Home and business owners invest in Video Surveillance Systems to help them monitor the activities within their homes or business premises. With the modern IP camera systems, users are able to remotely access their security footage at any time, thus, guaranteeing them that everything is alright even in their absence. However, many users wonder whether it is necessary to have their cameras ON, at all times, and the likely implications of doing so.
What are the options?
Whereas it is possible to have your IP Cameras “always ON”, the constant recording of video may present various challenges, including the effects on storage capacity, and video retrieval and transfer. As such, security camera systems offer three main options, namely, continuous, manual, and event-led recording.
1. Continuous recording or “Always ON”
You may choose to have your security cameras ON and recording at all times. Continuous recording is useful for busy facilities with lots of traffic. However, you have to ensure that you have sufficient video storage capacity to hold the large volumes of footage. In addition, your video storage equipment should be capable of retrieving and transferring the large video files.
2. Manual and Event-led Recording
Home and small business owners whose surveillance needs are not very demanding prefer to only record when it is necessary. It doesn’t make much sense to keep recording when there is no activity. Therefore, the users may decide to either, activate video recording manually or have the security camera system record automatically, when motion is detected. The benefits of having your IP Cameras record only when there is activity include:
- Less video storage capacity required: Since the security camera system only records when there is activity, it reduces the amount of disk space required to store the video.
- Avoid unnecessary video recordings
- Video can be stored for longer periods: Since the video is usually stored for a specified period of time or when the disk space runs out, before it is archived, deleted, or overwritten, setting your IP camera system to manual or activity-led recording ensures that the disks take longer to fill up; hence, more extended storage.