Top 11 Reasons to Invest in The Zen of Security—and Why the Right Camera System Matters

An old Zen proverb indicates that "knowledge is learning something every day and wisdom is letting go of something every day."

Choosing the right security cameras for your home is much like this Zen proverb.

You gain knowledge by learning the pros and cons of two commonly used security cameras. Once you know each camera system's strengths and weaknesses, you'll gain ultimate wisdom by letting go of your inefficient model or cumbersome application. An efficient security system is the ultimate Zen payoff.

Knowledge is Power
You may be familiar with security cameras for your workspace, but have you considered their impact on your home? If not, it's time to expand your knowledge base so you feel in charge of your home security system.

Before you begin your search for the right camera system at home, you need to answer a few questions:
  • What's the primary purpose for the camera system? If you want to deter thieves, you'll choose something different than if you only want to watch what your dog does when you're at work.
  • How will it make home protection easier? It's okay if you don't know the answer to this at first. Once you know the details on each camera system, you can better assess its user friendliness.
  • How comfortable am I with current technology vs. analogue systems? This relates to the previous question. If you're a technophobe, you need a simpler camera system than would a technology guru.
  • What's my budget? Don't ignore the reality of what you'll pay up front, but find out if the price correlates with long-term satisfaction. Read customer reviews first or talk with your alarms/security expert.
Now you're ready to learn more about the security cameras themselves.

Closed Circuit TV: The Traditional Approach
If you're the type that wants to protect your home and monitor it from every conceivable angle, closed-circuit TV may be a great option for you. It's a great "no fuss, no muss" kind of system that allows you to video multiple areas on your property and view the footage later in one central location.

Because the circuit is closed (hence, the name), you won't be in any danger of transmitting video to unintended sources. In this way, CCTV is built to deter hackers and other third-party viewers.

If you're not sure what such a system might look like, think of the camera systems you see in a high-security building, generally monitored by a security guard at a desk. The cameras can cover any angle or area of the building. This allows the guard to monitor multiple building locations at once and reduces the need for more security personnel.

If you're considering CCTV for your home, you'll want to know about its key benefits:

  • Reliable security
  • Recorded, archived footage
  • Improved digital image quality (as opposed to older, grainy videotape models)
  • Limited viewers/privacy
  • No need for an internet connection
  • Easy to set up and operate
CCTV works by transmitting camera signals to a set of monitors. Older models used VCRs to record the images, which could be viewed later. Today's models record to digital video recording devices, or DVRs.

Another consideration is what happens following a break-in. If your security system is breached, you'll have a full video record of the event that you can share with law enforcement personnel. A CCTV system is your ultimate Zen camera system to safeguard your home and give you peace of mind.

IP-Video Systems: The Enhanced View
For those who want more user flexibility in their home security camera system, internet protocol (IP) cameras are an innovative option.

IP video works on the principle of digital signals, sent through (and to) your computer. Your digital video camera first records a scene and sends a signal by way of your Local Area Network, or LAN. The signal is captured by your computer's server, and you'll manage the images with an accompanying software package. In this way, an IP video system isn't that different from a regular digital camera. It only differs in the way you use it.

These are the main advantages of an IP video system:

  • Access video from multiple remote locations (anywhere there's an internet connection)
  • Record digital video to a computer
  • Use an internal web server/processor (no need for computer to be turned on)
  • Offer Wi-Fi access
  • Provide clear, precise images
  • Add multiple cameras easily
  • Store to PC, SD card or other storage devices
  • Access via cell phone or tablet
  • Works well for users who want access on the go
Many homeowners may wonder if an IP video system is secure. If you realise that today's technology requires passwords and features built-in encryption, you're more likely to feel secure with an IP option.

Additionally, IP systems are fairly priced to be competitive with CCTV systems. You can choose either security method without breaking the bank.

Now that you've empowered yourself with knowledge about available security cameras, you're ready to create a Zen solution of your own—and keep your home and family safe in the process. Contact Astro Guard Alarms, and begin protecting your home today.