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C.C.T.V History of Security Cameras | Past to Present

Oct 29, 2023

What is CCTV and CCTV Systems

In today's world, where security is very important, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras have become an integral part of our lives. Whether it's monitoring our homes, businesses, or public spaces, CCTV security systems provide us with peace of mind. CCTV provides valuable evidence if ever needed for an incident at the business or home. Over the last 15 years. CCTV Security Pros has provide it's customers with a variety of CCTV cameras including analog CCTV camerasHD CCTV cameras, and IP cameras.  In this article, we will delve into the  world of CCTV, exploring its history, modern examples, pricing, and ease of installation.

When did CCTV cameras begin

  • The inception of CCTV cameras can be traced back to the late 1940s, during World War II.
  • Initially utilized for military purposes, these early CCTV systems were large and required extensive cabling.
  • It was not until the 1960s that CCTV cameras were introduced for civilian use, primarily in banks and casinos.
  • Over time, advancements in technology have led to smaller, more efficient CCTV systems, including POE IP camera systems, making them accessible to a wider audience. As technology gets better, prices will continue to get more affordable.  Now it is hard to find a business without the need for security cameras.  

Common Types of CCTV cameras

Dome Cameras

  • These cameras are characterized by their dome-shaped design, blending effortlessly into various environments.
  • Dome cameras offer a discreet surveillance solution and are used both indoor and outdoor
  • With their wide-angle lenses, dome cameras can monitor large areas very effectively.

Bullet Cameras

  • Bullet cameras are cylindrical in shape and are prominently seen in outdoor settings such as parking lots or building exteriors.
  • These cameras are known for their durability, weatherproof design, and long-range capabilities.
  • Equipped with infrared technology, bullet cameras enable enhanced visibility even in low-light conditions.

PTZ Cameras

  • PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) cameras are packed with advanced features, allowing for remote control over their movements.
  • These cameras can tilt, pan, and zoom, providing unparalleled flexibility and coverage.
  • PTZ cameras are extensively used in large surveillance projects, where precise monitoring is crucial.

What is the price range of CCTV systems

  • The cost of CCTV systems can vary significantly based on various factors, such as the number of cameras, system features, and brand.
  • Basic wired CCTV systems with a few CCTV cameras can range from around $500 to $1200.
  • For more advanced and comprehensive systems with higher resolution cameras, night vision capabilities, and remote access, the price can go up to $2000 or more.

Easy to Install Yourself

Installing a CCTV camera system on your own has become increasingly accessible due to simplified setup processes and user-friendly instructions provided by manufacturers. You can do it yourself and save thousands.  The only time consuming part is running the cables. Here are some important points to consider when installing CCTV cameras.:

  • Choose a suitable location for your cameras, ensuring optimal coverage and avoiding obstacles.
  • Connect the cameras to a compatible digital video recorder (DVR) or network video recorder (NVR) for storage and access to footage.
  • Run the necessary cables and wires, ensuring proper concealment and protection.
  • Configure the system settings and connect the cameras to your chosen viewing device (e.g., monitor, smartphone, or computer).
  • Test the system thoroughly to ensure all cameras are working correctly and capturing desired footage.

Self-installation is very possible, We offer technical support and advice and invite you to contact us at (888) 653-2288.  

With its rich history, diverse range of camera types, varying price ranges, and increased ease of installation, CCTV security has become an indispensable tool for safeguarding our homes, businesses, and public spaces. Embracing the advancements in technology, CCTV systems and kits empower us to proactively protect what matters most.

CCTV Security Pros is proud to have sold over 70,000 surveillance systems since 2008.  We work with business, government, and homeowners alike. We recommend IP camera systems for new installations including our SureVision "Green Line" IP Systems. We look forward to seeing what the future of CCTV and our company has in store.  For more information on our products and a free CCTV system quote for your business or home connect with us today.