Modern surveillance cameras for home use are advanced, affordable, remotely viewable, and can have more than a year of footage stored on a small DVR device or even in the Cloud. If you have been considering adding a home video surveillance system, here are some features and things to consider.
Video Surveillance for Peace of Mind
Indoor and outdoor security cameras can provide peace of mind when you are at home or away at work, school or even on vacation. The new systems use your existing home Internet connection to allow you to access what any of the installed cameras are seeing from a smartphone, tablet or computer. Modern surveillance cameras can be set to detect motion in predefined areas and send you an alert on your phone when motion is detected. You can use the cameras to look outside at night to identify a noise, check on your pets while at work, make sure the kids got in safely from school when you are running late at work, or even check on your home while on that vacation of a lifetime.
See in the Dark
Today’s surveillance cameras can be weatherproof and include infrared (IR) LED emitters that allow the camera to see in total darkness. The IR LEDs emit light in the invisible infrared spectrum. It cannot be detected by the human eye, but the camera sensors see it. Indoor and outdoor areas covered by the camera’s field of vision are protected regardless of whether it is day or night. You can use this technology to check on those bumps in the night without leaving your bed, turning on lights, or grabbing a flashlight and going to investigate. Plus, footage recorded in the Cloud or on DVR can be checked at any time for suspicious activity whether it happened in the daytime or in the middle of the night. There are even thermal cameras that can detect body heat.
Pan, Tilt and Zoom
If you want to have a security camera system that has fewer cameras yet is capable of covering a wider field of view, then pant, tilt and zoom (PTZ) cameras can be of help. These cameras used to require a wired control center to make them work. Now you can control a PTZ camera from an app on your smartphone from anywhere you have an Internet connection. You can move the camera left, right, up and down, and you can zoom in to see more detail such as a face or a license plate. There are indoor and outdoor PTZ cameras available for use at your home.
Know Who Is at the Door
You can have a camera at each entry door to let you see who is knocking or ringing the bell before you even approach the door. Strategically placed cameras can let you see when others are attempting to hide out of view. This is a great safety feature in areas where home invasions are a high-threat issue. New doorbell cameras offer you the ability to be alerted when anyone approaches the door no matter where you are at. You get an alert on your phone and a live video feed. You can also initiate a two-way conversation with the person at the door, and they will not know whether you are home or not. Many burglars like to ring the doorbell to see if anyone is at home before proceeding to make entry.
There are many more features and benefits of modern home surveillance camera systems that can help keep your home and family safer in today’s world. An indoor wireless camera can be set up anywhere close to an electrical outlet to plug it in for power, giving you video surveillance protection within minutes. Wireless camera systems need power, but they do not require cables to be run for the video or audio feed as it is transmitted using radio waves to a receiver.
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