16 Apr CCTV – Things to Consider
In recent years, High Definition technology has increased the range of CCTV cameras available. It is also far more cost effective for businesses to use HD CCTV. Mainstream cameras are now available as Ultra-HD or 4K capturing superior resolution images.
These HD cameras work over a CAT5 or CAT6 cable. There are a range of cameras available that work over Coax. These cameras are referred to a HD-TVI or HD-CVI. Both of which will provide far superior image than an analogue system.
ANPR systems – previously accessible only to larger businesses and organisations – can now be used by most businesses to record the number plates of vehicles entering and leaving their premises. This not only helps to optimise security, but could provide an additional income stream when used in conjunction with a barrier gate and ticketing system. ANPR cameras are now very low cost and available on most mainstream CCTV systems.
Number of Cameras
Internally, businesses are advised to focus their cameras on key zones. For example, stock storage areas, showrooms, clocking in areas and cash registers. However, if the budget allows, consider installing a cameras capable of monitoring most of the interior of your premises. This will provide maximum protection from theft by the public and staff and will also enable you to monitor productivity.
Monitoring and Recording
How CCTV footage is stored and used is another consideration. With technology available today it is possible to view CCTV remotely via PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. For critical viewing it is recomended that the NVR (network video recorder) is kept in a locked room where only authorised personnel have access.