Stand Alone Vs. Monitored CCTV Cameras – Scaitec Security

Stand Alone Vs. Monitored CCTV Cameras – Scaitec Security

Stand Alone Vs. Monitored CCTV Cameras 

What you need to know

In today’s increasingly security-conscious culture with technology providing us with options such as CCTV Cameras, there are two main forms of CCTV to consider to protect your business assets.

These are defined as a

  • Traditional stand-alone closed circuit camera systems,
  • And the more advanced, Monitored CCTV systems which allow for greater control.

Within these wider terms, there are many individual customisations which can be selected and implemented by business clients.

Over and above selecting from the available CCTV options, the overall effectiveness of your CCTV unit will also be determined by additional factors such as the image resolution and positioning of your cameras, not simply the type of set-up you choose at the outset.

However, the long-term effectiveness of your business security strategy will be determined by your choice.

Whilst both variations have a number of benefits for today’s security client, the unique requirements particular to your own business mean that choosing the right tech is not as simple as it might seem, particularly for those seeking the very best system on the market to safeguard their company.

Let’s take a closer look at these two CCTV options and see how they compare.

IP CCTV Cameras

Benefits of Stand-Alone CCTV

Stand-alone CCTV is a relatively straightforward form of closed-circuit camera.

It is often available on the domestic market and can even be installed by the client themselves, albeit with varying levels of success.

Stand-alone systems are frequently budget-friendly, which is one of the reasons they are so beloved by those looking for ways to add an extra layer of security to their homes or business.

The camera system requires limited sophistication and doesn’t need a wireless connection, so those with limited technical knowledge will be able to quickly learn how to operate it.

Pitfalls of Stand-Alone CCTV

There are also several problems with this more basic version of CCTV.

Some of the key issues are precisely the kind of things which truly matter when selecting a security system for your company’s premises.

Where a domestic client might be more interested in the simplicity of installation and DIY capabilities, a business owner seeking to protect their assets is interested in function and the product’s capabilities as a whole.

This is where a stand-alone kit falters.

While simple to use and requiring minimal fuss on installation, stand-alone systems have none of the more advanced technology powering them that IP systems rely on.

This lack prevents users from being able to view their CCTV feed from anywhere, limiting the capabilities of their security system significantly.

An additional problem with this form of CCTV is that while it can record footage, that same footage can only be played back after an event has occurred.

There can be no interception as there is simply not the capability to check what’s happening from the site of the CCTV.

Therefore the major characteristic of stand-alone CCTV units is that they can be useful for detection and recording of incidents, but will not help to stop damage or burglary as it happens.

Benefits of Monitored CCTV

Monitored CCTV cameras are truly state-of-the-art, and companies which are intent on taking their security seriously will appreciate some of the real benefits which investing in this service can offer.

CCTV allows information from the camera (or cameras) to be shared across a wireless internet connection, making the footage available anywhere.

Monitored CCTV is checked from a centralised location 24/7, giving even greater peace of mind.

This is a particularly valuable piece of technology for those who are protecting high-value spaces or products.

The nature of monitored lends itself seamlessly to not only recording footage but to intercepting crimes as they happen, making it a great addition to your business security measures.

As everything is available to be viewed in real-time, businesses can enjoy greater levels of protection.

It’s even possible to intervene in criminal damage as it happens or catch thieves during a robbery thanks to the real-time alert.

This is, of course, a significant benefit for customers eager to avoid unnecessary insurance claims, losses and disruption to the business.

Pitfalls of Monitored CCTV

Even the greatest of tech is not without its flaws.

Monitored CCTV cameras are reliant on a trustworthy relationship between the client and the company installing and then monitoring the CCTV system.

Monitored CCTV can be customised and tailored to a specific building or unit, but it is not DIY in the same way as stand-alone CCTV is.

This could prove off-putting for those determined to retain control, and highlight the importance of using an accredited CCTV monitoring companies.

However, the capabilities of monitoring and the added security it provides should serve to soothe the worries of business users once they have selected the right company to consult with and ultimately monitor their CCTV.

IP CCTV Cameras

Choosing Your Own CCTV System

There are of course many factors which will contribute to your own decision over whether to purchase a stand-alone system or larger-scale monitored IP CCTV.

The decision will be influenced by how much you want to invest in your security, and how important it is to the running of your company.

The Insurance Companies Point of View

It is worth noting that many insurance providers expect businesses to opt for the highest levels of security before offering the best quotes, and the losses incurred as a result of scrimping on security can be catastrophic for businesses of all sectors and sizes.

Crime has risen by some 20% in the UK within the last eighteen months, making security an ever-present concern.

Whether your business could survive the loss of these assets is for you to decide, but it is worthy of very careful consideration before leaping into a purchase.

Consulting with the experts can help you better understand the options available to you ahead of time, ensuring that whatever you choose is the right kit for the job of keeping your company and all its associated property safer than you may have previously thought possible.

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Paul Scaife

20 + years experience in the installation , design and project management within the electronic security industry. Highly skilled in CCTV including remote monitoring and IP analytic systems, Intruder alarms and access control . Fire risk assessor, fire safety consultant with expert knowledge in all aspects of design and installation of Fire Alarm system and extinguisher selection and maintenance. Connect with Paul Scaife on LinkedIn >>