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

CCTV relies on strategic placement of cameras, and observation of the camera’s input on monitors somewhere. 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.

Older CCTV systems used small, low-resolution black and white monitors with no interactive capabilities. Modern CCTV displays can be color, high-resolution displays and can include the ability to zoom in on an image or track something (or someone) among their features.

CCTV is commonly used for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Maintaining perimeter security in medium- to high-secure areas and installations.
  • Observing behaviour of incarcerated inmates and potentially dangerous patients in medical facilities.
  • Traffic monitoring.
  • Overseeing locations that would be hazardous to a human, for example, highly radioactive or toxic industrial environments.
  • Building and grounds security.
  • Obtaining a visual record of activities in situations where it is necessary to maintain proper security or access controls (for example, in a diamond cutting or sorting operation; in banks, casinos, or airports).

CCTV is finding increasing use in law-enforcement, for everything from traffic observation (and automated ticketing) to observation of high-crime areas or domestic communities.

When considering a CCTV system, selecting the right cameras, recorder, cables, price that fits the budget and understanding terminology is more important than ever before.

You should be aware there are many types of HD CCTV Camera Systems available on the market; these range from 720P CCTV kits for basic monitoring, best value camera systems for some form of monitoring and to Full HD CCTV systems that lead to identification and prosecution hence we offer Full HD 1080P & 5MP HD Camera and Recorders.

Our High Definition CCTV camera Systems are available in HD-TVI, HD-CVI or you can look at our HD IP CCTV Systems, which can offer 4-5 times better resolution than 1080P HD. Our CCTV Camera kits are available with 2 to 16 cameras. If you are unsure what you need, speak to our highly skilled staff or take a look at our buying guides.

We have a huge range of CCTV camera systems available and, if you are looking for a bespoke home security system, please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your requirements.

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