His Security & Technology can offer multiple solutions to fit your needs and budget. Cameras are an excellent layer to your security plan. They offer excellent prosecution evidence, and as such, can provide a deterrence factor when placed correctly and utilized to maximum security benefit. But, all cameras are not the same, and with this growing field of options, talking to professionals can help you know what the best solution is for you, your family and your lifestyle.
Although the acronym CCTV is still used as a general term to describe a video surveillance system, it rarely refers to closed circuit television anymore. CCTV generally now indicates installation of a system of cameras designed to capture activity in and around the area or building where they are mounted. This “capture” can be in the form of a feed of video to a central station, and/or to a recording device, and/or to the internet cloud. The old analog systems of years past have now almost universally been replaced by digital cameras, both wired and wireless operating in an IP (internet protocol) system.
There are many options today for cameras in surveillance. The technology used for cameras today have made them smaller, of higher resolution in image quality, less expensive, greater storage capability, and easier to include in an environment requiring flexibility. Gone are the days of blurry images in black and white, from a large obvious camera placed in proximity to electricity and close enough to the area to be surveilled to insure enough detail is captured to make the cameras useful to the purpose of security.
Today, IP cameras can be placed almost anywhere, controlled remotely, and the video captured can be viewed and/or recorded remotely; thus expanding their effectiveness in enhancing security through the promise of observation.
Decisions about cameras should be based on location, indoor or outdoor placement, day/night viewing, viewing range, needed controls (zoom, panning, etc.), quality of the images collected (resolution requirements) for detail, and how the video will be monitored (over the internet, live feed on a monitor, and direct to a storage device).
Video cameras today can be placed anywhere they can connect to an IP network. When properly and professionally installed, they are configured into a secure network, feeding the digital video images captured to designated location(s) in the network to be accessed for real-time viewing or stored for future access. Audio capture can also be configured into placement decisions, if required.
Due to cameras operating on an IP network, each with its own IP address, cameras can be set up to be accessed remotely for viewing, video storage, and control. It no longer requires many thousands of dollars to have a video camera that allows the owner to remotely control it, enabling real-time adjustments of focus, zoom, and angle; thus providing the best quality of images for the specific needs to the owner and their particular security needs. Plus, with the flexibility of digital capture, end-users can snap a quick still shot, watch in real-time, or store days of video to secure, off premise locations for review, reference, and in some cases, prosecution long after the day of incident. In some cases, cameras can be set up for multiple streams at different compression levels to different locations as dictated by the needs of the environment and customer’s security requirements.
Today’s IP cameras, when integrated into a security system, can be designed to respond to motion, be programmed into system scenarios for automated activity, notify the system (and therefore authorized managers and owners with automated alerts) of events, provide video data for analysis, respond intelligently to a closed security system’s other components, and more.
With the advent of wireless technology, location, purpose, and scalability are easily accommodated in a video system today. Changes in the environment, use of different spaces, and the risks meant to be mitigated through the use of surveillance can now be altered without hardship. Cameras can be moved, swapped out with different types, and new cameras can be added to the system without much difficulty. Considerations that impact these changes come in the recording software and equipment as well as storage expansion.
The greatest benefit to video as part of an integrated system is what’s known as “video verification”; the benefit of seeing in real time what is happening at the location when an event occurs. This window can provide valuable insight in an emergency situation, reduce false alarms, and facilitate investigation and prosecution after the event if needed.
For the average person, video surveillance is a tool for seeing what is happening at home or the office when they are not there. It provides additional security by allowing the system owner and authorized users to monitor visually through live streaming. In addition, an integrated system provides opportunities for video clip capture, secure cloud storage, instant video alerts, and continuous high definition recording.
Integrated for Awareness and Convenience
Smart Clip Capture
His Security & Technology recorded video features make it easier to stay on top of what’s happened at your property. Alarm.com video cameras work around the clock, hand-in-hand with your security system.
Trap zones and trip lines give you control over what you capture on video. Plus, customized settings give you enhanced awareness through specialized notifications depending on the action.
In the event of an alarm, automatically capture pre-alarm and post-alarm video footage for a more complete view. You can also use the security sensors throughout your home to intelligently capture activities that matter, such as when a door opens, when there is motion, if a window opens.
You can even tell the system not to record if you are home, for privacy. Using Alarm.com’s Geo-Services, you can set recording to always capture footage when you’re away but not when you’re home. This is configurable by camera, so you can have the exterior cameras record whether you’re home or not, but limit the recording of the living room camera to when you are away.
It’s easy to catch up on what you missed. With a searchable library of recorded video clips, you’ll be able to go back and see exactly what occurred and when. Since video recordings are triggered by events, you can even search by activity type to locate the exact clip you want to watch.
Easy to access through the all-in-one Alarm.com Security System App, these cameras can provide alarm verification and trigger responses from lights or other integrated devices adding to your awareness and security layers.
Enhance your convenience cameras by adding an on-site recording device that gives you more recorded coverage while still providing convenience.
Provide Instant Front Door Awareness
The Alarm.com Wi-Fi video doorbell makes it easy for you to get instant front door awareness, no matter where you are. Have two-way conversations with visitors at any time of day or night with improved Two-Way Audio, HD resolution, HDR and infrared night vision. Check the live view video feed from the app or record clips automatically when the doorbell is pressed or
a person is detected. Adjust the front porch lights, lock or unlock the front door, open and close garage doors and arm or disarm your system directly from the doorbell call screen. Best of all, Exclusive Video Analytics allow for rapid people detection and fewer false alerts. You’ll always know when someone is at the door — even if they don’t ring the bell.
The Motion Sensor has Evolved
His Security & Technology wireless Image Sensor is an advanced PIR motion sensor with an onboard camera that captures a picture when motion is detected and sends it to you. Now, you can have at-a-glance visibility into what’s happening at home, wherever you are.
Get instant image alerts for any activity you care about – like when dog walker arrives, when someone disarms the system during specific time periods, or in an alarm event.
Peek-in to see what’s happening at any time, right from your phone.
High Quality Images
View high quality images in daytime or at night, thanks to an onboard color camera with night Vision LED flash.
Pet Immune Motion Detector
Sensitive motion detection utilizes a smart PIR (Passive Infrared) sensor to monitor any activity, but stays immune to pets constantly tripping the sensors.
The image sensor is easy to install anywhere in your home – it’s battery operated and completely wireless so you can place it anywhere without having to run wires.