What is the best CCTV system for sale?

What is the best CCTV system for sale?

Nobody can argue that we don’t live in interesting times, with crime rampant from the lowest echelons of society to the highest. From the poorest to the richest, we are all impacted by crime almost every day and we all have one question in common – what are we going to do about it?

The current state of security systems in South Africa

Traditionally, the options available from the security industry were intruder detection based systems, such as private-space based alarms, early warning external alarm systems, outdoor beams and electric fences. This approach, however, has changed rather dramatically in the last couple of years to intruder identification systems such as biometric, facial recognition and retina based access control systems. This also includes CCTV systems, with video analytics the sharpest tool in the toolbox.

Since then however, technological advancements have seen the capabilities of CCTV improve manyfold. The move from film based systems to digital data processing via a hard drive (either mounted in an Embedded Digital Video Recorder or Windows based CCTV System) means the footage captured is more reliable and the property protected is much safer. This is especially true with the integration of CCTV systems into broader based security systems, which has become particularly popular with for private residences as well as for commercial and industrial use.

What is the best CCTV system to buy?

An example of a more modern CCTV camera.

An example of a more modern CCTV camera.

This brings us to the question of ‘What is the best CCTV System to buy?’, or more importantly – “What CCTV system do I actually need?”

In order to answer that, we need to investigate what types of systems there are on the market:

  1. Analogue CCTV Systems,
  2. Analogue HD or AHD CCTV System
  3. IP CCTV Systems

Analogue CCTV Systems

These systems have been available for a number of years now but as a technology, they are slowly making way for IP (or network-based systems). While it is true that analogue systems use digital technology in the form of a hard disk drive to process data, the majority of the devices are outdated and therefore produce images of a lower quality compared to the definition of newer cameras. As a result of this, one benefit of analogue systems is that they are generally cheaper compared to some newer models.

Hybrid Analogue/IP CCTV Systems

Over time, the industry (which Hikvision Systems leads) developed an interim technology to facilitate the baton switch to full-on IP systems. This was because IP systems were extremely expensive at first, which is a (literal) price you have to pay when dealing with newly developed technology.

This interim technology, or ‘Turbo-based’ CCTV systems, were mainly developed by Hikvision Systems and use the digital CCD (Charged Coupled Device) of newer network cameras on a digital camera with analogue outputs. This utilizes current analogue infra structure (the cabling) to deliver near-IP quality to the data being viewed and recorded; all at very reasonable prices. Quality is also measured in megapixels (2MP, for instance) as opposed to ‘lines per area’ which is used for analogue recordings.

IP Based CCTV Systems

These systems use IP networks as infrastructure, with both the camera and recording facilities digital in design and layout. The CCD and outputs of the camera are now completely IP based and the recording facilities range from NVR’s (Network Video Recordings) to server based systems used in high security environments. These can often run off specialist 3rd party software programs which may include advanced capabilities, such as video analytics.

What CCTV systems would the professionals recommend?

An example of an exterior CCTV camera.

An example of an exterior CCTV camera.

One needs to look no further than Hikvision CCTV Systems. Hikvision is the world’s largest manufacturer of CCTV systems and by some margin as well. Their products can be found all over the world, from the highly protected palaces of the very rich to simple one camera systems in remote areas of Africa.

If this has sold you on Hikvision products, we here at Motiontech Security Solutions stock their products almost exclusively as our experience on literally thousands of installations and projects has taught us that no company does it better. As a company that shares the same excellent pricing, after sales services and product quality as us, we are happy to work so closely with them and we believe strongly that Hikvision, SensorSA and Motiontech are an unbeatable combination.

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Everything you need to know about Biometric Access Control

What is Biometric Access Control?

The word Biometric is made up of two separate words, bio meaning biological, and metrics meaning measurements. Put more simply, biometrics are biological measurements. This means they are used mainly in identification and as a powerful form of access control. Fingerprints, facial measurements, vein patterns and much more are all characteristics that belong to you and ONLY you, making biometric access control systems an extremely powerful form of security. In sciency/techy terms, biometrics is the measurement and statistical analysis of people’s physical and behavioural characteristics.

 

There are two types of biometric identifiers:

 

  • Physiological Characteristics: The shape or composition of the body. Examples include; fingerprints; DNA; face, hand, retina or ear features; and odour.
  • Behavioural Characteristics: The behaviours of a person. Examples include; typing rhythm; Gait; gestures; and voice.

 

The technology in this industry is constantly advancing and making giant leaps forward in terms of the future of security. Scientists, right now, are currently looking into advancing biometric access control systems by looking into the following:

 

    • Brainwave signals – Our brainwaves are individualized and unique which means they could work like our fingerprints.

 

    • Electronic tattoos – Companies like Motorola have already developed this to a certain degree. It consists of a small barcode tattoo and an authentication pill you need to take daily for it.

 

    • Password pill – A microchip powered by the acid present in the stomach. Once swallowed it would create a unique ID radio signal that can be sensed from outside the skin, turning the body into a password

 

 

The difference between biometric authentication and biometric identification is that authorisation involves matching one submitted biometric feature to a specifically authorised template. Identification, rather than looking to issue a positive credential, is the aim to simply find a match within a database. For example, the police taking fingerprints in order to find criminals and those associated with criminals. Gaining/requesting access is biometric authentication whereas discovering something about a scanned individual is identification. One main thought people have about biometric systems is that they’re easily broken into (Just think back to James Bond breaking into a safe with a stolen fingerprint and fake retina contact lens), whereas in reality these feats are near impossible with decent well-made systems. If you buy cheap, poorly made systems then they are bound to have flaws and be easily broken into. So avoid buying cheaply made systems for your security! Check out one of the leading security experts in Pretoria!


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Which Biometric Access Control Systems Are Available?

The main uses/applications of Biometric Access Control Systems

How Do Biometric Systems Work?

How Accurate Are Biometric Access Control Systems?

What are the advantages of Biometric Access Control Systems?

Quick History of Biometrics

What does the future hold for Biometric Access Control?

 


Which Biometric Access Control Systems Are Available?

 

There are lots of biometric systems in use and development today! From visual biometrics like fingerprint recognition to behavioural biometrics like Gait.

Here’s a quick list of the various biometric access control systems you can find today and you might hear about in development:

 

  • DNA Matching (Chemical Biometric): The identification of an individual using the analysis of segments from DNA.
  • Ear (Visual Biometric): The identification of an individual using the shape of their ear.
  • Retina Recognition (Visual Biometric): The use of pattern of veins in the back of the eye to accomplish recognition.
  • Iris Recognition (Visual Biometric): A more accurate and advanced version of retina recognition, it uses the features found in the iris to identify an individual.
  • Facial Recognition (Visual Biometric): The analysis of facial features or pattern for the authentication or recognition of an individual’s identity.
  • Fingerprint Recognition (Visual Biometric): The use of the ridges and valleys (minutiae) found on the surface tips of a human finger to identify an individual.
  • Finger Geometry Recognition (Visual/Spatial Biometrics): The use of 3D geometry of the finger to determine identity.
  • Gait (Behavioural Biometrics): The use of an individual’s walking style or gait to determine identity.
  • Hand Geometry Recognition (Visual/Spatial Biometrics): The use of the geometric features of the hand such as the length of fingers and the width of the hand to identify an individual.
  • Odour (Olfactory Biometrics): The use of an individual’s odour to determine identity.
  • Signature Recognition (Visual/Behavioural Biometrics): The authentication of an individual by the analysis of handwriting style; in particular the signature. “There are two key types of digital handwritten signature authentication; Static and Dynamic.

 

Static is most often a visual comparison between one scanned signature and another scanned signature, or a scanned signature against an ink signature. There is technology available to check two scanned signatures using advanced algorithms.

Dynamic is becoming more popular as ceremony data is captured along with the X, Y, T and P Coordinates of the signor from the signing device. This data can be utilised in a court of law using digital forensic examination tools, and to create a biometric template from which dynamic signatures can be authenticated either at the time of signing or post signing and as triggers in workflow processes.

 

  • Typing Recognition (Behavioural Biometrics): The use of the unique characteristics of a person’s typing for establishing identity.
  • Vein Recognition (Visual Biometrics): The use of vein patterns in a person’s finger or palm used to identify an individual.
  • Speaker Authentication & Identification (Auditory Biometrics): Speaker Authentication is the use of the voice as a method of determining the identity of a speaker for access control. Speaker Identification is the task of determining an unknown speaker’s identity.

 

Note: There IS a difference between speaker recognition (recognising who is speaking) and speech recognition (recognising what is being said). Voice Recognition is also confused; voice recognition a synonym for speaker recognition.

 

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The main uses/applications of Biometric Access Control Systems

 

Biometrics are used for two things; Identification (Identifying an individual – Compares one too many in a database) and Authentication (Verification that an individual is who they say they are – Compares one to one). Biometric systems are slowly becoming part of our everyday lives, they’ve slowly found their way into many things we use and will continue to do so due to their accuracy in identification and authentication of individuals. Some of the main uses and applications of biometrics are as follows:

 

    • Security: Old and outdated security methods are now becoming too easily hacked and are no longer strong enough to protect what’s important to us. Biometric systems are now becoming much more easily accessible and are finding applications in every role of security; protecting your phone with a fingerprint rather than pin/password, unlocking your doors at home, opening high-security gates and even opening your car! The security applications are almost endless.

 

    • Border Control/Airports: Airports and Border control often come into contact with people who are not legally there. This can be in the form of security risks at airports to attempting to illegally cross a border. The application of biometric systems at the border is making crossing borders easier and more automated than ever. eGates and kiosks are helping to make the international experience of travelling easier for passengers.

 

    • Finance: The use of biometrics in the finance industry is huge! Biometrics can really benefit financial transactions. Banking and finance are often the targets of major fraud plots, with people managing to access and complete transactions without much security stopping them other than a phone call from the bank. With the implication of biometrics in mobile and online payments, it’s now tougher for fraudsters than ever. This is obviously welcomed by the consumer when it comes to buying goods online and keeping their hard-earned cash safe.

 

    • Fingerprint Locks: If you have something to protect then you usually put a lock on it, requiring a key, pass card or password to gain access; however, there’s a problem with that because keys, passwords and key cards are easily misplaced and lost! So with biometrics this is avoided because the key to your possessions is no longer what you have, it’s what you are! Your fingerprint is unique to you and therefore can never lose your ‘key’ again.

 

    • Mobiles: This application is simple and has been around for quite some time now. If you have the latest smartphones then you probably have a fingerprint lockset, this means that your unique fingerprint (or anyone whose fingerprint you choose to set) is the only key to accessing your phone.

 

    • Justice/Law/Forensics: The use of biometrics has been used in law for years. Fingerprints are kept by police, FBI and just about all law enforcement agencies. All of these are kept in a database and known offenders can be easily identified using just their finger. Some law enforcement also keeps records of DNA and even voice clips. All of this plays a huge part in keeping the public safe and tracking down wanted persons.

 

    • Time/Attendance: Possibly everyone’s least favourite use for biometrics is the tracking of time and attendance (Unless you’re the boss). Biometric time and attendance technology has been brought into many workplaces to keep track of people entering and leaving the building. Punch cards were once the way to keep track of who was where and at what time but truant workers could always hand these to friends and get away with unearned wages. This also increased efficiency within the workplace because all time is recorded accurately and leaves managers to deal with more pressing matters than the 20 minutes extra someone took at lunch.

 

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How Do Biometric Systems Work?

 

The idea behind biometric access controls sounds more complicated than it really is. Biometrics is essentially just a comparison. Whether the comparison is visible, invisible or behavioural, biometric authentication technology centres around the capture of a measurement and comparing it to a previously derived string of numbers, called a template. A template isn’t a whole image but instead is a code that describes certain unique features of said image within the context of a specific biometric technology. When a biometric is initially scanned into a system, a template is derived and stored either on a server behind a firewall or on a secure element on a device (like a phone), this is known as “enrollment”. After enrollment, any time a biometric is scanned into a system in a request to gain access, the measurement of the presented biometrics are compared to those already stored in the template. If there is a match, access is granted, if there isn’t then access is denied. It’s really that simple!

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How Accurate Are Biometric Access Control Systems?

 

The accuracy and cost of biometric systems have, until recently, been one of the limiting factors in the adoption of biometric authentication solutions. However, the presence of a high-quality camera, microphones and fingerprint reader in many of today’s mobile devices means biometrics is likely to become a considerably more common method of authenticating users. The quality of biometric readers is improving all the time, but they can still produce false negatives and false positives. One problem with fingerprint biometrics is that people inadvertently leave their fingerprints on many surfaces they touch (You and I are doing so right now…), and it’s fairly easy to copy them and create a replica in silicone (Although fooling the scanner is near impossible unless you have a cheap version). People also leave tons of DNA everywhere they go and someone’s voice is easily captured via a recording. Dynamic biometrics like gestures and facial expressions can change but they can be captured by an HD camera and copied. Vein Recognition is a fairly accurate and safe method due to your veins being contained internally and not being transferred to surfaces via touch or captured via camera or recording. Biometrics, however, are a much safer and better alternative to passwords. A recent study by Ars Technica found that a password, no matter how ‘random’ can be broken quite easily. Ars Technica asked hackers to try and guess/break over 15,000 passwords, some of these were 16-characters (one was even as random as ‘qeadzcwrsfxv1331 – Which when you look at it and then your keyboard isn’t all that random). One hacker from the experiment was even able to crack 90% of 16,449 hashed passwords in under an hour!

 

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What are the advantages of Biometric Access Control Systems?

 

Biometric systems are one of the safest and most secure identification and authentication security solutions around. This is a result of the many advantages they bring to everyday life, including security and ease of access (for those that should be gaining access). Some of the advantages of biometrics are:

 

  • Security: Since biometric characteristics can’t be lost and are quite hard to steal and replicate, biometric systems offer a higher degree of security than typical authentication methods, such as passwords and passcards. Also biometric systems allow you to install two-step systems; these require two biometric characteristics to gain authorisation/access.
  • Accountability: Since biometric characteristics can’t be shared with others, you can keep accurate logs of who has done what within a system, this is due to passwords being shareable and so the true identity of a user is not known, whereas biometric characteristics are unique to each person.
  • Convenience: Biometric systems are convenient in environments where access privileges are required. Traditionally, in many authentication environments, a user may have multiple passwords. In the case of using biometrics, all of these passwords can be forgotten and you can use one biometric method instead.
  • Justifiable Costs: The costs of a biometric system are difficult to estimate – this is due to the basic differences between systems as well as the technologies of the property. Many companies offer customisation, scalability and enrollment management. If you still think the costs are too much, just think about the flaws in your current system. All it takes is someone to lose a key, card or just a slip of the tongue and someone else can gain access. All of this can be avoided with biometric systems.
  • Privacy: Many people aren’t confident when it comes to enrolling in a biometric system. This is usually because they’ve seen too many spy movies, where the system is hacked in a matter of 2.5 seconds and then their fingerprints are there for the taking. But this is unrealistic and has already been disproven because biometric systems have been used in the military, high-security bases/prisons and government buildings without breaches or hacks.
  • Identification Is Accurate: Unlike a lot of other security systems that rely on passwords and access cards, one of the greatest advantages is the accuracy that biometrics provide. With a correct set-up system, biological characteristics like fingerprints and retinal scans provide completely unique data sets that cannot be easily replicated. This means unauthorised personnel can’t gain access.
  • Easy to Use: Biometric systems are – once set up – extremely easy to use, as well as being able to identify people rapidly, uniformly and reliably. Minimum training is required to get a system working correctly and so cuts costs on password administrators. The systems are also very low maintenance, cutting further costs.

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Quick History of Biometrics

 

Biometrics First Use: The first use of biometrics for identification and authorisation appeared in the 1800’s with a system of body measurements known as Bertillonage; named after an anthropologist and police desk clerk, Alphonse Bertillon. The system took eleven bodily measurements including standing height, sitting height (trunk and head), the distance between fingertips with arms outstretched, as well as the size of the head, right ear, left foot and digits and forearm. As well as distinct personal features, such as; eye colour and scars. The problem with this was that it soon became clear it was inaccurate. This is because it was a system of measuring human physical traits and different people could get different measurements for various body parts as well as more than one person matching all measurements.

 

First Use of Fingerprinting: Fingerprints were first found to have been used in the 14th Century China but as a signature purpose rather than identification or authorisation. The first use in terms of biometric history did not develop until the 19th Century when Dr. Henry Faulds noticed fingerprints could help identify criminals. Around 1900’s Francis Glaton announced that no two fingerprints were the same. This announcement led to the creation of the Edward Henry fingerprint classification system.

 

DNA Analysis: One of the newer biometric methods, challenges of other biometrics from defence attorneys and critics lead to the development of DNA analysis to confirm the identity of a person, especially when it came down to criminal convictions. As the science of DNA analysis developed so did devices that allowed personal identification possible. The current possibility of two people sharing the same DNA profile is 1 in 100 Billion (World population is only 7.6 billion as of 2017). One of the most recent breakthroughs in DNA analysis is the creation of a device by The University of Arizona that will perform DNA analysis in a matter of hours rather than weeks.

 

Iris Recognition: Iris recognition photographs the iris, then scans the iris at a later date (when someone tries to access something protected by the scanner) and compares the two images to each other, if they’re the same then the person is the same. Iris recognition has grown substantially due to the concerns over identity fraud and other abuses of the law. Iris recognition is one of the newest biometric access control systems, as developments in optical science technology had to come a long way before the companies could develop such a system. One company that has managed to create such systems is AOptix Technologies, which can scan an iris from more than 6 feet away from the subject.

 

India’s National ID Program: India isn’t the only country to start using biometric identifiers in personal identification, but their project – Known as Aadhaar – is possibly one of the most ambitious. Already the largest biometric database in the world, the goal is to secure cataloging of biometric data (fingerprints, iris scan, photo) as well as demographic area (name, address, mobile number, gender, age etc) for each of their 1.25 billion residents. Currently, 550-million people have enrolled and India has assigned 480-million Aadhaar numbers as of 2013 and aims to have everyone catalogued in the next several years.

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What does the future hold for Biometric Access Control?

 

With technology advancing at such a substantial rate new biometric systems are being developed and adapted, some of these include:

Odour Recognition:

In 2009, with the desire to improve “the ability to identify individuals who may intend harm to the nation”, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security looked into ways to use body odour as a method of uniquely identifying individuals. Changes in odour could potentially be evidence of deception.

Gait Recognition:

Japanese researchers have found that by using 3D imaging they were able to identify a person gait (walking style) to correctly identify the individual 90% of the time. The use of gait and the analysis of the way barefoot interacts with the floor has been shown to correctly identify individuals as much as 99.6% of the time. The idea is still in development and no model is yet sufficiently accurate or marketable.

Keystroke Recognition:

The content of your password isn’t the only unique thing about it – researchers found that analysing the speed and rhythm with which users type entry keys enhances reliable authentication.

Nose Recognition:

Iris scanners are one of the most accurate ways of using the human face as a method of identification, but a team of researchers at Bath University in the UK had an idea – what if they weren’t? They developed a program called PhotoFace to analyse the human nose and categorise them into six main types: Roman, Greek, Nubian, Hawk, Snub and Turn-Up. The upside to this is that the human nose is harder to conceal than the eyes, the downside is that it – unfortunately – is less accurate than iris scanners.

Posterior Authentication:

Another team of Japanese researchers developed a system that uses 400 sensors in a seat to identify the pressure points and contours of the human rear end. The “derriere authenticator”, is claimed to be 98% accurate and could be developed to increase car security.

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ZkTeco Access Control Systems

ZkTeco Access Control Systems

 

At Motion Tech, we understand how important it is to get the most reliable and up to date security solutions around to best keep you, your family and your property safe. When it comes to protecting your home or business, the right access control product can have a huge impact on the security of your property. Although we have many different items and brands to choose from you cannot go wrong with a ZkTeco product. They have been keeping our homes and offices safe for over 20 years thanks to their innovative designs and pioneering inventions. Boasting world-leading Hybrid-Biometric Verification technology, ZkTeco products are renowned as some of the most reliable security solutions around. Implemented in offices and homes all over, their technology is leading the way for security in South Africa and all over the globe.

 

The History of ZkTeco

 

ZkTeco was originally founded in 1985 where their small team worked on developing the fingerprint algorithm which would revolutionise security systems all over the world. Just three years later they were able to launch the ZK fingerprint algorithm as well as their own business application integration package. One year later, ZkTeco with Identix in U.S, announced the civilianization of the biometric identification technology and changed forever how the world would see security. Over the years they continued to develop fingerprint readers and powerful software, always staying ahead of the game. 2007 marked a big year for ZkTeco as it was the year they first launched their TFT time and attendance management products. Whilst releasing this into offices and buildings all over the world they also made huge advancements in WIFI and GPRS wireless communication technology. This then lead to the new generation of wireless security control and time management. As the years went by their access control systems went from strength to strength and continued to stretch all over the world. In 2011 they launched the first in the world embedded face recognition camera, BioCam100, and once again changed security forever.

 

 

ZkTeco access control system latest news

Recently, representatives of ZkTeco have been travelling around to proudly display their latest technology. Attracting thousands of visitors from all over, these visitors were able to see their latest products, such as; Green Label series, flap barriers, parking barriers, metal detectors, elevator control systems and ZKBioSecurity. The Green Label series applies ZKTeco revolutionary SilkID fingerprint sensor, providing ultra- superior performance towards dry, wet and rough fingers. The very latest release from the ZkTeco team is the new PFace202 access control system which boasts high verification speeds, advanced access control functions and a huge 1,200 face templates. As they have come such a long way in such a short space of time it’s truly exciting to think where they will be 10 years from now.

 

Access control products

If you are thinking of either updating or adding access control systems to your property then there are many fantastic products from ZkTeco that you can choose from. Knowing that Zkteco have rightfully gained such a stellar reputation over the years makes them an easy choice over other competitors. As there are so many to choose from we thought we would help. Here, at Motion Tech, we thought we would highlight some of the most popular access control products to hopefully help you make an informed and easy decision.

IClock990:

The IClock990 is one of ZkTeco’s most powerful and modern time attendance system. It boasts incredible features, such as; a stunning and intuitive user interface, 8000 fingerprint templates, 10,000 RFID cards, 200,000 transactions and a built-in powerful battery. Due to its impressive capacity and capability it’s ideal for any medium-large businesses. This product perfectly combines Hi-Tec security solutions with an easy to use, reliable time attendance system. Boasting unrivalled performance, speed and power, this system has everything you could ever need.

KF100:

The KF100 is a fantastically designed time and attendance system perfect for a medium sized company. Designed with a familiar tablet style, this product contains 400 face templates, 1000 RFID cards and 80,000 transactions. Although a little smaller than the IClock900, it still has a very impressive verification speed and a crystal clear display.

 

MB200:

The MB200 access control system provides a building with a strong time and attendance solution. Perfect for a smaller business as this product can store 400 face templates, 500 fingerprint templates, 1000 RFID cards and 80,000 transactions. Although smaller than other devices, this product is extremely powerful. This innovative system features advanced fingerprint and face recognition technologies. It supports multiple verification methods including face, fingerprint and password combinations. This product not only makes data management extremely easy but is also a powerful means of keeping your building safe and secure.

 

ZkAccess 3.5 Access Control Software:

This new and highly powerful software has been developed with the user in mind, making this easy to use and wonderfully reliable. Compatible with all of the ZKAccess standalone reader controllers, this impressive software can simultaneously manage access control and generate attendance reports, making life a lot easier. This software has an impressive amount of applications, such as; real time event monitoring with door status icons, embedded fingerprint registration tool, door interlocks for mantrap control applications, multi-card opening groups for high security doors, link personnel to photos for visual verification, maps and floor plans can be imported and you can even easily programme advanced access control features.

 

ZkTeco access control systems can provide a building with a strong, secure and extremely reliable means of security. Whichever product you choose, you can be assured that it will both protect your property and log data easily and efficiently. The reputation of ZkTeco reaches all over the world as they are well known for their reliability, innovation and Hi-Tec software. Their talented team of designers are constantly working to improve and advance security, all over the globe. Constantly at the forefront of security solutions, ZkTeco are always the perfect choice.

 

For more information on our current line of access control systems please click here.

Estate Security in South Africa

Estate Security in South Africa and what to look for

 

When it comes to estate security in South Africa you can never be too safe. If you are looking at moving into a residential estate, to provide you and your family with a high level of security, but not too sure what to look for then we are here to help.

 

There are many fantastic estates within South Africa that have incredible security, such as; Val die Vie, Zimbali and Fancourt, all of which boast beautiful houses in beautiful locations. However, when moving into an estate the security of that area should be top of your list. The three estates mentioned above all have a great balance of powerful security and relaxing serenity, but this is not always easy to come by as they are much more expensive than others. If you are unable to afford these places then don’t worry, there are still many great choices for you out there worth checking out that are safe and secure.

 

 

Crime in South Africa

Sadly, crime in South Africa is still a huge problem, despite recent figures showing that there has been a slight decrease across the country with rape and murder, house burglary has actually increased. An average of 675.5 houses were burgled every day in South Africa between April and December 2016. Below is a graph from Stats SA showing what crimes are perceived by households to be the most common in South Africa, 2011–2015/16.

 

 

As you can see Housebreaking/burglary and Home robbery are the two most perceived common crimes, which means people are simply not feeling safe where they live. With the right security solutions fitted around a residential estate and within people’s homes, we are confident that this can change.

The location is always important, knowing where the safest areas are will provide you with a secure base to live and possibly raise a family. According to a recent study from Expatica the top 5 safest places to live in South Africa are Cape Town, The Garden Route, Port St John’s, Cape St. Francis and The West Coast. Once you have settled on a location and the type of home you want then it’s time to find out what kind of security the estate has. We thought we would help to show you what some of the best security products are right now so that you can check your estate has them, allowing you to make an informed and prepared decision.

We will be looking at the following:

 

CCTV
Electric Fencing
Roboguard
Biometric Security

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Africa Estate Security – CCTV

Starting with possibly the most common defence against crime in South Africa, CCTV has been around for many years and has helped prevent and solve countless crimes. The sheer sight of CCTV in operation is enough to put off a lot of thieves and make them think twice before attempting to break in. This security solution has come a long way since its inception, from blurry black and white to full colour high-definition, these security cameras have never been more powerful or reliable. As it is constantly advancing it’s important to check that your CCTV system is both up to date and modern. One of the best brands to look out for is Hikvision. They are always at the forefront of security solutions, constantly creating new and exciting products that are both pushing the technology and advancing the industry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Africa Estate Security – Electric Fencing

When it comes to protecting an estate in South Africa there isn’t anything much stronger than an electric fence. Powerful, imposing, reliable and durable this security solution will always make a large impact on a residential estate. The voltage of the shock from an electric fence can vary from uncomfortable to lethal, meaning a criminal will avoid touching it at all costs as they simply don’t know what will happen if they do. They have the power and ability to turn your estate into an impregnable fortress, one that you can feel safe and secure in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Africa Estate Security – Roboguard

A Roboguard is less common than a CCTV system and an electric fence but just as powerful and reliable as both. A more subtle way of protecting your home in an estate, the Roboguard works through infra-red sensors which when triggered will set off an alarm. It has many impressive features, for example, it is pet friendly, so you don’t have to worry about birds or dogs tripping the alarm. Not only this, but they can also detect movement up to 24 meters away in an 110° arc. The system can also be linked to an sms unit and alert someone about an intrusion. It’s also wireless and can communicate with its receiver up to 350 meters away meaning it can be hidden from sight to help catch intruders off guard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Africa Estate Security – Biometric

When it comes to security in South Africa there is nothing more advanced or impressive than Biometric readers, able to read fingerprints, facial features and even eyes. As this is not something you can fake or trick, a biometric reader is unrivalled when it comes to personal and high-level security. Thanks to its advanced technology and reliability, biometric systems are a fantastic security solution for any residential estate and provide the residents with a sense of security and safety.

Although these four products are the main and strongest means of security against criminals in South Africa there are other security solutions to look out for too. Things like spike barriers and boom gates are simple but highly effective at keeping out potential criminals, acting as a great first line of defence. It is also worth thinking about installing powerful security solutions within your actual home too, although an estate can be highly protected you can never be too safe. Alarm and CCTV systems fitted to your home not only increase your security dramatically but also provide you and your family with peace of mind. You can sleep well at night knowing that you have done everything you possibly can to keep you and your family safe and secure.

Residential Security Estates in South Africa

 Residential Security Estates in South Africa

South Africa is a breathtakingly beautiful country, full of incredible things to see and do, but unfortunately, for all its positives it does have one large negative, crime. South Africa has one of the highest crime rates in the world, ranking highly with places such as Venezuela and Honduras. As this is the case, residential security estates in South Africa have seen a healthy increase in popularity. Choosing to live in a secure residential estate has huge benefits, such as 24/7 surveillance. Living in a place where everyone wants to stay safe can provide residents with a feeling of safety, community spirit and confidence. Knowing your family and home have a line of protection everyday allows you to relax knowing you are doing what you can to keep them safe.

 

Murder, assault and kidnappings are sadly a prominent issue for everyone living here, in South Africa, so it is clear to see why more and more people are going further to defend their homes and keep their family safe. South Africa has the highest murder rate among countries that have a population of 35 million or more. The official statistics show that in 2016 there were 18,673 homicides, whereas last year there was less, 17,805, which means the murder rate has actually increased in the past year and now averages out to about 50 people being killed a day. The figures also show that last year there was a shocking 142.2 sexual offences per day. The unthinkably high number of violent crimes in South Africa each year is what has caused people to turn to drastic measures to stay safe. It is also important to know that robbery has increased since 2015. There were 56,447 cases of aggravated robbery in 2016 which is up by 5.23%. Not to mention that carjacking is up by 14.3%, common assault is up by 2.2% and residential robberies are up by 2.7%.

 

Although all these awful crime statistics makes for some terrible reading, we are here to happily say that we can help! It is our job to provide only the strongest, most durable and up to date security solutions in South Africa. All of our products have been vigorously tested to provide you with peace of mind that your home is being effectively protected. We know that you can’t put a price on your and your family’s safety, but we are confident you will find our prices very reasonable considering the quality of products we offer. As crime is our customer’s main concern, safety is all we care about. Whatever security solution you choose to have from us you can relax in the knowledge that it is not only made of the highest quality but also includes the most modern technologies around.

 

Even if your residential security estate already has some security solutions in place, you can never be too careful. We have hand selected some of the most durable, reliable and tenacious security solutions for South Africa that we think could improve your residential security estate. From the always reliable CCTV cameras to the ultra modern biometric systems, we have something that will help keep your estate safe.

 

CCTV

 

 

CCTV stands for closed-circuit television and has been commercially available since the 1970’s. Since its creation, CCTV has helped stop, prevent and even solve millions of crimes worldwide. As camera and television technology improved so did CCTV equipment. Thanks to these fantastic technology advancements, we now have high-definition as standard for our surveillance cameras. A clearer, sharper and more in depth picture means it is much easier to see the face of the criminal caught on camera. One of the brilliant things about CCTV is how powerful its presence can be. Unlike other types of security solutions, you can actually scare off any possible criminals by just having CCTV at your property as it has a powerful, imposing and authoritative stature. As you can never tell if the cameras are on or not, the majority of criminals wouldn’t risk it. However, if you did have an intruder who decided to break into your property, then our cameras can capture high definition images of the suspect. We have a range of CCTV products to choose from, from a 4 channel to a 32 channel system. We also have weather proof and vandal proof cameras to ensure server weather and intruders cannot damage the integrity of the system. They are all easy to set up, come in a range of megapixels and are very user friendly. For example, the “_____Insert link here___” is weather proof, records in full HD and has a range of up to 30m which makes it the perfect safety solution for your home.

 

 Biometric Systems

 

There is nothing more advanced than a biometric security solution, with an element of science fiction about it, these advanced products deliver a personal, powerful and reliable line of defence against all types of criminals. For top of the range security in South Africa, biometric readers are unrivalled in state-of-the-art technology and leading the way in modern security solutions. Fingerprint and face recognition software provides the user with safety of mind knowing that their home is protected by the most progressive security technology around. Reliable and durable, our biometric systems are tested to the highest of standards to ensure we only stock the best around. For example, the BIOCAM 300 with embedded facial Recognition Access Control Camera is one of the more powerful biometric systems. It has a clear 7 inch HD screen and 1.3MP camera able to read up to 400 different faces which it clearly displays thanks to its 1280×720 images.

 

Boom Gate Barriers

 

If you are looking for strong, durable and secure security solutions in South Africa then a boom gate barrier might be perfect for you. It’s the first line of defence for a gated community that not only perfectly controls the traffic flow, but also provides a powerful road block to pedestrians and vehicles. We have a great selection of boom gate barriers that we design to be custom built and once supplied, we will then install and maintain them.

 

Spike Barriers

 

Spike barriers are a more drastic form of defence that are sure to keep out any unwanted vehicles. Powerful, reliable and heavy-duty, the spike barrier controls traffic through the combination of a barrier arm and spiked floor. Implementing this security solution into your residential security estate is a great way of showing to anyone that your estate is well protected and highly secure.

 

Turnstiles

 

Turnstiles are a brilliant way of not only effectively controlling foot traffic but also controlling who enters the residential security estate. Customised and installed, this security solution can provide residents with a feeling of safety and reliability knowing that something so strong and durable is protecting the entrance to their estate.

 

Electric Fencing

 

An electric fence is the strongest first line of defence that you can provide to your residential security estate. The voltages supplied through the fence have a range of effects from simply uncomfortable to painful, to even lethal. The shock will depend on a number of factors, such as; voltage power, energy of pulse, amount of contact and the route of the shock. Installing an electric fence as a security solution is incredibly important as the actual quality of the installation can affect the how effective the fence is. An electric fence has the capability and fear factor to ward off any possible criminals thinking of entering the premises. Having a reputation for giving such powerful shocks means people won’t risk touching it.

 

Supply, Install, Maintain

 

 

All our security solutions are quickly supplied to you and installed to the highest degree. Once your product is up and running we will also help to maintain your security solution by completing any repairs needed. Here, at Motion Tech, we understand how important it is to efficiently set up the security of your estate. We are here to take away as much stress and concern from you as possible and by making everything as effective and efficient is just one of the ways we do this.

 

Security in South Africa is an incredibly important part of everyday life. Knowing you live in an area that is highly protected, secure and has up-to-date security solutions means you can relax in the comfort of safety.

 

For more information on what we can offer please feel free to contact us on the following:

 

T: 072 330 7235

 

The Future Technology of the Security World

 

Biometric Access Control System

What does the future hold for technology in the security world? How are we striving to make our homes and offices a safer place to be?

Security really has come a long way in a short space of time, all in a bid to make you feel that your home or workplace is completely safe and protected, whether you are in there or not.

If you think about it, it wasn’t until reasonably recently that all home security devices were wired, but along with everything else in this age, it had to change.

But what else does the future hold for technology in the security world? How are we striving to make our homes and offices a safer place to be?

We thought we’d take a look at the possible advances in the home security systems the industry might have to offer…

Wireless

Everything becoming wireless is an inevitability. In fact, it has pretty much almost happened. Long gone are the days of that spaghetti-like mess in the walls and behind your computer of crossed-over and tangled wires coming from CCTV, alarms, and you-don’t-even-know-where.

Whilst home security systems have typically relied on a home phone or landline, nowadays, we’re all about the high-tech wireless options. We are evolving into the world of smart phone technology and more subtle creations where you won’t even notice any difference in your interior; a décor friendly style.

Phone apps

That live stream from your home or office CCTV cameras that you can get on your phone or tablet is going to develop into something much more advanced. We predict that soon enough, phone applications that give you the chance to monitor, control and program your security systems and their settings whilst you are out of the house will boom. It will become far more than just surveillance at your fingertips.

Your phone will become the latest gadget in high-end home security, with advanced trigger technology to keep you in-the-know at all the times you should be, from the simple things like knowing who knocks on your door (similar to the existing i-Bell) to the more alarming dangers that could happen in your home.

Smart sensors, motion detectors and cameras will connect to your phone and be able to send you alerts when anything is out of the ordinary. Your smart home will be able to detect abnormal temperatures, smoke, carbon monoxide levels and alert you immediately via your mobile phone or tablet, and even notifying local fire service if necessary, to save time before it might be too late.

How about your cameras have the ability to detect intruders that aren’t you, your friends or your pet? And why stop there; if you are out of the house and notified about these alerts, you could be able to do something about it.

Control your home from your mobile phone – turn on the lights, turn on the television, make it sound like someone is in the house. Or use this phone control to turn off the hob or straighteners you accidentally left on when you were going out the house this morning.

Smart locks

We’ve all been there – carrying heavy bags of shopping to your door before having to drop them all on the floor to fumble around in your pocket for a key. It doesn’t seem very high-tech, does it? It is the reasons like these why the ongoing developments in the ‘smart lock’ are bound to succeed and be seen on every door in the near future.

We’re talking keyless entry – using digital keys, your phone, or even your house being smart enough to detect who should be allowed in and who should be queried. Imagine that: a front door that can tell the difference between you, your family, your friends, your neighbours and your postman so that you know who’s coming to your door before they’ve even clenched their fists to knock or reach for their key.

How about notifying you when you’re out about when certain people are going in and out the house? You can keep an eye on your kids while you’re at work or find out when the plumber leaves. It will have to be entirely customisable for every one of our houses too – perhaps a quick eye or fingerprint scan of everyone that approaches or comes in to ensure your safety and your peace of mind.

Biometrics

Speaking of, the most popular form of biometrics used in security systems is the fingerprint scan. Given the fact that no one has an identical fingerprint, it makes a lot of sense. Predominantly used for cyber security at the moment, like for your phone or tablet, fingerprint access might just develop into something far more.

Biometrics is a highly intelligent form of access control, and one of the latest forms of home security too and is no doubt something that is going to be developed. For example, the concept of face recognition could be the next step to combat security or safety risks around your residence. It would be an easy way to defend your property from intruders or unwanted visitors.

Robots

Whilst the idea of robots guarding your home sounds out the question and a bit out-of-space at the moment, robots are being developed as we speak, and scientists and engineers are coming a long way with them.

Next thing, they’ll be able to take on our most boring household chores, and then before we know it, robots will be the easy option for home security. They will be constantly in the house, and intelligent enough to make sure that everything is in check and there’s nothing out of the ordinary around. It may get to a point when you have no further need for sensory alarms or motion detectors as they will achieve this.

 

 

How to Choose an Alarm System

 

Buying an electronic home security system can, sometimes, be a daunting thing to do. There is a lot at stake, meaning money spent, time invested, and, of course, the safety of your family and your most prized possessions. This is why it’s important to not only choose the perfect system for you, but also the right company that can install it. They are your allies in the home defence game, and they need to advise you properly on what you need. Choosing a safe home alarm system is not a matter to be overlooked, but one in which the quality of all the parts involved is paramount. Cheaper alarm systems might fail you as much as choosing the wrong company might mean you ending up with a system or a contract you don’t actually want or need. So, here is your ultimate guide to choosing and, ultimately, buying the best home alarm system.

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Contents

  1. How a Quality Alarm System Works. 1
  2. What Sets Reliable Home Alarm Systems apart from Shady Ones. 2
  3. What to Watch Out For When Shopping for Security Systems. 3
  4. Common Home Security System Mistakes. 3
  5. How to Choose the Best Option for Your Home. 4
  6. Top 6 Home Alarm System Features to Consider. 4
  7. Adapting the Local Offers to Your Building. 4
  8. Extra Security Tips and Tricks. 5

 

A.    How a Quality Alarm System Works

A home alarm system works in a very simple way. It is linked via wires to a control panel inside or outside the house. This will activate if and when doors or windows are opened as long as the entire system is armed. This is how basic alarms work, but there are also more complicated ones on the market, which come equipped with special add-ons for fire and carbon monoxide, can have motion sensors and alarms for glass-braking situations. The third category of home alarm systems is represented by the modern and high-tech ones that increasingly come with automation and the so-called ‘smart’ options, such as controlling the lighting, the pet’s door or feeding system, or the house’s thermostat.

1.      What Sets Reliable Home Alarm Systems apart from Shady Ones

The first thing to look for in a home alarm system is its reliability. You want to be able to count on it no matter what, even when you are half a world away, on a vacation. This is why, when buying an alarm system for your house, there are several questions you need to ask your seller.

  • How will I know if someone has broken into my house? Depending on the manufacturer, the installer, or your basic preferences, you can be notified via email, phone call, or instant message when something out of the ordinary is going on at your house.
  • How quickly will a team get to my house if something happens? Normally, their response time is very short, of just a few minutes, but, seeing as this is a safety issue, it’s best to check with them before you sign any contracts.
  • Will there be a warranty system in place between you and the company? Most companies do offer this service, which consists of warranty packages of 6 or 12 months. Other companies will also offer free repairs as well as free maintenance alongside the warranty itself, but it is best that you discuss this upfront.
  • What happens if the power goes out? To feel safe and be sure you can rely on your home alarm system, this is a crucial question to ask. Power shortages are opportunities that burglars take advantage of to invade your house. If the lights are out, the perpetrators might assume your alarm system is off as well. This often happened when house alarms were still rudimentary, however you won’t see it so much now that there are better models on the market. Also, you can get a back-up generator, but it is best to discuss this with your security provider.

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There have been countless stories coming from people who have installed shady home alarm systems or signed bogus contracts and got tricked, or, worse, had their house broken into afterward, because the system in itself failed to comply with the requirements or because it was of poor quality. This is why it’s good for a buyer to know what he or she wants and needs and not let himself/ herself be tricked into signing anything he/ she doesn’t want to. Here are the main differences between a serious and reliable company, offering quality alarm systems and services, and a shady one.

  • Shady companies will often present themselves at your doorstep, for different reasons such as the fact that they’ve noticed you have a sign or a sticker that says your house is protected and they think it’s outdated. They may also come and present you facts like the crime rates in your neighbourhood have gone up at an alarming rate and you need to sign with their company immediately. This is a sign that you have been monitored and considered a possible buyer. This is not entirely wrong, only that this is a tactic mostly applied by shady companies, rather than reliable ones.
  • Shady companies will always create a false sense of urgency when it comes to you buying their products and services. They will often use words like ‘now’, ‘immediately’ and ‘today’, to make you believe you are in real danger and you need to close the deal as soon as possible. A self-respecting, high-quality company will always discuss their offers with you in a timely manner and help you choose the one suited for your needs. Never sign a contract on the spot and take your time to do some research about that particular company. Also, you should always read the fine print before signing the contract.
  • Shady companies make offers that are simply too good to be true. If that is the case, they probably really are too good to be true, and you are about to purchase a shady device. You need to know that home alarm systems are not the cheapest things in the world, nor should they be. They are there to protect you, your family, and your house, and this isn’t an area which you will want to skimp on.
  • Shady companies could also be offering you free installations. Take some time to consider that. Usually, when they charge zero fees for installation, they try to make up for it in other departments, like overpriced maintenance or charging you a lot should you choose to terminate the contract with them.
  • Shady companies, unlike reliable ones, have bad online reviews or, worse, no online presence at all. In this day and age, not having a website is a bit on the quirky side and you might want to ask yourself why that is.
  • Representatives of shady companies will always be reluctant in giving you their names and their licensing number, especially when you tell them you need some time to check with the authorities if they are in order, which is something you should always do. A reliable company’s employees will have absolutely no problem in allowing you as much time you need to check everything about themselves and the company they work for.

2.      What to Watch Out For When Shopping for Security Systems

We have already mentioned most of the things you need to be careful about when you shop for a home security system in the shady vs. reliable company comparison above. Here are some other things you have to keep an eye out for.

  • Watch out for companies that send you strange emails asking for your security or credit card numbers.
  • If the sales representative starts talking about your current alarm system and saying it’s out of date or that the company you’re currently working with no longer exists and they will be taking over, this might be a trick to get you to sign a new contract.
  • Automation – indeed, this would be a fantastic addition to your home security system, but for this you really do need to find a good and reliable company.

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3.      Common Home Security System Mistakes

Even the best alarm systems in the world will fail if the people living in the house make mistakes, but as long as they are avoided, your house should be protected.

  • Hiding a key outside, where strangers might find it;
  • Using cheap door and window locks that can be easily broken into;
  • Forgetting to lock your garage, cellar, and attic as well – your system won’t work anymore;
  • Giving your security code away to an untrusted person and this includes emails you get from “companies” that ask you to upgrade your system or answer a few questions;
  • Failing to maintain your home alarm system. You need to check it periodically to make sure it’s still working. Always call in a professional.
  • Mounting your keypad very close to a door or a window, as a burglar could always peer through to see if your system is armed or not;
  • Ignoring other means of physical protection. A home alarm system is indeed vital, but never give up on the classics like secure locks, a fence, and a guard dog. Also, make sure everybody in your family actually commits to the alarm system, meaning that no one will forget to arm it when they leave the house.

B.    How to Choose the Best Option for Your Home

Given the fact that there are quite a lot of companies out there that offer home alarm systems and adjacent services, it’s not always easy to choose the one that best suits you.

1.      Top 6 Home Alarm System Features to Consider

As far as alarm system features go, here are the top 6 characteristics you need to consider before committing to a certain system.

  • Security alarms – this is the essential feature of the system, but that doesn’t mean you should overlook it. Think in terms of which type of alarm you would like to have. There are automated ones that go off when a door or a window is opened. There is also the type of alarm that comes with the panic button, that can be installed anywhere in your house and which you need to press to trigger the alarm.
  • Door chime – think about whether you need this or not. A door chime is a small noise your system makes in order to let you know someone has entered the building and is usually used by businesses where all the staff is otherwise engaged and cannot watch the front door.
  • Security lights are an excellent addition to your security system which you should consider. They are necessary for areas where the cameras that are installed cannot shoot in the dark.
  • Security cameras are one of the top assets you can install when it comes to a security system. They can allow you to see inside your house while you are away in real time, and they record everything that’s going on both inside and outside your house at all times. You can also install cameras that are motion activated, and which will only start to record when they sense movement in their allotted area. These recordings can be kept for further reference if you so desire.
  • Add-on security sensors refer to glass break detectors, motion, smoke, and carbon dioxide detectors. These are a great plus because they are focused solely on their purpose and, installed on top of your basic alarm system, will guarantee that, as long as they are in place, nothing can get into your house with you knowing about it.
  • Remote access features are add-ons mostly used by business owners which need to keep an eye on things while they are away. They have been a great success in this marketing niche, because they allow business owners to control everything, from security needs to the temperature in the office, merchandise inventory, and even employee attendance.

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2.      Adapting the Local Offers to Your Building

Any home alarm system you might install should be applied to your very own needs. You need to consider carefully the size of your house, your family’s needs, the valuable possessions you have and that might attract unwanted attention, as well as the area you live in.

Unfortunately, South Africa is a country well-known for its crime rate, which is a prominent issue the authorities are trying to handle right now. Most of the people that choose to leave South Africa and immigrate to another country admit the main reason they left was the level of violence. 49 people are murdered every single day in South Africa, according to statistics, but the numbers are believed to be much higher, because the population has grown. As far as rape goes, the country has one of the highest ratings in the world as well. Every year sees some 65 000 rapes happening in South Africa. Other types of crimes that happen very often in the country are car hijackings, farmer murders, and kidnapping. Knowing all these statistics and many more details about them will help you decide exactly what you are facing regarding home security in the area where you are living and how you can protect your house.

3. Extra Security Tips and Tricks

Security measures can sometimes be overlooked either because of lack of attention or simply because you didn’t imagine how ingenious criminals can be when it comes to breaking into houses. So, here are some extra security tips and tricks to make sure you and your family remain safe.

  • Never arrange your garden in such a way so that thieves can have a place to hide. Always trim your bushes and hedges and install lights here and there, in strategic places.
  • Stop posting online when you are on vacation. It makes you an incredibly easy target. Instead, wait until you get home to post pictures and impressions.
  • Don’t rely solely on your guard dog for protection or for letting you know when someone is trying to break in. Yes, they will do their best in protecting you, but they can be easily deceived or even hurt.
  • Try to avoid installing sliding doors in your house, as they are extremely easy to break in through, much easier than a normal door.
  • If you have a safe inside your house, you might want to get a decoy one as well, that will deter any robbers.

When talking about security, there is no such thing as going overboard. Any measures you can think of or want to apply to your own home are very much welcome, and you should do them. Having to deal with a robber or worse, a murderer is a severe situation, one that, even if no one gets physically hurt, can still leave psychological damages, so make sure you leave no loose ends.

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What is CCTV about?

CCTV or Closed Circuit Television refers to a visible or covert video system intended for only a limited number of viewers. In Closed Circuit TV (CCTV), the picture is viewed or recorded, but not broadcast. It was initially developed as a means of security for banks and casinos; however, today it has been developed to the point where it is simple and inexpensive enough to be used with Home Security Systems, and for everyday surveillance.

More specifically, CCTV is a television transmission system in which live or pre-recorded signals are sent over a closed loop to a finite and predetermined group of receivers. The term Closed Circuit TV is generally used to describe systems with specialized applications such as Security Cameras

What is CCTV’s primary function?

CCTV is most commonly used for surveillance. Security Cameras are now universally featured in many public and private institutions, from a correctional facility to the convenience store. In prisons, reduce the costs of staffing and operating observation towers and make it possible to maintain a constant watch on all areas of the facility. CCTV has become so much less expensive over the years that both large and small stores are able to install cameras as a deterrent against theft and robbery, a practice, which municipal authorities have adopted as a way of curtailing crime in public housing and even on city streets. In many areas of the country as well as in Europe, Security Cameras have been placed in highly crowded public areas as a security measure against terrorism.

What are some other common uses of CCTV?

CCTV has many industrial and scientific applications outside of the world of surveillance. Electron microscopy, medical imaging and robotics are all common uses of CCTV, however, the term “Closed Circuit TV” does in fact most often refer to security and surveillance camera systems. Other common forms of CCTV include live on-site video displays for special events such as various conventions, arena sports and concerts as well as pay-per-view telecasts of sporting events such as boxing and pro wrestling. Also a common user of CCTV is “in-house” television channels that broadcast to very small and specific receivers such as in hospitals ,airports, racetracks, schools, malls, grocery stores, and municipal buildings.

If you have a need for a closed circuit television system, contact us for an obligation free quote.