Residential CCTV is growing by leaps and bounds. While the economy is making many people uncertain in their business life, there is a growing trend towards providing greater security and diligence over one’s domain(s).
While security cameras used to be optional for businesses, they’ve become standard to protect assets and verify alarms. Insurance companies now demand cameras have backup recording software with a minimum of a week capability to historically review events.
Meanwhile, residential camera systems are growing in frequency. In the past, commercial CCTV made up about 97 percent of camera sales, but the advent of iPads and other devices that allow homeowners to more easily view their camera images is sure to sway that percentage lower.
10 Key Residential Applications To Consider
Front Door Cameras: Placing a camera at the front door enables visual identification before opening the door. This prevents the most common fear of people who are home alone – the home invasion robbery. Also, most burglars will knock on the front door to see if someone is home before entering an open window or door.
A quality camera system that enables positive identification at the door is a likely addition to any home security sale. From a homeowner’s viewpoint, while a security camera may not be a necessary part of a home theater installation, it’s most convenient to install a camera solution at that time rather than disrupt the client later.
Pool/Spa Cameras: Safety-conscious families want to keep an eye on their children when they’re near water. With a pool/spa camera system, clients can have peace of mind while watching their children from a TV or monitor anywhere in the home. A pool/spa camera with a built-in microphone allows homeowners to listen to the activity outside. Many IP cameras have 2-way communication with independent listen and talk features or can simply be placed into the audio input of a TV.
A terrific “wow” feature is to build an underwater camera into a pool light so parents see their children swimming underwater. Pool alarms on the exterior doors are required in many states, so an added camera feature could be a motion-activated sensor built into the camera software to trigger a flashing light or alarm.
Driveway Cameras: Similar to the pool camera, driveway cameras let homeowners monitor vehicles from indoors. Cameras with built-in analytics are well-suited for this application because they can create a motion-activated alert that notifies the homeowner when anyone comes down the driveway. Camera options are dictated by what the homeowner is trying to see. For example, does he need to see the license plate entering the driveway, the face of the person, or just the motion and identification of the vehicle entering?
Perimeter Cameras: Typically relegated to estates and higher crime areas, these cameras use and application depends on where the need is for complete security on a property.
A typical coverage scenario is one camera at each corner of the home, enabling oversight of general activity. In most cases customers will want a closer view, dictating the need for a PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) controlled camera. For example, in a four-corner scenario, a PTZ in the front and back of the property will maximize surveillance protection, providing total comfort that the home is safe and secure.
Baby Cameras: These cameras are also known as Nanny-cams and are recognized around the world as a necessary resource for parents while raising a child. A camera in a baby’s room allows parents to monitor a caretaker, ensuring proper attention and care is being given to their little one. Nanny-cams are also great as children grow; enabling observation of homework, play time and other typical child-rearing situations.
Sensitive-Area Cameras: Cameras are often placed at the entrance to a study, home office or room where valuables are stored. A DVR record can be created of people who enter such areas. Dealers can consider installing local alarm bells, flashing lights, monitor pop-ups or e-mail alert notifications when the security zone is breached.
Vacation/Rental Home Cameras: Many different useful security features can be easily applied with vacation/holiday camera systems. The most basic is simply the ease and safety of viewing the private getaway with a “click” from anywhere with an internet connection. Whether at home, on the road or at the office, these cameras enable the homeowner to be certain all is well.
Cameras can also be useful in rental situations. Sometimes renters stay for additional time, have unwanted guests or party too hard. The appropriate installation technique for this scenario is to only recommend exterior cameras. Keeping cameras outdoors will ensure the security feature is unobtrusive to guests and privacy issues are kept at bay. Systems can easily be set up so that the property owner gets an e-mail notification every time the residence is entered.
Alarm Verification: Some communities or cities, such as Los Angeles, require “alarm verification” prior to dispatching law enforcement. That verification can come either in the form of a person witnessing the crime in progress or camera images. The goal, of course, is to reduce wasted police time responding to false alarms. For homeowners, a camera can eliminate costly false alarm charges from the municipality.
Elderly Parents/Handicapped Person Camera: Placing cameras in strategic locations allows seniors to live in their private homes while being cared and looked after from afar.
Doggy/Pet Camera: For many people their pet is an important member of the family. Placing a camera looking at a pet’s outdoor enclosure can help monitor its safety while an owner is away. Using cameras indoors can aid owners in ensuring their pet doesn’t destroy furniture or other valuables.