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How Can a Digital CCTV Camera System Benefit You?

Apr 23, 2008
As home security moves forward in the digital age, it is only natural that explosive growth has surrounded digital security camera systems.

Digital surveillance cameras play a very similar role to their analog counterparts that have been around since the sixties. Mounted in strategic locations, they enable the owner to monitor areas that are otherwise vulnerable in a home or business.

Their digital nature, however, makes many things possible that analog cameras never could do. Digital security cameras and digital security camera systems offer perhaps the most powerful combination of abilities available in any type of home or business security system.

How Digital Surveillance Works

By installing a surveillance capture card in your computer, you turn your computer into a digital video recorder. This gives you the highest quality video compression as well as the lowest storage requirement. The video output from your digital security camera is digitized, making possible an impressive array of benefits.


One of the most popular features is the ability to view live streaming images from a computer or cell phone anywhere in the world. You gain access to your cameras and recordings by logging into your system by a secure username and password over the internet.

Another great feature of your digital camera system is the ability to quickly search and find recorded video data. Rather than fast forwarding and rewinding through a 4 hour video tape to get to a certain point in date and time, you can jump straight to that point with a digital recording in seconds.

With computer software you can program your digital CCTV camera to include or exclude certain movement or images. For example, you can program it to stop recording when no movement is captured after a set period of time, or to excluded movement with part of a camera's field of vision. When movement is detected you could program your system to send you an text or email. This would be great, for example, if a camera detects movement inside your garage or home when you are away.

With multiple camera systems, you can program your digital surveillance cameras to alert another cameras to pan over to its area for another view of some unusual activity. You can control all these actions of your cameras manually, in real time, while viewing the video recordings from your computer, as well. You are only ever limited by the software and hardware you decide to purchase.

Disadvantages of Digital CCTV

Digital CCTV systems, however, are not totally without drawback. The files generated by computer security cameras can fill up hard drive space quickly. That, however, is where you'll find the ability to program your cameras to stop recording in certain situations comes in handy. By avoiding recording the vast majority of time, when nothing worth recording is happening, you'll find that you save a tremendous amount of disk space.

Is a digital security camera right for you?

Digital security cameras certainly offer you unparalleled flexibility and powerful features. And they offer these things with the convenience of being able to monitor your digital CCTV system from anywhere in the world. If you're looking for a truly professional-grade system to protect your home or business, a digital security camera system is definitely one to consider.
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