As technology continues to progress, video surveillance solutions are becoming more affordable for projects of all sizes. When thinking about installing a video surveillance system (CCTV), it is easy to feel overwhelmed. There are many camera and solution options available and a lot of circumstances to consider before making a decision. Before committing to a specific type of system, here are some important factors to consider:
Environmental Factors: If you are planning on placing cameras in a “dirty” environment (one with high dust or exposed to outside elements) you want to make sure the cameras you choose have dust and moisture-proof housing.
Obvious or Hidden: Cameras which are out in the open can possibly deter thief by their presence. A hidden camera is best to use if you want to gather information or evidence without the knowledge of the subject.
Single location or wide area: Are your cameras needed to focus on a single location or to scan a wide area of space? Many cameras come with adjustable lenses and others come with pan, tilt and zoom capabilities.
Image quality: If you are monitoring an area with harsh lighting condition you will need a higher resolution camera system. If the area is a well-lit area, small area a basic camera system with a lower resolution should be sufficient.
Data Storage: A simple security camera set-up can rely on memory cards installed in the cameras themselves. If you are looking for a long-term data storage with a large storage capacity you can opt for a NVR (network video recorder).
Day or Night: If you are monitoring areas with no or low light, you will want to invest in a camera system which offers infrared LEDs.
Surveillance systems can be fully customized and designed. They can be integrated with most existing security systems; including door sensors, motion detectors, alarms, access control and more. It is important to work with an experienced security consultant to make sure all your assets are protected and needs are met. For more information, contact Northeast Security Systems at (201) 529-0100.