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When should I get camera surveillance?

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If you are looking to protect a home or business premises it’s essential that you look at a turnkey solution for CCTV and offsite monitoring.

Offsite monitoring, also known as remote monitoring, uses an internet connection to share images from onsite CCTV cameras to an offsite monitoring control room where security operators can verify the type of crime incident taking place and implement the most efficient and direct security response.

Onsite CCTV camera systems transmit live video when cameras are triggered to start recording the event’s action. CCTV camera systems can be motion enacted, thermal or infra-red passives or work via the analytics of the camera itself.

The benefits of off-site CCTV monitoring are convincing. A robust CCTV camera monitoring system ensures there is no staff collusion or onsite staff intimidation and that guarding staff do not have to patrol remote perimeter fencing over extended sites, such as airports and hospitals.

With remote camera surveillance being transmitted wirelessly and stored in the cloud, there can be no theft or damage to either the recording devices or the recorded and stored security attacks or crime events.

CCTV camera surveillance provides both commercial and domestic security via 24/7 back up and ensures an early warning system. When an alarm is activated, security operators can monitor the type of event taking place and respond instantly with the appropriate reaction required for the situation at hand.

Two-way communication between the staff or clients on site and the security monitoring operators in the control room means additional information can be shared and audio warning issued to potential suspects before an incident gets underway. This is an important preventative measure which protects both the client’s property and the people on the premises.

What you should know about offsite camera surveillance monitoring:

There are many different types of surveillance camera’s available specific to each client’s site and security requirements. High definition analogue cameras measure resolution in pixels, are easy to install and are more affordable than IP cameras, which are the latest development in the surveillance industry. IP cameras however are your most effective, secure and flexible option as they share data within your network system, without having to rely on cables and power outlets on site which can easily be tampered with. 

Commercial grade cameras are built for high performance applications where failure is not an option. They feature internal video sensors and high-quality components for low light, night vision and infrared events.  Thermal camerasprovide additional security surveillance for low light scenarios or where there might be an excess of foliage which intruders can hide behind. They often prove cost-effective in business protection as they help reduce the number of false alarms. Outdoor surveillance cameras must have housing able to endure potential water damage, dust and debris carried by the wind. 

If you require surveillance video for license plate reading, facial recognition, or evidence of a crime, you need a camera with high definition. For the best camera resolution, IP camera networks compress video data to reduce video file sizes so the network bandwidth is optimised to easily transfer high-quality images. Integration with your network system makes video compression an important part of your surveillance as the ability to compress files maximizes your hard drive space so you can store more videos for longer periods of time before your hard drive is full.

For retail environments, dome cameras are discreet and use a varifocal lens to adjust the camera’s field of view. They can be flush or drop mounted, are weather and vandal resistant and effective for high-security environments. 

The positioning of surveillance cameras in response to the surrounding light requires cameras with wide dynamic range, or WDR, to deliver clear, balanced videos without over- or underexposed sections. For example, an entrance boom into an underground parking lot would need to balance the lighting of both bright sunlight and the covered parking lot.

Three types of camera lenses are used for remote video surveillance, normal, wide angle, and telephoto. For a close-up video, a telephoto lens is required. This is often seen at the entrance and exits of gated residential communities or for capturing license plates. Normal security cameras give an human eye-view of the scene ahead; while wide angle cameras extend the image to an entire 180 degree expanse.

Ask one of our security professionals for advice on the best surveillance options for your commercial or personal needs.

Call Premier Security today: 021 701 9955

This blog was written by BlogArt


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