What is Video Surveillance?
Are you a parent who wants to monitor your child’s online activities? Have you considered video surveillance? Maybe you want to be extra sure your children and loved ones are not exposed to ever-increasing dangers that are both online and in the home. Or, perhaps, you want to be sure your partner is not cheating or spending money that you don’t have. Fortunately, there is a way: you can use video devices to find out exactly what’s going on in your home.
You can even use home appliances, fitted with hidden video cameras, to keep your family safe. Popular reasons for using video cameras in the home include watching nannies – to ensure they are not abusing children – to the monitoring of care workers, and catching cheating spouses.
There are lots of other reasons why video surveillance is a good idea for the home or small business. If you haven’t considered investing in video monitoring equipment, this article will explain why now is a good time. After all, there’s nothing wrong with thinking about how you can protect yourself and your family.
What can video surveillance be used for?
Modern surveillance works 24/7. That means it can keep a digital (or analog) eye on your home, loved ones and possessions even when you are not present or asleep. You can see what is going on in your home while you are on vacation or at work. Use it to protect your valuables, for example, with cameras positioned to watch over expensive goods or a safe.
If you run a store, surveillance can protect your stock and cash from dishonest staff as well as thieves. Who is pocketing money from your cash register when your back is turned? Employee surveillance will tell you.
You can use video cameras to see who is at your front door or on your porch. Worried about leaving your teenagers home alone? Or cheating spouses? These are just a few of the reasons why more people are using surveillance software and technology.
Types of network surveillance devices
There are two types of monitoring tech available. Which one you choose will be dictated by its intended use and whether or not you want unbroken recording. The tech exists in DVR and cloud-based Wi-Fi formats.
DVR Video Surveillance
This type of tech is commonly used externally or in commercial settings. It requires wiring and does not have to be connected to the internet. DVR surveillance usually records everything 24/7.
Because this equipment can operate without the internet, DVR cameras continue to work during network failures. Plus, they are not usually prone to malware or hackers. Images are recorded directly onto a DVR device, meaning they can’t always be viewed remotely. If you want to find something, you will have to scroll through the footage.
You may even have to ask a third party provider for permission first. Additionally, if you use analog cameras, which are relatively common with DVR equipment, the picture quality is likely to be poor in comparison. If you want quality playback, go with digital recordings.
Wi-Fi Cloud-Based Video Surveillance
Use this to see what is going on inside your home, even when you are not there. You can access internet surveillance cameras remotely from multiple devices, including your cell phone. This type of surveillance does not automatically record everything. However, with motion sensors, you can be alerted to a potential problem and view the scene from anywhere.
Cloud-based surveillance typically takes a snapshot or makes a short recording when a sensor is triggered. Plus, with the touch of a button, you can also take images or make recordings yourself. After which, you can store recorded material on your PC or compatible device. As a home-based CCTV system, cloud-based surveillance is becoming an increasingly popular choice.
Types of video surveillance families can buy
Unless you want to hire a contractor or undertake cabling work, most families buy Wi-Fi cloud-based video recording. More discreet, this type of home CCTV can be achieved with the purchase of software and cameras. The type of cameras you buy will depend on their intended use. For example, covert cameras tend to be very small and designed to be placed on other items. You can even buy them already disguised.
Cameras are available with SD-cards which allow recordings to be saved. However, cloud-based recording is considered safer as nobody can walk away with it, and you can easily make a backup online. Software which connects the cameras to your devices, wherever you are, is easy to find and buy – with options to suit all budgets.
Isn’t it time you considered installing video surveillance in your home?