Surveillance Camera Systems for Restaurants and Retail Stores for Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & PEI

CCTV Cameras come in a variety of shapes, sizes, resolutions, capabilities and costs

  • The 4 primary types are: dome, bullet, box and PTZ (pan–tilt–zoom). Domes and bullet tend to be lower cost while PTZ cameras can be very expensive.
  • When it comes to CCTV cameras QUALITY or more specifically, resolution, counts. Inexpensive, low quality cameras give you false comfort.
  • You look at what the camera sees and you realize you can't make out the faces of the people in question (except when they stare straight into the camera)
  • HD quality recording makes identifying faces and license plates much, much easier than standard definition.

We have been supping cameras to restaurants and retail stores for many years

  • The advantage with us is that we can interface the cameras with the cash register - compare the POS transaction with what actually happened
  • The advantage with us is that you can go on vacation and see what is happening back at the restaurant or store
  • By using a computer based DVR system, you also can get a back-up POS system in the event of a POS failure.

Why buy a good camera? And why buy a better DVR?

  • In a restaurant: a client gets a little rambunctious, the camera records the event to protect the restaurant from being sued
  • In a retail store: the camera (of suitable quality), records the shoplifter's face for the police. If you have ever seen those blurry pictures - that's because they used inexpensive cameras.
  • You realize that an event that took place a month ago was actually a shoplifting event - many inexpensize DVR systems don't store enogh days to go back that far

Terms you need to know:

  • DVR (digital video recorder) is a standalone electronic device or software running on a computer that records video (from CCTV cameras) in a digital format to a disk drive for real time and future viewing.
  • CCTV (closed-circuit television) relies on strategic placement of cameras and private observation of the camera's input on monitors. The system is called "closed-circuit" because the cameras, monitors and/or video recorders communicate across a pprivate network.