Now you might be wondering, “Do we need a CCTV camera for our business or CCTV for home?”
If you can say “YES” to any of these questions below, it’s time for you to take a REAL hard look at this solution again.
… sometimes WONDER what’s happening back in your office?
… you have ZERO video evidence if something goes wrong at the most unexpected time?
… you use a BASIC IP camera bought from a retail shop?
With our proven CCTV camera solutions, you can have a peaceful mind while going overseas or when something goes wrong.
You get to see the benefits of deploying a business security camera, the different options to choose one and how the whole process works for you.
What is a CCTV ?
A closed-circuit television (CCTV) is a monitoring system in which one or more, video cameras (usually hidden or semi-hidden) are used to record or monitor mostly for security purposes. As it’s intended for the sake of surveillance, the feed is not shared publicly and used solely for in-house purposes.
The installation of a CCTV involves several crucial steps including understanding the exact needs, careful selection of the camera positions, the actual installation, and initialisation.
Types of CCTV camera
Analog cameras are the old-school cameras that record video in 960H resolution.
The footage recorded by an analog CCTV camera is usually sent back to DVR in baseband format (hence the term analog) over the traditional coax cable to be digitised.
If one were to choose a single reason for wanting these over the IP cameras it would be the price.
In general, an analog system is far cheaper than an IP CCTV.
In contrast to an analog system, IP cameras send the video feed to the NVR in the form of a digital stream.
One of the reasons behind the immense popularity of the IP cameras is their crystal clear visuals. Whereas the analog systems, at most, a record at 0.4 megapixels. The current IP systems are capable of recording at even more than 5 MP. And more pixels equates to sharper visuals – the more, the merrier.
Another reason why you choose in favour of the IP CCTV systems is the ability to go wireless without a fuss.
Do You Need a CCTV Camera?
It is no longer a big firm that could afford a surveillance system. Together with door access system, CCTV camera has become one of the necessities for any business to have a foolproof security system. Still not convinced? Check out the following reasons…
Securing the Premise
Closed circuit cameras can prove to be invaluable in securing your business premise. To keep high-security areas such as a warehouse or a powerhouse safe from unauthorised personnel. CCTV cameras are inevitable.
Identify Antisocial Activities
It’s no surprise that antisocials tend to look for places which are not secured very strongly. If you want to identify acts of theft and fishy business, there is no better way than installing a reliable surveillance system.
Keeping an Eye
Good employee behaviour is one of the key features of a good customer-facing business such as a store. Studies suggest that employees tend to act much more honestly and sensibly when they know that someone is watching them. Not only that, it helps reduce criminal activities like shoplifting significantly.
Monitor Accidental Incidents
Closed circuit cameras can deter accidental events such as a fire due to an accident or an arson activity. Installing CCTV camera in the sensitive and fire-prone areas such as the warehouse can significantly reduce the chances of a fire breakout and alert beforehand.
Assistance in Law Enforcement
There is no better way of securing your business premise than maintaining a visual record. This recording and images would prove to be an important tool for the law enforcers in case some mishap occurs. The footage would come in handy to identify and track an intruder.
Trend of CCTV Camera
Do you know that there are even more than 25 million CCTVs in use globally? (Source) And with the advancement in the technology the cost to install a security system has dropped down significantly.
Installing a CCTV camera can be done under $1k these days.
Another interesting trend that is surfacing is the use of dummy security cameras. When you place a dummy camera in a prominent position, unlawful acts can be diminished significantly.
Benefits of CCTV Camera
Deter people from committing illegal acts.
Keep a close eye over your employees – especially those who have prior record or suspicion of committing a crime.
Reduces actionable acts such as theft and shoplifting.
Camera footage comes in handy in settling out a dispute.
Keeps tracks of staff attendance.
Allow you to view live footage of your premise from any part of the world with the help of remote access.
How to Choose The Right CCTV Camera?
Indoor or Outdoor
The first thing to consider is to decide where the camera would be a good fit. While an indoor CCTV camera doesn’t demand much, a camera that goes outdoors need to be weatherproof. Even though many cameras can claim to be weather resistant, your best bet would be to go for a CCTV with the IP66 rating.
Range and Field of View
Two jargons that are utterly important here are the FOV, (measured in degrees) and the focal length of the lens (represented in millimetres).
The field of view determines how much of the environment would be captured by the camera. A wide angle lens would be able to achieve a large area. But on the other hand, a lens with low FOV (say, 18°) would be better at capturing objects that are much far away from the camera.
Light sensitivity of the camera becomes an important issue for the outdoor as most of them won’t have much ambient light while shooting.
Most cameras record colour images in standard lighting and switches over to black and white in low light situations. The lower the minimum illumination level of the camera, the less ambient lighting is needed for maintaining colour recording.
Additional features such as the Infrared LED, and Infrared Cut Filter go the extra mile in securing the crucial details.
Camera systems come in two flavours storage-wise – either it’s cloud-based or it supports physical storage.
The downside of the cloud is that it needs the internet and it costs monthly or annually. While the memory card based solution is much more compact than the DVRs, they tend to be shorter on the storage.
Bottom line: if you want your system to record 24×7, it would be best to go for a DVR based CCTV system as it comes with terabytes of storage.
In some cases, the disk might develop some bad sectors over time causing partial errors. The disk malfunctions whenever the read/write head tries to access those sectors. In the worst case, the disk drive might completely stop working.
In both cases, the DVR/NVR should emit some error message, or beeping or buzzing noise to attract attention. In most cases, simple formatting would do the job, although you would lose any data residing in the disk. If a problem persists, there might be some hardware issue and would need proper servicing.
The Number of Channels
The number of channels indicate the maximum number of cameras used in your system at a time.
As the name implies, a 4-channel CCTV only allows the user to use four cameras at most which might be enough for a small-scale office.
But if you are looking for comprehensive coverage of your business, then you should (and most likely would) go for a system with 8 or more channels.
We work with some of the most well-known and established companies in Singapore. With the help of our suppliers, we come up with the best cctv camera security solution & PABX systems for your business.
The first step is to locate the best position for both the DVR and the cameras.
The next step is to manage and route the pile of cable.