In a world where big brother is watching and cameras capture our every move, the CCTV market is booming. With electrical contractors installing four million systems in the UK since the 1960’s, everything we do is now being recorded. This quantity equates to one camera for every fourteen people, making us one of the most watched nations in the world. This sudden increase in surveillance has led to a technological evolution in all things security related.
The first commercial use of CCTV was by the Metropolitan Police, to help monitor crowds in Trafalgar Square during the Thai Royal Family’s visit to London. More government installed cameras continued to be installed across the decade used for police surveillance. The London Underground is home to over 15000 cameras, with over 400 in King’s Cross station alone. The soon to be opened Elizabeth Line will have two cameras embedded behind each display screen on-board. A recent estimate suggests that there are over half a million cameras in the capital city alone, making up 12.5% of the countries closed circuit television cameras.
CCTV has come a long way from a fuzzy image on a VCR, as technology advances and camera become smaller, the possibilities are endless. From nanny cams to drain inspection the applications for cameras are becoming more mainstream and affordable. Electricians and plumbers are using telescopic tools to diagnose faults in hard to reach places such as wall cavities.
Electrical contractors have two options when it comes to installing a CCTV system; IP and AHD. IP systems are run on CAT 5 or 6 cables, they produce a higher quality image that the traditional AHD method. The biggest bonus of using data cable is the ability to transmit power, video and data over a single cable, ideal for a fresh installation. An AHD system is run in the more conventional co-ax cable, ideal for if a system is being updated as the existing cable can be reused. Both systems have the capability of remote monitoring with the addition of an internet connection.
With a variety of different systems on the market, there is a CCTV camera to fit all requirements and budgets; residential and commercial. From bullet to dome cameras can come in all shapes sizes and colours, depending on your electrical contractor. Some bullet cameras are capable of capturing a number plate from a car traveling at 70mph from 15m away, whilst other have infra-red night vision abilities. Whatever your circumstances there is a camera out there for you.
Opulous has installed many temporary camera systems into high end pop up stores. Although department stores such as Selfridges and Harrods have their own systems, it can be a requirement of the brands’ insurance to have an independent system. Our engineers work alongside the brands such as Bulgari; to ensure the CCTV is as discreet as possible, this includes bespoke painting the cameras to match the surrounding display for a pop up store.
If you’ve got a project that requires some extras eyes, get in touch with our team for a site survey.