Digital video recording security systems are quickly becoming the standard for home and business surveillance thanks to a recent renaissance in the required technology. Nowadays you can fit a terabyte of data on a thumb drive and digital compatibility abounds from everything from your television to your smartphone. Finally you can reap the benefits of the dawn of the digital age and get your home or business effortlessly wired with high quality digital imaging systems to really up security and protect your investments.
The real story here, however, is the compatibility modern surveillance has with your smartphone. You can now monitor your video feeds in real time from your phone from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Here we’ll look at some of the wonderful details of digital video surveillance and get you the scoop on how things have changed since the dark days of analogue.
What the Big Difference?
When it comes to video surveillance there is a pretty huge difference between digital and analogue. The basic idea behind digital is the ability to record onto a hard drive rather than tapes like analogue. This means that you can have multiple feeds saved onto a single hard drive that can be accessed, erased, remastered, saved, and transferred anywhere you want all by means of a computer or smartphone. This means no more giant stockpiles of VHS tapes and a lot more control over how you manage the incoming data. Aside from this you also have a lot more control over the quality of video you are recording and you can automate additional aspects of surveillance.
One interesting and fairly recent development for digital video surveillance systems is the ability to remotely monitor your feeds from anywhere in the world by using your smartphone or a computer. This is a pretty awesome development and something that really puts digital ahead of analogue in terms of utility. Imagine being able to periodically check on your home or business while you’re on vacation in Tahiti. There’s a lot of potential for remote monitoring and it can even be instructed to send alerts based on motion sensors. There’s a lot of potential here and clever ways to really get the most out of it. The only real downside of DVR systems is that they can still be fairly expensive.
Admittedly they have already come a long ways and dropped drastically in price since they were first released but still they have a fairly hefty price tag. If you’re on the fence keep an eye on them and almost surely they will continue to develop and may even become cheaper in the coming years.