Closed-Circuit Television, otherwise known as CCTV has become more widely requested, across the United States and the world. Historically, surveillance cameras or security cameras were most typically associated with the government and all subset industries.
In recent years, CCTV had grown in popularity and became widely accepted for business-use and commercial properties. However, like everything else, CCTV has evolved so much that it has now become a familiar concept and system used in private homes and many other areas of life. As a result, professional locksmiths, such as Huntington Locksmiths, are being contracted to install, program, repair, and upgrade CCTV systems for both commercial and residential clients.
The Break Down
Closed-Circuit Television is a form of video recording, which is commonly used for surveillance and as part of security systems. Unlike the regular television that we know, called broadcast television, CCTV only transmits signals/images from system cameras to a specific destination(s), where it can be viewed on a restricted number of monitors or televisions. In other words, the cameras and their signals are programmed to a specific point or target, whereas broadcast television is ‘open’ because it has an open-ended number of destinations. In CCTV, the recorded data is usually received at a central terminal or “command room,” where it can be privately viewed.
History of CCTV
The very first Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) was created in Russia, back in 1942. It was introduced in America, seven years later, in 1942, as a commercial monitoring system. In its infant years, CCTV was not capable of recording the footage and had to be viewed during real-time. However, advancements in technology led to the invention of the VCR. This, then gave birth to CCTV surveillance, which could record the footage and be viewed at a later date or time. In 1973 it was used by the NYPD in Times Square as the first attempt of crime surveillance. Since then, there have been drastic improvements to the systems, camera capabilities (zoom and megapixels), as well as evolving into digital surveillance.
Commercial and Private Uses
Ultimately, the overall purpose and reason for implementing CCTV is the same for both commercial and private use. This video/digital surveillance provides a reliable source of monitoring and an increased level of security.
Commercial Use – CCTV is used to monitor many different things, including employees, to
evaluate their performance or just to ensure they are working as they should. It is also often used to monitor machines and their function, when they do not require personal, hands-on attention. Lastly, CCTV is used for security reasons, recording everything that goes on, as well as for safety. It allows for a bird’s-eye view and in the event that there is a problem, it can be reviewed and evaluated for the needed information.
Private Use – Though the use of CCTV for private use, in one’s home, is still a relatively new
concept, CCTV proves to be an incredibly valuable and priceless form of security. Strategically placed along the perimeter of a home or property, according to the needs of the customer, CCTV provides one of the highest degrees of security. Continually surveying and recording what is going on, home owners can view the footage in real-time or at a later date. This form of surveillance is great for identifying visitors, capturing trespassers, and more. Additionally, CCTV acts a major deterrent for burglars and allows homeowners and their family to rest easier, feeling more protected.