Installing a CCTV system today is quite easy. A WLAN surveillance camera that connects to a router is sufficient for this. Video recordings can be saved on a hard drive, recorded with a digital video recorder, and viewed live on a computer or smartphone.
In businesses, CCTV systems can not only uncover criminal activities, but approved video surveillance systems can also minimise liability risks and help to reduce insurance rates. Large installations with multiple surveillance cameras are often used for this. Additional mirrors and pivoting cameras help to cover difficult-to-see areas. Images are sent to a storage and processing unit wirelessly or via network cable. With monitors, you can follow individual camera recordings directly in a security centre, and digital or network video recorders record the material. The recordings can be overwritten using a loop function or, if necessary, saved at the push of a button.
Surveillance cameras let you record, view, and store video footage, but not autonomously. To achieve the full range of functions, you must connect the camera to a computer network with a monitor and hard drive. This is done via a network cable, wirelessly, or via WLAN.
As soon as the camera is part of the network, you can access it via the browser and manage it using the software supplied. For example, you can use it to start and stop recordings, take photos, and listen to or zoom in on what is happening. You can then control the camera from anywhere via the Internet. Smartphone apps offered by many manufacturers are ideal for this. You can record data via a memory card, computer hard drive, or video recorder.