CCTV Surveillance Systems

You’ve made a significant investment in your business and your residence. If you live in Panama City, Dothan, Tallahassee, Marianna, or Destin; Advisory Solutions is the right company to choose to install your CCTV surveillance camera system.

Understanding the subtle differences between all the types of DVR recorders, low light and night vision cameras, and what it takes to effectively stream your cameras to your mobile device is what we do everyday.

We’ve installed camera systems in medical offices, law offices, homes, restaurants, warehouses, and on construction sites. We can even rent a system for a temporary solution.

Whether you are considering a CCTV Camera System, a IP Based Camera system or just have a few questions about anything related to technology; we are here for you.

Choosing a DVR – 

The DVR is the key component in any CCTV system.  This is the device that all of the cameras connect to, and it also allows you to record images, view saved footage, stream the footage to other televisions or monitors and to allow mobile devices to view the cameras.

Selecting the right DVR for your application is crucial to a system that performs to your needs.  It’s easy to say “Buy the most expensive” or to just buy the name brand you recognize, but that may not be the smartest way to buy a DVR. Understanding just a little bit about the different features can help you hone in on the right one for your application.

Our team will help you through this process.

Here’s a couple of tips in selecting and understanding how to choose the right DVR.

1)  Stay away from the big box store bundles. Typically they’re not configured for a specific application but a more broad application set. There is seldom anything “professional grade” about these products and when you compare a off the shelf DVR to a configured one, you’ll quickly see the difference.

2) These are electronic components, protect them with UPS systems just like you would a computer. Surges can cause them problems.  We offer extended warranties and support contracts on all of the components we provide for customers.

3) Understand the features. Today’s DVRs have HDMI outputs which make it easier to connect to one or multiple TV’s or computer monitors. Some models allow you to send a general monitor to one output and a specific monitor to another. For example, if you want customers to see that they are being monitored in a check out line a monitor may show that camera to the public but not the 12 other cameras that are watching them shop in theft critical areas of your store. The resolution is also key and we design our systems so that the number of cameras and the resolution of the cameras will allow for the best resolution of recording for the correct number of days a customer wants to store the historical images.

4) Mobile Monitoring. It’s important to get a DVR that’s designed for IOS (Apple) as well as Droid devices. Most of our DVRs utilize free downloaded utilities. Some DVRs have expensive applications to view the cameras and not asking up front can end up costing you several hundreds of dollars if you have multiple people watching or monitoring camera feeds.

Selecting a Camera – 

Matching a camera to a DVR can make or break the intended use of the CCTV system. We start by walking the property and identifying the critical camera shots. Usually points of ingress and egress are covered first, high theft areas, and areas where employees or customers could hide or locate product for stealing (choke points). Basically, if I wanted to break in, steal, loaf off work, or hide something where would I start?

We then match the locations to the right cameras from the point of lens and camera type. Some scenarios call for a dome camera, some a box camera, and some a hidden camera. Lens are typically presented in millimeters. The naked eye has about a 3 mm vantage point and a 90 degree range of view. Indoor cameras often come in a variable lens of 2-12mm allowing you to go from a fisheye view to a tighter view and under the presumption that the camera is not going to be located too far away from the monitored area. Outdoor cameras are typically designed to be weather and vandal resistant.

Camera Types – 

Dome Security cameras are probably used more today than ever before. They give us the opportunity to control angle, include the variable lens as mentioned earlier and have a number of IR (infrared) eyes to capture images at night or in low light situations.

PTZ cameras are more expensive but give you the ability to control Pan (P), Tilt (T), and Zoom(Z).

Bullet cameras are typically installed on corners of buildings, directly to side walls, eves, or to a pole. They feature IR eyes like dome cameras and are more obvious to the public to let them know they are being surveilled.

Box Cameras are your traditional security cameras like you’d expect to see at a bank. They are in cases that keep the cameras hot or cold as the environment dictates and are intended to be very visible to thwart off any would be thief or intruder.

Our team will work with you to determine which combination of cameras meet your specific goals and budget.