Effective security is the goal.
When price is the deciding factor in selecting a video camera and recording system, quality of recorded image may suffer to the point where the system becomes useless. Take the time to establish which areas require monitoring and design your system based on each location and reason for monitoring.
The U.S. Department of Justice offers the following information to consider:
- Distance: how far must your camera “see” to render identifiable images. Camera and lens combinations are sold based on desired focal length.
- Resolution: the quality of image captured, assuming optimal focal length, is based on pixel density. We are generally familiar with TV’s being classified as 720p or 1080p. This is a measure of resolution which also holds true for CCTV cameras.
- Lighting: can you see the area you’re monitoring in both daylight and nighttime? Will lights need to be added?
- Transmission: how is the camera connected to your recording device – where will this be monitored? Is it wireless or coaxial? If wired, is an amplifier required? Signal degradation affects image quality.
- Recording equipment: are you able to record an image at the same level as the camera delivers? How much time will be recorded? How often is your system monitored? If recorded scenes are deleted before issues such as fraud or theft are detected, the effectiveness of your security system becomes zero.
Trained, experienced security professionals will walk you through the decisions involved to create a truly useful video surveillance system which is cost-effective.
Securitec has been serving Ohio since 1990. We have the personnel and range of equipment necessary to design a security system specifically for your home, business or institution. Contact us today!
Background information: U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs, Video Surveillance