Determining Which Security Camera System Is Right For You

Residential or Commercial Security Camera Solutions
Are you looking for residential or commercial surveillance systems? Seems like a basic question to ask, but most residential camera systems involve outdoor cameras, whereas commercial systems use both indoor and outdoor cameras. Even if your residence does require an indoor security camera solution, lighting is typically quite different from that of a business.

Area That Needs To Be Monitored
The quality of the video, light sensitivity and lens type are determined based on the area that you want to monitor. Is the area indoors, outdoors, daytime, night, some or all of the above? Camera placement (ceiling, wall, roof, pole) and lens type (wide angle? telephoto?) are determined based on how far away the area is from the camera. The camera angle and the type of camera are determined based on how narrow or wide the area to be covered is. If the area needs normal coverage, a fixed focus camera will work well. If the area requires a wider coverage, then a pan-tilt-zoom camera will be a good choice. Understanding the lighting conditions of the area(s) you want to cover will determine whether you need cameras that automatically adjust for lighting, or cameras that produce color images during the day, and black and white images at night.

Viewing Video Surveillance Footage
Is your viewing requirement a local one where you’ll be present to view activity on a CCTV monitor? Would you rather have a system installed that lets you view activity over the Internet on your PC, tablet or smartphone while you’re away? Do you want to be notified when activity is taking place? Answers to these questions helps to determine what type of solution you require: analog security cameras with a DVR (digital video recorder), analog security cameras with an NVR (network video recorder), an IP video solution or a Hybrid, which is a combination of Analog and IP. How often do you need to record? Whether you need to record every day, 24 hours a day, or only after hours Monday through Friday, defining this helps to determine what type of recording hardware (PC, DVR, NVR) and video management software you require and how much storage you will need.

Installing a Security Camera System
Security camera systems can involve pulling coaxial cable or Ethernet cable through walls or through the ground. These can be quite costly if your requirement is large enough, such as a parking lot, a school campus, a historic building. Wireless security camera systems are a flexible, and cost-efficient way to keep costs down, while still achieving the video surveillance quality you need.