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FAQ – CCTV
Wireless or wired – does it just depend on the exact system and setup?
Wired systems yield the most dependable systems. The systems designer has many options to deliver signal, coax, UTP, fiber and so on. One has to remember wireless sounds great but you still have to power the devices and if you can get power to them you may also run cable as well. Currently, analog CCTV has only two frequencies allotted by the FCC 2.4Mgz and 5.8Mgz, neither of which require a license. The pit falls are many. If your neighbor puts up a 2.4Mgz system next to your already running 2.4Mgz it may take you down and there is nothing you can do about it. Microwave appliances and the like also wreak havoc on these systems as well.
What recording options are available before the data is recorded over – daily, weekly, monthly, continuous (with enough DVR storage)?
Generally, continuous recording is utilized. When the hard drive is full the new data pushes out the old or FIFO. Other options may include an email notification the HDD is about to be full and a system back up should be completed.
Can I record and playback simultaneously?
Yes, most all modern DVR’s and NVR’s allow this.
Is there a monthly recording service fee?
Yes, and this will vary depending on camera count and the amount of storage required. Generally low upfront costs over the life of a video surveillance system (7+ years is not uncommon,) data charges, internet connection charges and the cost associated with the cloud storage service could make the overall cost many times more than a traditional system with an NVR.
Recording, On-Site or Off-site? A critical element to consider.
When it comes to a CCTV system, storage plays a vital part. You have to decide which location is the best option to store data. You can choose between on-site storage and remote storage. The most critical element in your decision making process is security. Of course, there are pros and cons on both sides. It’s time to examine them.
When an on-site storage system is implemented, it is designed to have the storage device fitted at the same location as the system itself. Of course, there are advantages of adapting this type of CCTV storage. First, it is easy to design and implement and so the costs will be lower. You can store the data either on a hard disk inside the DVR or on an external set of hard drives. It is wise, however, to keep the hard disk separately from the DVR. If anything happens to the system, your hard disk will be safe and you will be able to get the valuable data from it. On the other hand, if your hard disk is built into the DVR, it’s quite obvious for someone to take or steal the whole DVR and you will be left without any data. Still, you can choose to have a DVR with a built-in hard drive, which is a much easier option. In this case you have to take precautions in securing the DVR device with appropriate casing. You can buy cases for DVR with extra securities such as password control, physical locks and so on.
Precautions you definitely have to take You are not advised to keep your DVR in a visible place such as cash counters, lobby, reception etc. Interestingly enough, if this is the case, you will have a hard time and may get rejected when you want to claim insurance.
On-site video storage cost?
The cost element plays a huge part in this type of system. If you can’t afford to have a remote storage system, this is the way to go. But, you need to understand that strong security is the whole purpose of a CCTV system.
What about security for my security? Is the video feed encrypted?
An internet protocol (IP) camera lets you monitor your home or business using software that connects directly to the internet. Unlike a webcam, it doesn’t need a computer to transmit video online. But if the IP camera you buy doesn’t encrypt the information it sends, other people could access and view your feed. Put simply, you could be hosting the world’s biggest open house!
Is audio an option on some cameras?
Yes, this also is an area your security professional truly needs to be in involved in. CCTV with audio recording has different legal implications from state to state. Before installing audio recording devices check the laws of your state.