Whether you want to see who’s at your front door from your TV or remotely monitor your home from another part of the country, surveillance systems offer a high level of comfort and security for any home owner. Security and Surveillance systems allow you to monitor your home, record unauthorized activity or break-ins, and give you real time notifications plus videos of what is going on in your home. You may live in your home year around or have a winter vacation home here, either way surveillance systems provide the comfort and security of knowing what is going on in your home at all times.
Surveillance systems are made up of three basic components: Cameras, Recording Devices and Viewing Devices. They operate over two signal options, Analog CCTV and IP. There are several important components that should be carefully considered when shopping for your surveillance system.
Cameras are the most important pieces of your surveillance system. They can either be indoor or outdoor, night vision or day vision only, standard definition or high definition. They can either come with normal lenses or wide angle lenses and can either be fixed or PTZ which stands for pan, tilt, zoom. These lenses pan from left to right, tilt up and down, and zoom in and out. Plus they are motorized. Indoor cameras are generally designed without considering exposure to elements such as sunlight, moisture or dust. Outdoor cameras are sealed in cases that protect them from harsh outdoor elements. Daytime only cameras are designed to take video in either a well lit room or outdoors during the day in sunlight. Daytime/Nighttime cameras have extra sensors to pick up invisible infrared light and generally have built in infrared emitters to invisibly light up the foreground. Daytime/Nighttime cameras are a good choice for any environment as they tend to pick up dark areas better even if the room is well lit. Lens size is another important factor. When considering a camera for your front door for instance a wide angle lens that is the best choice since the subject will be closer the camera. While fixed position cameras work for most scenarios, there are instances where you may want to have control over the angle of the camera; these cameras are called PTZ for Pan, Tilt Zoom. These cameras can be controlled and viewed from a mobile device or PC and provide and can be rotated 360 degrees left to right or zoomed in and out to follow any subject.
Some cameras are stand alone and can record, monitor, and send notifications. Most cameras, however, need to be connected to a video recorder to capture all the data and to manage remote viewing of the camera. Video recorders come in two types NVR’s and DVR’s. DVR’s are Digital Video Recorders record video from analog CCTV cameras and use a large hard drive usually a few terabytes to store all the camera data. Depending on how many cameras you have and whether your cameras are set to record motion only or record all the time your hard drive should be capable of recording a full month of data before it starts to record over itself, recording over the oldest videos first. NVR’s are Network Video Recorders and are specifically designed to manage and record data for IP cameras.
IP vs CCTV Analog
Analog cameras and DVR’s utilize a coax cable much like the cable going into your modem or TV. The cable differs slightly because it also has two conductors attached to it that carry power to the camera. In an analog system each of your cameras will need to have cable ran to it to send power to the camera and to carry the video back. Cables can be concealed in walls and ceilings of your home. Analog cameras are very reliable and are extremely cost effect, but lack in the resolution and the definition that IP cameras offer. The max resolution of most CCTV cameras is 700TTL. However, these types of cameras are being slowing phased out and discontinued by manufactures in lieu of IP Cameras. IP cameras are much more versatile. They can be plugged into an existing home network, wired directly to the NVR, or connect wirelessly to your wifi. IP cameras can also be linked together from multiple remote locations to form one seamless surveillance system. IP cameras have a much higher resolution with most being capable of 1080p video. This provides a clear record of what is happening or has happened in your home.
Viewing your cameras can be either done from a monitor or TV connected directly to the NVR or DVR or you may view your cameras remotely from a computer or mobile device. Mobile device viewing is becoming increasingly popular as many home owners want to be able to pull up a live stream of their home while they are at work or on vacation. It gives instant freedom to check on family members, the maid, contractors, or just to make sure there are no problems with the utilities including the pool. You many also control a PTZ (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) Camera from your Smartphone if you want to follow a subject around or get a different angle of the room.
At INFINITY HD, we provide the highest skill level of security surveillance installation available today. Because these consultations are very detailed and involve higher systems knowledge we do charge a $95.00 consultation fee that does go towards the installation cost once we are commissioned to install the surveillance system.
Q: Can I monitor my cameras from iPhone or Android?
A: Yes, our DVR’s and NVR’s support remote viewing from PC, Mac or Mobile device from anywhere in the world there is an internet connection.
Q: Will cameras and cables be visible once installed?
A: Cables will be completely concealed in walls and ceilings. While most cameras can be seen, some cameras can be very discrete and virtually invisible. We offer many solutions to conceal cameras that we will not disclose here. For more information please call us for details or to setup a private consultation. INFINITY HD (480) 787-0443
Q: I think my home is wired for cameras already. Can you use the existing wiring?
A: Many newer homes are wired for security monitoring, but lack the cabling necessary for cameras. We can determine if your home is wired for cameras during an in home consultation.
Q: How long will the cameras record for?
A: Most DVR’s and NVR’s are setup to record for at least a month of data before they start recording over the oldest videos. However, we can add more storage if longer recording durations is necessary.
At INFINITY HD as your number one Phoenix security camera installation company, we provide the highest skill level of security surveillance installation available today. Because these consultations are very detailed and involve higher systems knowledge we do charge a $95.00 surveillance consultation fee that does go towards the installation cost once we are commissioned to install the surveillance system.