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Technology

Video Surveillance

I.P. Cameras

I.P. cameras are now regarded as the future of video surveillance. Unlike traditional analog security cameras that require a dedicated cable to connect each camera to video management systems, IP cameras can connect to standard computer networks, allowing dozens of IP cameras to be transmitted over the same cable to any location with Internet access and sufficient bandwidth. While as recently as 3 years ago, only 20% of buyers choose IP cameras, today this number is growing. In the next 3 to 7 years, IP cameras are projected to be the dominant camera type selected.

CCTV Cameras

Many advances have been made in CCTV cameras in recent years.  While each camera still requires a dedicated co-axial cable and power supply, these cameras have vastly improved in image quality, resolution, night-vision and recording quality.  All of these improvements have come without increased expense.

Very Important Note:  Existing and older CCTV systems can be upgraded to high resolution cameras and recorders without the expense of replacing existing coaxial cable.  New technologies in cameras, modulators and recorders provides this exciting option.

Video Management Recorders and Systems

Nearly all video surveillance is recorded and controlled on either dedicated devices called Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) or Network Video Recorders (NVRs), or alternatively on dedicated computers built to record the images and utilizing Video Management Software (VMS).  Number of cameras, type of cameras, recording duration, resolution and analytics all contribute to the selection of the best solution to recording the images captured on different video surveillance systems.

Wireless

All video cameras have to be connected to a recording and control device or computer – almost always by dedicated co-axial or network cabling. A paradigm shift in the surveillance market came recently when a few advanced technology video surveillance companies began replacing dedicated cabling with high-speed wireless networks.  When large areas need to be covered with video surveillance, significant cost benefits can often be seen when wireless networks can be used in lieu of expensive trenching and cabling.

Access Control Systems

Access control systems are designed to control and monitor people’s access throughout buildings or restricted areas – often in combination with a video surveillance system.  An access control system involves the use of an access device, which is swiped over a reader to gain entry.  The device can be in the form of an access card, access fob or pin code, but these are often accompanied by a second level of authentication using a fingerprint, finger vein or retina scan and / or visual recognition via a video surveillance system.

A basic access control system normally includes:

  • Access Control Boxes
  • Door Access Readers
  • Access Control Cards or Fobs
  • Magnetic Locks
  • Door Sensors and Electronic Contacts

A recent advancement in access control systems is the integration of I.P. protocols and devices so that these systems can be installed in conjunction with existing wired and wireless networks.