4 Big Improvements In 15 Years Of Surveillance Camera Tech

July 15th, 2019

High-tech fields like phones, computers, and software design are always advancing quickly.  15 years ago were exceptions rather than the rule, computers were much slower, and VR technology was still a mistake of the past rather than a wave of the future.  Camera technology has been a part of this improvement, and that includes the surveillance cameras uses by businesses and homeowners of every variety.  If you think security cameras are still bulky and wired to a set of CRT screens with blurry images, then you haven’t heard how their technology has changed.

  1. Better Image Quality

The HD revolution has affected more than just television.  HD cameras are much easier to find these days, and most smartphones offer some incredible picture quality.  You can also get security cameras with HD, ultra-HD, and 4k resolutions, which means you can zoom in on an image and still get enough quality to identify people and watch what their hands are doing.  This means you can place one high-definition camera in one corner of your store or office and be able to see what people are doing at the other end of the room.

  1. IP Connections

Old camera models used to need two wire connections:  one to send images to the central recording device and one to power the camera.  However, a modern camera can use a local wireless connection to send its footage directly to the recording device.  This IP (internet protocol) connection can also be encrypted so that a hacker won’t be able to hijack the signal and either see the footage or interrupt it with their own fake broadcast.  The lack of wires also removes one weak point someone could exploit, and with battery power you can move a camera wherever you want.

  1. Cloud Storage

Security cameras don’t have to send their footage to a physical storage device on your property.  Since they use IP connections, they can send their footage to a remote cloud server that offers much more storage space than a local computer.  This means you won’t have to wipe old footage as often as you might normally, or you can install more cameras with higher picture quality and still have enough room to record all their footage.

  1. Remote Access

Thanks to the wireless camera connections and online storage options, you don’t have to be in the security office or even in the same building to review your cameras’ footage or watch a live feed.  Instead, you can use an app designed by your security company to access your cameras from anywhere in the world.  The same app can also arm your alarm, send you alerts from motion-sensing devices, and more.

Modern security cameras can offer much more than the old CCTV systems that pioneered local surveillance.  Better camera quality lets you capture much more detail from farther away, and better storage gives you more space for footage and easier access.  Contact Security Feed to find out more about what a modern surveillance setup can do for you.

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"I had Tim install an Alibi Video Security System at my residence and a couple business locations. The remote view option is invaluable to absentee owners or anyone who travels a lot. The clarity and quality of the cameras have allowed for viewing employee theft. The evidence provided from the HD video cameras was fantastic! Tim was professional and provided extra value from his law enforcement background."

J. Folsom Arco Station

"Tim, I want to thank you again for doing such a fantastic job on installing a wireless IP security camera system at our dream home. The extra time that you took to hide wires, and install a clean, professional system is much appreciated. I still can’t believe the clarity, quality, and ease of use of this new system. I wished that I would have met you before our original inferior system was installed by another company. Now, whether I am at home, or monitoring the system from around the world, I know that my home and family are safe and sound."

John M.

"In April of 2017, my husband and I made a phone call to Crime Free Living that turned out to be a smart and wise decision. Amazingly, in just a few hours, Tim installed four Dome Security Cameras, weatherproof enclosures, and hooked up into our home a 23" Full HD Widescreen Security Monitor. Even more than his professional expertise was the time spent with us in making sure that this system was working correctly and properly installed on our phones so that anywhere in our travels we can monitor our new home in Magalia."

Tieka and Don S.

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Gary D.

"I have known Tim for over 10 years. To date, Time with Crime Free Living has installed two separate surveillance systems for my company. With each system, Tim has listened to my needs and custom dsigned surveillance systems for my specific needs and within my budget. The equipment used is always state of the art, the workmanship is top notch, and Tim is the example of trustworthy. I would recommend him for any job."

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images Certifications & Training

With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Academy Instructor Certification
  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
  • California POST Certification in Basic Crime Prevention
    • Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
    • Certified Alibi Security Dealer
    • Enhanced Risk and Threat Assessment (FEMA)
    • Incident Command System (100 & 200)
    • Certified Cognitech Video Forensic Investigator
    • Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Trainer
    • Computer Crimes/Investigations
    • Domestic Crisis for Crisis Negotiators