Electronic Security FAQ's

CCTV

WHAT IS IP CCTV?

IP CCTV, also known as HD digital CCTV, uses high resolution cameras, networked using computer technology.

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WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER IP?

IP CCTV is the latest technology and offers a feature-rich and comprehensive set of tools. These ‘tools’ are a range of image and data software processing techniques that offer superior viewing, identification and analysis. Centralised computerised systems and servers or Network Video Recorders (NVR’s) provide outstanding performance and support COI/DPA compliance and corporate governance.

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HOW MUCH DOES A CCTV SYSTEM COST?

There is the capability to meet a wide range of budgets. For example, CCTV cameras range in price from about £100 to around £6,000. The governing principle is to understand what you want to achieve with the system and then obtain quotes for one that brings together the right components that make it fit for the purpose you intend.

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WHAT ARE THE COMPLIANCE IMPLICATIONS OF CCTV SYSTEMS AND DATA?

As a result of its ability to identify individuals, CCTV images and operations are governed by DPA compliance. Those occupying specified roles in managing systems and data such as data controllers are legally responsible for ensuring privacy and preventing operational misuse.

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INTRUDER ALARMS

WHAT DIFFERENT TYPES OF INTRUDER ALARM ARE AVAILABLE?

There are two main categories of intruder alarm: wired and wireless. Wired alarms are integrated into the wiring of a property either during its build, or when it is renovated. Wireless alarms on the other hand work via sensors that are connected to a control panel through radio signals. Wireless alarms are ideal for retrospective fits and where you don’t want to go to the trouble of channelling cabling into walls.

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WILL MY CONTENTS INSURANCE PREMIUM DROP IF I HAVE AN ALARM INSTALLED?

In some cases, you will be offered a discount for having an alarm, but there will usually be conditions imposed.

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HOW DO I PREVENT THE ALARM GOING OFF WHEN IT SHOULDN’T?

False alarms are a common concern, but there are a number of steps you can take to avoid them.

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ACCESS CONTROL

WHAT IS ACCESS CONTROL?

Access control systems regulate entry into or within an establishment, through controlling doors, barriers, turnstiles or gates via the use of a keypad, key-fob, token, swipe-card or even a bio-metric reader.

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HOW ARE THE ENTRANCES CONTROLLED?

A keypad, proximity reader, swipe-card reader or bio-metric reader is connected to a door controller which, if a PC based system is in operation, is then connected via data cable to a PC.

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HOW IS AN ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEM DIFFERENT THAN PHYSICAL KEYS TO A DOOR?

You can monitor who goes in that door with their card/key fob presented when entering the door.

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HOW CAN I ENCOURAGE MY STAFF TO USE THE SYSTEM RESPONSIBLY?

Staff are often reluctant to embrace Access Control, so it is important consult and explain to staff the reasons and implications prior to installation.

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