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Home vs. Business Security & Systems Comparison

Feb 18, 2021
Home vs. Business Security & Systems Comparison

Criminals find more and more sophisticated ways to violate your privacy and cause some damage to your residential or business property and resources. That is why the importance and popularity of security systems are on the rise.  

Whether you are planning to upgrade your home security or improve your business security by installing the newest range of solutions, it is necessary to know how security systems work and the differences between both of these types. 

To help you with this critical question, we’re going to name some similarities and differences between home and business security sectors. 


What Are Home and Business Security Systems?

Residential or home security system is designed to protect their owner’s property. There are two main goals:

  • To prevent a burglar from entering the property
  • To alert the local authorities of any attempt to enter your home

Thus, home security system acts not only as defensive but as well as a preventive measure. Any decent home security system would include window sensors, door alarms, smart door locks, CCTV cameras, and sometimes professional monitoring. Home security systems may cover some specific tasks, for example, watch a pet or a baby.

Commercial or business security system has the same purpose. Such a system is meant to protect the property and the valuables inside. So, the commercial sector actively uses similar devices and solutions such as intruder alarms, window and door sensors, CCTV cameras and remote monitoring.

At the same time just like home systems, business systems may need to do some specific tasks such as monitoring employee’s temperature and controlling health regulations compliance. Nevertheless, even though the goals of these systems are similar, the actual service is not. 


How Do Home and Business Security Systems Differ?


Price and Installation

Home security systems are not only cheaper, but they are also much easier to install compared to business systems. Some of the security solutions, used in the home sector, can be set up without any professional help.

Business systems are far more complicated and usually include more sensors, locks, CCTV cameras as commercial buildings tend to have more area to cover. It is impossible to avoid professional help. As a result, the commercial system turns out to be considerably more costly.

Monitoring Cost

Remote monitoring is an appealing feature for both residential and commercial sector. Home security service can be monitored by several dedicated users from their mobile devices, whereas a commercial service may demand full-time employees to watch the footage online.

Otherwise, it is possible to use a professional monitoring service for both home and business sector users. Obviously, monitoring service for a commercial property will cost more.

Security Laws

There is a range of legislation all businesses have to comply. These laws and standards protect the interests of customers and employees against some criminal activity, theft and fire. Generally speaking, business security laws are stricter than residential ones. 

However, some requirements concerning, for example, using CCTV cameras are similar. Whether you are a home or business owner, you cannot collect somebody’s personal data if you cannot justify this action. Such a situation could involve a breach of the Data Protection legislation.


Home vs Business CCTV Systems

As we have mentioned before, business systems are far more complex than home ones due to a number of reasons. To begin with, commercial premises are mostly located in high-traffic areas. Hence, they are much more attractive to criminals than residential premises.

Consequently, commercial CCTV camera systems have to be more advanced in order to guarantee overall safety. Such systems usually have more surveillance cameras and extra features.

Understanding that, it is not difficult to guess that the price of a regular business CCTV surveillance system would be higher. The same goes for installation costs. An entry-level home CCTV camera system with two Wi-Fi cameras from Hikvision can cost as much as 300-400€, whereas a commercial CCTV kit with four 2MP cameras may cost about 2000 €. If you are lucky, this package offer will include professional installation. 

Home CCTV systems are relatively easy to install, especially, the most popular nowadays wireless surveillance cameras. Many manufacturers include the guide on how to install the camera without any professional help. 

However, business CCTV systems require much more work and preparation during installation. Technology has significantly evolved, and now you can connect cameras to a number of other devices, for example, sensors, smart video doorbells, alarm systems etc.

It takes knowledge and experience to design and set up such systems. Besides, a professional installer is skilful enough to handle the entire wiring system and to understand the unique cabling requirements of your property. 


Home vs Business Access Control Systems

Access control systems using such solutions as turnstiles, automatic gates, barriers, intercoms are used to limit the movements of unauthorised subjects to your home or some sensitive areas of your business premises.

Business access control systems are more complex and difficult to install. Experts suggest implementing several levels of access control solutions to provide a higher level of security.

For example, the entry-level device could be a simple cost effective code lock. A stand-alone proximity reader can be the next level solution, providing access via fobs. The highest level solution is an integrated networkable access control system, enabling to track and record the movement of employees within some certain areas of the premises.

Home access control does not necessarily require such a sophisticated multilayered system. Thus, its overall cost will be significantly cheaper. For example, a simple video intercom system prices range from 100 to 200€.


When it comes to security, it’s crucial not to compromise on quality. Home and business security purposes are not the same. Thus, the solutions differ as well.

In general, maintaining commercial premises together with all the resources and employees safe is a heavy responsibility. It suggests using more exquisite multilayered security systems, including CCTV cameras, intruder alarms, fire and smoke sensors, sophisticated access control solutions. Such systems demand some professional help in designing and installing them, resulting in a higher final product cost.

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