Basic Considerations when Buying a CCTV Solution

Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV), also known as video surveillance, consists of using cameras that transmit a signal to a limited number of monitors. Running a business also means taking care of your workplace, be it the building or furniture, and the security of your employees.

Key uses of a CCTV system

Record activity at the workplace

The basic feature of any CCTV system is to film and record any activity inside and outside your office, your transport assets or storage places. Several recording techniques are available depending on the system. You can record films on several cameras at once, in real time but also in time lapse or motion-only. It means that you record the film only when there are moving elements in the camera range. As the use of cameras to film and record information about individuals is regulated, be careful to adhere to the rules of the the Protection of Freedoms Act.

Industrialize processes

You can use CCTV systems instead of staff to supervise some processes, especially when they happen in dangerous conditions. That’s often the case in chemical or nuclear industry and sometimes the use of CCTV is even required by law. Special types of camera such as line-scan or thermal imaging cameras are made for this purpose.

Advanced features

Cameras controlled by computers have many interesting features including:

Content analysis

It is an ability of your system to analyse the video recorded to detect unusual moves and events. It compares the size, speed and sometimes colour of objects and environment with its database to recognize significant changes and emit an alarm if for example there is a fire, or an object is missing or there is an unusual move like a running person. It also allows you to track people through different cameras in the whole building identifying their position and direction on images.

Facial recognition

You can compare a person’s facial attributes to those of faces you have in a database.

Integrated systems

You can integrate your CCTV system to other security systems such as access control systems. For example you can parameter your CCTV system to cover the intrusion area if an intruder alarm activates.

Wireless cameras

This type of camera only requires one cable for power. It make them easier to install and they are  often less expensive.

Costs

The cost will vary depending on several criteria. The first factor is obviously the number and quality of the cameras you wish to install. There is also a cost linked to storage of images and videos on a server, depending on the duration you want to store it and  the quantity and quality of data, which depend themselves on the size of the images, compression ratio, number of images per second.

Key benefits

Prevent crime

The installation of the system itself is a way to prevent theft, violence and other damages to your workplace and employees.

Identify troublemakers

If there was theft or violence towards one of your employees covered by one of your cameras, you will have more chance of recognizing and catching the responsible person.

Save money

In a way you can save money compared to utilizing a security company with guards, and you will be able to cover a larger area 24/ 7.

Integrated solution

You can integrate your new CCTV system with your current video material as a monitoring centre.

Peace of mind

For you and your employees thanks to a reduced risk of violence, aggression and theft.