Upgrading your CCTV system
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Upgrading your CCTV system with SCK

Upgrading your CCTV system with SCK

Hey everyone, Joe from SCK here aiming to help you out with upgrading your CCTV System. CCTV, for those new to the field, is short for closed-circuit television. CCTV is the combination of security cameras, connected to a private central recording station such as a DVR or NVR. Based on the parameters set by the operators or users of the CCTV system, the cameras will then feed their captured video to the recorder either all day long or based on a schedule and/or trigger events. The recorder then writes this data digitally to a CCTV Rated Hard disk. You can then access this recorder to watch the video stream live, or look at the data later on down the line via playback or even exporting the video files to a PC, or USB disk. 

If you have a recorder and camera system that’s quite a bit older you might be missing out on some of the newest available features in CCTV today. When considering upgrading your CCTV system look at the following factors to determine what an upgrade would mean for you, and if such a course of action is needed. Often times looking at the new tech available can show you where you had security gaps before, thus sparking new ideas of how to upgrade your CCTV system.

    1. Age of the system-
      If the system is over ten years old it might begin to suffer failures. Hard disks for CCTV systems typically last 5-7 years, longer than that and you’re putting your data and CCTV integrity at risk. Simply having a system that is too old, using the same exact hardware from close to a decade ago is itself a risk and you should consider upgrading.
    2. Clarity and consistency of your images-
      Do your images look crisp and defined, or do they appear blurry and washed out? More importantly, if they do appear fuzzy and hard to see, were they always this way, or do they have issues with consistently maintaining picture and picture quality? Older systems especially COAX-based systems tend to suffer degradation of signal quality as many of these systems used analog video signals and cables susceptible to wear over time. If your image quality is suffering, consider an upgrade.
    3. Camera Quality-
      Right along with image clarity, quality matters. Newer systems can handle and produce resolutions up to 4k, or 8 megapixels. Older systems capped out at 2 megapixels, also known as 1080p, and before that, even older systems could often barely exceed 480p- or standard definition image from technology close to 40 years old. If you can barely make out key details in your image and can only see big picture stuff clearly consider an upgrade.
    4. Storage –
      Sometimes a whole system upgrade isn’t necessary to achieve a specific security goal, like having more footage If your system is new enough with enough modern features that youtube security goals are met, but you aren’t getting enough footage you might need more storage, Depending on your recorder you can either replace and/or add hard drives to increase the amount of data, and thus video time, the recorder can hold before becoming full and overwriting. Make sure to talk to our sales team about your existing recorder’s model in order to determine what would be the best possible course of action to obtain more storage. Additionally know that you should always use a CCTV-rated hard disk in a recorder. Normal PC hard disks might activate but will quickly fail, often after only a short term such as a week or less when used inside a Recorder. CCTV drivers are built to spin slower and take the constant workload of 24/7 reading and writing for years on end without failure.
    5. Features-
      Like any other technology, CCTV is always growing and new features are always becoming available to help you accomplish more and more advanced security goals. Older systems obviously won’t contain the newest features or feature sets. some examples of this include

      • Online remote viewing from your phone, tablet, or PC
      • Intelligent Video Surveillance rules like tripwire and intrusion boxes. Now with AI.
      • Motion Detection, also now SMD enhanced with AI
      • AI-based Facial capture and recognition
      • Licence Plate Detection and Logging
      • Active Deterrence Cameras that can alarm custom audio and LED
      • Starlight Enhanced Nigh Vision nd White LEd enhanced Full Color low light cameras
      • Advanced High optical zoom full control PTZs
      • and much much more

There are many options for upgrading your CCTV System. If you have an older COAX system consider switching to IP cameras for greater access to individual camera settings from a PC, with a host of incredible AI-powered features. If you prefer to stay with COAX, even our newest DVRs and COAX cameras are capable of hitting extremely high resolutions today, up to and including 4k.

Thanks for joining us today as we talked about Standard POE – Power Over Ethernet technology for IP cameras!  For any questions on product compatibility, availability or any other information don’t hesitate to give our Sales Pro’s a call at 561-288-5258 . Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel for more Tutorials and CCTV info. Until Next time, Stay Safe!

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