There are a lot of ongoing debates, concerning the installation of CCTV security camera systems, and how they can affect the privacy of citizens. It does not matter if the installation is installed privately in your home or business, or installed in public places. There appears to be a general consensus that surveillance with CCTV security cameras, may present a conflict when human rights are considered. There is still no easy nor apparent solution, but the salient truth is that surveillance with CCTV security cameras, is here to stay, and is increasing exponentially.
There are several proposals dictating that some policy must be designed and governed by the jurisdictions, which introduces a bit of complexity where all systems cannot be same and CCTV cameras may need different installation procedures. Additionally, there are questions raised as to the ownership, and access to the content created, when images captured by the CCTV security camera systems are transmitted. To get the best of any CCTV security camera installation, it is critical to first determine the exact purpose of the installation.
At the beginning of the current century, the use of CCTV security cameras for surveillance has literally exploded, resulting in dramatic cost reductions, and it is also much easier to install some systems. The growth is global, with the highest concentration being in the U.K. where there are almost 2 million cameras installed throughout the country.
With the privacy considerations aside, installation of the CCTV security systems should conform to the recommended guidelines. The two main areas that become important after the installation is complete are the handling, storage and preservation of the data. However before the installation, emphasis should be placed on capturing and monitoring transmission of the data, in the most efficient manner possible.
The implication is to capture images with the highest resolution possible. It then becomes extremely important to have easy access to the data captured and transmitted by the CCTV security camera systems, and in some jurisdictions it is now mandated that all data must be curated and maintained for specific periods.
There are now systems available that allow storage of data from CCTV security camera systems in the cloud, so that users do not need to be concerned with data transmissions. There may be advantages to using cloud based storage; such as lower costs, while the access is available at any time and from any location as long as there is Internet access available. Security camera systems can generate a large amount of data that will depend on variable such as compression and data transfer rates. The amount of cloud storage needed be will depend on factors such as frame rates, camera resolution, but if motion detection is installed the data will be reduced as cameras can be programmed to record only when motion is detected.