Did you know that Chris has the appropriate security licence for CCTV installation?
Here at QCNS, we not only offer IT solutions, but we can source, supply & manage your CCTV needs.
WHY CHOOSE AN IT TEAM TO INSTALL YOUR CCTV?
– We work it in with your existing technology.
– We ensure that any features within the NVR software are switched on.
– We can ensure you have the right internet for the system.
– If there are any networking issues, because we are an IT company, we can resolve them quickly and efficiently.
These days practically all CCTV systems run on network infrastructure. This means that you can potentially utilise your existing network on a separate VLAN to run the cameras in your building to cut down installation costs. A VLAN is running two separate networks down one physical cable.
Furthermore, here at QCNS we will trawl through to the inner workings of the NVR (Network Video Recorder) to switch on any video compression features to allow the system to record more data at a higher quality rate using less space.
Do we recommend a particular brand of camera?
We can recommend cameras and we do have a set of preferred brands that we deal with on a regular basis, which means we know the products quite well. However, in some cases, it makes sense to stick with the brand that you’ve already got as that would allow some integration between new and old-style systems.
What features are available?
There are now even more features for CCTV available such as temperature reading to assist with your COVID safe plan. Other features include licence plate scanners that are able to scan licence plates for oncoming traffic, even though the vehicle’s headlights are on.
Facial recognition is something that has taken off recently and human body detection which will record and log events where a human has walked past, rather than just general traffic or something else that may have triggered motion detection. It’s also becoming increasingly easier to access your CCTV remotely via smartphone. The days of port forwarding and static IP’s need not apply anymore. With the invention of cloud computing, all devices can report back to a centrally hosted connection device which allows simpler and easier connections
What about storage?
Storage depends on the system. Several systems may have a single hard drive. This will be OK if the imagery was not critical or in breach of compliance if the hard drive were to fail in the network video recorder.
Therefore we can supply systems that have 2, 4 and 8 disc bays with up to 8 terabytes per disk. The disks are configured in a redundant array which means that if one disc should fail the data on it will also be saved across the other seven discs and when replaced the new disc data will be rebuilt from the old discs. This brings forth a fast and fail-safe system of recording data. New NVR’s can also be connected to external storage like a NAS (Network Area Storage) or even cloud storage these days.
Should I have a wired or wireless system?
There’s a common saying I use when people ask me this, whether we are talking about keyboards, speakers or cameras. Wireless is convenient but there’s nothing as reliable as a good old-fashioned cable. Wireless can be relied upon if the installation of cabling makes the job costly or impractical. However, where a camera can be cabled it’s a good idea to run a cable. Once the cable is run, a newer system in the future should still be able to use the existing cable as the cables don’t really degrade. Newer technology that comes out should be able to use the old cable but also provide new technological features and advancements
In conclusion, should QCNS manage your CCTV system?
Quite simply, yes. We can manage it on an “as needed” basis or schedule a recurring 6 monthly appointment. We can also source, supply and install equipment and set it up to your liking. We will take the extra care to make sure the system is working at its most optimal efficiency utilising the available compression methods within the tower, as well as seeing if we can utilise existing cabling and networking features in order to cut down the cost of installing new cables.