What You Need to Know About Video Surveillance

If you are ready to take your home security seriously, you should start considering investing in video surveillance. There is almost no better way to keep you home safe. Think about it, who else uses video surveillance? Banks use video surveillance. Hospitals use video surveillance. Jewelry stores use video surveillance. Every industry or business which takes security seriously uses video surveillance. Maybe it is time you do to.

Basics of Video Surveillance

Your new video surveillance system can be as basic or as complex as you want, the choice is yours. Essentially, a video surveillance system is a series of CCTV (closed-circuit television) cameras which allow you to monitor, manage, and protect your home from a distance. Video surveillance systems are highly customizable, which mean you can have a system designed specifically for the needs of your unique, individual home. Recent years have seen some incredible advances in the technology of home surveillance systems which we will now discuss.

Analog vs Digital

Standard analog surveillance systems record video straight to a tape. Typically, with an analog system, video isn’t taken in real time, rather at 1/4 normal time. This is because tapes only have about 3 hours of space, but the usually need to run for up to 24 hours! New technology does allow analog signals to be converted to digital
Speaking of digital, these newer video surveillance systems do not require a physical video tape because they save all footage directly on to a computer’s hard drive. Digital recordings can be made at standard real time speed, but they do take up a lot of storage space on a computer. Because of this they are usually compressed. Additionally, newer technology allows video surveillance systems to make use of wireless networks which can give homeowners some incredible tools we will discuss in a later blog.

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