Security cameras are a hot item these days for both homes and businesses. With many DIY solutions available such as Arlo, Ring Floodlight Cam, Samsung, Blink Home, Vivint, Simpli Safe, Amcrest, and many more that I don't have the space to list! Home security cameras are among the most popular technology items to be installed in homes. With many new automation systems coming out which seems like every month, security cameras can be integrated with these control systems to manipulate the data in any way the homeowner sees fit.
Blink security cameras have recently seen a huge surge in popularity. They have indoor/outdoor versions, battery powered wire-free, HD, and standard wifi wireless security cameras that are a simple design and easy to install. Blink is brought to you by Amazon so they already have a built-in giant distribution channel online with a gigantic reach.
But Blink isn't the only DIY type solution on the market that has seen increased popularity. Retail stores like Best Buy, CostCo, WalMart, and even Home Depot, Menards, and Lowe's carry camera lines like Arlo, Swann, and Ring. There are also online companies, similar to the Amazon Blink series, like Google Nest cameras, Logitech, Lorex, SimpliCam, Night Owl, and even Blue by ADT. As you can see, there are a plethora of choices, no wonder why so many people get confused! In the past, you would hire a company and they would give you the best option that they recommended, simple as that. Nowadays its hard for people do decide on the best security cameras for their residential property, due to analysis paralysis!
People are always looking up how to install security cameras, so the choice is either to install yourself or find a professional. Despite there being a large do-it-yourself market, most still prefer a professional installer to get the system up and going the right way. With the mass confusion people experience, weeding through all the information online, many decide on a system, purchase it, then it sits in a box in their basement.
Wireless security cameras are picking up steam as the preferred choice for home security camera systems. WiFi enabled devices are commonplace in most homes, and will connect to an app to record and view stored footage in real time. CCTV systems of the past are long-gone; hence the name Closed Circuit Television. They are no longer "closed circuit" and more open and connected to the internet. But with being connected to the internet comes the vulnerability to hackers and hacking of your local system. Its important to buy a reputable brand and have a professional install the system. Cyber security is a real thing, and not to be taken lightly. There are many bad-intentioned people out there and you and your family need to be protected from cyber crime.
You often see brands like Lorex security cameras out in the marketplace being installed by security companies. They are an economical choice that can be installed in both commercial and residential applications. Most of their solutions are wired, traditional style, but have analog (coax wire) options to keep costs low. They do also carry IP-based systems which run off of ethernet cable or Cat-5/Cat-6).
The great aspect about technology today is that software and service that used to cost thousands of dollars and was reserved only for large enterprise customers, now is only pennies on the dollar. Video analytics, once a software add-on for commercial customers, is now built into platforms like Alarm.com. Trip wire, object measuring, Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and automated alerts that were not preprogrammed have become commonplace. These systems have become "smart", like when people refer to smart homes, which is basically a way of saying home automation.
BRING YOUR OWN SECURITY (BYOS)
We get many requests for people that have purchased a system online or at a big box retailer, and need a pro to install it for them. Its not always a question of know-how, but for many its just an issue of having the time to devote to installing a full blown surveillance system. The time to install is often unknown, and what if something goes wrong? What do you do? What if you break something? These are common questions that will come up in your head should you choose to choose the DIY option.
I would venture to say at least 40-50% of the camera systems today are purchased as a DIY type solutions. That is a huge number and only growing. If you think about it, Google and Amazon wouldn't jump on that bandwagon if it were something not worth getting into!
Now if you could save your money by buying an off-the-shelf type system AND have a professional install it, would that be something that would interest you? Well we are now offering
customer provided security camera and alarm system installs! If you provide the type of system you purchased, we will come out to your home or business, install the system, program it, and warranty our work. That means no messing with a system you don't understand along with the piece of mind of a service company to provide full protection should you need it. No other company is offering something like this right now.