Also called video systems, CCTV systems can be installed in factories, retail settings, law enforcement buildings, schools, shipping facilities, small businesses, and warehouses to aid in crime prevention.


In order to successfully install a CCTV (closed-circuit television) security system that will properly monitor the exterior and interior of your company, your team will need to focus on the four main components as listed below:


  • Cameras
  • Recording System
  • Monitor
  • Video Management System (VMS)


During the process of determining the best components for your CCTV system, you will also review equipment that will provide support – cabling, computers, monitors, power supplies, routers, and Wi-Fi devices. The following will discuss important considerations regarding the key components of a CCTV system.


1) Video Cameras


When installing a CCTV camera system, there are two options for the type of camera: Internet Protocol (IP) or Analog. Since it is compatible with the majority of applications, IP is the choice preferred because of its modern capabilities. It is only advisable to select an analog camera if you plan on using a digital recording system featuring older technology.


2) Video Recorders


For a CCTV system’s video recorders, the two typical choices are digital video recorders (DVRs) and network video recorders (NVRs). Although DVRs are more common, NVRs are a better choice for professional systems because they are capable of IP camera integration and compatibility. NVRs are a bit more expensive, but the fact it can work with high-resolution IP cameras justifies the additional cost.


3) IP + NVR


The ideal CCTV combination is the implementation of IP and NVR technology. This will not only make your company’s CCTV system flexible and simple but also future-proof it.

This mix brings superior picture quality, wireless capabilities, and fewer cables. In contrast, every analog camera requires a minimum of two cables per unit, along with lower resolutions and installation difficulties.


Part 2 will cover Monitors, VMS, Cabling, Power Supplies & Routers, Video Cameras, and Wired vs. Wireless.


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