At MOMENTUM Solutions, we've been designing and installing bespoke closed-circuit television systems since we started our business, back in 2006. When you commission us to install your CCTV you're getting:
- high quality installation
- a design that meet your requirements
- ongoing maintenance to keep your systems in peak condition
- the best after sales service – 24/7, 365 days a year
- rapid response in emergencies
What you need to know about choosing a CCTV surveillance system
Ok, you've identified that you need security cameras for your business but don't know where to start? What cameras to choose? What to record? What it will cost? Will it actually do what you need? Let us guide you through the basics.
Choosing the right camera type
You have a choice of three CCTV surveillance camera types:
- Analogue camera - entry level
- High Definition (HD) camera - industry standard
- Internet Protocol (IP) camera - top end of the market
Entry level analogue cameras will do the job fine, as long as you don't need finer detail, like facial and or number plate recognition. Higher Definition cameras cost more but the picture quality is far superior, allowing you to zoom in and identify subjects and use software like Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR). IP cameras offer the same high resolution picture quality as HD but differ in that are connected to your local computer network, just like a mini-computer in themselves. This means they can be used to raise an alarm on detection of a security breach (when used in conjunction with sensors) and alert you directly with a text message.
Higher picture quality can prove invaluable if you need to share it with the police or insurance companies.
The camera type you choose will ultimately be determined by the quality of image you need to capture. At Momentum, we'll talk you through all theses options in more detail. We provide a good range of robust, high quality cameras.
Not sure what you need? We can help. Just give us a call on 01349 865008 or drop into the shop and we'll be happy to chat, without obligation, about the best options for your particular needs
What to capture
It could be the lambing shed or the front gate of the house. Or perhaps you want to provide extra security for your staff while in the workplace? The options are endless. In essence, every shot you want to capture may require a different camera with different capabilities. For example, one location shot may need a large lens size while another may need a wide angle lens. For ANPR you'll need a high recording resolution. And if you have several cameras, you will need to consider long term storage. Before you speak to us, make a list of what you want to capture and we'll advise you on the best cameras to choose.
If recording in colour is important to you, then you may need to consider using some sort of support lighting at night. When light quality is low, cameras will switch to black-and-white, therefore LED lighting is the preferred option to ensure light levels remain high enough to capture enough detail. Identifying the colour of a car or person's jacket may become impossible otherwise. It's possible to buy low light cameras that work without support lighting but the cost can be prohibitively high.
Not just cameras
Setting up a CCTV system involves more than just cameras: you'll need to factor in peripherals like cables, connectors, power supply and labour.
Remote monitoring allows you to see your cameras from virtually anywhere – rest easy knowing that your staff, customers and property are all being safely monitored, whilst providing a huge deterrent.
Here's a few useful questions to think about before your first visit to Momentum:
- Do the cameras need to be discreet or act as a visual deterrent?
- Will the cameras be situated inside or out?
- If outdoors, will the camera be exposed to bad weather or polluted conditions?
- Likewise for indoors, will the camera be exposed to severe conditions like smoke, heat, steam, water?
- Will the camera be static or attached to a moving object, like a vehicle?
- Will nearby subjects, like a shiny floor, flashing lights or streetlights compromise picture quality?
- Do you need to capture audio?
- Are you likely to add more cameras at a later date?
It's a complex business but we're here to make it easy for you.
CCTV can be a complex business. We're here to take away that complexity. Call on 01349 865008 for free advice