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CCTV and Security Systems - Choosing the Right Products

Published on 14 October 14
Once the decision has been made to install a CCTV system either for the home or around the workplace, the next stage of the process is to buy the necessary equipment to make it happen. This is where things have the potential to go very wrong for those that donât think things through enough, as itâs not as simple as going to the first store online and picking up the cheapest CCTV systems money can buy. To choose randomly with no thought or reasoning is to end up either with a system thatâs of no use or with a bill much larger than expected. And given how such outcomes could have been avoided with just minor forethought, itâs really not worth taking the chance.

The first and perhaps most important thing to bear in mind is also the simplest - what do you need? As in really need? If youâre looking to mount a camera above the home garage for example just as an added security measure, chances are you wonât need the most advance HD camera on the market connected to all manner of off-site security systems that alert the army if thereâs any sign of movement. And likewise, if looking to cover a huge office with CCTV you wonât get very far with a single bargain-basement low resolution camera shoved into a corner somewhere. As soon as you know what you need, youâre way better equipped to go out and get it.

In terms of product choice, this is one area in which itâs always a sensible idea to side with brands you can trust. Thatâs not to say that you canât mix and match as much as you like, but you know that when you buy from say Samsung, Omnivision, or Axis for example that youâre buying into a brand with a reputation for quality. These will never be the cheapest products on the market, but theyâll for sure be the best performing and the longest lasting.

Think carefully about what it is youâre buying into in terms of what else youâll need to get the whole thing up and running. In the case of a simple home security system for example, a single IP camera may be all thatâs needed to link up with an existing computer, which then runs the software that accompanies the camera itself. However, to buy a high-end analogue camera may also mean the need to buy all manner of specialist cabling, recording and monitoring hardware - none of which tends to come cheap. So donât just look at products in their own right, but rather as theyâll be used in conjunction with others.

Last up, anything you buy of any real quality at all should come not only backed by guaranteed of quality, but supported by the reviews of prior buyers. So before agreeing to any purchase, take a few seconds to see what folk have been saying about the product youâre looking at and make sure thereâs some kind of guarantee in place, just in case youâre not happy with it.

OmniVision is one of Australia's successful leaders in the CCTV cameras and security alarm industry. Since opening in 2000, the company has designed thousands of surveillance and security solutions for businesses and home-owners all over the country. Check out their website to see some of the options available.

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  1. 30 October 14

    Good to see informative stuff about CCTV and security systems out here. Today a security issue is very important factor that should be taken care of. When it comes to buy or install new security system for home or office, there are many choices available to the buyers. But usually people get confused in selecting right security system for themselves. I am using cctv cameras made by “Hulk Security System” (
    ) in my home as well in my office and quite happy with their services. It has helped me to keep an eye on my office and home all the time. It also provides wide range of Access Control System, Intercom System, cctv and alarm systems.

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