10 Things You Must Consider While Buying a CCTV Solution

Importance of CCTV Cameras

There was a time when security of any area has to be completely relied over the security guards whistling across the streets and if in case any of the robbers or criminals got the chance out the security guard’s glance, the situation turned out to be troubled as there was no reliable solution to ensure foolproof security and any strong source of minimizing the crime rate. However, with the advent of technology, the CCTV cameras were installed, initially at some of the main spots of the city and later on at every spot across the city to ensure everyone feels safe while walking through the streets. It was such a fantastic idea that in case if any of the guards missed some suspicious movement around, the CCTV camera had it all. So if you are planning to get some reliable CCTV solution for your residence, offices or your area, here are some of the most important things you must consider while buying:

1. KNOWING WHAT TO COVER

 

It may come as a surprise to you, but actually, this is usually the most often thing we encounter. There is a huge amount of angles and options to cover but deciding what to cover is the basis of every aspect of the system. With features such as ANPR, night vision, motion detection, and auto-tracking completely changing the cameras available, deciding what to cover should always be your first step when pursuing a CCTV system.

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2. EXTERNAL INFLUENCES & LOCATION

 

External influences can impact the effectiveness and design of a camera solution heavily. When designing a camera solution it is important to consider the possible external influences such as the weather and the position of the camera – things such as sunlight can completely alter where you position the camera, but so could the risk of vandalism.

3. CABLING

 

No matter the solution you pursue, a cable will always be needed whether for power or data or both. With analog solutions, local power at the camera used to be required and then expensive crimps for the data – and then entered Cat5e with adaptors being used to carry both the power and data over Cat5e, however with power splitters being used costs can still go up sharply. However, IP solutions allow for both data & power to be over the same cable straight from the NVR with the technologies built into the hardware from the factory.

 

4. WHAT DESIGN OF CAMERA?

 

There are a lot of designs of cameras starting from Bullet Cameras to PTZ Cameras. There is so much choice but how do you decide what is fit for your needs? Well, hopefully, you’ve identified your risks and external influences, some research to the different designs pros and cons should narrow this down for you, for example, you won’t want to install a bullet camera at low level where it can easily be pushed out of view, for this you will be better looking for a vandal-resistant dome camera.

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5. QUALITY & OUTPUT RESOLUTION

 

So you’ve decided on what you wish to capture and how far you are from that object, now you need to understand what quality you need from your camera. With analog systems such as Hikvision’s Turbo HD offering up to 1080p, it can be easy to be persuaded, however, their IP solution delivers anywhere from 1.2MP to 12MP so there is a lot of choices. The most common IP cameras on the market use either 2MP or 4MP technologies which offer the best resolution for money ratio and if no existing analog cabling is in place, these are usually the best choice for value for money.

6. LENS SIZE & SENSOR

 

There is a huge array of lens sizes from 2.8mm all the way to insane focal lengths! However, lens sizes are not directly comparable to one another due to different sensor sizes and qualities. If you want a wide field of view you may wish to look at a 2.8mm camera, however, this could mean compromising on the ability to identify people and objects.

7. NIGHT VISION

 

So now you’ve got the right focal length to be able to identify people and objects in day time, but you want to use it at night time? Well here enters Infrared technologies. Many cameras on the market today offer infrared ranges of anywhere from 20m to even over 200m! But not all of these are created equally and can even increase the cost of the camera substantially so you need to consider what range you need.

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8. STORAGE

 

Storage is often forgotten and is only identified as an issue when you realize that the precious footage you truly needed has gone and isn’t coming back! At NDE we use tools to calculate the amount of storage that is going to be needed however not everyone has access to these and therefore it is worth considering before blowing your budget on fancy cameras!

9. FURTHER FEATURES

 

Many camera solutions offer a huge range of features such as Automatic Number Plate Recognition, Motion Detect, Line Crossing Detection… the list truly is endless. We recommend that you should always look at what features you may wish to use such as remote viewing before purchasing any hardware because some missing features truly can be a deal-breaker!

10. HIRING A PROFESSIONAL

 

With a huge range of things to consider and more variables than you can think of, number 10 truly is something to consider! Hiring a professional can take a lot of stress off of you. We are geared not only to design and supply but also to install and maintain the camera solution that best fits your needs and we are keen to work with you to help fit your requirements.

Advantages of CCTV Solution

 

Here are the main advantages of CCTV solutions:

  • It protects customers and staff
  • It lowers or stops crime completely
  • It helps in monitoring traffic and public areas
  • It helps to monitor employees at the offices
  • It serves the security purpose even in the absence of the guards