The need for Surveillance Cameras has increased along with the ever-increasing incidents of criminal activities in several locations. But what’s the point of having a surveillance system that doesn’t even allow you to recognize the face or anything else when you need it?
TV shows like CSI display how easily they can zoom in on the information on grainy videos and bust the bad guy. Well, real life is a little different than that, a grainy, blurry, little bitty digital video cannot be enhanced.
At Blueprint IT Solutions, we carry HD cameras that are loaded with capabilities which make it adaptable to various systems. These cameras include features like Flicker suspension, noise reduction and ghosting effect with DNR. HD surveillance cameras enable security to monitor activities around the clock when placed at appropriate places.
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4 best locations for you surveillance cameras
1. Entrance and exit doors
Entrance and exit doors present your best chance of viewing and recording facial images that can be used for identification purposes. In order to capture a useful ID image, your security camera should be set to view an area of about three feet wide; that’s the width of the average door. Be extremely careful when pointing your camera towards exterior doors. As the door opens, a sudden change in light will often cause the subject to go black. Instead of the facial image you are trying to capture, you’ll see nothing but a dark outline.
2. Customer Transaction Points
Surveillance cameras should also be placed at any point of customer transaction. This includes cash registers, teller stations and kiosks. Areas next to entrances and exits give you the best shot at capturing investigative images. It is more effective when the cameras are kept about 7 feet high and looking directly into the area. Mounting the cameras too high will result in the blockage of any view except for the tops of heads.
By targets, we’re referring to cash drawers, jewelry cabinets, safes, filing cabinets or any area that is an obvious target and that you want to protect. In these areas, you want your surveillance cameras to capture as wide an image as possible. In this case, security cameras may be mounted relatively high so that they can see down into cabinets and drawers.
4. Secluded Areas
Parking lots and back alleys are a useful locations for security cameras. The images you capture in these areas are useful for investigating vandalism or violence. The deterrent value of your surveillance system also comes into play in these applications. Usually potential perpetrators think twice before committing a criminal act because of the camera that is staring at them.
Common consumer questions about buying a surveillance cameras
Can one surveillance camera work for every location?
Every property is different, and sometimes each camera location on one property might need a different style, or a different lens. Therefore, when a company tells you that they have one a surveillance camera that will suit every environment and all customers, reconsider your purchase decision. There is not a surveillance camera out there that is right for everyone or every scenario.
How far and wide of an area will the security cameras see?
The area that a surveillance camera can cover depends on how big the lenses are and this this case size does matter. The larger the number of lenses, the farther away you’ll be able to see.
Do I need battery backup for my security camera system?
YES YOU DO! It is important to have Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) with around 1000VA or more of battery backup. You want the ability to plug at least 2 things into the battery-backed outlets provided. Those two items are your DVR and your camera power supply. So if you have a power outage your security cameras will still work and your DVR will still be recording. The higher the VA rating – the longer your unit will stay powered off the battery. Also make sure you get an automatic reset UPS. This means if the power is gone for long enough to completely exhaust the battery, and it dies too, you want the UPS to turn back on as soon as power is restored.
Do I need fixed lenses or varifocal on the surveillance cameras?
It depends on where the security camera is located and preference of the owner. There are cameras that have fixed lenses that give a very sharp picture, but no ability to adjust how the surveillance camera focuses. You can normally point the camera in a different direction, but what you see through the security camera is what you get.
How to select the right HD camera?
There are two main factors that must be considered when selecting the most appropriate lens for a particular situation. The focal length and they type of iris control. Lenses may be obtained with all the combination of focal length and iris control. The selection will depend on the site and system requirement. Our professionals at Blueprint IT Solutions are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to help you make the right buying decision and installation of security cameras.
Take action and install the right HD camera today before any disaster takes place. Blueprint IT Solutions is armed with Brikcom surveillance cameras which is a leading network video manufacturer in the IP surveillance industry. Call us today at (701) 893-3400 and let us help you protect what belongs to you.