Security DVR Systems: Home Security Made Easy

As heads of the family unit, parents must address a lot of things and do a lot of planning in order to provide the best to their families. A very important aspect of this is Safety; safety in the form of proper nutrition, proper care, proper education so on and so forth. An element that has become increasingly important in today’s times of increasing thefts and home crime rates is that of home security.

Most families have now come to realize that adequate home security is extremely important; this is why the security DVR and security DVR cameras have become highly popular. This is further emphasized by a study according to which by 2011, more than 50% of the US households will have a security DVR system installed. Let us first understand what these are.

What are they?

DVR stands for Digital Video Recorder which is an advanced technology for storing video. It is advanced because it doesn’t employ the age old tape for recording; rather the data is stored in a magnetic form on a hard drive. This allows for easy storage, easy viewing and easy cutting/cropping/pasting.

This system is employed today for entertainment purposes also, but it is most commonly used in security DVR cameras. These are surveillance security DVR systems that are used to monitor a particular area so that no theft, vandalism, burglary or any other unlawful activity occurs. There are many applications of such a system, including the one in our topic, Home security DVR cameras. In the early days of security DVR’s introduction, getting such a system installed was considered to be a very heavy investment and one that was considered too expensive to undertake. However, with time, people have come to realize that it is better to invest is such a system than to pay heavy home insurance premiums and high recovery costs in case a burglary occurs.

How are they used?

Getting a security DVR system installed is very convenient and easy these days, thanks to the vast number of security companies that have cropped up. These offer various packages, so you as a customer can choose the package that suits your needs and affordability best. Such a system is mostly made up of TV cables mostly to get video from various sources. These various sources are actually small cameras installed in various parts of the house such as indoors in different rooms, outdoors such as main gate, garage, back of the house etc.

These then keep a regular check. In case a thief tries to enter, it is displayed on the TV screen. Also, if the system is attached to an alarm system, it rings warning bells which alert the residents and the neighborhood. The thief is thus caught and the safety of the house is maintained. In the more advanced security DVR cameras the alarm automatically informs the police which then reaches the locality within minutes and the thief is caught.

That is the simplified process. These security DVR systems are also quite easy to use and install. The company that you buy the system from comes and installs it to you. They also come with after-sales services, so in case something goes wrong with your system, you can always call up their helpline and they are usually happy to respond. What’s more, different packages are available in varying price ranges, so choose what fits you best.

Home Security Systems and VOIP

The latest technology, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), is having a huge impact on how home security systems will operate.

VoIP is a technology that enables people to use the internet as the transmission medium for telephone calls. Instead of using a telephone company’s wiring, VoIP routes the phone calls to the telephone using a high speed internet connection.

Why will this technology affect the ability of home security systems to transmit alarms? According to CANASA, using VOIP over traditional land line phone systems may cause a loss of ability to transmit signals. For the consumer, this means in order for alarm systems to remain operational over the long term, the technology used for signal transmission must be updated, re-imagined or revised.

A current issue regarding the use of VoIP for home security systems is that there are no enforced standards for the provision of phone service. Although an alarm company manufacturer may create a security system that works with VoIP, the system may become ineffective as soon as the customer switches service providers or even underwent an equipment change (such as a new router or modem).

Another downside is that if there were broadband failures, alarms would not be sent out. This lack of ability to transmit signals is a real concern. In the news there is talk of possible space debris or a meteor knocking out satellites and therefore interrupting wireless services. That would, again, render VoIP connections to these devices useless. For this reason, a conservative approach to VoIP home alarm devices is recommended. Patrons are cautions to keep their alarm systems on a landline connection at least until VoIP technology advances to the point where the current issues are negated. While having two phone systems may seem like an initial inconvenience, the peace of mind you have by knowing you home is safe and secure – not to mention the fact that you have a back up phone service – will help keep you calm during an emergency situation.

It is important to remember, however, that all new technologies have a few issues and these problems are usually quickly resolved to the advantage of the consumer. VoIP technology for home security systems is no different. Great strides are already underway to enable VoIP is on its way to becoming a secure, reliably, fail-proof method to transmit alarms. In fact, according to CANASA, In December 2009, AT&T has already submitted comments to the American Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to phase traditional phone lines out in its entirety and 75% percent of US alarm companies are planning a move from legacy analog systems to VoIP. It seems that VoIP is the way of the future and many service providers of home alarm systems are embracing this technology to keep their systems operational.

Since manufactures and dealers of home security systems have to move quickly to ensure they are current with this fast changing technology; it is imperative to purchase your system from a reputable dealer who is current with the industry and who can advise their customers on the best options for this developing technology.

Security Systems – Home Security

Home security systems are becoming a vital part of any residence. Crime is always on the increase, and protecting your home with a security system is becoming cheaper and much easier, with user friendly systems – even with do it yourself equipment.

There are many different systems to choose from, and many experienced and approved providers that will select, install, monitor, and maintain your system. You can have a simple system that has coverage of say three to six areas, with one code pad or you can have many code pads throughout the house, many coverage/sensor points, coupled with cameras and digital video recording and monitors.

You can even have a system that is home automated intelligence. This means that all electronics and security systems throughout your home can be managed from a single keypad or mobile phone. You can have cameras that record back to your laptop at work, mobile phone, or a receiving monitor/screen in your vehicle.

I suggest that everyone have at least a simple system that can sound an alarm if your home is breached. Not only do you have something in place for a possible break and enter, but you also lower your insurance premiums and increase confidence and peace of mind when you leave your home unattended.

Having a security system reduces the chance of break-in; having a monitored system reduces this even further.

But first things first

1. Let’s start with why you want a security system, and what you want the system to do. Make sure you know the answers to these two questions, as it will save you time and money in ensuring that you get the correct system to suit your needs.

2. How much do you need to spend? This usually goes hand in hand with what you are protecting – house, family and/or possessions. Always buy the best that you can afford, you can often regret going for the cheapest system as it will generally cost you more in the long run. Having a well priced and effective system means that you can add functionality in the future, and upgrade to suit your needs. This is also a very good selling point should you sell your property.

Choose a consultant

A consultant may be an independent contractor or from a systems company. Their aim is to complete an assessment of your home, identify what you are protecting, and establish your budget. This will tell you what you need to suit your specific circumstances.

There are a number of system options that may suit you:

Systems with motion sensors (PIRs)

Motion sensors pick up any movement in a designated area, and report back instantly to your security system. This will trigger the alarm. If you have animals, you can choose the type that recognizes animals (pet friendly). These enable you to have pets inside during the day and night without triggering the alarm.

Wireless and wired

Combining the two will ensure not only reliability, but will allow for the ability to add and upgrade at any time. If the power is cut by an offender, the back up battery will take over so that your home is still secure. Therefore, ensure that you have purchased an approved back up battery system which should last at least 48 hours.

Depending on what you have purchased, you may find that your security system has the capability to send the monitoring company a ‘tamper’ alarm message if your power or phone line has been cut. With today’s technologies almost any alarm configuration is possible.

The wireless system may also have the capacity to send a tamper message to the monitoring company. This needs to be confirmed with the installer and system company. Do not take anything for granted with home security systems, as there are many varieties on the market with different capabilities.