Keep a hawk eye on your home
Keeping intruders at bay or monitoring your children, CCTV is the perfect answer BUYING A CCTV CAMERA IS NO LONGER AN EXPENSIVE PROPOSITION LIKE A FEW YEARS AGO; YOU CAN BUY IT OFF THE SHELF, OR EVEN ONLINE TO KEEP AN EYE on your home 24X7, throughout the year, may be your wish, but it may not be practically possible. Even if you hire guards, who knows what they are up to when you are away on holiday? Or take the case of your office. Is your staff pilfering stationary? Or misusing office facilities? Or just being plain lazy — in office hours? ILLUSTRATION: ABHIMANYU SINHA
In these high tech times, it is not so difficult to find a solution: closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras. Till even a few months ago, this was an expensive proposition. No longer. Purchase is easy, you can buy them off the shelf or even online. Global companies such as Alba, Axis and Bosch offer good professional options, and now there are domestic brands such as Zicom and Godrej as well. But where do you install them? How do you go about the process? Here are some easy tips: LOCATION
You may want to cover every possible square inch of your home, but remember, not every location really NEEDS a camera. And there are private spaces you should avoid! A camera door phone for your front door, and one or two indoors for, say, your child’s play area are sufficient. For the first, Alba Urmet is an example. For the latter, a network camera from IT companies such as DLink, Foscam or Axis may be your solution. Speak to an expert to install this camera. FIXED OR MOVING
Once you have zeroed in on the areas, the next big question is, what type of camera do you want? Broadly there are two types of cameras: fixed, and pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ). There are sub-categories as well. Fixed cameras can only face one direction – the one in which it is set up. If you want to change direction, it means having a go at it with some tools. If you...
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