One of the main challenges of converting analogue systems to HD is the variety of platforms which are found in older coax systems. Integrating IP cameras can be a difficulty with an existing cabled system. Not all DVRs suit all the difference platforms and it is important to find the right recording device, however configuring it can be another struggle.
The Ultra and Pro DVRs offer Penta-brid compatibility and deliver a streamlined, open-source recording solution and explore five additional reasons to embrace the newest additions to the HDCVI 3.0 group.
Many organisations consider implementing new video surveillance systems or even upgrading their outdated systems to make use of the recent technical improvements. There is a wide variety of security threats which businesses and other facilities have to face including theft by employees or visitors, violence, threats from outsiders and many other types of crimes. Each installation presents a unique coverage challenge in order to ensure that cameras are capable of providing useful images across all possible areas which require coverage. Multi sensor panoramic cameras provide many different benefits which can help organisations meet any unique challenges.
Small and medium businesses (SMBs) are an area of opportunity for security resellers, especially in video surveillance.
Surveillance systems for SMBs are more straightforward than for larger companies, however no matter how many employees or buildings there is, each successful installation would start with designing a system which is appropriate for the business.
As online shopping becomes highly popular, retailers which sell in-store only find it challenging to compete against their virtual counterparts, and are looking for any advantage which they can find in order to help them grow revenues while still addressing security challenges such as inventory loss due to shoplifting or internal thievery. Intelligent video surveillance solutions can help business owners drive sales, optimise results and improve customer satisfaction, by introducing new technologies and analytics which helps retailers to easily tailor the solutions to fit their business and security requirements, and helps business owners gain more insight.
There are many different benefits of Video Surveillance. For example, IP cameras with people counting capabilities can help business owners make operations decisions more efficiently. Read more
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Getting 4K CCTV systems is often the best option you have for security systems. 4K is the highest level of image quality currently available to the public in security cameras. 4k is widely recognized by consumers to offer higher resolution, colour and contrast and the demand for higher quality video has grown within the surveillance market. Read more
Choosing an SSAIB accredited security installer when adding a new security system is one of the most significant steps you can take to help safeguard your business against all the threats which it faces.