1. Perform a Site Assessment
The phrase itself — “Site Assessment” — can seem intimidating. However, a thorough site assessment is really a simple exercise
The phrase itself — “Site Assessment” — can seem intimidating. However, a thorough site assessment is really a simple exercise that answers a few basic questions specific to your application:
- How many cameras will you need?
- What are the requirements of each camera?
- What are the potential future needs of your system?
- Where will your recording device be placed?
- How much cabling will you need?
Once you have answered these basic questions, the selection of your system components should be simple. If you require help in designing your system, providing the answers to these questions will virtually insure that your sales consultant delivers the right security system for your needs.
2. Choose the Right Recording Device
First, ask yourself the question, “What are my key needs?” To select the best video recorder for your needs, you must consider the following.
First, ask yourself the question, “What are my key needs?” To select the best video recorder for your needs, you must consider the following requirements:
Remote monitoring — All of our security DVRs come ready to connect to the internet. All you need is a high speed DSL or Cable connection at your property.
Notification — We highly recommend that a DVR for busy lifestyles be equipped with email or SMS notification. DVRs offering these features can be programmed to alert you when suspicious activity occurs. Some DVRs will even send you still shots or video clips of recent activities.
Record times — When it comes to recording capacity, the critical question you need ask yourself is, “If a crime does occur, what is the longest amount of time that passes until I’m notified?” If you’re absolutely certain that you be notified within just a few days – even if you’re out of town — then almost any sized hard drive will work.
Tip: Don’t let conversations go unheard. Most DVRs have audio recording capabilities, allowing you to add a high quality mic or leverage the microphones built-into your cameras to capture a second dimension of the crime.
However, for fraudulent claims against your business, you may need to review video evidence up to several weeks after an incident. To protect yourself, the sure bet is to get the largest size hard drive possible.
3. Select the Perfect Cameras
In conducting your site assessment, you have already determined how many cameras you need, and the general requirements of each camera. In conducting your site assessment, you have already determined how many cameras you need, and the general requirements of each camera, including: placement, field of view, and lighting conditions. Based on that information, you should be able to narrow down your selection of the perfect camera for each position.
4. Invest in a Security Monitor
There are fewer options when it comes to your display, but again, selecting the wrong monitor can significantly impact the effectiveness. There are fewer options when it comes to your display, but again, selecting the wrong monitor can significantly impact the effectiveness of your system. Monitors specifically designed for security applications provide several benefits that are often overlooked. Educate yourself and avoid these common mistakes.
“Security-grade” LCDs vs. off-the-shelf models
Security-grade LCD monitors are quite different than off-the-shelf models. Most importantly, most off-the-shelf LCDs don’t feature BNC inputs, and are incompatible with security DVRs.
Security-grade monitors offer several inputs including BNC, VGA, composite video, audio and HDMI, making them compatible with virtually any DVR on the market.
Additionally, most of our LCDs feature built-in speakers, allowing you to take advantage of the 2nd dimension of surveillance – audio.
Supercircuits offers smaller, portable LCD monitors which make for fantastic monitors to place on desks, living rooms and even night stands.
Of course, these smaller monitors typically don’t replace your regular monitor, but they are ideal to use around the house to see who is at the front door or to make sure customers are being served immediately.
To use a secondary monitor, all that is needed is an extra video cable to connect to your DVR.
During installation, these small LCDs make it easy to position and focus your cameras. As an added bonus, after the install you can use it as a secondary monitor on your night stand or desk.
5. Do Not Forget About Cabling!
Video and power cables are often an afterthought when purchasing a video security system. But purchasing the right grade and length of cables. Video and power cables are often an afterthought when purchasing a video security system. But purchasing the right grade and length of cables can have a major impact on your system’s performance. Learn about the options available, plan ahead, and avoid these common mistakes.
6. Install Like a Pro
Installation of a security system is typically very simple — especially if you’ve set yourself up for success by following the simple steps we’ve outlined. We have prepared a step-by-step overview of the installation process, including several tips that will both save you time and help improve your system’s performance.
7. Managing Your Security System (Bonus!)
Before Crime Occurs Ensure your equipment is up to snuff. Nothing is worse than having a crime committed against you or your business,and
Before Crime Occurs
Ensure your equipment is up to snuff. Nothing is worse than having a crime committed against you or your business,and then finding that your surveillance equipment recorded either nothing at all, or unusable footage. This happens all the time — but the reasons might surprise you.
Here are some of the more common reasons:
- Equipment has failed due to voltage spikes or lightning strikes
- Camera lens was dirty or unfocused
- Camera had been knocked in the wrong direction
- Recorder memory was full, and the overwrite feature was turned off
- Persons committing the crime disabled the surveillance equipment