments.


Who is Derichebourg?

Derichebourg is a major player in business and environmental services. Founded in 1956, this French company has diversified to offer a range of services including waste management, recycling and community services. It is recognized for its commitment to sustainable development and the circular economy.

Where is Derichebourg located?

Derichebourg is present in more than 10 countries around the world. In Europe, the company has a strong presence in France, Spain and Germany. It also has operations in North America, notably the United States and Canada, as well as in Africa and Asia.

What Derichebourg has to offer

In the field of video surveillance, Derichebourg offers security and electronic surveillance services. Its solutions include the installation and management of video surveillance systems, remote monitoring and alarm management. Derichebourg uses advanced technologies to ensure the safety of industrial sites, offices and public spaces.

Video surveillance, enterprise, and AI

How to combine video surveillance and AI?

Video surveillance systems capture a wealth of information. These images are grouped together in a VMS. These images can be analyzed by AI algorithms to produce a useful service for agents.

What are the use cases for AI-enabled video surveillance?

The use cases are virtually infinite. To name just a few:

  • fire start identification
  • crowd detection
  • crowd movement detection
  • detection of suspicious behavior
  • identification of traffic offences
  • people counting
  • vehicle counting
  • road management
  • detection of illegal dumping
  • smart parking

Who are the players in video surveillance and AI?

Many players offer value-added services that interface with VMS. We include players such as Acorel, XXII, Wintics, Two-i, Neuroo

Each has its own specific positioning. Acorel specializes in people counting, for example, while Neuroo focuses on security issues. Wintics, meanwhile, are working on mobility and security, and won the Paris 2024 Olympic Games contract in particular.

How to choose the right AI solution for video surveillance?

To choose the right AI solution, you first need to be sure you’re meeting a specific need: what service do you want to implement? what process or productivity issues need to be addressed? The next step is to check the quality of the service provider. In 2024 and for many years to come, the specialization and focus of an AI provider is essential. Indeed, a very general AI will perform much less well than a specialist. Finally, we need to look at the technology company’s sustainability and its roadmap: does it have the funds to support its development, and does it have a clear vision of the service it wants to provide.

Smart parking and AI: Cocoparks’ speciality

This is what Cocoparks, a specialist in smart parking solutions, has to offer. Features include parking and parking lot management. The solution simplifies parking control with a combination of cameras and intelligent sensors. To find out more, please contact us.


Corporate security, particularly on industrial sites, requires effective video surveillance systems to prevent theft, vandalism and intrusion. A good video surveillance system offers benefits such as deterrence, real-time monitoring and improved security for employees and property. The choice of equipment, particularly VMS and cameras, must take into account compatibility, advanced functionality and data security. Specialized integrators such as Eiffage, Sodexo and Derichebourg provide complete monitoring solutions tailored to the specific needs of companies.


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