CCTV systems are an integral part of any good security system. The technology is developing rapidly and there are things you can achieve with a CCTV system today that you wouldn’t have believed less than a decade ago. Taking the time to select a good CCTV system will go a long way in ensuring the protection of your family, home, or business.
Like any other gadget today, these security systems are only as good as their CCTV software will allow. You may have the fancy cameras with versatile capabilities or the best technical specifications that money can buy. But the hardware just won’t cut it without the appropriate software to boost it.
One of the major mistakes most CCTV buyers make is to not pay attention to the software. So either the software that they end up with is very basic and insufficient for their needs, or there are too many complicated features that they don’t know how to use. The latter usually burns a hole in the pocket. These mistakes can be avoided by simply figuring out your requirements and being honest with yourself about your technical know-how.
So Which CCTV Software Do You Need?
If you ask a CCTV sales person, he’s sure to recommend something that sounds feasible to you. But you have to understand that his commission is based on how much you spend, so his might not be the most objective view. The best person to trust here is yourself.
First, you need to understand the basics of CCTV systems and how they work. It is not rocket science; a half hour on the Internet will tell you everything you need to know. Next, survey the property that will be under surveillance. Use your recently acquired knowledge of CCTV systems to imagine what features you would personally appreciate and which would be useful in certain areas of your property.
Explore the possibilities of a CCTV system if it has the right software. If you’re unsure of what all the features mean, see if you can find a trial versions of some popular CCTV software and use it for a little while. This way, you can put the software through the loops before going in for the works. Motion sensors, pan, tilt and zoom, image filtering, access control – you’ll better understand what these features mean if you actually experiment with them.
You’ll also find plenty of free softwares developed by independent researchers with no affiliation to any company. While some of these are fun and innovative, they may not be your best bet for long-term use. Although if you’re trying to cut costs, you can check out some online forums about CCTV camera software and see which free softwares the trusted members are recommending.
This may seem like a long task. It is. Take your time and pick the software that is right for you. There is no such thing as ‘same size fits all’ when it comes to your home security. Putting in a little effort now will ensure the safety of the things that matter most to you.