25 October 2010 Comments Off on Infrared Security Cameras Can Give You An Edge

Infrared Security Cameras Can Give You An Edge

Owning and operating a business of any kind is costly. If you are a business owner, you know that everything has a price and you have no doubt found ways to reduce every unnecessary cost. There are plenty of ways to save money, and there is no such thing as a small saving. You might reduce the number of documents to be printed to save on paper, and you certainly buy in bulk as often as possible to benefit from distributor rebates. One thing most companies and business owners agree on is that cutting down on electricity usage is a big money saver. This is why most businesses, offices and stores shut off the lights when they close for the day.

Don’t Stay in the Dark

Saving on energy consumption is one thing, but protecting your business with an adequate security system is quite another. How do you ensure your office, store or business is safe when leaving it in total darkness? Thieves, prowlers or employees trying to sneak into your building at night will take advantage of the lack of light to walk in without being seen. Most security camera systems can only function properly given a source of light on the area to be captured. Images from these cameras, if captured in darkness or with inadequate lightning, are useless. They either only show a black screen or such a grainy or dark picture that most details of the footage are lost, leaving you with a break in but no evidence or lead to start an investigation.

You could consider installing motion sensor operated lights, but how large of an area would they cover? How much money would they really save you, considering most of these lights’ sensors are so sensitive they can be activated by animals, passing cars or pedestrians who aren’t even on your property? Surely there is a better and more cost-effective way of protecting your business at night.

Night Vision, Invisible Light and All Around Protection, Oh My!

What is cost-effective, offers extensive coverage even in pitch-dark conditions and can protect your precious building 24/7? The answer is infrared security cameras. Unlike regular daytime surveillance cameras, infrared cameras use a special technology allowing for footage to be captured in total darkness. These infrared security camera systems use a special invisible light that allows the camera to capture footage regardless of how dark the capture area is. What is more, you do not need to install infrared cameras in addition to day time security camera systems. Infrared surveillance cameras work in both darkness and daylight, helping you save on costly equipment and installation and allowing you to rely on one stand-alone system for all your security needs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

This special infrared technology is known as night vision. Unlike thermal imaging, or thermal vision, night vision uses light invisible to the human eye to capture every detail in the field of vision regardless of its temperature or movement. Thermal vision allows for the capture of warm or cold objects and does not offer adequate coverage of everything that might cross the path of your infrared camera system. Night vision ensures uninterrupted coverage of the area and renders an accurate and complete account of anyone and everything that crosses the camera’s path. Unlike thermal vision, which only allows the viewer to see the image in terms of warmth-coded colors, night vision provides for an accurate, detailed image, allowing you to see facial features, clothing, license plates or any other identifying detail that might be important and relevant to an investigation, should one be necessary.

Infrared cameras have also proven to be better than regular security cameras when it comes to capturing clear and detailed footage in clouded or darkened conditions caused by snowstorms, heavy rain or cloudy days. The one-of-a-kind, extremely sensible technology that enables infrared cameras to capture movement in total darkness make them superior to regular cameras in most any situation. A night vision infrared surveillance camera system may therefore be an invaluable asset to your company or business even if you do leave emergency or safety lights on at night.

Night vision security camera systems do much more than protect your company or business from night prowlers and burglars. They allow for a safe environment for anyone in the building during night hours. Many companies operate around the clock. Even if you operate a 9-5 business, your building may be host to a night cleaning crew or security guards. Being able to keep an eye on what is going on outside as well as inside of your building while the surroundings are dark allow your night duty staff to safely make their way around knowing everything is in order and they are safe. It also means any security guard on night duty can investigate suspect situations armed with relevant information they were able to see on the camera’s live footage.

Any security or surveillance camera system is better than none for your business, your safety and your peace of mind. If you are considering upgrading your current system or thinking about installing a new one, we strongly encourage that you consider a night vision security camera system for its many advantages, and this regardless of your location or specific situation. No one can control the weather, power outages or, for that matter, the sun setting at the end of the day. Call Rugged CCTV today for a free consultation and estimate on the latest night vision technology security camera systems have to offer. Our skilled, qualified and experienced technicians will be happy to discuss your needs and offer advice and detailed information on the system that will work best for you and your business.

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