CCTV for Grocery: Modern Supermarket Video Surveillance

Traditional closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems, while still in use throughout grocery and retail stores, are increasingly being swapped out for more modern networked video tools.

The major difference between old and new video systems boils down to the technology itself. While CCTV systems typically transmit signals to one particular set of monitors through wired connections, networked video systems (commonly referred to as internet protocol, or IP cameras) capture and distribute images over a wireless internet network, making video streams accessible from multiple devices.

Using a private store network, video streams can be accessed in real-time by select personnel on computers, tablets, and smartphones no matter where they are in the store. Video footage can be stored either on remote servers or in the cloud for easy reference when needed.

In addition to greater accessibility, modern networked surveillance systems can integrate into other loss prevention systems, such as point-of-service (POS) platforms to immediately flag and investigate discrepancies.

These integrations can lead to extremely powerful loss prevention abilities that can dramatically reduce shrink by addressing issues on-site quickly while preventing problematic trends from developing into serious losses.

Traditional CCTV vs. Modern Networked Video Systems

Traditional CCTV Modern Networked Video Systems
Extensive cabling High resolution video can recognize shoplifters in seconds
No real-time monitoring Visual store coverage when staff levels are low
Expensive for large areas  Possible facial recognition capabilities
Generally poor resolution  Real-time monitoring from any device
Little to no integration with other technologies Remote accessibility
Restricted to central monitoring station Extended range
Easy installation

Modern video surveillance systems


OpenEye is a fully-integrated loss prevention platform that combines high-performance IP cameras with recording hardware and management software that can be customized to fit the needs of each store. Those with access to the system can view video feeds from a central control center or from a mobile app. Video surveillance can be integrated with POS systems for more powerful loss prevention capabilities.



Arcdyn offers a huge selection of cameras designed for all kinds of coverage needs along with monitoring software and storage hardware. The company has developed a step-by-step process for each industry they serve. For retailers and grocers, this begins by setting priority areas of coverage, selecting the types of cameras best suited for those areas, and then setting up a cost effective, reliable recording system.


This post is excerpted from The 10 Loss Prevention/ Asset Protection Technologies No Successful Grocer Can Go Without, an eGuide for grocers.

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