3 differences between visual alarms and traditional camera systems

3 differences between visual alarms and traditional camera systems

Choosing the right combination of security measures for your organisation can seem like a tricky task, particularly if you're not aware of the latest developments in technology.

If you've heard of visual alarms, you may be wondering how they vary from a traditional camera system? Well, here are some of the key differences between the two.

1. Response time

A visual alarm takes a 10-second video recording once a passive infrared sensor is tripped. The video is sent to operators who can verify whether or not thieves are targeting your business, and - if necessary - contact the police when there is suspicious activity.

Traditional systems merely record what occurred from a historic perspective. In other words, there is typically no immediate response to a break-in; the burglars will likely have already escaped with your goods by the time you review the footage.

2. Recording quality

The quality of the recording in a visual alarm is intentionally low, as this enables the quickest transmission of data from the camera to the monitoring centre. Traditional camera systems often use high-definition equipment because the police will need the best possible evidence to identify and track down criminals once the theft has already happened.

However, visual alarms are designed to catch thieves in the act. Sending fast, basic video clips means officers can be on the scene as quickly as possible in order to catch people red-handed.

3. Number of false alarms

While a traditional camera system may have sensors and alarms, they are more likely to suffer from false triggers. For example, animals tripping the sensors or a power surge could accidentally set off the system, which can waste police time and resources.

These are not issues with sophisticated visual alarms because the operators will always be on hand to confirm whether or not the video recordings show a genuine break-in.

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