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How Business Video Surveillance Works

When they were first presented, video monitoring systems were mainly used with medium to large businesses. These days however, they are becoming more and more usual in every business and even in homes. Video surveillance security systems are likewise referred to as Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) and are used to keep track of certain areas around the business and help to secure it from robbers and thieves.

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The monitor is a crucial element to the video monitoring setup. The display will feed the video from the cams that make up the system. The monitors are normally black and white and include a higher resolution than that of a standard television. Screens vary in size and resolution, although the conventional resolution is between 500 and 1000 lines.

Electronic cameras are also crucial. When setting up the business video security system, the electronic cameras are put tactically around the business, in the most susceptible areas. They must be established in areas where they are nearly impossible to see. The electronic cameras are constantly working, sending out the video transmissions to the displays on a regular basis.

Coaxial cables are also a must have for video security systems. The coaxial cables are what transfers the video images from the video camera to the screen. The cables are available in a range of sizes. You can discover them at a local electronic devices store in your location or contact us at Integrated Security Resources for more information. Your business’ video monitoring system will feature coax cables, although you may need more reliable cabling depending on where you intend to set the video cameras up at.

Business video monitoring systems likewise utilize switchers. Switchers allow you to run multiple cam feeds to one screen. Normally, a switcher will cycle through feeds unless it detects activity going on around a cam. When the switcher spots any sort of motion, it will automatically lock in to the cam that has actually identified the motion.

There are some video monitoring systems that you can get for the business that make full use of VCRs. These systems will use the VCR to tape any live video feed that you program. This can be useful if you are gone a lot, as the VCR can record a break in as it occurs. If you end up going to court or to the authorities, you can utilize the video tape as proof. VCRs can capture burglars in the act– especially if you set the cam up to a location that is difficult to see.

By using the mix of a screen and video camera, office video security systems can quickly capture robberies and break-ins. They are extremely budget-friendly nowadays, and utilized in countless businesses throughout North America. If you have been trying to find the ideal method to protect your business– a business video monitoring system is something you need to check out promptly.


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3 Ways CCTV Can Help Your Business

3 Ways CCTV Can Help Your Business

Many business managers and owners discount the idea of
installing a CCTV system on their premises. Worried about
costs and benefits, they use other security measures to protect their
stock and their staff.

CCTV systems could be more beneficial than
you think. Here are three key ways that CCTV can help to protect your


Although they won’t stop all crime, it is thought that visible
CCTV systems act as a deterrent to would-be criminals. It’s far less
risky to steal from a shop with no CCTV than from one that explains its
system clearly in a window poster and which has highly visible cameras.
The presence of a camera at the entrance or exit of a building and
watching over key areas like retail sales floors or IT suites can make
the difference between your business being targeted and the criminal
moving on.

Evidence and Interference

Depending on the type of system you install, CCTV has the
potential both to stop a crime before it occurs and to provide the
police with valuable images that can help them to detain a suspect.
Monitored systems, where the images are fed from the camera to a
real-time monitor, allow security staff to see what’s happening at the
premises at all times. If they pick up anyone behaving suspiciously
they can alert staff on the ground who may be able to prevent a crime.
Recorded systems, on the other hand, should give vital information on
the appearance and activities of any criminals, which can make a huge
difference to a police investigation.

Peace of mind

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For anyone working in, shopping in or visiting your business
premises, the knowledge that there is a working CCTV system in place
brings peace of mind. Not only does it let your employees know that you
are concerned for their safety, but customers and visitors recognise it
as a deterrent and automatically feel safer than in a business where
there are no cameras at all. Whilst not everyone likes the presence of
CCTV cameras in public places, most people would say that such systems
make them feel more comfortable.

3 Ways To Protect Your Customers with CCTV

3 Ways To Protect Your Customers

Customer security is one of the prime considerations of any
retail outlet today. Whilst implementing key marketing
strategies in order to promote products and increase sales, retail
managers also need to be thinking about how safe their customers feel
in-store and ways they can improve the attractiveness of their space
for shoppers.


Good lighting is a key aspect of the customer experience.
Stores require lighting that allows customers to see what they are
doing and to ensure that no area of the shop is dimly lit or dark, as
this is where thefts or attacks could occur. This is particularly
important in fitting room areas and in toilet and baby-change
facilities where customers are out of the general flow of the shop and
there is a reduced staff presence.

CCTV systems

Customers are comforted by the presence of CCTV
systems in retail stores. They know that these systems are designed to
prevent crime and automatically feel safer in an environment where
cameras provide a deterrent to would-be criminals. A CCTV system also
often means at least one member of staff dedicated to security and this
also makes customers feel more at ease.


The retail environment is one that’s constantly under threat
from petty crime – from shoplifting items to pick-pocketing customers.
This type of crime is easier to commit in small, crowded shops, where
people are more tightly packed into a space and it is difficult for
staff, security cameras or general shoppers to see what is going on.
It’s easy for people to put goods in their bags without paying for them
or to steal a handbag and be out of the shop before anyone’s realised.
A key way to defeat this type of crime is by arranging your goods so
that there’s more space in the store. This makes it immediately more
obvious if someone is acting suspiciously, and customers are more
likely to be aware if someone is too close to them or demonstrating
threatening behaviour.

There are various other ways that you can make your customers
feel safe, but lighting, space and visible CCTV security go a long way
to reassuring customers that they are shopping in a safe environment.
The safer and more confident your customers feel, the more likely they
are to spend money in your store.

Buyer’s Guide: CCTV, Video Surveillance, and Security Cameras

Buyer’s Guide: CCTV, Video Surveillance, and Security Cameras


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In today’s environment, businesses increasingly rely
on video surveillance systems.
But how do you choose the best
CCTV system, camera, or DVR? Read on to learn the steps to take in
choosing the right video surveillance system for your needs.

CCTV Objectives

The first step in designing a CCTV system is to determine the

* How many cameras are required?
* What are the key fields of view?
* What are your recording requirements?
* What are the lighting conditions at each camera location?
* Where do you need live video monitoring?
* How long do you need to keep the video files?

Security Camera

The types of security camera you choose depend upon whether
they’ll be used indoors or outdoors, during the day and/or night, and
where they will be mounted.

Indoor Dome Camera: In nine out of ten instances, and indoor
dome camera is used for general indoor applications. It’s typically
mounted on the ceiling, and can be configured for standard color,
day/night, or infrared.

Box Camera: Box cameras are usually sold independent of
lenses, which are mounted to provide flexibility for different fields
of vision. Box cameras can be mounted alone or in an enclosure.

Outdoor Dome Camera: Common for locations that have entry and
exit points with limited night lighting, outdoor dome cameras typically
have hard shell vandal-proof casings and a variety of lens options.

Day/Night Camera: For low light conditions, the day/night
camera is the best choice. During the day, the camera records in
standard color, then switches to a low-lux black and white mode at

Infrared Camera: When there is no available light, an infrared
camera is the way to go. Infrared LEDs are automatically illuminated
and the camera records in black and white mode, offering camera views
in complete darkness.

PTZ Camera: A pan-tilt-zoom camera gives the operator the
ability to view and zoom in all directions. The CCTV operator can set
the camera to automatically rotate to different fields of vision. Plus,
a PTZ camera can include optional applications that dynamically track
objects in defined areas.

Digital Video Recorder

DVRs are integral to the success of any CCTV project. With
higher video resolution, data compression, and faster recording speeds,
DVRs are better than every. Professional DVRs allow for network or
remote monitoring of CCTV video. With video distribution across LANs,
WANs, and the Internet, the DVR is also used for business systems

Choosing the correct DVR means answering the following

* How many cameras do you have?
* What recording speed do you require?
* How long do you need to keep the recordings?
* Where will the DVR system be located?
* Do you have remote monitoring requirements?

The most important aspect of a CCTV system layout is the
location of the DVR. It is the lifeline of the CCTV system, so must be
kept in a secure location, preferably in a lockbox.

Leading Brands

Nuvico and GeoVision are leading brands for cameras and DVRs.
With a Nuvico camera, you have many choices, and both Nuvico and
GeoVision offer superior DVRs. Complete CCTV systems are also available
with four cameras, eight cameras, or 16 cameras, depending on your
needs. These systems often feature a Pentium-based Dell computer, a
GeoVision DVR, and Samsung CCTV cameras.


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Whichever CCTV system you choose, remember to ask yourself
important questions about location, lighting conditions, and the length
of time you need to keep the video files. Once you have those answers,
it will be much easier to find the right CCTV system to fit your needs.

If you need help in determining your requirements,
call Integrated Security Resources at (208) 884-8562

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