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Everyone want to feel safe in their home. From putting up garden walls, keeping a dog, people have been looking for ways to feel safe at home.
Security CCTV cameras have become a common feature in many houses. People have taken the camera’s public use – to reduce the rate of crime in the city – and brought them into their houses as a means of protection for their families and their belongings.
Uses of CCTV Security Cameras
CCTV security cameras can cover more than just your front door. Below are some ways CCTV security cameras can be used to make your home more secure:
- seeing who is at the front door or back door before opening it
- Protecting your children by installing nanny cams
- Safe proofing your garage from potential thieves
- Securing off-street windows and entrances
- Add extra eyes at the pool, sandstone patio, and play areas
Below are some important factors that need to be considered before buying and installing your cameras.
Resolution and Field of View
You have to make sure that you choose the right resolution for your camera for a clear image. Generally, many cameras have the standard 1080p and most cameras that get installed at homes make use of digital zoom which works wonderfully if the camera has more megapixels. The more the megapixels in a camera, the easier, better and clearer the digital zoom will be. The field of view is also important as you have to consider how big the area you want to monitor is.
Where to Place the Camera
Where you place, your camera is determined with the area to be covered. If it is an indoor camera, then there are many cameras that can work well. But if you want to install a camera outside, you should consider how much a certain camera can withstand elements such as strong winds, rainfall, snow, sun and the extremities of summer and winter.
How It Stays Connected
Gone are the days when cameras recorded into a VCR. Many cameras rely on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to stay connected. Better yet, there are apps that connect a person to their security cameras and they can monitor whatever is happening at their houses on their smart devices.
The cumbersome VCR has been ditched and home security footage is stored in microSD card slots, VCRs, or a remotely accessed cloud service.
When considering installing a home camera we all need a system that will be friendly to our pockets. Purchasing the camera itself is one thing, but then you should consider things like additional costs for installing and maintaining it. Have a look at our home CCTV packages.
Recording at Night
The night vision abilities of your camera should be good enough to distinguish a face in the dark.
Better known as motion detection, your camera should be able to send you a message or notification when it detects movement in and around your house. By doing so, you will be able to cut short anything that appears suspicious.
QVIS & Samsung
Both are great quality CCTV cameras, with great resolution and there are no problems when it comes to the clarity of the images recorded. The cameras are quite friendly to the pocket too and easy to install.
This camera comes with a very high resolution, two-way talkback capabilities and x8 digital zoom. The Nest Cam is a little on the expensive side and does not pan or tilt but has a field of view that spans 130°.
AL 700, 1000, 300 and 3000
These are great CCTV cameras for home usage with day night capabilities, ability to change lens, they will provide a clear picture in darkness up to 30 meters.
Of course, there are many other brands out there, all you have to do is look around our website and choose one that will fit with your budget and the type of security you need.
One issue that crops up repeatedly in our work and research in the area of school security systems is that of data protection and privacy. It is a potentially sensitive subject and one in which we must adhere to guidelines set out by a number of stakeholders and policy makers in this area.
For example, the department of education have said that use of CCTV systems in Schools is at the discretion of school boards of management but that the use of CCTV systems must be in proportion with the issues that prompted the school to have the CCTV systems installed in the first place. In other words, schools are well advised to have a system in place but they must operate within the boundaries of legitimacy and not stray into any gratuitous or non-essential areas. Alertwatch have built up a wealth of experience in this regard and we are extremely well positioned to advise schools based on successful projects that we have completed in the education sector.
The data protection commissioner has stated that as long as schools are transparent about the purpose of their CCTV systems they are fully supportive of the systems being implemented. For example, if cameras are being used as an anti-bullying device then there should be a sign in place beside the camera stating that it is being operated for this purpose. Transparency is absolutely vital in terms of our data protection responsibilities and we can ensure compliance by implementing a series of tried and trusted steps just like the one described above.
Something for schools also to be aware of is that there are department of education grants available to schools to help fund the cost of CCTV systems, especially where they are being set up to combat difficulties with vandalism and/or graffiti. The department is committed to assisting schools with proactive initiatives which will secure school premises and help minimise the threat of ongoing vandalism.
At Alertwatch, we have a significant depth of experience in designing and implementing school CCTV systems that accommodate the needs and requirements of schools/students/parents and that run efficiently within the guidelines developed by the department of education in conjunction with the data protection commissioner. For further details and to learn more about how we can be of service to your school please visit us at www.alertwatch.ie or call us today at 01 6896390.
Something that most of us take for granted when we stay in hotels anywhere is that they are secure, efficiently protected environments. In the CCTV/Security industry, however, we know for a fact that this is not always necessarily the case. What is vitally important from the hotel’s perspective is that they are providing a secure, controlled environment for their guests while at the same time operating within the structures laid out by the data protection act and protecting the rights of their employees.
At Alertwatch, the huge depth of experience that we have built up over many years working in the CCTV/Security industry enables us to get the balance exactly right and offer complete protection to the hotel and it’s customers and employees.
An indicative, relevant example of work we have carried out recently would be the upgrade of a CCTV system for a prominent Southside Dublin Hotel. All cameras where upgraded to Full HD 1080P Cameras (Over 2 million pixels) which provided the customer with CCTV Cameras of over 5 times greater resolution than the previously installed cameras. No new cabling was required for the installation, all the older coaxial cable could be re-used. The 32 cameras were installed within a 24 hour time period.
Having spoken to the hotel manager we knew that budget and project spend was a concern so when we explained that the upgrade process could be completed without a complete overhaul and replacement of the existing cabling the customer they were happy to proceed.
The brief here was, as always, to install a managed CCTV system and develop an environment in which both staff and visitors feel secure and protected at all times. We are able to equip hotels in a focused, constructive manner with the tools that will help them deal effectively with any potential security breaches or issues. Specifically, we can use our installed CCTV systems to:
a) Provide an effective intruder detection mechanism.
b) Protect hotel property against vandalism
d) Organise controlled exit of staff/visitors in case of an emergency
e) Protect staff and guest vehicles
f) Monitor staff punctuality
g) Monitor exits and entrances
h) Create a safe, secure, recreational environment
i) Provide peace of mind for visitors
j) Protect hotel property and grounds against vandalism
For more information please call us on 01 6896390 or fill out or enquiry form at http://www.alertwatch.ie/.
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