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Business CCTV: Top 11 FAQ’s of 2020

Oct 16, 2020
Business CCTV: Top 11 FAQ’s of 2020

Do you take the necessary measures to keep your business safe? It doesn’t matter if you own a commercial property or a retail store; you may consider improving its security.

The best business security solution is CCTV. Having a well-designed and professionally installed security system is crucial and extremely necessary for businesses today.

In this article, we will look at some of the frequently asked questions relating to CCTV equipment in 2020.

What is CCTV security system? 

CCTV is a video surveillance system in which strategically placed cameras record video and transmit it to a limited set of monitors or other specific places.

CCTV equipment is used to provide recorded or real-time surveillance over a large territory, for example, the perimeter of the property, storage facilities, parking lots, retail stores, and office buildings. 


How does a CCTV system work?

A CCTV system consists of a recorder (DVR or NVR), cameras and a monitor. The cameras record video footage of a facility. Then this footage is transmitted to a recording device and a monitor.

The video footage is stored for future reference in the recording device (a DVR or NVR). The record can be sent to a mobile phone, tablet, or remote computer for monitoring in real-time.

Depending on the CCTV system type its recorder, cameras and monitor are connected with a wireless signal, network cable, or coaxial cable.


How can CCTV systems improve business security?

A CCTV system acts as a deterrent to criminals or anyone planning illegal activities. A CCTV camera is a warning to anyone who is about to break a rule, so there are much fewer risks of vandalism or break-ins.

Moreover, when installed inside the facility, CCTV can help to monitor goods and assets, to prevent safety incidents, wrong accusations and lack of trust among employees. 

One more purpose of installing a CCTV system is ensuring the health and safety of all the workers. 


What CCTV equipment is the best fit for indoor facilities?

There are different types of surveillance cameras used principally indoors. Dome CCTV camera is the most popular type used for indoor security, primarily in the retail sector, as it is quite discreet but visible.

Another popular indoor camera type is Bullet CCTV Camera. This camera is designed to capture video footage from a fixed location (ceiling-mounted or wall-mount) pointing at a particular area. 


What CCTV equipment is best fit for outdoor facilities?

Bullet, C-Mount, Day/Night and Infrared/Night Vision CCTV Cameras are best to use outside. 

Bullet CCTV is highly visible (acts as a detergent), capable of observing long distances, and resistant to dirt, dust and water. Such cameras are ideal to use in farming, manufacturing and property management. 

C-mount CCTV Cameras are perfect for challenging environments; it is reliable in the extreme temperatures. Such cameras allow switching around the detachable lenses to monitor varying distances. This type is popular in logistics, food and manufacturing industries.

The night-vision CCTV cameras can see images in outside conditions and poorly-lit environments using Infrared LEDs. 


Is wireless CCTV better than wired?

It depends.

Wired CCTV cameras are a bit more difficult to install but extremely reliable. Such systems can also be more affordable than wireless ones. This solution is great for businesses with a permanent location so that there is no need to move the cameras.

A wireless CCTV system is easier to install and easier to move around. Thus, this security solution is better if you are looking for a temporary and quick result.


What is the difference between analogue CCTV camera and IP camera?

An analogue CCTV camera converts the video footage to a format used by DVR's and televisions.

An Internet Protocol camera converts the image signal into IP packets. This data is transmitted over the IP network or the Internet to a storage device, for example, NAS or a server (no local recording device is required). Thus, IP systems allow for greater information transfer.


What CCTV system is the best?

There are plenty of CCTV security solutions available in the market today. When using the best system, it is important to pay attention if your CCTV system has:

  • high-quality footage (at least 1080 pixels for modern solutions and 720 pixels for analogue cameras),
  • night vision cameras,
  • power supply set-up,
  • two-way audio,
  • an easy-to-use accompanying app,
  • suitable storage options.

Your choice will depend on your specific needs and budget. Nowadays, the best security system manufacturers are Swann, Lorex, and Hikvision. 


Can CCTV systems operate without Wi-Fi/Internet?

Yes, it can.

Internet is only needed if you need to access your security system remotely. Having an Internet connection is not necessary, but advantageous and allows you to get notifications from motion sensor detection or to monitor live feed from your PC or a smartphone. 


Can CCTV systems operate without a power supply?

Usually, people think that a video surveillance system will not work without electricity. But the truth is the power can be cut purposefully or sometimes there can be a power outage.

Modern advanced CCTV security systems anticipate such incidents and have a backup battery, so they can still record for some time even if the power is cut off. Such cameras are great for rural and remote areas.


How much does a CCTV system cost?

CCTV system cost will depend on:

  • your business security needs,
  • the size of your premises
  • and what you want the camera to achieve.

Wired CCTV equipment may be significantly cheaper, starting from €1500 for a basic 4 x 1.3 MP camera system.

IP camera system (4 x 2MP cameras) will cost around €2000.     



All in all, installing a CCTV system is not the only solution to help you improve your business security.

Having a guard monitoring your premises is another option. Although, buying, installing and maintaining a CCTV security system is 94% less expensive than hiring a security guard.

You can always reach out to the team at Power Right, and we can help with choosing the most cost-effective video surveillance system for your business.

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