Video Surveillance

Security Camera Solutions

Camera Security Systems have drastically changed in the past several years.  Traditional analog video is being replaced by IP based cameras and video solutions.  You gain many benefits through networked video security systems including off-site video storage, instant notifications of events/alarms, remote viewing, live monitoring, and smart phone control.

A new generation of IP-based, high resolution, low light capable cameras provide sharper images with a dramatic increase in image quality and image size.  Initial installation cost is often lower as fewer cameras provide more coverage for the same monitored space using fewer cables or across your network with sufficient available capacity.

Cameras span a broad range of capabilities.  From wide fields of panoramic views to wireless LAN integration, our product lines accommodate a vast array of deployment scenarios. Some of the most popular camera types or features include:

  • Panoramic 360˚/180˚
  • Outdoor
  • Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)
  • Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ)

 

Selecting the right camera

CCTV vs. IP Camera

IP-based Video surveillance has numerous benefits over analog, such as increased scalability, flexibility, and facilitates intelligent surveillance such as facial recognition, object recognition, license plate recognition, automated alert, and automated email generation. In analog systems, the DVR, once installed, becomes unable to adapt and assimilate advancements in hardware and software technologies. IP camera video technology allows for a larger, clearer picture than analog CCTV cameras, due to the fact that IP cameras have higher megapixel abilities. The IP camera sees more of the coverage area, with a clearer image and more details. In cases of suspicious activity, this allows for further enhancing and zooming to search for evidence when necessary.

Design and Usage Considerations

When you make the decision to install a surveillance system, you must think about exactly what you want to achieve with the system. Most of our customers utilize these systems to achieve two main goals:

1)   Protect specific assets

  • Cash transactions
  • Loss of Inventory
  • Inappropriate employee behavior
  • Monitor customer traffic

2)   Mitigate specific risks

  • Workman’s compensation claims
  • Customer accidents (slip & fall)
  • Visual deterrent
  • Vendor monitoring
  • Productivity loss caused by underperforming staff
Which Solution is Right for You?

We ask you to consider the following operating environment and intended usage questions when making your camera selection:

  • Where will the camera(s) be located?
  • Will the camera be indoors or outdoors?
  • Will it be pointing at location with shadows?  And/or bright light?
  • Do you need to monitor a large area in one screen shot?
  • Are zoom features required to monitor specific activities?
  • Do you need exceptional image quality to clearly identify faces or license plates?
  • Are you concerned about the camera’s being tampered with?
  • Do you need to store the video off-site?
  • Do you plan on making backups of videos on a periodic basis?
  • Do you need to retain the video for a certain period of time?
  • What are the operational hours you’re open to the public?
  • What type of events would you like to be notified of automatically by the system?
  • What is your preferred method of notification for system generated events?

The experienced team at Invision Communications can explain the pros and cons of various options to address these questions and develop a plan to meet your unique surveillance needs.

 

Current Camera Technologies

Panoramic 360˚/180˚

Greater area of monitoring with fewer devices. Ideal for large open exterior spaces.

Outdoor

Outdoor cameras for extreme weather conditions. These day and night adaptive cameras allow visibility in low light and are designed to endure harsh weather.

Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)

Sometimes video surveillance is desired in locations that include areas with dramatic difference in terms of illumination. A single camera may be required to cover an area that has many bright lights contrasted by areas cast in shadows. Critical footage can be compromised if the subject of importance is lost due to these shadows or from over exposure in highly lit areas.  This is a common concern in warehouses and public spaces that are artificially illuminated after sunset. The solution is to use a camera with Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) which will automatically balance bright and dark areas so the least amount of footage is lost.

Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ)

PTZ security cameras provide several benefits over standard stationary security cameras.  With stationary cameras, the field of view is determined at the time of installation and will not change without a manual adjustment of the mounting angle or a change of the camera lens. PTZ cameras offer great flexibility and simplified installation providing you with a panoramic view and the ability to rotate on a 360 degree plane.  Some PTZ cameras have the capability to zoom and provide you with a quality image from over a mile away.

PTZ cameras are the optimal choice for many vertical market applications such as retail, banks, casinos and manufacturing. They are also the preferred platform for monitoring large public spaces such as airports, parking lots, and loading docks.


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