CCTV Goa: Beginners guide to adding a Surveillance Systems to your home
CCTV cameras in Goa are gaining popularity as homeowners have come to realize how safe and secure it can make your home. This installation works great for any homeowner looking to protect and secure their home, property and family. The equipment/hardware is no longer expensive like in the past making it a very affordable security solution. The security systems are highly versatile and therefore can adapt to challenging environments and deliver results. We offer a complete range of CCTV installations for all types of residential and commercial establishments.
Before you make a purchase decide on whether an indoor or outdoor system is needed. Placing of a security cameras at vital points is a primary concern while installing a home surveillance system for your home in Goa, the most vital aspects being access to WIFI and the access to uninterrupted power supply. Although you need not require to be technically savvy which purchasing the equipment or known understanding its specifications in detail, it is important that the fair amount of research is carried out before making a purchase. The types of cameras available are dome cameras, bullet cameras, box cameras and spy/hidden cameras. Being dealers of security systems we have all types of models types in stock.
Surveillance are also available in wired and wireless forms, each with its own pros and cons. The biggest advantage of a wireless installation is that it can be installed discretely and are flexible in terms of freedom of placements. The biggest drawback of these models are the interruptions from the supply of the internet feed which would mean loss of signal therefore limiting capture during any interrupted period. Wireless devices are less discrete and are usually fixed installations. Wired models offer better capture of picture quality in comparison to its wireless counterpart. Wires can be concealed if you are planning a new construction. Most clients in Goa, prefer a remote viewing and monitoring on their smartphones.
CCTV cameras are available to capture in color as well as black and white. For home surveillance we recommend black and white. Commercial establishments often opt for color feed’s. Before making a purchase request a demo to get an idea of the depth of the black and white capture. The capture should not be grainy or blurry. For the outdoor environment night vision capabilities is vital. We strongly recommend the used of infrared LED’s which enable footage capture in pitch darkness.
Check for the resolution of the cameras which is defined by a TVL count. For a home surveillance system an average TVL should be in the range of 350-400. High resolution models are also available in a TVL of 480-800. For storage of footage a 750 GB to a 1 TB hard-drive is recommended which would capture footage for as long as 45-60 days.
Determining the right placement points for home surveillance cameras in venerable areas of your home is essential in providing the right security for your assets and loved ones. Assessing the venerable points in and around the property is vital to determine what spots are appealing to burglars. Each house in unique in its own right but there are always points or locations that could be appealing to burglars. On identifying these areas you would have to decide whether the cameras would be visible, which serves as a deterrent or completely out of sight which would act as a camouflage.
In Goa it is estimated that at least 34% of robberies or break-ins take place by entering through the front door. While placing a unit here it is important to ensure that the device cannot be reached or knocked down. An ideal point would be at the higher level and panned to the floor below. If placing it at a high floor is not an option consider casing the camera in a wired mesh or box to protect it from an attack.
Back door and verandas are another point of access for most burglars. About 22% burglaries in Goa take place through access from the backdoors and verandas. If placing a camera at all verandas isn’t feasible, look at the surroundings to determine which of all the verandas offer easy access though surrounding buildings, trees, poles and other structures.
Windows that are not facing the main street or towards the side of the house where lighting is poor during the night is a venerable point for a burglar to gain access. Placing a unit here will help in reducing the chances for working in the dark knowing that there is a surveillance system watching the area,
If the surrounding areas of your property has valuable items that you need to protect, we would recommend motion-sensored floodlights along with a motion sensored CCTV unit. Ideally the cameras in these areas should be made visible inorder to deter burglaries.
Terraces and staircases are also venerable points where burglars can crawl through and gain access. If your terraces are easily accessible via the nearby buildings, poles or trees we would recommend placing a unit here as well.
IP CCTV Camera Training: IP Camera System Buyer’s Guide
While buying a CCTV camera security system, what do you think is the most important decision that needs to be made first? Should you looking at CCTV cameras or the video management software or the network? If you look at most of the design and buying guides that are available on vendor sites on the internet, most would agree that the first thing you should be looking are the types of devices that are available on the market. However, there is a much more critical decision that needs to be made before you look at any hardware or any software which is the platform you will build your system on. Will you go with a centralized or a decentralized platform. These are the two types of system platforms you can choose from, based on your choice of platform, a number other aspects of the home surveillance system will be determined such as the cost, the scalability and also the redundancy of the system.
This guide will help you better understand the comparison between the two system platforms so that you can make an informed decision before making a purchase. For a centralized video surveillance system you would needs items such as PC/server along with a VMS recording software in addition to the security system, lenses and the network which is required only for a decentralized system. Most customers don’t realize that there are two system platforms available for home surveillance and this would determine how much you would have to pay up-front for the system and over the life of the system. So what is the difference between the two systems?
A decentralized system comprises of IP CCTV cameras that has the following functions;
- Video management software is installed in the camera
- In camera DVR storage
- VOIP phone functionality so the camera can send and receive phone calls to any kind of phone whether it is a landline or mobile
- Weather proof out of the box therefore outdoor housing is not required
With a centralized system the IP CCTV system performs basic functions such as the video encoding plus basic event triggering. All the video processing, alarm and storage management is handled by a central PC with a licensed video management software installed in it. The hardware and software combine to form a Network Video Recorder (NVR).
With the decentralized system the system itself is endowed with the NVR functionality, so the cameras perform the analytic and event triggering plus the video processing, alarm and storage management. Because all the intelligence is in the camera, a central NVR is not required which means you would not have to pay for licensed video management software. The video management software in the camera performs all the necessary functions. A key advantage to this is that the cameras can record usable video directly to any storage type such as micro SD in the camera, external Hard Disk Drive or Network Attached storage. Recording usable video means, videos can be viewed locally or remotely, directly from the storage device itself. Using a free of charge client, users can directly access the stored video and perform time, date and event searching completely bypassing the need for a central NVR. The de-centralized system frees you up from the costly video management licensing costs and server hardware as all you need is storage capabilities.
With the centralized system on the other hand everything has to go through the NVR first. Users cannot perform time, date and event search on the stored video. The lack of functionality in the camera means that all data has to pass through the NVR first. When it comes to recording to the attached storage devices for the purposes of archiving can only occur once the NVR has finished all the data processing after which users can perform search functions.
In a centralized system the NVR handles all the event triggers, storage administration and video processing and there is information constantly being sent and received over the network between cameras and the NVR. If the NVR goes down for any reason the entire CCTV surveillance systems stops working. With the decentralized system there are no video management software licensing costs as this is already installed in the devices. Like individual DVR’s on the network each device operates independently so there is no central point of failure. Each unit records and stores to its individual storage device at the camera itself be it an internal SD card or external hard disk drives. If one of the unit looses connectivity or there is a storage device failure the device will continue to buffer the video internally until re-connection is made.
At the outset you may find installation of a home security system expensive but keeping in mind the thefts and burglaries being on the rise day after day it could prove to be even more expensive if you don’t install one in your home.
- 24*7 protection of your home and loved ones
One of the primary and biggest reasons for installing a home security system is the protection it provides to your property and family members. It has been well established that homes without a security system are more likely to be targeted by burglars than homes equipped with it. The mere presence of a surveillance acts as a deterrent to break-ins. Additionally, the security system also helps alerting whenever a intruder is trying to break-in to the property.
- Protection from fires
Surveillance systems also come equipped with heat detectors that provide alerts as a fire prevention technique. Although homeowners rely on smoke alarms, this additional layer of security is essential to protect your loved ones before the situation turns critical.
- Protection against carbon monoxide poisoning
Another additional layer of protection is from carbon monoxide emissions that is a odorless and colorless gas that could be released from stoves, burning wood, heating systems etc. Due to it un-detectable properties humans cannot sense the presence of the gas in the air. Security cameras come equipped with carbon monoxide detectors which have close resemblance to smoke detectors that will alert you any of dangerous CO levels present in the air inside your home.
- Complete peace of mind
The peace of mind provided by a surveillance system is invaluable knowing that you and your loved ones are protected are all times from a wide variety of threats. Being able to closely and conveniently monitor your homes from any remote location gives you the confidence that your home will be well guarded 24*7 365.
- Protect valuable items
Being able to monitor your valuables at all times and being able to alert authorities instantly if needed is vital to secure our possessions. Having visual proof of any possible thefts will ensure that authorities can identify the burglar.
- Automated system to monitor your home
A home security system eliminates the need to have any human presence necessary to monitor your homes. Thus you would not need to spend on home security guards which usually was the traditional approach. With your surveillance system being on guard 24/7 you can easily leave town whenever needed without a worry when a security system is installed.
Many homeowners in Goa have realized the benefits of using IP enabled CCTV home surveillance systems. The capabilities of sending and receiving data over the internet or through a computer network has made home security much more versatile. In addition to wireless capabilities, these units allow minimum set-up requirements and flexibility in placements.
Before you make a purchase it is important that you first assess the needs of your home security as there are a variety of specifications and models that are used for multiple purposes. Important aspects to consider before making a purchase are; the types of conditions the device will be placed in, environments such as low light, pitch darkness, passageways or outdoors impacts the performance of the device. The second aspect is the type of footage you are looking to capture. Some environments may require a HD capture or maybe audio capture as well.
We have wrapped up some of the most popular wireless IP cameras available in Goa, here are the top 5 ip cameras for 2016
TRENDnet Wireless Surveillance Camera
This device is known for its precision in data capture. The device is packed with a 7.5 meter night vision for indoor environments enabling it to capture footage in pitch dark conditions. Along with this feature it also has a 2 way audio capture along with a 340 degree left to right swing along with a 115 degree up and down tilt which works exceedingly well to capture footage from multiple angles
The resolution of this camera is at 1280 X 700 and it is among Foscam’s latest range of surveillance systems. It is known for high quality captures in high definition and night captures. In additional to this Foscam has made it convenient to access the video stream from iPhones and Andriod devices with mobile apps. It does lack it zoom capabilities as there is no much control on the extent of zoom it can perform.
This camera is pack with numerous features that includes alerts, motion detection along with 2 way audio and HD capture. Dropcam has made it quick and easy to install the security system, which is the quickest among its competitors. Its does consume large volumes of data which can go upto 60GB a month which is the only downside.
This CCTV camera by TENVIS works great for those on a budget as it is reasonably priced and superior night vision capabilities.