What is a CCTV and How is it Used?

by Sep 18, 2020

What is a CCTV?

A CCTV, or closed-circuit television, is a system that links a surveillance camera to a video monitor. This allows users to keep a watchful eye on their business. Video Surveillance Systems is another term to describe CCTV systems.

The humble CCTV system has evolved tremendously through the decades of it use. The initial CCTV system was only capable of observing live footage. Eventually the system developed the feature to record and view footage at a later time and date.

Today, video surveillance systems have gone even further. With modern, cloud-based solutions, like the Eagle Eye Cloud VMS, you can now gain remote access to your video from anywhere, at any time.

Common Uses for CCTV

CCTV has a wide range of uses. Whether it’s dealing with feuds between employees or keeping a watchful eye on customers and staff, CCTV helps you uncover the truth of any incident.

Crime Prevention

Theft and vandalism are common concerns for businesses. Strategically installing cameras in easy to spot locations can serve as a criminal deterrent, protecting against these incidents. Supply rooms, sales floors, entrances, and exits are also common locations for camera placement. Your cameras record surveillance as well as deter criminal occurrences. The Singapore Police Force and Land Transport Authority has placed CCTV’s at bike racks near MRT stations. As a result, bicycle thefts there have decreased tremendously. 

Business Optimization

CCTVs are now a form of business optimization tools. With insight from your CCTV system, you can easily spot areas for operational improvement.

  • Restaurants can use CCTV in food prep areas to ensure food safety and quality.
  • Stores might keep cameras in storage rooms to monitor inventory levels and management.
  • Cameras at the entry and exit give you insight into your peak business hours so you can plan your staffing accordingly.
  • We’ve installed CCTV’s in factory floors. As a result, these factories have reported increases in productivity.

Employee Monitoring

Increased productivity is another advantage of CCTV. Employees are more likely to be on their best behavior and work to their fullest capability when they know their workplace is safe and secure.

Many businesses will place their cameras near registers, which not only deters burglaries, it also discourages employees from mishandling cash. We’ve installed CCTVs above cash registers for clients. As a result, they’ve had less reports of loss of revenue.

Evolution to VSaaS, Modernized CCTV

VSaaS is a video surveillance solution, or CCTV,  that involves storing video in the cloud. The alternative to VSaaS is traditional on-premise storage where you use a recordable medium such as a hard disk, DVR, or NVR to store the captured video footage.

The service typically includes video recording, storage, remote viewing, management alerts, cybersecurity and more. Around 93 percent of businesses in the US have now adopted cloud solutions. As a result, those businesses have seen tremendous returns on investment. Cloud technology advances and greater bandwidth availability are making VSaaS – also called cloud video surveillance – increasingly attractive.

The key differentiators driving the shift to VSaaS are

  • Broad camera support
  • Easier setup
  • Flexible payment structure with low ‘pay as you go’ cost
  • Storage/retention flexibility
  • Cybersecure remote accessibility
  • Scalability

Eagle Eye Networks

The Eagle Eye Cloud VMS was built to revolutionize video security with an infinitely scalable and comprehensive solution that streamlines everything from user management to remote monitoring to flexible cloud and on-site storage options. No matter the size of your organization the Eagle Eye Cloud VMS can work with your existing CCTV system to ensure that you always have visibility into the premises.

Contact us to find out more about VSaaS and Eagle Eye Networks.