How do surveillance systems differ?

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All surveillance systems mimic one another by coming with cameras, light sources, connecting wires, and monitors so that happenings within a targeted area can be readily captured in an accurate manner and actions can be taken at once when emergencies or incidences occur. However, each surveillance system differ itself in minute yet significant ways, so as to better cater to each of the targeted area.


Surveillance systems in Casinos faced challenges such as the existence of many machines, tables, and continuous streams of people entering and exiting the premises at a high flowing rate. As a result, surveillance systems installed here need to react quickly in identifying of suspicious individuals and foul acts.


At the same time, surveillance systems in Casino needs to be strong so as to withstand possible cyber-attacks but comply with the casino’s rules and regulations (for example, three person rule, as in keys or passwords to these surveillance rooms or systems can only be shared within three people). This is why many casino managements choose to forgo the old analog systems and use the new IP system so that all cameras are interlinked and instead of viewing separate monitors at the same time, all footages can be viewed and stored safely at once.


Casino is also demanding when it comes to training of CCTV operator, on average the management is only willing to spend 15 minutes to train and make sure the operators are ready on task without fail. Of course, the actual learning takes place along with the job, but this also means that surveillance systems need to be really handy. Surveillance systems in Casino also differ in a way that they usually tied in with automatic notifications so that those who are on standby will know when certain doors get open and close and review of footages make easy as personnel can request to review footages recorded at certain when the door opens or closes.


On the other hand, perhaps domestic surveillance systems are more innocent, as it neglects biometric identification or ID card swipe doors etc. Nevertheless, domestic surveillance systems are usually connected with fire alarm because this is the most common and prevalent disaster within an enclosed space. These fire alarms consisted of smoke and heat detectors that are connected directly to the heart of the surveillance. When presence of smoke or sudden mounting up of internal temperature is experienced, the alarm will sound, alerting the surveillance system, and subsequently the nearest fire station or police department.


An interesting different between indoor and outdoor surveillance system will be the use of environmental monitoring equipment. Such feature is also commonly found in surveillance systems installed in extreme or difficult conditions that take over human’s job. The main purpose of the feature is to safeguard the system and make sure it is still functioning when non-human related emergencies such as power failure, water leakage, heightening of gas or smoke, and if weather or humidity change abnormally etc. These environmental monitoring equipment come with sensors that are either independent of the CCTV systems or coexisting with it.


Do not be surprised at how surveillance systems differ across various targeted areas. While it is always a recommended act to consult surveillance experts before installation, it is also noteworthy to share details on the targeted areas with them, so that the best systems can be invested.