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CCTV Camera installation in Antrim county Antrim Northern Ireland

How CCTV Keeps Businesses Safe in the Dark

Night vision cameras are extremely useful for business security. They can help with crimes which occur in the dark such as break-ins and burglaries at night time. Night vision CCTV cameras and motion-sensitive lighting definitely would help you sleep peacefully at night knowing they can prevent crimes from taking place!

Motion-sensitive cameras have the ability to send alerts whenever a movement is detected and you would be instantly aware that someone is trying to access your premises without your permission. Normal CCTV cameras however, don’t see well in the dark therefore don’t provide a clear image nor pick up motion whenever a break in may be about to happen. This happening, would also mean that you wouldn’t receive a notification through your phone, therefore night vision CCTV cameras may be something worth considering to have installed. Read more

What is HDCVI?

HDCVI was first introduced in 2012 with the purpose to provide high definition video over coaxial cable. This line of cameras and recorders has expanded since then in order to include a host of cutting-edge technologies.

HDCVI cameras are available in fisheye, PTZ, multi-sensor and covert options as well as traditional fixed models. Some also include options such as Starlight technology, True Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) and 4K resolution. Certain hybrid HDCVI recorders have Smart H.265+ which allows more data to be captured with a lower impact to the unit storage.  Penta-brid technology makes HDCVI recorders compatible with the five most commonly used video formats which are HDCVI, TVI, AHD, CVBS and IP, which provides added flexibility. The latest innovations in HDCVI products are Smart Motion Detection and Night Colour. Read more

Ensuring your CCTV System is ICO Compliant

Installation

Data protection impact assessment must be performed. You must identify and document any possible impacts on individuals’ privacy. This must be taken into account when installing and operating a CCTV system. Regular reviews must be carried out in order to assess whether CCTV is still the best security solution. If your business processes any types of personal data, you must pay the ICO a data protection fee unless you are exempt. If you use non-domestic CCTV systems for your business, it is highly likely that you will need to pay a fee. There are three different types of fees, which amounts are between £40 and £2900. The fee amount you would have to pay would depend on the size of your business, turnover and sometimes the type of business that you are.

Policies

It is extremely important for your business to have a policy or a procedure which covers the use of CCTV and should have an appointed individual who is responsible for the operation of the CCTV system. This policy should cover the purposes for which you are using CCTV and how you will use this information, which includes guidance on recording and disclosures.

Your business may receive a Subject Access Request (SAR) from an individual, this would mean that you would  have a legal duty to comply with this request within 30 days under GDPR and shouldn’t ignore these requests. If ignored, you will fail to comply with the requirements of GDPR and may as a result face fines imposed by ICO for non-compliance. Your business must have a process in place to recognise and reply to individuals who request copies of the images on your CCTV footage. You must promptly seek guidance from the Information Commissioner if there is any uncertainty. It is important for your business to be aware of people’s right to request a copy of image and be prepared to handle such requests. Before releasing any video footage you must ensure that images of any present third parties in the footage are redacted; which can be done by Advanced Overwatch. It is important that every staff member is made aware of the CCTV policy and procedures and must be trained for each area that is necessary.

Operation

Data within your business must be retained for the minimum time necessary for its purpose and then must be disposed of appropriately, when no longer required. The ICO’s guidance on retention period of data is that this time frame should reflect how long your business needs the data for its purposes. The ICO advises that your business should undertake systematic checks in order to ensure compliance with the retention period in practice. Long retention periods can affect the quality of the footage with modern cameras recording to hard disks. You must ensure that the CCTV images are clear and of high quality. It is important to select a system which provides high quality, clear images. As advised by the ICO, CCTV cameras should be placed in the best location that’s possible, to ensure that it provides clear images. It’s important for your business to ensure that CCTV images are securely stored, access is limited to only authorised individuals and that checks and services are regularly carried out on the CCTV system to ensure that it is working properly.

Public Awareness

The public should be well informed of your use of CCTV for your business, which can be done in many different ways such as by displaying signs in clear view which show that CCTV is in operation. Your company website should also outline the use and benefits of CCTV systems and their purpose.

Choosing the Right Transmission Device

Transmission products are a key part of comprehensive security solutions, connecting devices while providing efficient data and power transmission. Our network switches help future-proof video surveillance systems by allowing for long-distance signalling without having to replace cable or switch infrastructure. Our ePoE devices are 100% backward compatible with PoE and eliminate the need for multiple switches because they connect IP cameras via category or coaxial cable. Whether you need wired or wireless, PoE or ePoE, there’s a switch or accessory in our broad product line that offers long-distance cabling options and saves you time and money. Read more

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