Video Security is becoming more widespread everyday as a
means of keeping track of employees, locations,
entryways, and more. Originally designed to monitor
safety concerns, video security is continually evolving
making it the ideal solution for many types of
businesses and home uses.
Businesses use video
security systems to monitor employees, to trigger alerts
in case of fire or motion, and to watch over entrances
to buildings. Video security is also used in retail
stores to reduce shoplifting and in financial
institutions and convenience stores as a deterrent to
robbery. Parking lots and garages, remote areas on
college/university campuses, and hospitals are also
popular locations for video security systems.
Why Digital Video Security?
There are four basic reasons why people want to use a
digital video security system:
- To help IDENTIFY perpetrators.
- To help PREVENT accidents or wrongdoing.
- To help PROTECT people and property.
- To help OBSERVE processes.
Who can benefit from a CCTV System?
- Homeowners can identify who is at the door, check on the
baby or check the house if they are away.
- Small Businesses can prevent or identify shoplifters or
burglars and keep an eye on the business from home.
Sadly, today, employee theft is now higher in retail
than customer theft and monitoring retail employees is
- Industry & Research can monitor processes as well as
maintaining security surveillance.
- Education and Government can keep an eye on trouble
All these things and many more are possible through
video security systems.
What do I need?
The basic components of video security systems are a
security camera, a display monitor, and a recorder. In a
large system, of course, there can be a number of
security cameras with multiplexers, time lapse VCRs and
monitors. Today, however, much of this analog
multiplexing and tape recording equipment has been
replaced by digital video recorders (DVRs).
A complete state-of-the-art digital video security
system will include quality CCD cameras connected to a
digital video recorder system. This setup allows for
password-protected viewing of live and recorded video at
the DVR and/or from a PC or PDA connected to the
Internet or to a LAN.
Such a video security system as described above can mean
a significant improvement in loss prevention and safety
control for businesses and in peace of mind for home