8. Skipping System Validation
The installation of CCTV systems is often time- and resource-constrained. Many operators are content to just turn everything on and make sure that every camera seems to be recording and producing footage.
This can be sufficient for simple installations, which only have one or two security cameras pointed at the doors. But for more complex installations, this level of validation is dangerous.
Have you ever noticed how “alien” CCTV footage seems – how everything looks warped, how the surroundings look remarkably static and narrow, and how various features are unexpectedly blurry, even though others are crystal-clear?
That is because CCTV cameras have optic parameters that are quite different from those of the human eye. Unfortunately, that makes it hard to verify parameters like coverage and image detail just by looking at a screen for ten seconds.
The Home Office’s CCTV operations manual instead recommends that a set of vital parameters be verified according to a documented test procedure, based on design specifications. These parameters cover features such as:
- Image parameters: field of view, image detail, live and recorded quality.
- Integration with any other security system components, such as alarms, access control and motion detection systems.
- Storage time and quality.
Does all this seem too complex? We’re not going to lie – it can be. Especially if you want to make sure you the CCTV system monitoring your London office building is always functioning properly and is not easy to tamper with.
It may be tempting to purchase the cheapest cameras on the market and have your “tech guy” install them, but this will in no way guarantee your safety.
Here at ACCL we have more than 20 years of experience in flawless CCTV deployment in London and the surrounding areas. We can make sure that you will get the most out of your system with a minimal investment. Plus, we always ensure that your CCTV system is sturdy and future-proof.
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