What CCTV Security System Should You Be Using?

What CCTV security system should you be using?

The question that many people ask themselves when choosing a home or business CCTV security system is usually “which system is best”? with so many options on the market, it is understandable how confusing it can be.

What you need to know about CCTV Systems

When choosing a CCTV system, the first thing to consider is the quality of the cameras, this can be broken down into different categories, such as the build quality, the lenses used (pixel rating) and the features they offer. It is also worth considering the software interface. The software interface is the software you will use on you your phone or computers to monitor the recordings. However, there are other ways of monitoring the alerts such as ‘remote monitoring’ and this is a fantastic way of deterring criminals.

To find out more about ‘Remote Monitoring’ continue to read on…

When selecting the right CCTV system for your home or business, the first thing you will need to consider is how many cameras you will require, this has an impact to the cost as more cameras equal more recording storage! unlike the DIY off the shelf products, a higher standard CCTV system, professionally installed will provide 24/7 recordings, without having to increase storage costs.

MP and HD CCTV cameras

Modern day CCTV cameras offer fantastic picture quality, and this is measured by MP (Mega Pixels) the greater the MP the better the quality. Most cameras available in todays market are usually HD (High Definition) ready and if you were to choose a full HD quality camera that will be running at approximately 1,920 x 1.080 pixels, whereas a 4K camera will be running at 3,840 x 2,160-pixels resolution. But there are more categories to look at, such a night version and zoom lenses.

Night Vision CCTV Camera

Night vision is usually described as IR (infrared) cameras, there are three different types of night vision technology, so it is important you choose the right option. Night vision is when the camera admits an invisible light to an area that the human eye cannot see. The camera lens is deigned to pick up this longer wavelength and lower frequency so that it can record footage at night. Depending on the camera you select they will differ, the better the night vision the clearer the imagine and the more lit up area covered.

Zoom Lens CCTV Cameras

Firstly, we should point out that not all CCTV cameras come with zoom lenses. So, if you want to zoom in on imagines and recordings it is important to select cameras with a zoom. There are two types of zooms available and they are called ‘Optical’ and ‘Digital’. Each zoom works in different ways, the purpose of an optical zoom is to use the lens to move closer to the imagine using the full pixel capacity resulting in a clear picture, whereas a digital zoom is taking a section of an image and cropping it to blow it up. The digital zoom will therefore loose pixels resulting a blurred image.

Remote Security Monitoring

Remote Security Monitoring is when the CCTV system is connected to a monitoring centre to detected unusual activity. This type of monitoring is usually used by commercial businesses that are at risk outside of working hours, however here at D-TECT we have seen an increase in domestic residential homes using this service. If an unauthorised person is at the property a security alarm operator will access the footage and a live audio warning will be used to deter the intruder. If this warning fails to scare off the unwelcomed person/people, the alarm operator can instruct the emergency services.

For more help on choosing the right CCTV security system for your home or business please contact us here at D-TECT where we can use our expert knowledge to select the right solution for you. To find out more check out the D-TECT website www.dtectgroup.co.uk or call us on 01903 357000 / email info@dtectgroup.co.uk

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