Surveillance Systems in Dallas, TX
Dallas Installer Pro offers surveillance systems in Dallas, TX. Call 469-810-9393 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
The first home surveillance system came onto the market in 1969. Crude by today’s standards, the system used multiple cameras to look through peepholes and transmit video to a monitor. The nanny cam was introduced in 1992, allowing parents to check on their childcare staff, but it wasn’t until IP (internet protocol) cameras debuted in 1996 that the home surveillance market really took off. Today, there are numerous options for monitoring your home.
Security Cameras vs Surveillance Cameras
These terms are used interchangeably, but they are slightly different. Both capture video of what happens in or around a home, but security cameras provide active monitoring and send alerts about suspicious events, while surveillance cameras capture a passive feed.
Types of Cameras
Both security cameras and surveillance cameras come in a variety of types:
IP Cameras: These cameras use Wi-Fi or ethernet to connect to the internet. You can view video locally on a computer or laptop, or have it stored in the cloud.
Wireless Cameras: Wireless cameras send data over radio frequencies, either digitally or through an analog wireless receiver.
Pan-and-Tilt or Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) Cameras: While fixed cameras can show only a specific area, pan-and-tilt cameras show different aspects of their location. With optical or digital zoom features, these cameras are an excellent way to monitor a large area.
Video Doorbells: A video doorbell lets you know who’s at the door. Two-way audio allows you to speak with your visitors in real time. Video doorbells can also capture video to the cloud for later review.
Dome Cameras: Ceiling-mounted dome cameras are most popular with businesses concerned about theft. They provide an overhead view that shows places that are hard to reach. Dome cameras are available in several styles, including vandal-proof and infrared night vision.
Home security and surveillance cameras offer numerous features. Here are a few to consider:
Resolution: Standard video resolution today is 1080p. Higher megapixels improve the quality of digital zoom, while optical zoom will retain its resolution when zoomed in.
Field of View: Larger areas require a larger field of view, which ranges from 100 to 180 degrees in a wide-angle lens camera.
Discretion vs Deterrent: Cameras come in a variety of sizes. Which you choose depends on how you plan to utilize the camera. Do you want to discreetly monitor activity from a hidden camera, or do you prefer a large, obvious camera that may serve as a deterrent to criminality?
Ease of Use: A security or surveillance camera does you little good if you don’t know how to use it. Choose a camera whose web and mobile interfaces make sense to you.
Connections: IP cameras that connect via Wi-Fi or ethernet are standard today. However, some cameras also offer Bluetooth and networking options. In fact, you can connect many security or surveillance cameras to your smart home network.
Storage Capacity: Some cameras offer a limited amount of onboard storage, often through a microSD card slot, but the majority of footage is stored in a cloud-based database. Find out how much storage space is available, as well as how long you can keep stored video.
Motion Detection: Some cameras offer motion detection, which sends out alerts of unexpected activity.
Audio: Video doorbells typically offer two-way intercom capabilities. In addition, some higher-end cameras capture audio as well as video.
Night Vision: Night vision capabilities are highly recommended for cameras that will operate in low light conditions.
Every home is different, and every homeowner’s needs are different. There are security and surveillance systems on the market to meet virtually any need. Figuring out exactly what you need and how best to optimize it, though, can be a real challenge. Professional installation can ensure that you get exactly what you need, with the best possible optimization, to maximize the protection of your home.
Call Dallas Installer Pro at 469-810-9393 for more information or to schedule an appointment.