Home surveillance systems provide security, protection, and monitoring services that can give you peace of mind and keep your family safe. These systems are based on digital video and digital data; because of this they have the explicit advantage of sharing the benefits of technological improvements in the personal computing industry. This means exponentially greater performance at less expensive prices.
Typically, most home surveillance systems are component systems made up of three major components or pieces of equipment; the digital video cameras, the Digital Video Recorder or DVR and one or more monitors. Digital video cameras may be mounted anywhere that’s advantageous to the user; however, standard applications normally provide for exterior perimeter coverage of the home including entrances, exits, and first floor or ground accessible windows.
Inside the home surveillance system can be “zone” type where coverage is based on specific areas of the home and cameras are normally placed in large rooms, hallways, lobbies, and the like or every room may be equipped with its own camera. This is really a matter of the user’s preference, as are special use cameras.
Special use cameras on the exterior of the home can include a wide variety of cameras and situations. For example, outdoor cameras (as well as indoor cameras) can be equipped with infrared illumination and the required electronics so as to provide 24 hour coverage, even in total darkness.
More specific uses for the exterior of the home include gate monitoring, driveway monitoring, garage and other detached building monitoring, pet area monitoring, and entrance monitoring. These cameras can be standard “wired” types or they can also be wireless where the camera transmits a signal to a receiver that is located close to and cabled with the DVR.
Another useful feature for gate and entrance door cameras is two-audio. Using two-way audio, the gate camera or door camera can act like a security guard that allows you to converse with whomever maybe at the door or gate before permitting them entry. Each of Security Camera King’s home surveillance systems DVRs supports two way voice technology.
There are many other uses for exterior home surveillance systems’ cameras that are just too numerous to mention here. The key point is that with all the basic and optional features that digital video cameras have available to offer; they are so versatile that there is almost no situation where they can’t be used.
In addition, there are probably just as many special uses for cameras inside the home as there are outside. As mentioned earlier, cameras can come with infrared video capability so that when a room is in total darkness, a clear, crisp highly detailed black and white video can still be created. These cameras are especially useful as baby monitors. Placed in the nursery with a full open view of the crib/bed and baby/child, these cameras can monitor the infant all night long without disturbing them. (The infrared Light Emitting Diodes or LEDs that are used to provide the infrared illumination cannot be seen by the human eye.)
Home surveillance systems for inside the home can also include cameras with motion detectors. These cameras are connected to an on-board PIR or Passive InfraRed detector that turns the camera on for recording only when motion is detected. The cameras are useful as alarms as well, for the DVR if so equipped, can be programmed to send and email every time the camera is activated. Furthermore, these cameras save a tremendous about of DVR hard disk space since they only record when motion is detected.
Another highly specialized use indoor home surveillance systems camera is the hidden or disguised camera. Modern technology has paved the way for these relatively new cameras. The units are so small that they can easily be hidden inside other normal working objects. For example, if you need a camera to monitor your home office while you are away, but feel that a mounted camera may appear obtrusive or aesthetically displeasing, you can use a hidden desk clock camera. The camera is hidden inside the stylish full operating model of a desk clock.
Security Camera King offers all sorts of home surveillance systems and very competitive prices. We offer 4, 8, 16, and 32 channel systems that come complete with cameras, cable, connectors, power supplies, and a DVR. We feature three different types of DVRs; the entry level “Elite Mini,” the full enterprise level “Elite,” and our top of the line “Ultimate.”