Video Surveillance for Lab Research
Although they may seem innocuous, labs, testing facilities and other research environments require stringent security to protect valuable ideas, researchers and expensive equipment from intellectual espionage, theft, and other threats. Video surveillance and security cameras are a valuable security tool for laboratories and can help keep intellectual property, experiments, equipment and researchers safe.
Benefits of Laboratory Security Cameras
Enhance security – Surveillance cameras posted near entrances and in hallways (or labs themselves) can keep your work areas safe and free of intruders.
Protect research – Research projects, especially those funded by large grants, have extensive, complicated data and long-running experiments. Security cameras in your labs and storage areas can help ensure that your experiments are allowed to progress undisturbed and that your results are not wrongly manipulated.
In-depth observations – Along with being a helpful security tool, surveillance cameras can also assist in observation. Recording your experiments (where observation is required) gives you the opportunity to more closely observe your subjects.
Risky Elements of Experiment Surveillance
Privacy – If you decide to install cameras in your lab, make sure that you keep the privacy of your employees, researchers and students in mind. Place cameras in public places and advertise their presence.
Damage – Surveillance cameras can be damaged by many things, including heavy equipment. A damaged camera can interrupt footage and lead to more damage or theft.
Things to Consider When Setting up Research Security Cameras
Each lab is diverse as the experiments that it conducts. Different labs can have vastly different security needs, so consider the following when you are thinking of setting up a surveillance system in your lab:
- What security issues has your lab had in the past, and where?
- What do you think is the most important security issue your experiments face today?
- Do you conduct any sensitive or confidential research?
- What security measures do you currently have in place and how will video surveillance enhance them?