You are Being Watched: Closed Circuit Television

With the holiday season upon us, theft of products from stores is on the rise.   When a store has the appropriate security equipment in place, thefts can be prevented or caught, saving the store money. And that results in lower prices and a better retail environment for all of us – customer and retailer alike.

A Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) system, offered by LaForce, is a television system that could help with the issue of theft.  The basic idea of CCTV is using video cameras in one area to transmit a signal to a specific set of monitors or televisions that are located in another area.  A closed-circuit system differs from broadcast television (the type of television we watch in our homes) because the signals are not openly transmitted.  Closed-circuit systems are most commonly used for surveillance situations in which a specific area, like a bank, casino, airport, retail store, etc., should be monitored from another area.

There are two basic types of CCTV systems: analog and Internet Protocol (IP).  Specifically, Analog CCTV systems are cost effective, perform well in low-light conditions, and do not require as much electronic video storage space as their counterpart.  However, analog CCTV systems do not offer high definition (HD) video and require cable, which is more expensive, physically larger, and more labor intensive to install than the cable IP CCTV systems utilize.

Internet Protocol (IP) CCTV systems have recently become the standard in video communication.  IP CCTV systems communicate and are often powered over network cable (POE), which is relatively inexpensive and easy to install.  Additionally, IP CCTV systems offer HD video, but as video quality continues to evolve, the possibilities of higher quality video are nearly endless.  Though once cost prohibitive for many, IP CCTV costs have decreased significantly due to industry competition and large amounts of electronic storage space continually becoming more affordable.

Either of these systems can provide you with a high level of security. Keep these pros and cons in mind when deciding the type of surveillance protection you want to install in your facility.

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