What to Expect From a Home Security System with Video Monitoring
If you’re considering a home security system that includes video monitoring, you should know the benefits and limitations of the system before you have it installed. There are a few things that might surprise the average buyer.
- Wireless does not mean any wires. “Wireless” only means the image is sent via a wireless signal. The camera still has to be wired to the recorder. Those hoping a “wireless” camera meant they would not have to drill holes into their walls should realize this.
- Hidden cameras may be illegal. Some states and jurisdictions do not allow covert surveillance.
- Image quality may not be high. Despite what “CSI” and other TV shows lead people to believe, digital imagery that can count the pores on a suspect’s face is above most people’s pay grade. A typical camera will be good, but not great.
What to Consider When Purchasing a Video Monitoring System
Whether external or internal, there are factors to consider when purchasing and installing video monitoring systems. Again, a full-service firm should be able to position the cameras to their best advantage, but even the do-it-yourselfer can rely on basic common sense.
- Color is the standard of the day, but most cameras have a low-light mode as well. Black-and-white, intensifier, or infrared are all options for low-light situations. Depending on what the camera is needed for, and where it is positioned, any or all of these options may be preferred.
- Analog cameras record in “TVL” or “TV lines”. Digital cameras may list their resolution in megapixels. The higher the number, the better the image; but also, the higher the resolution, the more expensive the camera. A mid-range TVL, between 300-400, is sufficient for home use.
- Camera lenses are defined by angle. A wide-angle lens will cover a larger area, at the expense of clearer focus. A narrow-angle lens lacks coverage, but can be offset by a mobile camera.
- No camera is useful if the lens is covered with condensation or bird droppings, or if it shows only an image of the underside of the eaves. Make sure that the location is free of obstructions both at the time of placement and in the future.
ProTec Video Monitoring Systems Offer Premium Features
ProTec offers surveillance products that are state-of-the-art and we give you control over all facets of your home or business. Our cameras are fully guaranteed and offer these premium features:
- Color and monochrome
- Compact and unobtrusive
- Clear, laser-sharp images
- 2-way audio communications
- High-quality glass optics
- State-of-the-art optical correction, transmission and light gathering
Contact us to learn why ProTec is Greenville’s best choice for Home Security Systems that include Video Monitoring.