In this short article, we cover the core components of an effective CCTV monitoring system. In many cases, remote 24/7 CCTV monitoring systems can significantly reduce the cost of security. This can be up to 80% lower compared to the cost of employing security guards.
Advancements in tech, detection equipment and software continue to accelerate.
Off-site CCTV sensor-activated monitoring now presents a cost-effective, viable alternative to onsite security guards.
The core areas of a CCTV monitoring system we cover in this blog are:
- CCTV Cameras
- Detection equipment
- Video analytics
- Audio intervention
- Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC)
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For a CCTV monitoring system to be effective, detection is paramount.
This starts with the cameras.
- High resolution, IP CCTV, and Ultra HD cameras are required as they provide crystal clear footage
- PTZ cameras provide the opportunity to zoom in on an intruder, and follow them around the site, watching their movements closely
- Thermal imaging CCTV cameras are used where detection may be hampered by low light, or the elements
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As mentioned above, with CCTV monitoring, detection is paramount to system effectiveness
- Infra-red (IR) lighting and illumination can be deployed to enhance the camera footage in low-light situations. Though improving camera footage, illuminators help to reduce alarms
- LED lighting can be used, to illuminate an area to aid improved detection
- Sensors are used to detect an intruder. When the sensor is triggered and alarm is raised at the ARC, with the appropriate action taken
- Where environmental factors and light pollution isn’t an issue, security lighting can be deployed to enhance the camera footage
Related reading: The benefits of infra-red lighting for solar farm CCTV monitoring.
At Safeguard Systems, we often design, install and commission systems on sites in rural locations.
At night, animals may roam near solar farms, or close to the perimeter of other commercial, or government sites.
At night, detection can be challenging.
Video analytics software is set to distinguish between humans and animals, helping to reduce false alarms.
Find out more: Thermal CCTV & video analytics.
Audio intervention is the perfect solution for warning an intruder or someone approaching the perimeter they have been spotted.
If the system is triggered and an alarm raised, an off-site security operative can communicate with the intruder via audio speaker.
This is the perfect, cost-effective, cost-saving alternative to deploying security guards.
Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC)
Ok, so not quite part of the systems itself, but an important mention.
Cameras are there to capture footage.
Sensors and beams are deployed to trigger the system, for an alarm signal to be raised.
Detection devices and equipment are there to optimise system effectiveness.
Audio intervention is used to deter intruders and inform them the authorities have been contacted.
The ARC is where alarm signals are received. From here, the system footage is viewed and decisions are made on how best to deal with the threat.