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CCTV & IP Cameras

Type: physical threat detection security

CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) is a very popular detection and monitoring security implementation, it involves using cameras to record video footage of a location. The video footage can be monitored live via monitor screens or reviewed from the recorded video footage.

CCTV can be used inside and outside a building to monitor all areas of a building; placing CCTV at vulnerable or valuable areas of a building makes physical security threats difficult to commit without being detected and monitored. The installation of CCTV is relatively expensive but is one of the best methods of physical threat detection available.

IP cameras carry out the same task as CCTV cameras but make use of computer networks to process and store the digital data. IP cameras are often cheaper, simpler and greater functionality than normal analogue CCTV cameras. Because IP cameras can use a computer network that is already in place, most of the IP camera equipment is already in installed and it is simply a case of installing the cameras and connecting them to the network. IP cameras are therefore easier to install and cheaper as less equipment is required. The high quality digital video captured by IP cameras can be sent across the network or Internet and also stored on local or remote hard drives and other digital media.

Surveillance cameras are the source of much controversy as many people believe they infringe privacy rights and are not always effective. However within a company building surveillance cameras could prove very effective and as long as staff were informed of the presence of the cameras, there would be no infringement of an individuals rights. In the computer network scenario, IP cameras are preferred over CCTV as they are cheaper, easier to install and provide a greater amount of features such as higher quality video and remote storage of video footage.