If you've ever been the victim of a theft, then you're no doubt familiar with the feeling of watching, helplessly, as someone else walks away with your belongings. Surveillance cameras have so drastically reduced these incidents that at this point only a fool would go out in public without them. And if they did happen to be so foolish, they would soon find themselves staring into an HD camera lens sporting the latest in facial recognition technology.
So why not take advantage of this amazing protection for your home and business by equipping yourself with CCTV? You have nothing to lose but fear... and your items, of course.
What is CCTV?
CCTV stands for closed-circuit television. You know all those cameras that you see on buildings and streets? That's CCTV. It's a system of closed-circuit video monitoring (CCTV) for security purposes. In other words, it's pretty much every camera in existence; the ones that are hooked up to the government are just slightly more advanced than you'd find in a home surveillance system.
Most people who aren't experts on CCTV don't realize how common it is, or how many different types there are as well. The simplest CCTV system uses one camera, mounted inside a monitored area. You'll commonly see CCTV cameras in places like banks and retail stores, where they monitor the interior for recognized security threats like criminal activity and theft from customers.
More advanced CCTV systems use multiple hidden cameras to closely monitor the same area. The best ones will also include recording capabilities, so that they can store footage of activities that have been captured as well as things that haven't yet happened.
How Does Surveillance Work?
Your typical CCTV system works by having a physical object (say, a camera) wired to an electrical circuit that's attached to whatever it's monitoring. When an object lands on the camera's field of view, the camera will record it instantaneously. The footage is usually stored on a hard drive as a series of still images loaded one at a time into the memory card.
These images are then examined by a CCTV system's software, which will match them up to footage from other cameras and/or to entries in a database. The system will then alert an officer or security guard if it finds any matches that shouldn't be there.
CCTV is usually designed to cover defined areas in order to reduce human error over time, but can also be used across entire buildings or even entire estates. There are a number of challenges with CCTV Demand. First off, it requires a lot of storage space to hold the video and all the footage that is being captured. It can also be difficult to find the person you're looking for in the video if their face is not shown, so then they need facial recognition software too which adds to their expenses. Lastly, many people do not want surveillance cameras placed around their property.
One thing that is becoming more commonplace in the market is the use of TV monitors placed outside an establishment. This allows people to actually see who is approaching their property, which can be useful because it can deter people from doing unlawful activities on your property. It's also a way to let off steam and have fun by entertaining yourself with your own security cameras.
Some CCTV organizations will provide surveillance cameras for businesses and homes but these devices are usually sold as an add on or extra. There are security services that specialize in adding surveillance systems within businesses and homes, but this is a relatively new field of business.