If you're looking for a high quality CCTV (closed circuit television) system for your home or shop, but don't know where to start, Watson Computers might be able to help you out.
We had a chat with them about the cameras they provide and what's involved in getting one or more installed.
The model they recommended to us was called a UniFi
The recording quality was pretty amazing, a lot higher than most of the CCTV footage we usually see. Here's a video sample of the 720p camera model working.
And it works amazing at night time too.
The cameras used in these videos are $230 each to purchase.
There's also a 1080p model available (even better resolution) and they're $810 each. If you can afford them they're great, but you probably don't need them everywhere. Some store owners will just point one of them at the entrance to the store to ID people, and use the cheaper cameras to keep an eye on key areas of the premises.
There's no extra cost for the software needed to run these cameras.
They are available in stock.
The reason the cameras work so well at night is they have infrared collars around them. You can also purchase Infrared Lamps which flood the area with even more infrared light, invisible to the human eye but it lights up the camera like daylight.
What will it cost to install?
Watson Computers will give you a free quote to install a system. Each case is going to be different.
What else will you need?
The footage needs something to record on to. They can record to your existing computer, or a dedicated hard drive or small computer.
It will also need power. You can set it up so it draws power from the network cable, and Watson Computers can help you with that.
You may want to provide back up power, or Western Power ask that if you lock your meter box it be with an approved Western Power masterkey lock – available from licensed locksmiths and security suppliers. Western Power meter readers will have a master key, and it stops would be thieves turning off your power.
There's lots of systems online one can purchase, but if you want some expertise in recommending the right cameras and equipment for the job, and peace of mind knowing you have somewhere you can go if there's any dramas, using a local retailer like Watson Computers is a good idea.