Why Remote Video Monitoring Is More Important Than Ever

In the modern digital age, it’s easier than ever to keep track of how your business is performing. With eCommerce functionality and enhanced social media integration, you can readily maintain communication with customers while tracking the success of your business approach.

Furthermore, enhanced surveillance equipment has made it easier for business owners to watch over the goings-on in their business throughout the day, from watching for shoplifters to ensuring that employees are staying on top of their duties.

While surveillance equipment is great for watching over daily business, it’s become increasingly handy in the time of COVID-19. New safety and health regulations have to be considered in the face of an ongoing pandemic where the virus can spread easily between people, transferred in the air.

How does remote video monitoring come into play? Business owners can begin utilizing it to ensure that employees are following sanitation measures recommended by OSHA, all while checking to guarantee that customers are following similar rules and regulations—such as practicing social distancing and wearing masks properly.

Here are just a few ways remote video monitoring is more important than ever before.

Keeping a Watchful Eye Out

Businesses that are still open at this time are providing a great service to their community, but they also need to remain mindful of the implications that come with being open. To start, you’ll want to use your video recording capabilities to keep track of everything going on within your store, such as:

  • Are people following in-store rules and regulations?
  • Are people social distancing properly?
  • Are any aisles low on inventory?
  • Are employees properly cleaning the store on a regular basis?

Furthermore, you’ll want to use the system to keep track of the number of people in your store and how they are interacting with one another. Now is not the time to let your guard down. You’ll want to stay vigilant to ensure that employees and customers alike are kept safe.

Maintaining Cleanliness and Sanitation Standards

Amid the outbreak of COVID, sanitation has been a regular concern for many people, whether sick or immunocompromised. To keep the virus at bay, it is imperative that cleaning measures are regularly followed throughout your establishment, as solid sanitation standards are one way of reducing the risk of transmission within your business in the event that an ill person enters.

You can watch the camera feed from your surveillance system to make sure that employees follow the health and sanitation guidelines outlined by your state and your own business, guaranteeing that you are doing what needs to be done to maintain a healthy environment for others.

Following Occupancy Regulations

Due to COVID-19 being an airborne virus, it is easily transmitted within close proximity—what many have deemed to be a six-foot radius from the contaminated at minimum. To avoid the likelihood of spread, businesses have received recommendations from local health organizations deeming the number of customers that can be in a store at one time.

These occupancy regulations are related to the size of the store and the number of employees working at one time, equating to a safe number of customers allowed in at one time while a safe distance can be maintained between all people.

Smart surveillance technology can be used as a customer counter, allowing managers to monitor analytics related to how many people were inside the store during certain hours. This can solve the issue of keeping an employee at the front door at all hours of the day and counting customers coming in and out, instead allowing for counts to take place overhead and closing off the entrance when needed.


Monitoring Safety, Stock, and More

While it might not be one of your first thoughts for managing ordering and merchandising, video monitoring equipment can be utilized to track stock throughout the day. Certain items, including hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, and perishable food staples, have been flying off the shelf since the start of the pandemic. With stores selling out rapidly, it’s required for their buyers to stay on top of shortages to guarantee that stores remain stocked from day to day and week to week.

Your cameras can be used to watch specific aisles and products, monitoring what’s selling throughout the day while making sure things stay properly stocked. And if you ever notice inventory getting low on the shelf and in the back room, you can immediately order more for your next shipment.

This system can also be used to keep track of health practices throughout the store, such as how customers are interacting with one another and how well employees are following the rules. This can include watching to see that employees regularly clean registers and checkout areas, that bathrooms are regularly maintained, and that customers are wearing their masks all the way around the store. This way, you can guarantee things are going according to plan.

Furthermore, pertaining to theft, a simple video surveillance sign can be enough to deter a person from committing criminal behaviors. These should be implemented for different reasons when it comes to shopping, particularly keeping track of employees not following sanitation rules and anti-mask customers.


At this time, it’s important to ensure that we take all measures to protect the people around us. For business owners, that means taking the steps to protect every part of your business, making sure employees and customers are following the rules so that no innocent person is harmed.

The implementation of surveillance equipment can help you do just that, keeping a watchful eye over the daily activities in your store, making sure that aisles are regularly cleaned, that employees are following health standards, and that customers are being mindful of their distance to those around them and refraining from threats and violence.