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Surveillance Systems Overview

Surveillance Systems California
Surveillance systems are becoming increasingly common in both homes and businesses around California, and can vary in their complexity and price. This website will guide you through the various surveillance systems that are available and help you decide which system is best for your home or business.



Surveillance Systems - Overview
Today’s homeowners demand a specific level of home security: a level of security that can only be delivered from the use of home security cameras. Home security is becoming increasingly important, not only does a good security system protect the homeowner’s valuables, but quality camera systems or digital surveillance systems can one day save the lives of the people living in the home. Further, today’s surveillance systems offer home owners a monetary benefit: some home insurance companies give homeowners a reduced rate on their home owner’s insurance policy if they have an adequate surveillance system installed. Ultimately, surveillance systems thwart theft and vandalism and can protect those living in the home from an intruder by forewarning them of individuals that may intend to do them harm.

While people may thing “spying?when they hear the word surveillance, in truth, surveillance is an excellent way to protect oneself and one’s family or business. The use of security cameras can help business owners in California reduce the amount of shoplift that occurs and security cameras can help homeowners keep their belongings safe from theft. Unobtrusive equipment is placed in convenient locations and allows the business or homeowner to monitor events: events that may be impossible to monitor otherwise. Surveillance systems prove to be a second pair of eyes—they can even help catch a thief in action.

There are a variety of surveillance systems available on the market today: some systems include a simple camera and recording device, while others are more complex, offering the use of cameras, motion sensors, digitalized email notifications, automatic alarms and the like. The type of surveillance system a consumer needs will ultimately depend on the level of security the consumer demands.



Who Needs a Surveillance System?
Business owners and homeowners in California can benefit from the use of a surveillance system. If a business owner wants to monitor employees while they are not on the premises, there is no better way to do so than by installing camera systems. The use of security camera systems will lower incidents involving employee theft and can thwart shoplifting. In fact, the presence of a camera may deter theft entirely. Meanwhile, home security cameras offer similar advantages: camera systems and digital surveillance systems allow the homeowner to monitor the home while they are in the location as well as when they are away. Thus, California homeowners can feel safe leaving their home and belongings while they vacation or when they go to work.

Home security cameras can be installed both inside and outside the home so that the homeowner can monitor the surrounding areas of the home as well as the inside of the home. In the event that a robbery does occur, the homeowner may have a system that sets off an alarm that alerts the police. Further, some home security systems automatically call a home security monitoring company that will alert the police, fire department and the like.

While there is an initial investment required of the business owner or home owner for a surveillance system, the cost is more than worth it. Not only does the home owner feel secure at all times, they may also receive special discounts on their home owner’s insurance. Further, if an individual is in the market for a new home, they may find that such systems are already installed in the newer homes. Essentially, home security cameras are becoming the norm for homeowners when it comes to home security.



The Need for Home Security in California
All too often, people do not think about buying home security cameras until after they have been victimized. After experiencing a robbery or theft, a consumer will then run out and purchase camera systems or a digital surveillance system so that they can regain a sense of personal security. Determined not to be victimized again, the home security camera becomes the preventative measure: a measure that should be taken long before the homeowner or business owner is a victim of a crime. What many people do not realize is that home security cameras or camera systems suitable for business are a major deterrent against crime. Thus, people should take advantage of the preventative measure before the crime can take place.

There is plenty of technology available to keep people protected and their belongings safe. In addition to home security cameras, there are complete security systems that include panic buttons, window contacts, door contacts, motion sensors for indoors and outdoors, glass breaking detectors, closed circuit television systems, alarms and the like. Further, some security systems are so complex that they offer the business owner or the home owner in California a central monitoring system where they can monitor every inch of their home or business.

While it is impossible to prevent every crime, surveillance systems can certainly reduce the number of crimes that occur. With cameras, the homeowner or business owner will have definitive proof of the crime: proof that can be provided to the police; if there is an alarm in place the crime may be stopped in progress, and if a digital surveillance system is used the homeowner or business owner can receive an email notification with photo images—again, giving the owner the opportunity to stop the crime in progress.



Closed Circuit Television - Overview
Closed circuit television, at its essence, is a system of cameras located throughout a building or lot of land that are connected to a monitoring system similar to a television. Closed circuit television, or CCTV, is used for a wide variety of activities and the increasing evolution of computer and digital technology has also meant a sophisticated use of closed circuit television. People have become accustomed to seeing cameras looking back at them at automated teller machines, banks, and increasingly at traffic lights. However, there are myriad uses of closed circuit television that few people realize exist until now.

Closed circuit television has become a prevalent means of entertaining the public. One entertaining use of closed circuit television is at sporting events like soccer, football, and baseball, showing replays of plays, people in the stands, and other computer generated programming. As well, closed circuit television is used in amusement parks and zoos to observe walking traffic and, in the case of zoos, allows zookeepers to observe animal behaviors while the animals are in their “natural?environment. In addition, those who choose to do animation and model making as a form of artistic expression sometimes used closed circuit television in order to look at several different lighting angles at once and to do time lapse recording in order to animate figures.

As well, governmental agencies use closed circuit television for any number of tasks. One way in which CCTV is used by the government is to survey traffic levels in different areas of a city at one time. Another use of closed circuit television is to observe traffic in highways and on bridges in order to keep track of how often certain roadways are used. A third use is in factories and testing facilities to make sure production is going smoothly and to ensure employee safety, particularly in nuclear plants and in hazardous materials processing. However, there are many more aspects of closed circuit television that need to be addressed to have a full understanding of its impact on modern society.



The Basics of Closed Circuit Television
Closed circuit television involves a combination of multiple cameras, either stationary or rotating, connected to a corresponding set of closed circuit monitors: these monitors look similar to a common television set but lacks the tuning controls that allow television viewers to change channels. However, closed circuit televisions come with contrast and color options in order to make an image lighter or darker.

Essentially, the cameras used in a closed circuit television system are connected via wiring (or, in recent years, wireless connection) to a router, which manages the flow of information to the corresponding monitor. No matter the type of connection, closed circuit television images remain within the network of monitors and cameras. This is the reason for the term “closed circuit,?as the CCTV monitors cannot receive television programs nor can any radios or televisions pick up closed circuit signals.

Recent technological advances have brought closed circuit television closer to computers and television in terms of complexity. Digital photography and imaging have allowed purveyors of CCTV to put out premium systems which allow for more camera options and greater image resolution on monitors. As well, the ability to make cameras smaller allows for less conspicuous monitoring systems and the capability to place cameras in smaller places.



The History of Closed Circuit Television
The usage of closed circuit television began as an element of military security and preparedness. The first documented use of closed circuit television was in 1942 by the German military. The installation of remote cameras and crude black-white monitors was important to the observation of V2 missile tests in preparation of long-distance military strikes. The Germans were not the only ones to use closed circuit television in the 1940s, as the United States utilized the technology during the Manhattan Project. This project involved the development of an atomic weapon in the deserts of the American Southwest and closed circuit television allowed scientists and military leaders to observe the success of tests from afar.

Closed circuit television was popularized as a local governmental tool in Great Britain in the 1980s and 1990s; with the British Home Office installing tens of thousands to monitor traffic and help combat growing crime rates. As well, it became an important tool for British and American transit authorities in places like London and New York, with cameras placed in taxis, buses, and train stations to prevent vandalism and ensure timely transportation of customers. In Californian cities in the late 1990s, speeding cameras were installed at traffic lights in order to track traffic violators and send tickets out to car owners.

As well, convenience stores and other retail outlets began to use closed circuit television in the 1970s and 1980s in order to prevent theft and as a method of crowd control. As automated teller machines became more popular in the 1990s, closed circuit television cameras became commonplace at the thousands upon thousands of ATMs in every Western city. Indeed, walking down any American or British street since the 1990s means that a closed circuit television system has probably captured the image of everyone who has walked past.

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