Ultimate Guide to CCTV Installation
If you are looking to protect your property or business with video camera surveillance, you are taking the right steps in keeping tabs on the entire business or property by installing CCTV cameras. You will be able to monitor what is happening within your property or business and prevent security breaches before they are actualized by the perpetrators. With CCTV surveillance installed in your property or business empire, you will be able to view the entire property at a glance from your smartphone or a dedicated video camera display.
The security cameras to install come in varieties depending on brand, resolutions, integration, and use cases. For example, some CCTV cameras are designed for outdoor use while others are meant for indoor use only. Some cameras are designed to tilt to allow for zooming and broader coverage, some are designed to read car number plates, while others are built for hidden secret coverage.
Why are security cameras necessary?
They might not help in the real-time curbing of crimes but they will allow the property owners video evidence to pinpoint vulnerabilities and make relevant security system upgrades to keep future attacks at bay.
Components of a CCTV security system
In a nutshell, a security camera system by SEQ should have the following basic components: wiring, cameras, NVR, hard drives. For a CCTV security system to function successfully, a lot goes into it making it complex that most prospective users feel intimidated. Luckily, this guide will simplify things for you so you are not intimidated about CCTV cameras again. First of all, you need a network of compatible cameras placed in strategic points of your property for full coverage at a glance, secondly, you need ample storage and lastly, proper cabling and power. Now, let’s take a look at each component in-depth and what it brings to the table.
Security cameras: Fundamentally, the most important part of any security system are the cameras. They capture footage of all the happenings within the building or a business empire and then send the file footage to the recorders and then to the storage devices i.e hard disk storage. They come in a variety depending on use cases as stated earlier. So, depending on your budget and use case you can acquire a camera that meets your needs.
Cabling: Structured cabling is important for connecting cameras located in different locations for wholesome coverage of a commercial building. While wireless security cameras are becoming more popular, there is still a substantial use case of structured cabling CCTV systems.
IP camera cabling: If you intend to use IP cameras for your CCTV surveillance like most commercial properties and businesses do these days, you would be looking at Cat5e and Cat 5 ethernet cables for efficient digital video transmission i.e higher resolution, faster speeds, and long-distance transmission without data loss.
NVR: It is an essential component of a CCTV surveillance system. It can be located virtually anywhere within the building to act as a primary data storage unit. It is a specifically essential component in any IP camera system. It allows for recording so that you can eventually store file footage in a hard disk or for display from smartphones and other display options you may have available.
Hard drives: After recording a video you will essentially require a place to store as a back. Hard drives come in various capacities and depending on the type of cameras, your hard disk capacity may vary.