Surveillance camera systems also known as security cameras are available in different configurations and with different features.  There is no one size fits all security camera.  The needs of a homeowner are different than the needs of a large commercial warehouse, which are different than the needs of a retail environment.  In this blog we will highlight some of the differences of security systems and their features.  Remember you should always consult a professional when designing and implementing your security camera system.

What is Surveillance camera system?

Technically a surveillance camera system and a security camera system are slightly different things.  Surveillance cameras work on an Internet Protocol (IP) and security cameras work on a closed loop structure.  It is the surveillance camera system combined with the internet that makes it so much more flexible, useful and therefore an important asset to your home or business.  

History of Surveillance camera system

The first motion picture camera was invented by Thomas Edison and his assistant William Dickson in 1888.  But it isn’t until 1942 that what could be called the first security camera system was created.  Nazi occupied Germany set up the first closed circuit television (CCTV) to monitor the launch of long range guided missiles.  Shortly after the end of the war CCTV system blossomed in America as large corporations and the government sought to keep track of assets and people.  These systems were expensive to maintain because they required human monitoring 24/7.  In the 1970’s VCR technology had become affordable enough that businesses and governments could engage in more widespread monitoring with less manpower.  You only needed someone to change the tape.  If something did occur you simply reviewed the tape that covered the time period in question.

The 1990’s were notable for new functionality added to cameras in the form time lapse and motion activated recording.

Today as technology moves relentlessly forward, and security cameras have moved over to the internet to become surveillance cameras, there is no limit to your ability to monitor your property from anywhere in the world. 

Type of Surveillance systems

There are 3 types of surveillance packages available:  Security; Home Automation and Environmental Monitoring.  We will examine each of these in more detail below.

1. Home Security Surveillance Systems

This is, by far, what most people think of when they think of a surveillance camera system.  A way to keep the bad guys out or least make your residence or business a much less inviting target.  And it is true!  Surveillance cameras are one of the most effective ways to stop crimes of opportunity and even deter more persistent evil doers.  And if you are the victim of a crime, a well implemented surveillance system will give you all the information you need for the police and insurance company.

For more information on selecting the right camera for your situation see our blog Choosing the right Security Camera

2. Home Automation Surveillance Systems

Home automation can add convenience and financial savings to your life.  There is no limit to what can be automated.  The most common example is your HVAC system.  In the summer you can program your A/C unit to reduce power when no one is home and then set it to power up an hour before you are due to arrive home.  The same is true with your heating system.  Turn the heat down when no one is home all day long and have it turn back up in time to have your house all nice and cozy for when you arrive back home after a long day of work (or shopping).  In both cases you are saving money by not wasting energy, not to mention helping the earth as well.

If your schedule should change simply long in from your computer or smart phone and change your homes schedule. 

We have focused on heating and A/C because they are the most commonly automated features of a house.  However, many other things can be automated.  Simply ask your profession Surveillance System installer.

3. Environmental Monitoring Surveillance Systems

Threats don’t only come from criminals and thugs.  Other things can go wrong as well; floods, fire and carbon monoxide are three common mishaps.  But with a surveillance system you can avoid these mishaps or at least mitigate the damage.  It could even save your life and the lives of your family by giving you early warning that something is wrong!

Benefits of installing Surveillance camera system

There are many excellent reasons to install a surveillance camera system.  Some of them are:

  1. Intruder Protection Thieves look for easy opportunities.  A surveillance camera system makes it clear that your property is no such target.  A surveillance camera system will keep you and your family safe.
  2. Protect your Valuables – It’s not just your family you have concerns about.  You have worked hard to build your home and furnish it with things to keep you comfortable and entertained.  A surveillance camera system will protect your home 24/7/365.  Even when your not home.
  3. Fire Protection – Thieves and other ne’er do wells are not the only threats to your home and loved ones. A surveillance camera system can be integrated with a fire detection system. When a fire starts in your home, time is precious. Adding fire protection to your surveillance camera system is a smart move.
  4. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Protection – Just like fire protection, a surveillance camera system can include sensors for the purpose of detecting the presence of carbon monoxide in your home. Carbon monoxide is odourless and invisible, you cannot smell or see it.
  5. Constant Monitoring – A monitored surveillance camera system is continuously supervised by trained security professionals. Your home and loved ones are always protected, and should an emergency arise help is available immediately.
  6. Remote Monitoring – New technology allows homeowners to maintain vigilance on their property while they are away. You can oversee what is happening at home even when you are not there. Surveillance camera systems allow you to know what’s going on at home from anywhere in the world.
  7. Immediate Medical Assistance – Today’s surveillance camera systems can include a feature to quickly contact emergency services. This is particularly useful in the homes of elderly people, those with disabilities or some type of mobility impairment. A “Panic Button” will immediately summon help whenever an emergency may arise.
  8. Reduce Energy Consumption – One little known, but valuable feature of surveillance camera systems is the ability to control lights, heat and just about anything else. You can reduce energy consumption when no one is home and then program the system to get everything ready just before you and your family come home.
  9. Peace of Mind – One of the best things a reliable surveillance camera system can do, is provide you with simple peace of mind. Knowing that your home and everything in it, especially your family, is safe and secure 24 hours a day will help reduce your stress.
  10. Save on Home Insurance – A home equipped with a surveillance camera system will help lower homeowners insurance costs. Your home is safer and more secure than a home without a security system. Safe and secure means less risk; less risk means less likely to result in a claim and insurance companies like less risk so much they will give you a break on your home ownership.


There are many excellent reasons for installing a surveillance camera system in your home or business.  Security, Home Automation and Cost Savings are just 3 of the main reasons.  With all of the benefits and features of a surveillance camera system why wouldn’t you want one in your home and/or business?  Call (416) 520-4080 or email and see how we can help you today!