Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part blog series on the features and advantages of remote video surveillance technologies.
Imagine having the technology to observe activities within and around your home when you’re out for the day or on vacation. When implementing security cameras with remote viewing capabilities, this can be a reality—even when you cannot be there! Gone are the days of worrying about an unattended home, or hiring someone to keep a watchful eye on your valuables.
Security cameras with remote video monitoring can protect your property, while helping deter thieves, vandals, and trespassers. This also includes so-called porch pirates, which have become all too common with increased online shopping deliveries. According to a 2020 study conducted by consumer market insights firm C+R Research, 43 percent of Americans have experienced residential package thefts.
Remote video monitoring also boasts additional safeguards for fire and life safety, checking on children arriving home, and monitoring elderly loved ones living independently.
Complementing these benefits is 24/7 local Central Station Monitoring. Triggering real-time mobile device alerts, this immediately dispatches local law enforcement and first responders, whether you’re home or away. It can also assist law enforcement’s identification and apprehension of suspects.
Here’s a helpful breakdown of this technology’s benefits, advantages, viewing capabilities, smart features, and more.
What Is Remote Video Monitoring?
Remote video monitoring—also known as video surveillance—can view, record, and playback indoor and outdoor footage. Necessary equipment includes closed-circuit television (CCTV)- or IP-based cameras, network video recorders (NVRs), and video management software (VMS).
While both (CCTV) and IP models are suitable, the latter is more common for household settings. For wired IP-based cameras running NVRs, connecting the Alarm.com-branded Power over Ethernet (PoE) to a Wi-Fi device links compatible cameras to a local wireless network.
Why Use a Remote Monitoring System?
Remote monitoring provides several benefits for residential use:
- 24/7 Surveillance
- Check-Ins With Children & Elderly Loved ones
- Two-Way Audio & Video
- Loss Prevention & Vandalism Protection
- Easy Compatibility With Most Mobile Device Apps
- Smart Home Integration
- Possible Discounts on Homeowners’ Insurance Policies
- Immediate, Real-Time Alerts to Any Mobile Device
Top Advantages of Video Surveillance
With proactive alerts and real-time responses perhaps the biggest allure of remote video surveillance, other advantages include strategically placed security cameras throughout your property. General Security recommends installing these around high- activity areas, such as front-door and porch areas, backyards and pools, garages, kitchens, and entryways.
Learn more about specific video surveillance technology advantages:
- High-Resolution Cameras: Whether 1080p or 720p cameras, both boast the necessary images and video for clarity.
- Multiple Viewing Points & Field Views: Observe various angles from several locations with professionally installed, strategically positioned cameras.
- Cloud-Hosted Data Storage: Ensure tamper-free and safe storage for further data review and archiving.
- Alarm.com Stream Video Recorder (SVR): Experience continuous, uninterrupted recording without draining device batteries and memory, or lagging speed.
Accompanying Smart Features
Remote video monitoring and surveillance offers next-level technology when combined with various smart features such as motion detection, video analytics, and others.
Using analysis differentiation, motion detection matches images within previously programmed camera settings through scenes. Activating only upon detection, it eliminates unnecessary video, and large memory and storage consumption.
Reducing false notifications and alerts is the hallmark of video analytics. It also differentiates between animals, humans, or vehicles entering the property. Pre-programmed virtual tripwires and geofencing rules can be customized for specific settings. Alarm.com Perimeter Guard provides smart alerts when used with compatible security cameras through loud sounds and blaring, red LED lights—all activating upon intrusion or breaches.
Two-Way Audio & Video Communication
The high-resolution Alarm.com ADC-VDB770 Video Doorbell boasts wide field views for safe, contactless communication from front doorways and porches. Remotely identify and view visitors even during nighttime hours via motion detection and video analytics combined with intelligent lighting.
General Security also offers Wellcam for easy check-ins on elderly loved ones, even when you cannot be there. Placed anywhere throughout the home, its two-way audio and video technology also boasts one-touch callout and daily footage logs.
Your Eyes & Ears When You Cannot
Extra security and safety precautions when you’re not home are invaluable to protect your loved ones and property. Working with a reputable service provider such as General Security can help ensure 24/7 coverage, no matter where you are.