30 October 2023
Commercial CCTV System Considerations
today's dynamic business environment, the safety and security of your people
and your premises are so important. One of the most effective ways to ensure
this is through the installation of a Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) system.
However, with so many options available, making the right choice can be
daunting. Here are some key considerations to guide your decision-making
Purpose of the CCTV System
diving into the specifics, identify the primary purpose of a commercial CCTV system. Is it to
monitor employee activities, deter theft, oversee production processes, or
ensure perimeter security? Pinpointing the objective will help narrow down the
type and features of the CCTV camera solution you need.
the UK, the use of CCTV by businesses is subject to several legislative
requirements. This is to ensure the privacy rights of individuals are respected
and to ensure that the use of CCTV is necessary and proportionate.
UK Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018) incorporates the EU's General Data
Protection Regulation (GDPR) into UK law. If your business CCTV system captures
footage of identifiable individuals, it's considered processing personal data,
and you must comply with the DPA.
is essential that companies ensure that their CCTV systems comply with UK regulations.
This includes understanding about where cameras are placed, how long footage is
stored, and how data can be used. Non-compliance can lead to hefty fines and
legal complications, so it is vital to work with your HR department and a
trusted partner that can guide you through the regulations and your
CCTV Camera Resolution and Quality
many companies, the clarity of recording footage is crucial. Where this is the case,
we recommend opting for high-resolution cameras to ensure clear images,
especially if you need to identify faces or license plates. While 1080p is considered
to be the standard Analogue system, with over 2 million pixels per image, 4MP or
above (over 3.6 million pixels per image) is needed for some levels of data
high-resolution cameras can be more expensive, and sometimes need additional
storage due to larger file sizes, so analogue cameras are a practical and
cost-effective solution for businesses who need basic surveillance capabilities
on a budget. They can also be advantageous in settings where network bandwidth
is a concern, such as perimeter security at the edge of large grounds.
CCTV Installer Accreditations
choosing a CCTV installer, it is advisable to check if the company has
relevant accreditations before proceeding with the installation. Accreditation means
that the installer meets industry standards and has been vetted for their
competence and adherence to industry best practices. Accreditation bodies, such
as the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) and the National
Security Inspectorate (NSI) ensure their members are trained and updated with
the latest industry standards and technologies. These standards also audit
actual installations to ensure the correct and up to date procedures have been
addition to our registration with NSI TouchStar proudly holds accreditations with
Constructionline and Safe Contractor, the UK’s leading health and safety certification. With over
three decades of hands-on expertise in CCTV system installation, support, and
maintenance, we're committed to customising our solutions to meet your
business's unique requirements.
CCTV Site Survey
When contemplating a CCTV installation, it's crucial to
select a supplier who can comprehensively assess your specific needs and
objectives. Factors such as industry, property size, and type of premises can influence
the final installation recommendations.
TouchStar provides a complimentary site visit as part of the
initial assessment. The purpose of the survey is to gain in-depth knowledge of
your requirements, understand system objectives and identify any potential
challenges. During this site assessment, our installers evaluate all aspects
from typical lighting conditions and surveillance areas through to operational
parameters of the CCTV system, and remote monitoring and video motion detectors
needs. This ensures we can provide you with a detailed report and accurate
While it's essential to ensure security, it must be done within
budget. However, when setting your budget, keep in mind that saving on security
can be costlier in the long run. We can help you find the balance between
affordability and quality, ensuring you have a solution that addresses your
needs today and into the future.
Choosing the right CCTV system for your company is not just about picking cameras. It's
about aligning the system's capabilities with your business's specific needs.
By considering the points outlined in this blog, you can ensure that your
investment not only enhances security but also adds value to your business
operations. For a deep dive into CCTV explore our full CCTV Buyers Guide or for personalised advice speak with one of our
TouchStar experts for guidance on every aspect of CCTV system installation.