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What Does CCTV Stand For? And How Does it Work?

Most of us have heard of CCTV and have a general idea of what it’s used for. But you might be surprised by how little about CCTV you actually know.

CCTV stands for closed-circuit television and is used in video surveillance. Cameras are used monitor a certain area and can either be monitored live or the footage can be recalled at a later date. These days CCTV is used everywhere from public spaces, schools, private residences, construction sites and more and is integral to maintaining safety in those areas.

How Does CCTV Work?

CCTV works by using one or multiple cameras to transmit footage through a recorder. This footage is either feed through a live feed and displayed on a nearby monitor or recorded for later viewing. More modern devices can be connected wirelessly while traditionally the cameras are wired to a Direct Video Recorder (DVR) which is then connected to a storage device.

More advanced systems will use software to trigger alerts when motion is sensed. This makes it easier for 24/7 recordings to be monitored as otherwise there would be hours upon hours of data to sift through. Additionally, some systems allow for its users to be instantly alerted if movement is detected in the feed. Multiple cameras enable a space to be viewed from all angles, and can be extremely helpful in the case of a serious incident or break in.

When Is CCTV Used?

As CCTV technology has developed rapidly in recent years, its applications have grown from simple video monitoring. These days software has been developed that allows for highly advanced surveillance. Facial recognition software has been utilised by crime prevention agencies to detect persons of interest when they appear in the feed. Disaster relief missions also benefit greatly from this technology as CCTV can be used to monitor inaccessible locations in times of emergency.

Furthermore, CCTV has been used to record data to help local councils make informed decisions about infrastructure, such as road construction and public transport safety. Private businesses might utilise the same techniques to record foot traffic in their businesses and to understand the shopping habits of their customers. The possibilities are truly endless.

Should You Invest In CCTV For Your Construction Site?

There are different kinds of CCTV systems available, and each has its benefits and drawbacks. When considering if you should invest in CCTV for your construction site, it’s always important to do extensive research and decide whether a certain system is right for you.

Lots of elements should be considered when making a decision on CCTV, including:

  • The size of your lot
  • How many cameras you will need
  • How much footage you’re hoping to store
  • Whether you are dealing with premises that require particularly strict security. If you are working with expensive equipment you may want to be able to monitor who is accessing it and have recordings available in the unfortunate case of a theft.

Ahoy Hire can provide temporary CCTV cameras for your site that are high quality and highly reliable. Our cameras feature high resolution feeds, 2-way audio and dependable recording storage equipment so that you can rest easy knowing your site is protected.

Contact Ahoy Hire and get an obligation-free quote on temporary CCTV cameras for your site today.

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