CCTV systems are an increasingly valuable resource for businesses and individuals, and their capabilities have been rapidly advancing. Their capabilities have improved in a number of key areas, such as the quality of image, the reduced cost of storing data, the degree to which they can be automated effectively, and how effectively they can be operated remotely. This article will cover these areas of interest, and explain for your benefit how and why CCTV systems are a worthwhile investment for the safety and security of you and your property.
The first thing to cover is the massive increase in the availability of important ID data. While CCTV systems have been around for multiple decades at this point, it is really only within the last 5-15 years that CCTV systems are able to quickly and reliably lead to the identification of offending parties. This means that CCTV systems are able to lead to the recovery of stolen goods with far greater frequency, and their deterrence value for those thinking about offending against you has also advanced over this period as a result. This has really come about due to a combination of advancements in the ability of software to detect identifying attributes of people, as well as the massive increase in the amount of data the common person places freely on the internet for government security organisations to scour for comparisons.
Another important area in which CCTV systems have advanced is the ease with which massive amounts of data can be stored. This allows cheaper CCTV systems to store data from multiple cameras with a fraction of the cost of what it would have taken prior to this development. It also provides greater latitude for improving the image quality of cameras so that more detail can be picked up. Perhaps the biggest advantage offered by the improved storage strategy for CCTV cameras is the remote, real-time storage of stream data. Through cloud data storage, CCTV system recordings can be stored cheaply and securely in an easily accessible area. This advantage is particularly important in some situations, such as when a fire consumes the premises, damaging any locally stored data. By using off-site storage strategies such as cloud computing, you can rest easy knowing that you will retain access to the data no matter what.
Lastly, another important area in which CCTV systems has developed over the last couple of decades is with remote access to data streams. With the use of internet connections and Bluetooth technology, CCTV systems can be accessed remotely, making remote CCTV monitoring services possible. This can provide real-time coverage of video streams around the clock, or, depending on the automation, can be triggered by various integrated alarm systems, such as motion detectors. This massively reduces the cost in comparison to previous comparable scenarios. Where you would have required full-time security professionals to monitor your video streams in the past, now you can get at least the same quality of security coverage for a fraction of the cost, as remote CCTV monitoring services helps to reduce the overhead burden and spread it around their multiple clientele.