Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) is synonymous with security and surveillance today. There are estimates by some experts noting over 1 billion CCTV cameras in use by the year 2021. Current events are making businesses and homeowners feel less secure these days so it is no coincidence that CCTV installation is on the rise. Today we will explore what it takes to put these systems to work.
CCTV provides an always on point watchdog and objectively clear witness to activities on your property. It can be used as a simple record of past events or can be included in an overall security system where CCTV triggers various responses to a current situation. You will see cameras and CCTV systems in every area where 24/7 surveillance is wanted. Places like:
The scale and scope of CCTV systems continue to evolve with advancing technology and increasing affordability. Typically the same system components are used whether the system will be used in corporate offices or your average house. To keep it simple, here are a few common components of today’s CCTV systems:
From end to end, the CCTV system needs cameras for surveillance, one or more recording devices to store images and video feeds, and ultimately one or more interfaces for viewing and control. The scale and application of each CCTV project will determine how many cameras, recorders, interfaces, miles of cable, etc…
The labor involved in the installation of CCTV systems goes beyond placing cameras and running cables. CCTV systems require their own secure video network and accessibility for monitoring and alerts. For smaller projects, simpler systems can be used that have accessibility features the user can configure. These systems will have a limited number of cameras and hardware devices. More expansive systems often require extensive programming and more to allow:
It is common for the programming and IT integration of larger CCTV projects to be packaged into the installation costs, or at least be negotiated at an hourly rate with an estimate for these expenses. Most licensed professional security companies like Sevan Locks and Doors design, install, and service CCTV systems as a part of a complete security system tailored to your specific needs.
Capabilities and features are really only limited by the budget and scope of the project. CCTV is an integral part of the overall security system. With today’s technology people are remotely viewing real-time camera feeds on their personal devices remotely, or monitoring stations on location, from CCTV cameras in their living rooms and bedrooms to their offices and corporate and educational campuses. This offers users the ability to react ASAP to any situation they see. The possibilities really are endless.
Sevan Locks and Doors is your CCTV and Security system provider of choice in Magnolia, WA, and surrounding areas. We are licensed security professionals and offer customized security solutions for businesses and residences alike. Call us today for your free consultation.