Closed-circuit television (CCTV), also known as video surveillance, is the use of video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific place, on a limited set of monitors. It differs from broadcast television in that the signal is not openly transmitted, though it may employ point to point (P2P), point to multipoint (P2MP), or mesh wired or wireless links. Though almost all video cameras fit this definition, the term is most often applied to those used for surveillance in areas that may need monitoring such as bars, banks, casinos, schools, hotels, airports, hospitals, restaurants, military installations, convenience stores and other areas where security is needed. Though Videotelephony is seldom called “CCTV” one exception is the use of video in distance education, where it is an important tool.

Surveillance of the public using CCTV is common in many areas around the world. In recent years, the use of body worn video cameras has been introduced as a new form of surveillance, often used in law enforcement, with cameras located on a police officer’s chest or head. Video surveillance has generated significant debate about balancing its use with individuals’ right to privacy even when in public.

In industrial plants, CCTV equipment may be used to observe parts of a process from a central control room, for example when the environment is not suitable for humans. CCTV systems may operate continuously or only as required to monitor a particular event. A more advanced form of CCTV, utilizing digital video recorders (DVRs) OR network video recorders (NVRs), which can provide recording for possibly many years, with a variety of quality and performance options and extra features (such as motion detection and email alerts). More recently, decentralized IP cameras, some equipped with megapixel sensors, support recording directly to network-attached storage devices, or internal flash for completely stand-alone operation.

There are about 350 million surveillance cameras worldwide as of 2016. About 65% of these cameras are installed in Asia. The growth of CCTV has been slowing in recent years yet crime has been increasing in South Africa.

The biggest advantage of a good CCTV system is that the perpitrator of a crime can be identified and apprehended by using the recorded footage by the authorities.

Choosing a CCTV System

So how do you choose between all the different offerings on the market, what is best for you?
Choose wisely and if your budget is limited start small with a good quality use a knowledgeable installation team.
Cheap system work, the only difference is the quality of the image recording, remember the old TV’s versus the new HD TV’s? Well with CCTV it is the same, you do get what you pay for. What is the point of having a system if you can’t recognize the person on the recording? Not to mention the bright light / darkness recording and weather proofness. You need cameras that can deal with the glare as the sun’s position changes as well as no light recording, not to mention the rain and driving wind.See our comparison links.
Start small and build up!
We are able to offer you a range of camera and recorder options made by reliable manufacturers including brands such as Hikivision and Provision.We offer CCTV system with a warranty of up to three years and offer either a self-install option, or a professional installation service. We also offer you a free site inspection along with advice on how and where to place your cameras.
There are three types of CCTV surveillance cameras on the market from the most affordable entry level analogue cameras to High Definition (HD) and Internet Protocol (IP) cameras at the top end of the market and we offer all of the above, even a mix of all three.
What do you need to see? Must it see cars? Must is see Car Number plates? Act as a deterrent? Must it show the face of someone ringing your bell? We will discuss these options with you and propose the correct mix of items to fit your budget. We will even show you sample recordings so you know what you are getting.
Contact us now for your free consultation.