One of the first things when considering installing or upgrading a closed circuit television (CCTV) system is that the there are so many different types of equipment available, at a huge range of prices from a myriad of manufacturers ranging from a couple of hundred pounds, up to thousands of pounds. For those with little or no technical knowledge in this area it can be extremely confusing.
Until a couple of years ago, we were installing analogue systems with analogue quality recordings. Then came HDCVI (High Definition Composite Video Interface) This offered and still does Full 1080 High Definition CCTV which is an easy upgrade from analogue as in most cases the same existing cables can be used, considerably lessening the cost of a significant upgrade.
Most current installations are internet protocol (IP) based digital CCTV systems.
ADVANTAGES OF IP CCTV SYSTEMS
There are many advantages that IP CCTV systems offer. IP security cameras send their signal over a network, allowing greater information transfer than an analog signal sent to a an analogue digital video recorder (DVR) Some of the main advantages are as follows:
IP systems can record at a higher resolution. This means zooming in won’t create a blurry image, it will stay very clear.
We have found our most popular cameras based on acceptable excellent quality picture against cost of cameras are 4 mega pixel (mp), this is about twice the definition of standard HD television. However the technology in terms of mp resolution continues to develop all the time and like most technology the price of top end equipment starts to become less prohibitive than it once was.
An IP network video recorder (NVR) can highlight or flag events for you based on specific parameters. These can include motion detection, tampering with the camera, and a range of other events
An analog system limits you to the number of cameras you can hook up to a single DVR, additionally you also need cabling for each individual camera. IP camera CCTV works in a different way meaning that cables from cameras can be grouped to individual switch points allowing a single cable to be run back to the NVR.
There is a significantly higher range of IP cameras verses analogue or HDCVI cameras giving far more choice to be able to specify particular types of cameras for specific installations from general security through specific applications like automatic number plate recognition cameras (ANPR)
Intelligent Video Surveillance Systems (IVS and/or IVSS)
This is fairly new and a continually developing area of IP CCTV and something we haven’t extensively tested as yet but IVS enabled Cameras and NVR allow certain extra intelligent functions for example Tripwire, Intrusion, Object abandoned/missing face detection. Tripwire fore example enables you draw a virtual line anywhere and receive notifications between the hours you set if the virtual line is crossed in a direction you set.
TAKE YOUR HD CCTV WITH YOU ANYWHERE
All the CCTV we recommend has remote view capabilities and is compatable with the vast majority of modern mobile phones, tablets, laptops and computors.
You can live view your surveillance system live, play back recorded footage, save image snapshots to your device and more from anywhere in the world subject to wifi ir 3,4 or 5g network connection.
We offer a complete 12 month peace of mind guarantee on all of our installations, after this we will happily service it annually should you wish us to, to ensure it continues to perform as it should.