A GUIDE ON PICKING THE RIGHT CCTV SECURITY SYSTEMS
Picking the correct CCTV security systems for your needs need not be a frustrating and stressful choice. There are a lot of systems in the market nowadays ranging from cheap DIY kits to high-end professional setups with each having its own advantages and disadvantages. When it comes to securing your home or business the choices and options available are many. For instance, a retail store may require having cameras operating inside and outside its premises, as opposed to a home setup where the focus would be mainly on the points of entry.
In recent years there has been an explosive growth in use of CCTV and Burglar Alarm products by the general public, driven by more affordable price tags, easy-to-use form factors, and designs that meet the needs of nearly any application. What’s more, consumers continue to benefit from the many technology advancements paired with tried and true components to produce superb surveillance and security.
Key features of a good CCTV security system
EASE OF USE / SMART MONITORING
A good CCTV system should be easy to use. This would mean that the user could easily navigate between different cameras and playback recordings as and when required, whether onsite or from a remote location. With the advancements in cellular speeds and technology, it is now easy to monitor your home or business from any location in the world as long as there is a reliable connection to the Internet. Smart applications designed for specific CCTV security systems are secure, easy to setup, and are available for download for both Android and IOS devices.
A very important factor in choosing a CCTV security systems setup is the actual resolution of the cameras. Several options are available but only Hi-Definition cameras should be considered. We recommend a minimum resolution of 1080p for any good CCTV kit. This provides superior depth and clarity and is vital while scrutinising through video footage. People who wish to monitor a large area may even consider Pan, Tilt and Zoom (PTZ for short) cameras. These cameras have the added advantage of being able to turn and move while being controlled remotely. They are normally used in areas such as casinos, airports, etc.
IR NIGHT VISION
Most burglaries and criminal activities occur in the dark. In order for a camera to be able to record in the dark it must have Infra-Red (IR for short) vision. Good cameras have the ability to automatically switch to IR mode when there is insufficient light and vice versa when the light improves. Technically the camera itself floods the area with Infra-Red illumination which results in a Black and White resolution. We recommend an IR Range of at least 20 metres.
Since most cameras are located outdoors they are constantly exposed to the elements. It is no good if a camera like most other electronic equipment fails to function during heavy rain or extreme heat, which is why it is essential that cameras have a good IP rating. An IP rating stands for Ingress Protection, which classifies and rates the degree of protection provided against intrusion (body parts such as hands and fingers), dust, accidental contact, and water by mechanical casings and electrical enclosures. We recommend an IP66 rating as a minimum for all CCTV cameras.
Key features of a good Burglar Alarm CCTV security systems
EASE OF USE / SMART MONITORING
Burglar Alarms and Intrusion Systems have evolved a great deal over the past few years. The systems today do away with the middlemen, who monitor the alarm and then call and request your advice on a possible course of action in the event of any intrusion or burglary. The systems today can be controlled by applications on a Smart phone and can be armed and disarmed remotely. For example, the phone application can even alert you on which specific point of entry has been breached, if a sensor is being tampered with, battery levels on sensors and many other features previously unheard of in older systems.
Since movements trigger sensors, which in turn trigger alarms, keeping pets indoors used to be a huge problem earlier. The Smart sensors with today’s alarms are Pet-Friendly, which would mean cats and dogs (under 25Kgs) will not set off alarms when they are kept indoors. In saying that, burglars do tend to stay away from places, which have dogs making them a useful addition to overall security.
The alarm systems nowadays are also feature rich and there are a host of add-ons available for either a home or a business environment. These are easily upgradeable at any time and do not require complex redesigning of existing systems. Some sensors available would be smoke alarm, door and window sensors, anti tamper, movement, infrared and laser trip sensors. Though a few of the sensors listed previously would be overkill for a simple home, each sensor has a specific purpose and requirements vary from premise to premise.
We hope this short guide has been helpful to you. Please feel free to contact us for any more questions or advice you may require on this subject. We have extensive experience in home and business installations and our list of highly satisfied clients will bear testament to our commitment and our professionalism. Call us for a No Obligation site survey and quote and get protected now. Finance options available.