SMBs are one of the most vulnerable sectors to security threats and inefficient operational practices. Realizing this issue, Hikvision has come up with end-to-end solutions for SMBs, targeting their major pain points and easing operational woes. This includes all the smart video security, alarm systems, and access control solutions business owners and managers need to secure their premises.
According to the World Bank
, small and medium businesses (SMBs) contribute up to 40 percent of GDP in emerging economies. They account for about 90 percent of companies and more than 50 percent of employment worldwide. These numbers are only set to increase as more SMBs come up worldwide in the coming years.
And yet, they are also one of the most vulnerable sectors to security threats and inefficient operational practices. Realizing this issue, Hikvision has come up with end-to-end solutions for SMBs, targeting their major pain points and easing operational woes.
“SMBs normally are not as large as companies in the enterprise market,” explained Wenson Zhou, Product Director at Hikvision. “For daily security operations, they may grapple with tight budgets, fewer administrative resources and lack of in-house IT talent. SMBs must ensure that their personnel, customers, visitors, and assets are protected while freeing time to focus on the core revenue-generating activities. Effective, automated security solutions that maximize safety, efficiency, and convenience are what is needed now.”
What Hikvision offers to SMBs
To help small businesses boost their security while also saving time for revenue-generating activities, Hikvision has created a portfolio of end-to-end solutions for SMBs
. This includes all the smart video security, alarm systems, and access control solutions business owners and managers need to secure their premises.
1. Proactive, automated security with AI-powered video
Hikvision cameras equipped with AcuSense and ColorVu technologies act automatically to protect against security breaches any time of the day or night, even in extremely low light conditions.
“Critically, Hikvision AI cameras can distinguish between real security threats, such as people or vehicles breaching the perimeter of a site or building, and ignore innocent, moving objects such as falling leaves, moving animals, or heavy rain,” Zhou said. “False alarms can be minimized, saving time and reducing stress for business owners and managers.”
Hikvision’s Live-Guard feature can be embedded into AcuSense cameras to ward off would-be trespassers before they enter a building or site by using flashing lights and sirens that get triggered automatically. This way, attempts to break into sites or buildings can be stopped before any damage ensues. Such deterrence is an excellent boon for SMBs.
2. Accurate, reliable alarm systems
Hikvision alarm systems offer a wide range of reliable, integrated indoor and outdoor detectors for intrusions, fires, and water and gas leaks, with choices for wired and wireless installations. These detectors can be integrated quickly and easily with other Hikvision products – including its AI cameras. Business owners can also arm or disarm the whole system with a simple tap and verify any alarm with video feeds delivered to their mobile devices.
3. Efficient access control and management solutions
Hikvision access control solutions, including the MinMoe Face Recognition terminals, help business owners and managers maximize security – even when they are offsite. With 99 percent recognition accuracy, these access control solutions ensure that only authorized people enter sites or buildings.
“An additional benefit of this solution is the ability to manage staff time and attendance based on highly accurate data,” Zhou added. “To further enhance access control, Hikvision provides video intercom solutions. This allows business owners and managers to communicate with visitors effortlessly via their mobile devices and unlock doors remotely when needed. This makes it easier to manage visits and deliveries anytime, anywhere.”
The benefit of end-to-end solutions
A common question that security customers often ask is if they should opt for integrated solutions from different vendors or end-to-end solutions from a single company. While this question can be relevant to large enterprises needing various advanced devices, SMBs might get better results and peace of mind with end-to-end solutions from a single vendor like Hikvision.
“Hikvision provides security systems to safeguard SMB customers’ business automatically and proactively 24/7, securing every corner,” Zhou said. “Different Hikvision products and systems can coordinate to produce increased security and capabilities, and they work or fit perfectly with the business processes. Customers can enjoy the convenience of using the Hik-Connect mobile app to view live video feeds, get instant event notifications, and manage their devices remotely.”
An app to make a difference
Hikvision's Hik-Connect app could actually make a world of difference from an SMB perspective. Agile solutions are essential for SMBs. A smart and handy app is as important as the cameras, access control, intercoms, and detectors it manages. SMB owners and managers can use Hikvision's Hik-Connect app on their mobile phones to manage their end-to-end security solutions on the move.
“With Hik-Connect, they can see what's going on at their premises with real-time video feeds and instant notifications,” Zhou said. “In addition to these benefits, Hik-Connect can be used in conjunction with Hikvision all-in-one indoor stations to check and manage devices, network status, battery status, and environmental temperatures on a single screen, making the process much easier and more convenient.”
A win-win moment for integrators
With the technology being matured and more products available in the marketplace resulting in cost reductions, the security goals of SMBs are evolving and getting more advanced. For integrators, SMBs present an excellent business opportunity that’s scaling quickly.
“With Hikvision end-to-end solutions for SMBs, making a business case is easier for most homeowners and businesses, and that customers typically achieve rapid ROI on their investments,” Zhou pointed out. “This, in turn, makes customers' buying decisions easy and speeds up the sales cycle and time to revenue for system integrators or installers’ business.”
The end-to-end solutions allow SIs and installers to meet all security requirements of their customers, including video security, alarm systems, and access control, with a single supplier and device architecture. The benefit of meeting customers' security needs with a single supplier is clear.
“Single-supplier solutions are simpler to design, procure, install, configure and support, making SIs and installers’ entire project and business simpler,” Zhou added. “They and their customers also get a single point of responsibility and support for the end-to-end security solutions, improving efficiency and convenience.”
SMBs are an integral part of the global economy, but their requirements are unique when it comes to security. While major security companies offer solutions aimed at commercial customers, most suit only large enterprises.
Hikvision’s targeted effort to provide SMBs with an end-to-end security system would come as a relief to customers in this vertical. Blending security and efficiency, Hikvision assures complete peace of mind to small business owners with this new offering.