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7 out of 10 businesses choose the wrong security cameras. Learn how to choose the right security for your business!
You should base the choice of the security cameras on your business’s needs, location layout, budget etc. Choosing a right company to install your surveillance system and provide a trained technical support over time is also a very important step. Technology can fail and you need a qualified company to help you in any case.
Video surveillance systems use 2 main types of cameras - IP (internet protocol) and traditional analog ones. IP cameras have many advantages, compared to analog ones. They offer higher quality footage (1-5 megapixels), wider field of vision, video analytics, automatic recording of movement, people count etc. IP cameras also give you an opportunity to view your cameras’ live footage from anywhere in the world with your phone or computer. Individual IP cameras can cost more than the analog ones but the price of the total IP camera systems can be lower than the analog one. IP cameras have a wider field of vision which means that the system can run with fewer cameras than an analog system.
To be able to transmit and archive the footage from your cameras you need a video recorder. There are 2 types of video recorders - digital (DVR) that work with analog cameras and network (NVR) that work with IP cameras.
The main differences of DVR and NVR are recording resolutions and camera connections. DVRs record in much lower quality while NVRs can record in 1080P which gives a higher quality, clear image.
Analog cameras are connecting to DVRs through plugging a BNC cable from the DVR into the camera. But the number of cable outputs on DVR is limited, which means that if you want to expand your system or add more cameras, you will need to add a new DVR. Also, the connected cameras can’t be too far from the DVR, otherwise you will get a very low image quality.
NVR, on contrary, is connected to the network and any IP camera can be added to it as far as it’s on the same network. The distance also doesn’t play a role for IP cameras. You just need to be careful when buying IP cameras as not every camera works with every NVR. So, check the model compatibility before buying.
There is Hybrid Video Recorder (HVR) that can connect both analog and IP cameras. This will be a good choice for you if you have an old analog camera system and want to add IP cameras but you don’t want to throw away your old system. HVR can connect your old cameras and expand your system by adding more IP cameras to it.
When it comes to choosing to the right cameras for your business the number of choices can be intimidating so choosing a right CCTV installation company is a crucial point here. There are many factors to consider based on what you need for your business, like the lighting type, indoor/outdoor camera versions, storage capacity, data safety etc. The right technology integration company will guide you through all of this and help you set up the right system that will increase your security and give you a peace of mind.
Choosing the right security cameras for your business is a piece of cake when you have a professional installer on your side. Call today for a free estimate and we'll guide you through the decision making process.
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