CCTV PACKAGE Please note that we do not sell
CCTV systems - we only give free advice!
NOTE: The use of a digital video
camera such as the Panasonic HDC HS 700 or 900 is now highly recommended because these
cameras can take very high quality footage over an extended period of almost a week of
continuous recording. If no event occurs in this time-frame, it takes only a few seconds
for the hard disc in the camera to be formatted and then re-used.
The highest resolution setting on these
cameras records at 50 frames per second - which means 50 high definition images are taken
every second! The lower resolution settting is 25 frames per second.
Here is an example of the lower
resolution setting (the robber in the footage was later captured!)
A compact digital camera can also produce stunning pictures and can be used for CCTV
purposes. This is a cheaper option that purchasing a high definition video camera, but the
digital video camera is by far the better option evne if it is more expensive (A Panasonic
HDC HS 900 costs around £1,000).
Only one camera is necessary to
cover a large retail premises such as a bank or restaurant, or even an area as wide as Oxford Circus or Oxford Street. The resolution of many modern digital
cameras is 5 or more megapixels (depending on your choice of camera), and so the captured
camera scene is much more extensive and detailed compared to using video cameras, as you
can see from the above surveillance images. However, you will need to connect the camera
to a laptop and only cameras supporting remote capture can be used (see link below for
supported Canon cameras).
You can cover the street outside
your home, or your business entrance, and many other locations.
Images can be uploaded to a server automatically using h osting services su ch as Dropbox.
1) Digital compact camera
(supported Canon cameras)
with a time-lapse function. Note: Casio and Nikon cameras can also be used where a remote
capture program for the model is available. (Check on the internet regarding
The camera can be connected directly
to a laptop running Windows XP / Vista using a USB cable, or wirelessly
using a WiFi-enabled memory card (see www.EyeFi.com ) Images can be saved on any computer in a
network, and not just on the computer connected to the camera. They can also be uploaded
automatically to an online storage space like Dropbox.com, which offers a free 2GB account
and a 100 GB paid account.
2) Laptop or PC
running Windows XP Professional / Home Edition /Vista
3)Camera wall bracket
for mounting camera on arm support. Approximate
Available from Manfrotto or any good camera shops Part No 356 http://www.manfrotto.com/Jahia/site/manfrotto/pid/3223
4)Electric a/c power cord (Eg: CA-PS700 for Canon S2iS - other models may require a different
power cord). £50
Capture Software - . This may be supplied with the camera or else may be
available for purchasing online (check camera model).
Motion detection can also be used
with cameras which support a live view of the camera scene on the pc whereby trigger spots
are positioned within the camera scene window displayed on the computer to activate motion
detection as desired.
Thus, new customers entering a
premises can be photographed when the front door opens, or the till area can be covered,
without movement in other areas triggering the camera. Motion detection however requires
that the camera shutter remains open and this tends to degrade the cemera sensor over a
period of months.
The time-lapse option produces
images regardless of whether motion is present in the camera scene and leads to less wear
and tear on the camera sensor (cameras can function quite well for a year or more).
Connect the camera to your laptop or
pc and run the camera remote software. Select the shutter speed ('TV' mode 1/125th of a
second and ISO setting of 200 is suitable for most cases). Choose the folder where you
wish to save the captured images. Select motion detection from the camera menu if
available, and run the Zonetrigger utility or set the camera on time-lapse basis (one
photo every 3 seconds for example).
You'll now have an effective CCTV
system with software costing under £60!
Burglar Sensor Lights
minimum 3000 watts (6 x 500 watts) for night-time shots.
Note: Cameras need light to function and therefore the more light the better. If you are
trying to protect a rear drive-way or entrance or some other dimly lit area, ie., around a
cash machine, you would need to ensure that either the area is properly illuminated, or
that burglar sensor lights will come on to enable the camera to capture a good image of
any suspects. For example, provided a cash machine area or walkway is properly
illuminated, a camera located some distance away can be focused on a particular spot to
produce good pictures of any suspects.
Remote Live Viewing
- you can log in to your cameras over the internet from any computer in the world to see
the live camera scene (like a webcam) and also to view or retrieve snapshots on the remote
laptop/pc. There are a number of companies selling remote viewing software.
Extra Hard Drive Storage
This can be arranged using an external USB hard drive purchased in any computer shop. In
this case a 400 gigabyte hard drive would store the saved images for several months (all
in date and time order). The external hard drive containing the images can also be
strapped down for extra security.