We will be looking at the importance of Security and Digital Surveillance. It is a new era of security which not only includes traditional alarm systems but also consists of home automation components along with the new trend of installing digital eyes commonly known as CCTV.
CCTV systems were a norm for commercial purposes in yester years but recently we have seen increasing number of residential premises using this technology to keep their families secure and have that extra peace of mind when they are out and about. It is a great technology where we can keep an eye on our homes and our loved ones from anywhere in the world. The question is “Is CCTV surveillance sufficient or do we need to move more towards smart surveillance?”
In reality the CCTV system is always recording the footage on a built in hard drive on most of the Network Video Recorders (NVR’s), these were previously also known as Digital Video Recorders (DVR’s). As we are moving towards newer technology the NVR became more popular as it provides extra functionalities such as APP control and user friendly interfaces. This whole new concept has changed the way we looked at CCTV systems five to ten years ago. A typical 8-Port NVR is displayed below:
Most of the CCTV cameras are passive and act more like a deterrent. The only way to tell if there is a robbery taking place is if you are watching the monitors or viewing the APP all the time due to no smarts built in to the system. Let’s add a twist to the whole world of CCTV by adding brains to the digital eyes. This will enable the system to analyse the video whilst it is live with no human intervention. This is not a new invention but rather has been in use by the government agencies for decades. This technology was once very expensive to own but due to technological advancement the prices have come down which is now in the affordable range for general public.
We have all seen Sci-Fi movies where government agencies such as CIA track individuals using various CCTV cameras monitoring the streets and tracking them down and pinpointing the exact location. Well this is all true and has been in use for a very long time as mentioned earlier, such system in operation is shown in this CCTV footage screenshot of China’s Face++ software.
This technology is also becoming available to police force all around the world and is currently in use by police in China and United States of America. I am sure you must have come across a picture of a cop from China wearing smart glasses with CCTV Facial recognition built in as shown in the picture below:
The facial recognition CCTV systems digitally compares a very high number of faces per second against a centralised database and based on the algorithm running on the cameras. The results are actually a combination of artificial intelligence with surveillance and the results are astounding as it will recognise all the faces of general public but also will pinpoint anyone with criminal records at an instant and alerts the authorities in real-time.
Let’s concentrate back on your general home CCTV system as the smarts mentioned earlier are still entering the market but at a slower rate, although it is going to be a norm in the future you may not see it in every home anytime soon. The new norm for cameras now a days has higher megapixel resolution which generally also means it has greater clarity and faces or objects are more recognisable. The home CCTV cameras and NVR’s also connect to your normal home Wi-Fi or via an Ethernet connection to the internet router. The new cameras also have the added functionality of motion detection which is in a way a part of smarts so it can start recording upon detection of any type of motion, this can be configured or setup during the initial phase of installation.
If you are in the market for a new CCTV system for your existing home or if you are building a new home be sure to pick a CCTV system with higher megapixel resolution. It is also a good idea to ensure the Cameras and NVR are all IP based with Power Over Ethernet (PoE). In this configuration you no longer have to have a PowerPoint near the mounting location of the cameras as it is powered purely by a simple CAT5 or CAT6 RJ45 Ethernet cable. This is very helpful as it makes the installation easier and works out cheaper by not having the electrician to install the PowerPoints for additional cost.
There are many thousands of brands of CCTV’s available in the market and can be confusing to pick the right one. It is important to make sure you are talking to the right person with the right knowledge who can assist you with the decision making therefore Future IQ offers its customers the ultimate service in recognising the requirement and tailoring a solution to meet their needs.
As always we intend to work with our customers and we would be happy to assist with our industry expertise in CCTV’s. Please contact our representatives on 1300 032 743 or simply send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org