How CCTV Has Evolved Over the Past 2 Decades

How CCTV Has Evolved Over the Past 2 Decades

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) has evolved massively since its invention in 1940s Germany. Designed originally to monitor rocket tests, the decades since have brought many changes, not least in the digital age since the turn of the millennium.

Once analogue was replaced by IP (Internet Protocol), innovative features came thick and fast. In this post, we’ll look at some of the most prominent innovations since the early 2000s.

Move from DVR to IP

The early part of the 2000s saw the rise of Digital Video Recorders (DVR). Previously Video Cassette Recorders (VCR) had been the method used to capture and record images. The move to DVR was a welc0me one, as VHS tapes could be both costly and ineffective.

Digital recording dominated the security camera industry until 2006 when the previously niche areas of IP (Internet Protocol) began to turn mainstream.

High resolution became the norm with IP cameras, raising customer expectations. Excellent image quality had to come as standard and IP cameras introduced digital recording that only needed an internet connection. From multi-sensor and panoramic to thermal imaging cameras – the shift to IP blew the surveillance world wide-open.

Digital multiplexing

The move from analogue to digital paved the way for many new innovations, including multiplexing. Previously, a VHS tape recorded images from one camera at a time. The emergence of digital recording allowed for multiple signals all at once. This meant that footage from several cameras could be seen on a single monitor, making it easier and faster to makes sense of the images.

Accessing footage remotely

Doing things remotely has become common part of modern life. During the last two decades, IP (Internet Protocol) has made the surveillance world even smaller – creating methods of recording and accessing footage even if you’re not on site.

Higher definition

High definition (HD) surveillance cameras provide high-quality, detailed images that can zoom in on the tiniest part and still show a clear image. Now commonplace in the CCTV market, they are no longer just for those with the highest budget.

Smart home technology

Smart home technology can make your life easier and more efficient. Areas covered include lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs and appliances. That list has also come to include CCTV cameras and security systems.

Because it connects to the internet, smart technology provides reassurance that homes are always protected, even when empty. Motion sensor cameras and lights can be controlled from your smartphone, linking your outdoor and indoor space to ensure all round security.

More recently, we’ve also seen video doorbells take off as a popular smart home addition.

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