Every businessperson or company owner today wants to keep tabs and view footage of live streaming activities happening in their office space remotely through their smart devices at any given time or place. However, the important goal of installing hidden cameras for a work place is centered on reducing theft and burglary. Not having a security camera to keep tabs on what’s happening in your office space is dangerous and can lead todevastating consequences in the future. Another big reason to have cameras installed in a workplace is to enable employees improve on their productive levels and for the safety of lives.
Having known the importance of security cameras for workplace, it is therefore important to discuss some key terms related to office surveillance.
Difference Between DVR And NVR
The term DVR stands for Digital Video Recorder. It uses an MPX (Megapixel over coaxed cable) signal to stream video from the security cameras. A DVR is an analog system using coaxed cabling and connectors. Some DVR can handle resolution of 4K, 2K and the usual 10ADP. Most DVR are compatible with older analog cameras having lower resolution from 300 to 900 TV lines, they can also support analog 720P and 960H resolution cameras.
NVR stands for Network Video Recorder. The camera sends video and audio signal to the NVR, which consequently sends digital signal down the standard CAT5 or CAT6 Ethernet connection cable.
So in essence, DVR uses coaxed cable and NVR uses Ethernet cabling. Some cable distances of DVR can extend up to 300ft for audio, video and powering having a distance video coverage of up to maximum 2000 ft. NVR systems supports links of up to 800ft per camera for video coverage with a 300ft cable extension for audio, video and power cabling.
NVR uses digital IP cameras and the compliance with the internet protocol allows for greater flexibility in conversing with the network, whether large or small. These IP cameras are connected using standard RG45 Ethernet connector that not only transfer the signals, but also supports power to the camera; this also called Power over Ethernet (POE). Currently, there are new technologies that require only a single cabling for wiring that serves for power, audio and video at the same time.
Both the NVR and DVR has a role to play in surveillance security systems especially when installing hidden cameras for offices and workplace, it is just a matter of picking the system that works best for you. Also take note that; not every video recorder works with every camera, DVRs usually with analog cameras, while NVRs perfectly works with IP cameras and may also work with analog cameras to an extent.
You Need A Design (Floor Plan) For Effective Camera Installment
A design for your camera installation looks like a traditional site map that helps to place and find good camera positions, field of view, helps with camera coverage planning, camera zones; which is optimal camera resolutionsand many more functions. This application helps you to see realistic scenarios and shows you the best areas to place your security cameras without the help of a professional. In addition, floor plans helps business owners to reduce budgets wasted on over estimation of number of cameras and materials needed for a complete camera installation in a work place.
Laws On Workplace Surveillance
Now it is noted globally that about 50% of employees now use security cameras in their workplace to monitor what is going and to prevent theft as well. However, kindly note that as a business owner; you have to come up with legitimate reasons to need to record video or audio footage, even if you’re given the right to use these cameras. In addition, be careful not to breach the laws behind installing them or in other words implicate the privacy rights of your employees.
The law on office surveillance varies from Country to Country, State to State, Local Councils to Councils. However, even if the state or Country you belong to hasn’t pass the laws on workplace security camera installation, it is ideal for you to avoid using hidden cameras in places like rest rooms or changing rooms in an office space. Hence, the best thing to do before installing your security camera is to first consult your local council for its jurisdictions on workplace surveillance.
Know The Significant Differences Between Indoor And Outdoor Cameras
There are some key points you need to consider in regards to Outdoor cameras rather than just been aware of its ability to withstand harsh weather conditions. Outdoor cameras should be durable and should have a housing to protect it from thieves stealing them. A dome camera is a better choice for outdoor cameras since they are usually mounted outside. In the other hand, Indoor cameras are much smaller and they don’t need to have waterproof qualities. In addition, indoor cameras can be in any form, you can decide to install CCTV cameras, or make use of discrete hidden camera for your networked camera installations.