Closed circuit television (CCTV)

What is closed circuit television (CCTV)?

Closed circuit television (CCTV) is the use of discrete video cameras to monitor targeted areas. 

It  involves the transmission of images  from a video source (such as a camera) to a recording or monitoring system. 

Why use Eclectic Security to install your CCTV system?

Eclectic Security offer:

Experienced engineers:

All our engineers have years of experience working with all types of closed circuit television installations. They install CCTV on a wide range of UK premises from domestic installations to large scale commercial projects, even remote area projects are catered for. Our engineers specialise in IP CCTV and each install is done with data security measures at the fore.

Site Survey:

Eclectic security installation team will always implement a site survey before any CCTV installation. This enables us to  plan correctly for an installation limiting any potential problems in advance.

We listen to customers:

By listening to our customers we get a complete understanding of what they want to achieve from a CCTV installation. Listening and understanding the desired outcome of a project puts us in a better position to advise and provide the correct system for each project.

Compliance

We understand the importance of compliance so we will assist customers with any CCTV policies, DPIA (data protection impact assessments) http://bit.ly/dpia-insight . 

We also help with ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) registration if needed.

Considerations

Fixed or Pan, Tilt, Zoom (PTZ) CCTV?

Fixed cameras monitor specific spots whereas PTZ cameras have the ability to move and focus on different areas. The choice of camera depends on the area to be monitored. PTZ cameras are often more expensive due to the increased functionality.

Bullet, dome or turret cameras?

Bullet cameras are highly visible and often seen in town centres, whereas dome cameras are often less visible (often seen in a shop or hotel lobby).
They are the most visible and are potentially a better deterrent to burglars. Dome cameras are more discreet and it’s harder to tell where they’re pointing (making them harder to avoid). Domes can be effected by  IR bounce-back so turret cameras with the IR light externally may be better choices. (For this reason a turret camera is our preferred choice over a dome camera)

Wired or wireless cameras?

Wired cameras are typically harder to place and install, but are more reliable as they don’t rely on a wireless (wi-fi) connection (prone to variable signal strength). Wireless cameras can be installed anywhere, but may experience signal interruptions.

Audio

Some cameras are fitted with microphones and speakers, so they also work as an intercom. This can be useful if installed at the door to property.

IP or analogue cameras?

This refers to how the camera’s footage is accessed.
IP CCTV allows access to footage on different devices. IP cameras are more expensive than analogue but come with more smart features.
Analogue systems record to one device thus footage can only be viewed on that device.

Image resolution

Generally speaking, the higher the resolution, the more detail you’ll capture in your images. Most homes don’t need extremely high resolution, but it can be useful if you need to identify specific people from the footage. Bear in mind that image quality can affect whether a prosecution is made in cases of criminal activity being taken to court. *PLEASE NOTE: Although a higher resolution is often specified by installers there are cases where a lower resolution is more suitable, this should always be assessed during an initial survey.*

Indoor or outdoor cameras?

This largely depends on your property. If you have a large amount of outdoor space with concealed entrances, such as a back door that’s not visible from the street, you might need to monitor them. However if you live in a property with a shared entrance, indoor cameras might be more suitable.

Field of vision

The size of the area that the camera can monitor. If you’re buying a single camera, ensure it covers the area you want to monitor.

Night vision

Infrared cameras can capture video in the dark.

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Our CCTV systems and promise

Eclectic security supply and install high quality closed circuit television systems. All CCTV systems come from reputable UK distributors we will never install grey imports. Our guarantee is a quality system developed for the UK market with full technical support. http://bit.ly/blog-pitfall-grey-imports

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