Video surveillance cameras and recording equipment have become a lot more affordable in the last few years. As a result, and also partly in response to a perception that we face more security threats than ever before, more homes have video surveillance systems installed. When it comes to CCTV Toronto residents are almost spoilt for choice with the number of available equipment models. That makes designing and installing equipment for CCTV Toronto suppliers have in stock just a little more difficult.
That being said, selecting the right components to use for a DIY home video surveillance solution needs to be properly planned. Some suppliers may provide the services of security experts but key bits of information have to come from the homeowner.
The Important Considerations In Planning Your Home’s Video Surveillance System
When designing your own video surveillance system, the most important aspect to ensure is always fitness for purpose. To install less than you need, either in terms of number or quality of equipment, would compromise your security. On the other hand, installing more than you need wastes valuable resources – i.e. your money!
Speaking of money, your budget is one of the first considerations. You should balance what your budget can afford with the level of security you cannot afford not to have. Sometimes this makes some trade-offs in the quality or quantity of equipment unavoidable. But in most cases, your security needs trump even your budget – after all, a security breach is likely to cost more.
To help assess your video surveillance equipment needs better, you need to ask the following questions:
Which areas do you need cameras to be deployed?
How many cameras do you need?
What distance, viewing angle, and depth should each of the cameras be able to cover?
Are there dark areas where you will need cameras with low-light or night vision capabilities?
How many cameras will be indoors and how many will need to be weather proof?
If you will install wired systems, how long will you need the cables to be?
What kind of recording equipment will you use, and how many days of recording do you want to store?
Do you want a wireless system that allows you to view and control cameras and recording equipment?
Once you have answered these questions, your friendly surveillance equipment supplier can help you find the most appropriate equipments for your needs. Wired analog systems are usually harder to install and maintain as the cables are easily damaged. However, analog systems are more affordable.
A wireless IP based system is easier to install but is considerably more expensive. Another advantage is that it allows remote access to either control components or to view incidents in real time. Being IP based, however, means there is a chance for hackers to hijack your video feed; in effect hackers have the potential to use your own equipment against you. A recent article on theregister.com reported that Google is set to offer its own internet linked camera soon.
Whichever system and components you choose with the help of your supplier, they are more likely to provide the security you need only if you take time to define your requirements properly.