Closed Circuit TV System
An almost essential system to have in your pub, CCTV ensures that you have the following:
- A deterrent against theft or pilferage
- A video record of any disturbance, accident or incident that occurs on the premises
- A tracking system for reviewing any issues that are brought to your attention days after the event has occurred
- A way of going online from anywhere in the world to see how your pub is doing at any time of the day or night and to monitor performance
- A way of proactively looking at employee performance across a range of tasks
CCTV is not that expensive relative to the money it might save you. Typically a 3,000-4,000 square foot establishment might need between 6 and 12 cameras. These would include key locations such as front door, back door, bar terminals, kitchen service line, office, storage rooms, dining space and patio. The cameras are channelled through pieces of equipment called multiplexers and multiplexers can be purchased in configurations of 4, 8, 16 and 32 channels (camera inputs). As of 2013, a, 8-channel multiplexer with 8 cameras, monitor, associated cabling and install would probably cost you in the region of $2,500 to $3,500.
Music and Audio-Visual Systems
You will probably know what you want in this category. However, some things to look out for are as follows:
- Consider having the stage system tied in to your sound system to avoid bulky band gear and bad acoustics. Also, so that you can tie in a DJ easily.
- Have your vendor understand that you may want to crank the sound up substantially on a Saturday night, so it’s not a normal restaurant install.
- Think about going with an online music delivery system that rolls in the Music Licensing Rights cost.
- Get your designer to ‘design in’ the TV’s right from the get go.
Draft & Liquor Control Systems
We believe these are great systems, but as with any system, they need to be managed. If the vendor can convince you that during the initial months of your opening you will not have to spend hours each week monitoring and learning the system, then it might be worth looking at during development. Otherwise, consider it at a later time when the operation is more mature.
Lighting Control Systems
When talking with your electrical or lighting contractor have a discussion about automatic controls for your lighting. Have you ever walked into a restaurant at night when they’ve forgotten to dim the lighting? Automated lighting controls pre-set the level of light and ambiance for all or part of your pub so that exactly the right levels are present at any point during the day or any point during the year. It’s one of those ‘set it and forget it’ systems that you never have to worry about management forgetting or setting lighting at inappropriate levels.
Security and Alarm Systems
Check out whether you can tie in your walk-in coolers and freezers to the system. If you have a company monitoring the system, they can alert you if there’s a problem with temperatures and even prevent management from entering the security code to leave if the refrigeration is not working correctly.
Back Office Accounting
Ensure that your payroll and/or accounting system is compliant with your POS system. Use a separate computer for your back office accounting, as you not always be able to use the computer running the POS.