Security recording systems are going digital and getting better everyday. Using the digital video recorder or DVR increases the flexibility and storage capacity of your home surveillance system and gives you more leverage in ensuring the safety of your family and your property.
Home Surveillance Goes Digital
Once upon a time, the idea of having a home surveillance was a remote idea. When home security recording systems became commercially available and affordable, homes were being equipped with video security systems. Business was good for surveillance makers and retailers because the bugs were going home to roost.
It was also the heyday of the VCRs, but when DVR was discovered, home surveillance was never the same again. The DVR increased the security recording systems capacity to store large files and made it easier to retrieve files. It was no longer necessary to stop the recording just because you were looking for some files for playback.
The increased functionality made life easier for parents. They can save large files or check the files later after the day’s work, and access the security system from another computer through the Internet. More significantly, they can monitor what’s going inside and outside the house.
Who Are Being Watched at Home and at Work?
Covert home surveillance systems were top choices for parents who were suspicious of their nannies. Small cameras or hidden cameras were mounted or hidden in areas where the nannies were most likely to spend more of their time – nursery, living room, and the kitchen-cum-dinette.
Teenagers were also favorite subjects for surveillance. Parents can rest easy if the kids have locked the doors, windows, and all exits, turned off the gas, and are doing their school work or taking care of the younger ones. The elderly can be monitored, too, using the home surveillance system.
In the workplace, favorite surveillance subjects are the assembly line workers, the cash register, the kitchen (for restaurants), and front entrances and backdoors.
The Dual Systems
There are two general types of security recording systems. One is the PC-based security system, and the other is the stand alone system, which resembles a DVD player. While a PC-based system provides your more flexibility and easy transition for upgrades, a stand-alone system limits the functionality of the system to the number of cameras indicated.
But the two systems allow remote accessing – you can view the video feeds via the Internet. As a parent, you would like to see everything that is going on with the kids. That means a wider surveillance coverage using the PC-based system. For a smaller surveillance area, the stand-alone system will do well.
The two security recording systems use digital technology, but the PC-based system provides more file storage and ease of access to archived files. Both are easy to install, though the stand-alone system comes with all the active components in the box-like device, while the PC-based system is activated by a single video card.
If you are setting up home security system, it is best to get the digital bugs. These security recording systems are affordable, secure, and easy to install and maintain. Going digital gives you the better deal at all times. So what is taking you so long to decide?