The Locksmith Journal May/Jun 2018 - Issue 56 - Page 88

88 • SECURITYSYSTEMS PROUD SPONSORS OF THIS PAGE WHAT’S NEW IN THE SECURITY MARKET? » » LEARN CCTV TAKES A LOOK AT security systems that have a stronghold in the market, or even on the increase… Anyone can tell you that the UK is the Number 1 country in the world that has the most amount of CCTV cameras. And there is no sign of it slowing down. Why is that? Well firstly the costs of the products have decreased and the growing domestic installation market. Previously, you would only find CCTV in commercial or high end residential developments, but now it’s the norm to have it on all houses. And with the police too busy to attend nowadays, homeowners have decided its time to secure their premises. People thought that IP cameras would take over the digital market, however that’s not true. The upsurge in products such as HD over Coax and the newly introduced Power Over Coax shows no sign of coax retiring anytime soon. What is HD Over Coax? Quite simple, it’s utilising an existing coax cable infrastructure and being able to send 1080p resolution images up the cable. What is Power Over Coax? This goes one step further by doing away with the need of a Power Supply to power the cameras. The power and video signal are transmitted through a single coax cable. Manufacturers have stated that this can be achieved on cable runs up to 250m. Quite impressive when you find that the cost is very reasonable. Most manufacturers have also not simplified the procedure of connecting a CCTV system to the internet, so it can be viewed remotely on a mobile or tablet device. Previously, you required a degree in networking and port- forwarding. Now, in a matter of minutes and with a few simple QR scans, you can be checking who’s at the front door. This brings us to Intruder Alarms, the two-work hand in hand. Intruder Alarms are more to give you an imminent notification of a break-in, whereas CCTV is more for after the event. Manufacturers will tell you that the current ratio of sales for wired and wireless is 70% wireless and 30% wired. This is because of the advancement with wireless technology with the Intruder Market. It allows installers to pre-configure a system at their premises, then simply fix the items in situ at the client’s premises and away they go. You will find that majority of the brands have developed their own smart phone apps, which allows users to remotely set and unset the alarm system. Manufacturers such as Risco, Texecom and Pyronix all have wireless systems available. They have also begun to release wireless cameras which integrate with the alarm system and are viewable over their mobile phone apps. The next security product which is on the increase is Door Entry and Access Control. With the increase of New Build flats these are all being installed with LOCKSMITHJOURNAL.CO.UK | MAY/JUN 2018 Sponsored by Insafe | | some sort of door entry system. There are options such as audio only or video and audio available. Installation of these is not as difficult as people may assume. Access control allows you to give individual people different user levels. And if someone loses their card, you simply delete the card of the system. Its’s a lot cheaper than if someone was to lose their keys, they have to replace all the locks. Then this brings us to the part of installing all these products. Engineers firstly assume that they need to be qualified electricians to install CCTV or Intruder Alarms. That is not that case. They are dealing with only low voltage 12 / 24v. What is recommended, is to attend a training course whereby you learn how to survey, specify, quote, install, program, commission, and fault find a system.