4-Channel Surveillance System Solutions
Smaller homes or businesses with just a few ground-floor entrances and exits may only require as few as two to four security cameras from Q-See to provide adequate video surveillance coverage. Whether you choose analog or digital, standard definition or high definition, bullet cameras, PTZ cameras, or dome cameras—or some combination of two or more of those options—your system will also need to include an appropriate recording/control device.
If you’ll be investing in IP (digital) cameras, you’ll need a network video recorder (NVR), capable of recording up to four channels of digital video feed simultaneously. Each channel on your 4-channel surveillance system will receive, record, and/or control one of the cameras in your system. Playback options will enable you to view feeds one, two, or four at a time, on split-screen displays, at your discretion.
Research shows that most burglars target ground-floor doors or windows for illegal entry. Those vulnerable areas are the specific sites that should be covered by security cameras. Choose cameras with built-in night vision capability, for maximum protection. These cameras are capable of automatically switching to infrared night vision when darkness falls. In daylight, your cameras will deliver clear full-color images in real time. At night, infrared-equipped cameras will continue to “see” in the dark, imaging invisible infrared light that’s only detectable as heat to the naked eye. Most modern cameras include LED lamps capable of projecting invisible infrared light up to 130-feet, to “illuminate” anyone who may approach your premises in the dark.
Customers who choose analog cameras from Q-See will need to invest in a dedicated DVR, which converts signals from cameras into digital information capable of being viewed as video on a monitor of your choosing.
8-Channel Surveillance System Solutions
An 8-channel surveillance system represents the middle ground when it comes to video surveillance solutions. Such a system is capable of recording up to eight different camera feeds at one time. Choose an 8-channel digital video recorder (DVR) for a system composed of analog cameras, or an 8-channel network video recorder (NVR) for systems featuring digital (IP) cameras. The difference between DVR and NVR is determined by the type of camera you will be buying.
Most first-time buyers will probably be interested in installing digital (IP) cameras, because these cameras are the wave of the future. Essentially, an IP camera is a self-contained broadcast unit, capable of processing raw video feeds into digital video files within the camera itself. Feeds are then sent directly to the NVR, to be recorded and stored. Software to control the system is also contained within the NVR. In contrast, analog cameras send their feeds directly to a DVR, where the feeds are processed into digital video files that can be stored, retrieved, and viewed at your leisure.
Medium-sized properties may not require all eight cameras to provide adequate coverage of ground-floor entrances, exits, and vulnerable windows. But choose an 8-channel system whenever you know you’ll need five or more cameras to provide full coverage. Even if you don’t see a pressing need for eight cameras right now, your system will be expandable should you ever decide to add up to eight cameras for increased surveillance coverage.
For example, you may eventually decide to add a dome camera to a front porch, in addition to an existing bullet camera. A dome camera features a pan, tilt, zoom (PTZ) camera capable of being remotely controlled to greatly enhance the camera’s coverage. A PTZ can even zoom in for a close-up should you need more information about a suspicious individual at your door.
16-Channel Surveillance System Solutions
Larger homes and businesses may require up to 16 cameras to provide adequate coverage of vulnerable points of entry or other sensitive areas of the property. Studies indicate that most residential burglaries occur when criminals gain access through a ground-floor door or window. These are the areas of a property’s perimeter that should receive the most attention.
Businesses may also wish to install internal security cameras, to deter customer or employee theft. Examples include retail spaces and cash registers, where shoplifting or theft may occur. Dome cameras consist of point, tilt, zoom (PTZ) cameras contained within a discrete dome that can be mounted on a ceiling. They’re especially useful for continuous surveillance of retail spaces during business hours. After hours, when the property has been locked down for the night, external cameras become your most valuable deterrent to crime.
Most homes or businesses will benefit from installing fixed-focus bullet cameras to cover sensitive areas, such as exits, entrances, and vulnerable ground-floor windows. PTZ cameras are also exceptionally useful. Their ability to be moved remotely—panning from side-to-side, or tilting up or down, or zooming in or out as needed—greatly enhances your ability to monitor vulnerable areas of your property.
Even if you do not envision needing 16 cameras to provide adequate, complete coverage of potential points of ingress, it may be wise to invest in a 16-channel surveillance system. If you only wish to install eight cameras for example, an 8-channel system would suffice. But it would leave no room for future system upgrades. With a 16-channel system you’ll be able to add additional cameras, as needed, in the future. These systems are capable of recording and displaying up to 16 camera feeds simultaneously.
24-Channel Surveillance System Solutions
Research indicates that the more valuable a property is, the more likely it is to be targeted by potential criminals. Expensive homes are simply more likely to contain expensive items that burglars want to get their hands on. Accordingly, the larger your home or business, the greater your need for serious crime-prevention measures. That’s where a 24-channel surveillance system comes in. Such a system supports up to 24 cameras, which can be situated throughout your property to detect suspicious activity and help deter potential criminals. Former professional burglars are happy to report that all things being equal, they’ll always target the property with no visible perimeter security, first. That means the mere presence of cameras is often enough to deter criminals.
Research also shows that criminals overwhelmingly seek to gain access through ground-floor windows or doors, so those are the areas where cameras are crucial. Most residential properties will be adequately protected with security perimeter cameras covering any and all points of entry. Businesses may wish to install interior cameras, as well, to monitor customers’ and employees’ activities within the place of business. Cameras are an excellent way to deter shoplifters, for example, and a dome camera mounted above a cash register is an obvious deterrent to dishonest or criminal behavior on the part of employees.
With up to 24 cameras of various styles, you’ll be able to monitor all but the largest properties. Choose a 24-channel digital video recorder (DVR) for use with analog cameras. Choose a 24-channel network video recorder (NVR) for use with digital (IP) cameras. Even if you don’t require 24 cameras, a 24-channel recorder will allow you the flexibility to upgrade your coverage, should the need arise. Such systems were once out of reach for ordinary consumers, but technological advances have conspired to bring costs down, making these crucial security systems considerably more affordable.
32-Channel Surveillance System Solutions
A 32-channel security surveillance system represents the height of modern surveillance technology. Once available only to the largest businesses—with matching budgets—these systems are now surprisingly affordable, even for individual homeowners. At the same time, the resolution and clarity possible with modern cameras has vastly improved. Invest in high definition (HD) cameras for the greatest detail possible. With a 1080p HD camera, for instance, it’s now possible to positively identify a suspect’s unique facial features.
With a 32-channel system, you’ll be able to receive, monitor, and record feeds from up to 32 separate cameras. Your system will be able to track everything and everyone who approaches your property, at any time, day or night. Mount cameras where they’ll have a clear view of all ground floor doors and windows. With properly positioned cameras you should be able to monitor virtually every inch of your property’s security perimeter. Modern technology makes it possible to monitor and review feeds, and even control the activity of remotely-controllable cameras, from virtually anywhere in the world, at any time of the night or day.
Keeping track of suspicious activity at night won’t be a problem, either. Modern night vision-capable cameras switch from full-color, highly-detailed video images in daylight to infrared vision at night. Darkness provides no cover for potential criminals when cameras with built-in infrared LEDs are capable of lighting them up before they even get close. Only the largest, most expensive homes are likely to require up to 32 cameras, but better safe than sorry! Midsize to large businesses can easily require as many as 32 cameras to monitor interior spaces during business hours, and the perimeter after hours. Dome cameras, for example, are an excellent way to monitor shoppers’ and employees’ activities discretely, and can act as excellent deterrents to theft and other criminal activities.