What Camera and Storage Capacity does your Security System Need?

The Right Security System and Storage for your Needs

A wide variety of monitoring cams, all with their optimal application, continue to appear in stores today. While checking out exactly what’s out there and how they suit your particular needs, it is very important to comprehend the general functionality of each unit and its impact on storage devices. This article scrutinizes several security system video camera styles, their usual applications, and the perfect storage device for each, making sure that you acquire a configuration that takes full advantage of performance and is economical.

First of all, some standard concerns:

  • How will you utilize the footage you’re recording? Security or ROI?
  • What number of security electronic cameras will you require or are you restricted to for your security system? Understanding this can assist you in deciding whether to select a system with 360-degree views rather than one with multiple video camera units to cover the exact same areas.
  • What resolution will you record in? What resolution does your video camera have to be? Know intended use for video camera recordings (MPs) and the number of frames per second you must
  • Analog or IP? Lots of monitoring systems are converting to IP network electronic cameras today, but a good number still use analog. Make certain your security electronic cameras are compatible. If not, some may be able to transform from analog to IP but it is very important you comprehend the equipment needed and investment required to do so.
  • Will the security system’s electronic camera be placed inside or outside? Ensure it can manage the climate they will operate in.
  • Should the camera have internal storage? This is mostly a consideration for transportation applications, but think about what you need.
  • Do you tape every day, around the clock? Or do you just record on a specific schedule or when it detects motion?

Suggestion: As you’re exploring your security system requirements, ensure you include your local IT department. With their assistance, you’ll make sure your monitoring video cameras have the required bandwidth to record at their full capacity.

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You likewise have to think about video storage alternatives in addition to these concerns. Most significantly, you will need to make sure the security electronic camera you select is compatible with the hardware on which you’ll be storing your recordings. When you’ve confirmed compatibility, you have to address a couple of other concerns to fully determine the appropriate system for your needs. For instance, the length of time you plan to retain your video footage? Archiving is an important consideration since of the enormous area needed to store today’s multi-camera, higher definition streams. Other factors to consider when determining optimization of a surveillance digital video recorder (SDVR) setup are the number of streams your system can manage, the quality of video being passed through those streams and the compression you’ll utilize to store your video.

The Security System Cameras

Fixed Box Cameras

Fixed box cameras (named for their rectangular shape) enable flexibility to use a range of fixed and varifocal lenses and can be located on a wall or mounted to a versatile arm to increase their scope.

Typical usage: These cams were previously considered the standard in the surveillance industry and have actually been utilized in retail locations for several years. When confined in a weatherproof housing, they are a popular option for monitoring structure boundaries

CCTV Bullet Camera

These CCTV video cameras are approximately the width of a cigar and are usually mounted on a wall or ceiling. Depending on what you need, they can be used both inside and outside. It’s important to keep in mind that these video cameras do not have multiple features that permit them to tilt, zoom, or pan. These electronic cameras are developed to concentrate on and record video footage in a set location.

Normal use: These smaller video cameras are the more modern variation of the fixed box camera. These electronic cameras are preferred for fixed application retail and are used in banks and other monetary organizations because of their absence of functionality

Dome Cameras

Dome video cameras are usually secured to the ceiling and provide a 360-degree view, effectively providing coverage for quadruple the area of bullet or fixed box cameras. As such, they’re a perfect solution for companies desiring to prevent vandalism or theft. Because of their dark dome casing, dome video cameras hide their lenses from view, making it almost impossible for anyone to be certain of where the electronic camera is focused.

Normal use: Dome electronic cameras are favored in retail scenarios, where the video camera is intended to be visible, however unobtrusive. Having them be more noticeable accomplishes a dual function: they serve as a visual deterrent to any potential wrongdoers while providing visual assurance to customers that the premises are being kept track of. These electronic cameras are likewise readily available with vandal-proof casing, leaving them essentially invulnerable to tampering

Thermal/Infrared Vision Cameras

These cams include LEDs surrounding the lens that release infrared (IR) light. This light rebounds off moving objects and is then reflected back at the camera, and recording as a heat imprint. When not being utilized for IR, these video cameras are generally monochrome cams that are used particularly in low-light scenarios. Although they are able to see in completely dark settings, it should be noted that the IR emitters feature a limited transmission range. For optimum results, set a very specific range within the camera.

Common usage: Since they’re not trustworthy for identification, these electronic cameras are frequently used in tandem with extra camera types in greater security system scenarios. A typical setup would involve both IR electronic cameras and traditional monitoring video cameras like fixed box, dome, or bullet, to supply two layers of video monitoring.


Network/IP Cameras

The newest trend in surveillance, these IP network cams stream their footage online, (hence the name IP), typically using compression to take full advantage of readily available bandwidth on their local network. With the capability to either hardwire or set up wirelessly, IP electronic cameras are much easier to set up than analog video cameras because they need no additional cables or power increases to communicate their video footage to the storage drives.

Normal usage: With their intrinsic flexibility, they’re not really limited to any one area or application. These systems are usually connected to a network video recorder (NVR), and are ideal for businesses

Surveillance storage

Just like the cameras themselves, there are various configurations of hard drives available. Surveillance HDDs have a capacity of up to 6TB, providing support for up to 16 drives in a single system and 32 cams per drive. They are built for surveillance, meaning they provide the support you need for high-quality video streaming with a drive built to withstand the strains of a surveillance environment. If you decide your network video camera system is more intricate and you’re doing heavy video analytics, we ‘d suggest 3.5 HDDs, created to endure the requirements of a security environment while offering flexibility in security alternatives and performance for video analytics.


No matter the requirements of your desired security system, it’s vital you match the best monitoring cams with the best drives. Accounting for  all pertinent factors, you’ll guarantee complete protection, proper archiving, optimum effectiveness and efficiency in your system. When you utilize the right drives, you set your surveillance system up for long-lasting success by facilitating expansion should the requirement emerge.



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