Choosing Security Cameras for your Business -

Choosing Security Cameras for your Business

Whether you’re running a small shop or a large corporate business, security cameras are one way to ensure that any aspirations of criminal activity within your company’s borders remain exactly that – aspirations.
Choosing security cameras that are both suitable and cost effective for can be quite an undertaking.
In order to make an informed decision, you first need to know about the different options that are available.
The first thing you’ll need to decide on is whether to go for wired or wireless cameras. Wired cameras tend to offer better image quality than wireless cameras. Wireless cameras require their own power source to operate, whereas wired cameras are powered via a single cable from the control room where the footage is recorded. The footage may be viewed on multiple monitors as part of a series of video wall systems or on a single monitor, depending on the purpose of the surveillance.

1. Infrared cameras. IR cameras are suitable for areas where there is little or no light. IR or infrared is part of a light spectrum that cannot be seen by the naked eye. These cameras are fitted with LED’s that generate light to illuminate the surveillance area. To the naked eye it won’t appear as though anything can be seen but if the footage is played back, it will appear fully lit. The number and power of the LED’s on the camera will determine the distance that the camera will be able to record. IR cameras are suitable for indoor and outdoor use and in well-lit conditions can record a high quality image.
2. Dome cameras, are housed in a casing that is shaped like a dome. They are suitable for indoor and outdoor use and they’re shape makes them easy to camouflage into surroundings. They produce a high resolution, colour image and there is an option to get a cover that hides where the lens is pointing. This works in a similar manner to car window tinting, so the camera will be able to record outside with 100% clarity but people will not be able to see where the lens is pointing from the outside.
3. Pan tilt zoom cameras. This type of camera can be controlled in real time (able to move in all directions and zoom). However this capability comes at a cost and for this reason you’re only likely to find these cameras in places where they’re needed such as casinos, airports, banks and large supermarkets. If needed, they can be programmed to monitor areas for different periods of time. For example, a pan tilt camera in a supermarket could be set to record activity of different aisles based on the times that a specific product is packed on the shelves to ensure that no stock goes missing.

4. Box cameras. The lenses on box cameras are interchangeable, which makes it easy to fit a lens based on the viewing angle and the amount of zoom that is needed to produce clear, high quality footage of the target area. They are primarily used indoors but can be used outdoors if appropriate weatherproof housing is attached. Box cameras may also be referred to as day/night cameras because in well-lit conditions (such as during the day) but switch to black and white on poor light/night conditions because it allows for a sharper image. The adjustability of box cameras allows them to record very detailed footage. This would make them popular in banks or casinos where, for example they could be set to record enough detail to identify suspects in a robbery
5. Hidden cameras. These can be concealed in just about anything – a fake clock, motion sensors, smoke sensors, handbag cams, and exit signs to name a few. Hidden cams are most commonly used by law enforcement offices in undercover situations to expose criminal activity or corruption. The disadvantages of hidden cameras include lower image quality and a lack of infrared capability making them unsuitable for low light conditions.
Remember to listen to recommendations of the consultant from the company you’re dealing with and be sure to approach more than one company, so you get feedback from different sources and the best possible deal. It’s also a good idea to consider whether you need to monitor multiple areas, whether the cameras will be fixed to record a set area and if they’ll be used indoors or outdoors.

To be truly effective pan tilt zoom cameras will require someone to monitor and operate them via sophisticated technical furniture systems, which will add to the price tag further.
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