Planning Video Surveillance Camera Coverage and Understanding Camera Specifications

Download this free Expert Series document to learn how to make key decisions when designing a video surveillance system.

So you’ve been tasked with designing a video surveillance system. Whether it be a large commercial project or a residential job, your first step is determining the required degree of security and then tailoring it to the specific application type. The more a security professional knows about CCTV and video surveillance, the more likely he or she is to get a larger share of the project.

This Security Sales & Integration White Paper walks you through the process and explains how to decipher camera specs and maximize camera placement.

Among the key decisions an integrator must make for all camera selection and positioning needs are:

  • Indoor vs. outdoor application
  • Virtual pan/tilt/zoom vs. physical pan/tilt/zoom
  • Fixed cameras vs. pan/tilt/zoom
  • Lens type
  • Analog vs. IP cameras
  • Camera specifications for nighttime viewing and resolution, including F-stop ratings
  • Video signal strength/distance
  • Controlling gain control
  • The influence of reflectance on the camera image
  • The pros and cons of “sens-up” technology

Finally, it’s important to recognize and communicate to the customer that cameras are only one portion of a security solution. Adding card access, e-fields, fence protection and analytic software will all play an important part in a successful video security package.


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