Like most new technology, video alarms may seem confusing and almost too good to be true in some regards. For example, how can a video camera system be wireless? And how can it see in the dark?
Luckily, we've got the answers below, ensuring you know exactly how video alarms can protect your home or business. With the Australian Bureau of Statistics finding that nearly 9 million houses are the target of crime per year, there has never been a better time to learn more.
1. Video alarms transmit signals with radio frequency
When you first hear that these Videofied systems are wireless, you may be skeptical, especially when you find out they don't need a phone line to operate.
How can a security system send video clips without a phone line I hear you ask? Via radio frequency, that's how. Forcing our systems to be at the mercy of a modem or router would defeat their purpose - to be convenient and adaptable in a variety of situations.
Building sites are often at risk of theft, especially in the early stages of construction, when the surrounding infrastructure is yet to be completed. Reliance on an internet connection in these scenarios would render the devices impractical.
Instead, video alarms use radio frequency and the GPRS mobile network to ensure the systems are practical in as many applications as possible.
2. Fast, but not furious
For once, excess speed is being used to bring security rather than danger. Video alarms are designed to be an immediate answer to break-ins, meaning video clips are kept low-res to ensure the fastest possible transmission to the monitoring centre.
While high-definition footage is useful well after that fact, video alarms need to get the message out as quickly as possible to alert the nearest mobile patrols. Increasing the quality of the footage would result in a bigger file. This means it would take longer to send, and give any lingering offenders more time to get away.
This is key to preventing burglars from spending an extended amount of time on a premises. The sooner the footage is sent, the sooner they are caught.
The emphasis on speed continues to reaction time as well, with the cameras able to start recording only a tenth of a second after the motion detector is triggered.
3. See in the dark
What if the area you want to maintain is shrouded in darkness? It's no problem for these video alarms. They come with infrared illuminators, allowing for clear pictures in daylight, low light and complete darkness.
These devices continue to function in these conditions without compromising their effectiveness, with an operation range of 30 feet outdoors keeping them useful all night.