Video Surveillance Systems

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Clearly, the more complex your surveillance needs, the more likely you will need the advice of an expert in order to design your video surveillance system. The good news is that there are a lot of excellent companies on the Internet and that you can often get all of your safety and security needs met at one site. This includes fire detection, motion detectors, cameras, transmitters, and monitors.

If you have a fairly simple system in mind, you may be able to do it yourself with some online guidance. Remember that a home surveillance system still requires the same basic components and that you will essentially be protecting things that are more valuable than an inventory, so you will want to be certain that you are getting high-quality products. Nanny cams are becoming more popular every day, but access and motion monitors are just as important to your family.

The Basic Components

The basic components of good video surveillance systems are the video camera, a transmitter, a monitor, and a recorder. In a large system, of course, there can be a number of cameras for multiple locations. Fixed cameras are often the choice for business applications because they do not need to be hidden and are seldom moved.

A complete video surveillance system will include the latest in technology that supports connecting the camera through a modem to a PC. This setup then allows for password-protected access to viewing the camera output from any PC connected to the Internet. The final piece of the system is the recorder, and digital technology has made great strides in the quality of the video and in storage capabilities. The basic video surveillance system described on this page can mean a significant improvement in loss prevention and safety control for businesses and in peace of mind for home users.

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