Security Technology

Choosing a CCTV Supplier

The right video surveillance system helps to make your business, and employees, safer from the threats of theft, accidents, and vandalism. By working with the best video surveillance companies, you can design a set up based on your needs - from a single video camera and monitor, to a more comprehensive closed circuit television (CCTV) system.

Experience is one of the top traits you should look for in a video surveillance installer. To be able to balance considerations about wiring, lighting, and optics, the best video surveillance companies should have several years’ experience installing systems for companies like yours.

In addition, experience is a strong indicator of how reliable and stable the CCTV company will be in the long term. If you have problems down the line or want to upgrade your setup as your business expands, it is important that the provider is around for years to come. Also, the best CCTV companies have the resources to handle specific issues that others may not be able to.

You also want a supplier that can provide a quality installation. The best video surveillance companies will visit your location to see exactly what kind of setup your site requires and make recommendations for the equipment and features that would be a good fit. When done with the installation, these companies will also provide training and documentation for you and your staff so you know exactly how everything should work.

Credible CCTV installers will have industry accreditation which promotes recognition and compliance with relevant standards and meet the requirements of the CCTV industry. Always get your equipment installed by a licensed security installer. Failing to do this will at the very least void your product warranty, and at the most may result in you facing penalties. A reputable company will not have any problem with you asking for their credentials, and should also be able to introduce you to existing customers for reference.


Additional characteristics of the best video surveillance companies:

  • Familiar with businesses similar to yours
  • Allow on-site visits to their facilities to see how they operate
  • Provide demonstrations of how certain equipment works
  • Install your system quickly, in the guaranteed timeframe
  • Put all pricing and installation details in writing
  • Provide the latest innovative technologies to meet your requirements
  • Provide excellent knowledge and a clear understanding of electrical installations and regulations
  • Express a comprehensive understanding of the product they are offering and can demonstrate on a working site how the system works
  • Ultimately, the best video surveillance companies are those that treat your business like a partner, taking the time to understand your needs so they can offer you the best possible security solution.



Choosing the right CCTV system

CCTV (closed-circuit television) and surveillance are constantly evolving technologies. CCTV is a TV system in which signals are not publicly distributed but are monitored, primarily for surveillance and security purposes.

Cameras provide sophisticated capabilities for monitoring, recording and reviewing activity inside and outside your property. CCTV security systems enable you to watch your family or business even if you are at another location.

CCTV Security Systems can be installed in a number of different ways depending on your property and its weak points.  There are overt installations which serve as a deterrent, or covert installations which are not openly apparent and can be static and focused on a single point.

CCTV relies on strategic placement of cameras, and observation of the camera's input on monitors. Because the cameras communicate with monitors and/or video recorders across private coaxial cable runs or wireless communication links, they gain the designation "closed-circuit" to indicate that access to their content is limited by design only to those able to see it.

The design of your CCTV security system has to be compatible with the protection you require. There are high-tech security systems that have very comprehensive networks of gadgets. However for some people, budget level security systems can be sufficient.  Only the top professionals in the industry can assess and meet your security needs.


What you have to know before buying a CCTV security system

With such a wide range of camera technologies and body styles available in the market, there are some important issues to consider to assist you in the purchase decision process:

  • Do you have a preference in terms of appearance and design
  • Do you need a video surveillance camera that is engineered to see at day or night, or both
  • Do you need several cameras or only one
  • Do you require cameras inside, outside, or both
  • Do you want your security cameras to be made visible to the onlooker, or are aesthetics and concealment more important to you
  • Do you want to watch your property remotely from a computer, tablet or smart phone


The answers to these questions will influence the type of security system that will be best for you and the amount of money you will require.

As a business leader in the security industry, we at SpyPro Security Solutions offer the latest CCTV security systems you need. Speak to us today!

How to choose the right security alarm system

Before deciding on an alarm system, you should consider the following:

Do you want a security alarm system that you can self-install

Do you need a back-to-base monitoring service for the alarm

Do you want a security alarm system that will dial-out to a security firm or your mobile phone when intrusion is detected

Do you want a security alarm system that will sound a local alarm only when intrusion is detected

Do you need a back-up system in case the power goes out

Do you have pets or other animals that could set off motion detectors

When choosing between wired or wireless alarm systems, a hard wired system is usually more effective, however will come at a greater price due to installation costs. Wireless alarms are easier to install therefore saving you money on installation costs, however the signal can be disrupted by other interferences.

Security alarms can basically be divided into two alarm types. You can choose to use one over the other, or opt for a system that integrates both to achieve a better level of security:

Perimeter systems: Technologically advanced, a perimeter system alarm gives you the freedom to move without the fear you’re going to set your alarm off. A combination of reed switches, vibration sensors, outdoor detectors and acoustic sensors work to detect forced entry to the premises. This is done without limiting residents, guests, pets, employees or customers from occupying the inside. Good detectors and proper system design does not suffer false alarms from things as simple as the wind blowing through a curtain which may affect older systems.

Internal motion detection systems: This is the alarm system most people are familiar with. You can isolate certain areas of your home or business to be actively monitored while you’re asleep or once employees have left for the day. However, this kind of alarm can be limiting, due to unpredictable movement. Ideally a system includes a combination of internal motion detection systems and perimeter systems giving you the comfort and peace of mind of using the system when you are away from your home or business, but more importantly when you are there.

Choosing security cameras

Using guesswork to determine what security cameras you need means you will probably get it wrong. To the average user, they all look the same. In fact, many manufacturers use the same cases to make them look identical from the outside - but it's what's inside that counts.

If your budget or preference leans towards analogue CCTV, SpyPro Security Solutions can help you with an analogue security system that will perform at its maximum and give you years of worry free operation. So before you make any decision, why not give us a call to see how we can help you make an educated choice.


Choosing a DVR

When shopping around for a DVR, you will discover that there are units that range in price from a few hundred dollars through to thousands of dollars, and as with cameras,  they may look similar, but they are not.

Consider what you want from your DVR. Do you want to watch the cameras from your phone? Would you like it to email you when it detects intruders? Do you prefer USB backup? Before you select a DVR, it is crucial to get professional advice as the DVR is possibly the most important part of your system. Quality in a DVR is critical because if your DVR has a glitch, your whole system is down.


Wireless Cameras

These cameras are ideal for indoor or outdoor installation, which can be otherwise challenging. Without wires to restrict placement, they are quite versatile, covert (no visible wires), easy to install, and flexible to relocate as the owner sees fit. A wireless security camera sends a video signal through a transmitter, which is caught by a receiver and converted into video.


Dome Cameras

Dome cameras are dome shaped, either ceiling mounted or suspended from a wall mounted bracket depending on the application or the field of view required. The camera unit is mounted inside a transparent dome which can be tinted to obscure the camera position, making it less intrusive and difficult to tell where the camera is pointed, increasing its purpose as a deterrent. Housings are available for weather or vandal resistance or for use in hazardous (explosion risk) environments. Dome cameras are also available in mini and micro versions for discrete use and are available in a range of housings to suit various architectural styles.


Bullet Cameras

The term bullet camera comes from its resemblance to a rifle bullet. Generally long and tapered like a cylinder, and named for its streamlined, bullet shape, this camera is best suited to a wall or ceiling mount. Bullet cameras which are more visible and obvious to passers-by are more suitable if you are looking to discourage vandalism or theft.


Hidden Cameras

Those who are trying to keep an area under surveillance without being detected often choose hidden cameras. Hidden cameras come in many styles such as smoke detectors, sprinklers and PIRs but the more typical ones that are used for basic home or business security purposes are typically mini pinhole, hidden or wireless cameras.

Although most traditional hidden cameras look like cameras but are simply smaller and easier to hide, there are plenty of even more discreet cameras available to choose from. You can even purchase alarm clocks, pens and other items that are fully functional yet work as hidden security cameras.


Dummy Cameras

Dummy cameras are fake cameras that are installed to imitate a real camera, giving the impression that the area is under surveillance. Their presence can discourage criminal activity and thus, help to deter crime.


Network Security Cameras

Also called an IP camera, a network camera records images onto a Network Video Recorder (NVR) and sends the compressed versions over the network. Network cameras used in surveillance systems usually offer a browser interface so the camera can be remotely accessed and viewed over the Internet.

Security technologies and advantages 


Alarm systems are a cost effective way to protect homes, business premises or restricted areas from intruders and unauthorised personnel. Should someone persist in trying to gain access, the alarm will be activated, which often results in minimal loss or damage to a home or business. In most homes and businesses, valuable items are often stored on the premises, therefore an intruder alarm is your first line of protection.


Advantages of Security Alarms:

  • An increased home value
  • A sense of comfort
  • Deter thieves/crimes
  • Protect your valuables
  • Protect your home and family from intruders
  • Protect your business from intruders and unauthorised personnel
  • Provide your family with peace of mind
  • Save on household insurance


Access Control

Access control is the management of who goes where and when. It allows the movement of authorised personnel into and out of areas, while detecting and delaying the movement of unauthorised personnel. Effective access control combines physical barrier hardware and software to provide a simple means to manage access and produce reports.


Advantages of Access Control:

  • Significant improvement in security for both assets and people
  • Easily able to identify who has accessed certain areas
  • Restrict unauthorised access
  • Secure your workspace
  • Create an audit trail
  • Eliminate key problems
  • Monitor time and attendance



Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) is a visual surveillance technology with the capability to monitor a variety of environments and activities.  A communication link is generally used between the CCTV security cameras and monitor and can include remote functionality.


Advantages of CCTV Systems:

  • Deter theft and criminal activity
  • Monitor employee productivity and reduce risk of theft by customers or staff
  • Improve customer and staff safety
  • Reduce insurance costs and fraudulent liability claims
  • Provide general peace of mind for business owners
  • Reduce stress
  • Enable remote monitoring of your business live from your mobile device at anytime, anywhere
  • Increase professionalism
  • Improve profitability and productivity
  • Offenders will likely be identified, caught, convicted and off the streets


Hidden Cameras

A hidden camera is a device that allows the user to capture secret video footage. Hidden cameras are disguised as ordinary objects one might find in areas of their home or business, such as a smoke detector, mini screw camera or digital clock. The camera hidden inside one of these everyday items is capable of capturing video footage of activity that occurs in front of it, without alerting the target person that they are being recorded.


Advantages of Hidden Cameras:

  • Easy installation
  • Cost-effective
  • Unlimited applications in covert operations:
  • Watching over your family
  • Investigating infidelity
  • Managing employee theft
  • Monitoring carers such as babysitters or aged care workers
  • Monitoring dishonest roommates
  • Catching car thieves 

Spy camera buyers guide and advice

Spy cameras are hidden cameras that are used as a form of security. They capture videos and still pictures without letting anyone know of the same. Usually, these cameras are very small and are easily hidden. Spy cameras are available in various sizes, quality, and price range. If you are someone who is interested in buying and installing a hidden spy camera in your home, make sure you choose the right type and size of camera else it may not serve its purpose of enhancing the security of your family.


What type of spy camera should you buy?

With so many different types of spy cameras now available, answering the question ‘which spy camera should I buy?’ has become much more difficult in recent times as there are so many to choose from. Spy cameras can be found everywhere, but which can be trusted for being reliable? Which are the best value and which ones suit your exact needs? These are common questions the ‘spy guys’ are asked at spypro everyday. They put this spy camera buyers guide together so you can buy with confidence.


Factors to consider:

  • Subject size / mobile or static
  • Location(s) you want to cover outside / inside
  • Lighting and size of area
  • Camera placement
  • Wireless, wired or internal recording
  • Quality of recording HD
  • Motion activated
  • Clear picture resolution true coulor
  • Reliability
  • Ease of use
  • Cannot be identified as a spy camera
  • SD card and play it back in your phone, tablet or PC
  • Aunit with an app or can email you so you get notified as soon as it happens
  • Run permanently on power as many cannot do this and batteries go flat

Choose the best CCTV system to protect your family and home

The vast array of CCTV surveillance cameras and recorders on the market can be daunting, making it difficult to decide which system would be best suited to your environment. To cut through the information overload, check out this list of our points to help you make the best investment in a security camera system for your needs.

Going cheap can cost you more

It’s always wiser to invest in a good quality, small, entry level system that allows you to add more cameras later on. Reputable security companies will offer a range of camera and recorder options from good brand names including  Dahua. Another benefit of reputable brands is the confidence in their warranty offerings compared to small retailers’ unbranded cameras, which may only offer the required six-month product guarantee at best, and will rarely include the service of professional installation and an extended no-nonsense warranty period of up to 3 years.

Decide what you need to catch on camera

If you consider what you can see with your own eyes, it is tricky to find a camera that will be able to mimic it. Advances in technology mean today’s cameras offer a range of angles, some even provide 360-degree vision and function under a range of lighting conditions.

Think about what you need to see on camera. That will help you decide what type of camera and what different camera functions you need. Do you want the camera to be able to see a vehicle outside the front driveway gate or a pedestrian ringing the bell?

 Lens length and width explained

It can seem confusing to understand the technicalities of choosing lens size and wide angle degree when selecting CCTV cameras.

For each millimetre of lens size, the rule of thumb is that this is how far away in meters the camera will be able to view its subject (focal length). The degree of a wide angle lens will determine the field of vision and shorten the focal length as the angle gets wider.

For example, a basic 60-degree wide angle, 4 mm lens will effectively identify a human target at up to 4 meters, but it will not have enough range to view the neighbour’s property to the left or right.

Storage and data

CCTV cameras can be attached to your home or business network through internet protocol (IP) to sound the alarm of a security breach and transmit data such as images to a security provider’s control centre via a broadband connection, such as wireless, GSM or ADSL.

The HD cameras will require more bandwidth and better internet connections and can be data hungry when accessing the feed on mobile devices, as well as require higher levels of memory storage to keep the better quality high res film which will mean bigger file sizes.

Analogue vs HD or IP?

Ultimately the quality of the image you require from your camera will help you decide whether to buy more affordable entry level analogue cameras or if you should go with high definition (HD) or IP cameras instead.

A basic analogue camera offers a low-resolution image while HD cameras can record crisp high-resolution images suitable for identifying numbers and characters. If you are going to need the recordings for legal or investigative purposes a higher resolution offers a far more enhanced picture which can be digitally zoomed into while retaining image quality. The benefit of zooming in is that this intelligence can be shared with police investigators and security companies.

 Position is everything

Knowing where to put cameras is very important as having the best cameras poorly positioned is as good as having no cameras at all. When considering this, think about the topography of your home. Ideally, covering the entire perimeter of the property with cameras will offer the security of an early warning system – if the camera has been connected to outdoor beams – and of being able to investigate security breaches without peering out a window.

As can be seen in this video above, CCTV cameras act as a good deterrent.  The robbers lift a driveway gate and enter the property, but as soon as they spot a CCTV camera they beat a hasty retreat.

 Lights, camera, action

CCTV surveillance cameras can record colour during the day but at night, unless sufficient support lighting has been set up, they switch to black and white. It’s important to provide support outdoor lighting, such as a LED lamp, for colour definition, so that a meaningful intelligence report can be written up describing, for example, the colour of vehicles and clothing of intruders. Low light cameras are available but are far more expensive, making it cost effective to use lighting.

Understand all costs

Selecting the correct type of CCTV surveillance camera is just part of the process of shopping around. You must also consider the cost of recorders and peripherals such as cables, connectors, an uninterrupted power supply and the cost of labour and commissioning of the unit. Professionals can help you by answering all the questions you might have and even pointing out questions you might not have thought of.

Ask a security professional for advice

Before selecting a CCTV surveillance camera, seek the advice of a security professional. They will be able to assess your property and show you recorded footage from different types of cameras, that will enable you to get the full picture on quality and pricing before you commit to a decision. Check out our website for a  professional and  comprehensive advice and tips to help you find about the total costs of purchasing and installing a camera at the outset, to avoid any surprises later on.

SpyPro Security sales and technical professionals are available to assist with any questions related to CCTV surveillance cameras and can be reached on 0477 SPYPRO (779 776).


Analogue Camera vs IP Camera for CCTV Security

If you are thinking about installing a new CCTV (Closed Circuit Television), then you have to decide between an Analogue and IP cameras. Understanding how the technologies work and the differences between an Analogue and IP camera will help you make the right choice. 

What is an Analogue Security Camera System

An analogue security system begins with a CCD image sensor and then converts the images into a digital form for processing. But before it can transmit the videos, it needs to convert back in an analogue form, so analogue devices such as video recorder and monitor, can receive the videos.

What is an IP Camera System

An IP security system broadcasted as a digital stream over an IP network such as a WAN, LAN, Internet or Intranet. IP cameras combine the capabilities of cameras and some PC functionalities so that they don’t require a direct connection to a PC to operate. This means that an IP camera can be placed anywhere within a network. 


What are the Major Differences in Security Cameras?

Video Quality

An IP camera excels in capturing high definition, megapixel images. The maximum amount of pixels that can be created by analogue cameras is 0.4 megapixels, and 10 megapixel by IP cameras. Just like pictures taken with digital cameras, the more pixel the better image quality. 

Installation of Security Cameras

Analogue cameras are easier to install because they require no configuration and network knowledge, while IP cameras require some networking skills for small installations and more technical skills for enterprise size installations.

Cost of Implementing an Analogue security Cameras versus an IP Camera

IP cameras are more expensive than analogue cameras. One of the main reasons is that IP cameras have higher megapixel. But it is important to note that high megapixel means that they can cover a larger area and can take the place of several analogue cameras. So in this case, IP cameras can be more cost-effective.  

Which is Better: IP Camera or Analogue Camera?

To summarise, both types of cameras work well in either commercial or residential security. The IP camera’s advantages are high definition and enterprise wireless application, while analogue camera’s advantages are more practical, easy to operate, install and cost-effective. Whether an analogue or IP is best for you it all depends on the security needs of your business.


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