How Far Have CCTV Cameras Come?

Technology used to advance about once every 18 months. Then it was 12 months. I am talking exponential advancements. The leaps and bounds that are extraordinary in technology. Of course, some things advance more quickly than others. In the area of CCTV cameras I have noticed they have come a long way. Probably everyone has seen footage on the news from a surveillance camera attempting to show details of a suspect of a crime. The old bank surveillance camera footage showed from bank robberies is something most are familiar with. Probably everyone wonders how they can have a mobile phone that takes extraordinary pictures and a bank has such lousy cameras.

The problem is that commercial establishments often keep the same cameras for many years. New technology with CCTV cameras allows super resolution in any light with the capability to zoom in so close as to see the serial numbers on currency being exchanged by a teller or cashier. Also, cameras can be so small they are undetectable. One of the coolest features is remote viewing. A homeowner or business owner can view what the cameras are seeing from any Internet connected smartphone, computer or tablet.

Another great feature of modern CCTV cameras is the ability to store on a DVR a year’s worth of footage from a multiple camera system. Copies of the footage can be continuously uploaded to a cloud server to protect it from loss or tampering. Now the neatest thing is that this technology is affordable to your average homeowner and flat dweller. You can even purchase and install cameras like this yourself. In other words, a student living in a flat can have a higher quality surveillance camera system than the place he does his banking. The commercial establishments could to. They just need to update.

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