As discussed in Part 1, CCTV (closed-circuit television) surveillance cameras are a standard feature in the security systems of airports, businesses, campuses, fulfillment facilities, government buildings, hospitals, and warehouses. Part 2 will discuss Maximizing Your Video Surveillance System.
Maximizing Your Video Surveillance System
There are several aspects to successfully installing a security camera system. Some of the factors for obtaining the best results from a surveillance system include choosing the right type of security camera for the job, choosing storage and backup solution for video recording, and finding reliable experts for installing the cabling and security cameras. The following discusses several ways to maximize your company’s CCTV security system.
Traditional Analog CCTV Cameras vs. Digital IP Systems
Compared with IP (Internet Protocol) systems, traditional analog CCTV cameras are cheaper, but their resolution and overall system functions are limited. Compared with traditional analog systems, IP surveillance systems have many significant advantages in terms of image quality, functions, and data storage options.
Selecting a Camera Resolution
Security cameras with higher megapixel counts provide sharper image resolutions and therefore require fewer cameras to cover an area. However, high-resolution footage often requires a higher-capacity storage solution with increased costs. Traditional analog CCTV cameras are usually limited to 720×480, the standard resolution. Newer IP cameras and Network Video Recorders (NVRs) are capable of HD at 1920 x 1080.
Choosing Frame Rate
Choosing an appropriate frame rate will be determined by the intended use of the camera. For example, a frame rate of 15fps may be sufficient for a camera placed on an entrance or exit door to record general activity, but 30fps may be more suitable for a camera placed on a cash register or casino table to capture more detailed motion.
Location & Placement Factors
When choosing a camera, consider the location where it will be installed. Indoors or outdoors? How much lighting is available? Normal operating temperature? Is audio required? Must the camera be vandal-proof? Will the location meet and enhance security objectives? Will the position avoid overlapping camera coverage? These are just a handful of the many factors that must be considered.
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