Effective CCTV

March 2012 Surveillance

Utility sites often encompass large areas with few people working within them. Given their importance, securing these sites is a priority.

At a water utility in the UK, many cameras were installed, purportedly to the British Standard. The required camera test charts, as recommended by the Home Office, were in the logbook but it was clear they had not been used. Does the installer hold the information for each of the 30-plus cameras in his head?

The installer has been paid in full for a site full of cameras, but set to what standard? How do you monitor for the inevitable camera and image degradation if no benchmark has been established? How is the system maintained, and more to the point, what is the owner paying for in terms of CCTV effectiveness if all he has is a blanket comment “They are all installed and work OK”?

On this particular site, another installer was installing new cameras. They asked CCTV in Focus to train one of their installers on-site in the use of its configuring and auditing techniques. The gentleman had many years of experience installing CCTV systems and after setting his cameras up using the ROTAKIN method, he simply said “I do not know how I ever managed before, this is such an improvement.”

For more information contact CCTV in Focus South Africa, +27 (0)11 787 5223, [email protected], www.cctvinfocus.co.za

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