It's a whole new world filled with opportunity for those who have an interest in actual results. With several thousands  of qualified companies and tens of thousands of others installing surveillance cameras, demand is up and growing. CCTV has finally hit "prime time"  and is ready for enormous growth now that all surveillance cameras are delivering high resolution images (1080P).

In 2014, the industry introduced their latest generation of surveillance camera and DVR technology. These new technologies are known as TVI, CVI and AHD (less used). These new technologies made all systems installed before late 2014 candidates to be upgraded to 1080p. Analog was suddenly dead as the industry wisely brought  "Digital over Analog" solutions to the market. Now, by upgrading cameras and recording appliances that were previously installed, video camera wiring can be used to achieve the most major image quality improvement in the industry's 100 year history. This technology and IP systems have now become mainstream and are truly affordable. But are they really useful when needed most?

This is all good news for end users, installers and law enforcement and bad news for the bad guys, but there are still two significant problems that unsuspecting consumers and installers will eventually encounter.

Problem 1:

Clients and their security companies are not being made aware that a camera or the recording system has gone down.

A system that is not functioning will not have recorded data when needed. Alert notification systems are the solution to this problem. Mistakingly, this technology is not being utilized on the majority of systems installed today.

Problem 2:

Clients and their security companies not having recorded data when it's needed because of hard drives failure and systems being compromised. Furthermore, recorders are now collecting 10 times more data. These digital recorders have to overwrite data after just a few weeks on even the largest capacity hard drives. Additional storage systems are growing in popularity but they are very costly. Offsite cloud storage of 1080P is very expensive as video files are very large and require more bandwidth than is readily available to stream non stop.

As more end users and their security companies struggle with the disappointment brought on by the realities of owning and operating today's surveillance technology, a thoughtful approach to managing video data is needed to be considered as part of every surveillance system. Everyone from end users to their security companies need to understand the full scope of a system's usefulness...