If you have a digital CCTV surveillance camera, then you will be able to make use of its digital nature through many 'bells and whistles' that enable you to achieve more with it. Digital cameras have a file format and an interface that can work a number of other systems meaning that you can maximise the potential of your cameras and set them up to be perfect for your premises.
Of course not every possible additional feature of your CCTV is going to be useful for your situation, and while they all add useful benefits to your cameras some just won't be relevant. Thus if you want to get the most effective CCTV surveillance set up at the lowest price, you need to pick and choose your extras wisely so that it is tailored to your building and needs. Here we will look at some of those additional features you can get for your CCTV surveillance so that you can make a decision on which ones to opt for.
IP CCTV: IP CCTV means 'Internet Protocol' and this means that your cameras are connected wirelessly to a central unit rather than being connected by leads and cables. The first obvious advantage of this is that it means that you can place your CCTV anywhere you want to without having to worry about the aesthetics of wires, or whether or not they will reach to the points where you want them. The more freely you can place your cameras, the more effective you can make them and the more of your building you can cover. At the same time this makes them much harder to sabotage for trespassers. At the same time though it also means that you can access the cameras and the footage remotely and thereby check the situation in your premises without going there. Sometimes it takes a human eye to tell if there's a problem or not and this will greatly increase the effectiveness of your security.
VoIP: VoIP gives you CCTV surveillance the ability to make calls in essence. This then means that should it register something that appears to be a problem, it can then 'call' you to alert you to the situation. From here you can then choose to travel to the scene or you could use your wireless access to check the situation remotely. In some cases the VoIP will even be two way and this then means that you can speak 'through' the CCTV in order to make sure everything is alright by speaking to people there, or to scare away trespassers.
Video Analysis: Video analysis allows computers to analyse footage being recorded in real time in order to advise its behaviour. For instance then using video analysis a computer might recognise that there is a person on the screen and then sound an alarm. Alternatively however it might recognise that the movement is just wind and then not raise the alarms. This then means you aren't falsely alerted and that saves a lot of time and a lot of problems.