Characteristics of a Video Surveillance System

Applied Tech Review | Thursday, June 10, 2021

To stop violence, the cameras can be visible and out in the open or concealed and covert to capture evidence with fewer chances of being tampered with.

FREMONT, CA: Having the best video surveillance system monitoring the property offers evidence in the event of a crime and deters illegal activity, and improves the safety of the employees and customers in the first place.  Understanding all of the components of Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) systems and how they operate can go a long way toward assisting one in making the right decision for the business.

What Are the Characteristics of a Video Surveillance System?

A video surveillance system, also known as CCTV, comprises cameras, monitors, and recorders. Cameras can be analog or digital, with a variety of design features that will be addressed shortly.

These systems may be used on both the inside and outside of a structure or property. They can run 24 hours a day, be set to record only when motion is detected, or be set to record at specific times of the day. To stop violence, the cameras can be visible and out in the open or concealed and covert to capture evidence with fewer chances of being tampered with. However, it is important to remember that laws govern the placement of security cameras in the workplace. These regulations differ from state to state.

Footage can be tracked in real-time by a security guard, remotely by a monitoring company if using an IP camera and device (more on that later), or simply captured and saved by a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) or NVR (Network Video Recorder) for later analysis if necessary. Finally, video surveillance systems are closed, which ensures that their signals are not transmitted, preventing anyone from intercepting and viewing the data. The registered content is only accessible to approved users.

How is a Video Surveillance System Supervised?

The footage provided by a video surveillance system can be monitored in a variety of ways. Having a security guard or team responsible for viewing the live footage on the monitors/display units connected to the recorder is perhaps the most traditional and familiar process. The displays for analog systems that use coaxial cables to link the cameras to their DVRs and display units are usually monochrome, but they can also be HD with color.

The feed is now accessible via one's network, as the vast majority of today's surveillance cameras are wireless internet protocol cameras. Although it can still be monitored on an official display unit, computers, and mobile devices can still access it. Furthermore, some devices and cameras will wait until movement is detected before sending mobile alerts to approved staff, who can then review the live feed.

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