Closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems monitor your location with cameras 24/7, all year round. The cameras are installed within and around buildings provide protection to the company. They record images, but some can even record audio.
There are several styles of CCTV cameras:
- Basic or fixed: Basic or fixed security cameras provide basic images. They cannot move or change direction.
- Pan, Tilt, or Pan-Tilt-Zoom: Pan, Tilt, or Pan-Tilt-Zoom cameras can be moved and adjusted. They can change direction or zoom in on a particular object as well as tilt or spin to monitor areas outside a basic camera’s range.
- Analog: Analog cameras are the most prevalent and are connected directly to a digital video recorder.
- Wireless or IP: Wireless or IP cameras provide images that are transmitted to a remote location. The system is wireless to ensure the camera feed is constant and invulnerable to wires being cut.
- Night-vision: Night-vision cameras use infrared technology to ensure footage can be gathered even when it is dark.
- Exterior: Exterior cameras are weather-proofed to ensure they operate in rugged conditions.
- Motion-detection: Motion-detection cameras begin recording when they sense movement to prevent recording hours of useless images. Some can even lock in on a moving object and follow it as it moves.