History of Analogue CCTV.
When looking to invest in a CCTV solution you are often presented with a plethora of options and variations. The real consideration that makes a difference between the options will be whether to invest in an Analogue or IP CCTV camera.
CCTV was first recorded as being in use in Germany 1942, introduced during preparations for the launch of the V2 rocket. Wanting a way to safely monitor the launch, one engineer created a crude camera-in-a-box that could feed live images to a monitor located at a safe distance.
CCTV first came to the UK in the 1960s – when the Metropolitan Police introduced two temporary cameras to Trafalgar Square to help monitor crowds during the Thai Royal Family’s visit to London.
One year later, London Transport installed permanent cameras to aid with security on their rail network. Cameras were later introduced to areas of London and Liverpool, but this did not gain much traction due to their expensive setup costs and difficulty to cable.
The first home security system to include CCTV was invented by Marie Van Britten Brown in 1969. Her early version consisted of four peep holes in the front door, and a camera that could slide up and down and look through any of them. The footage was displayed on a television set, and Brown could also use a two-way microphone to talk to whoever was outside. If the person was recognised, she could unlatch the door via remote control. If she felt threatened, she could sound an alarm with the same remote. You can read more about her story here.
Since then, there has been continuous advancements in Analogue CCTV with ‘TVI’ or Turbo HD as being one of the most popular and noteworthy. This technology meant that a Full HD image could be transmitted down the same old fashioned coaxial cable.
But what are the pitfalls with Analogue CCTV?
There are many common issues that are apparent with Analogue CCTV systems, they are as follows;
- Analogue Interference
- Power Supply Failures
- Restricted Cable Length of Installation
- Lower Resolution vs IP
- BNC connections are prone to weathering / rust.
- Restrictive Installation Methods (Camera to DVR)
So why remove Analogue HD from your offerings?
We are always looking for new ways to improve our industry, our business and the service we provide you. Statistically, our Analogue HD (TVI) offerings where the least sold product, yet the highest rated in failing due to the problems mentioned above.
We always promote a ‘Digital’ and Future Proof CCTV System. Opting for an Analogue system for a new installation was not in line with our ‘Modern’ ethos, therefore we have decided to stop offering it.
The previous Analogue HD cameras were provided as 2MP. So in order to cater for this ‘Entry Level’ system, we have now replaced it with our new 2MP IP CCTV Range so that you can still benefit from a more budget friendly solution, without compromising on the quality. All of our systems now come with three years warranty, whereas previously the Analogue HD system only came with 12 months.
Benefits of IP CCTV
There are many benefits to having an IP CCTV system, they are as follows;
- Enhanced Security.
- More Flexibility.
- Enhanced Resolutions.
- Compatibility with Smart Homes
Can I still get Analogue HD from you?
Whilst we will no longer be providing new Analogue CCTV Installations, we are still able to provide you with support for an existing system if Analogue HD is paramount.
See our IP CCTV Ranges by visiting this link : Our IP CCTV Ranges Explained