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How to Choose a Video Surveillance System


Look for These Three Critical Features

How do you go about choosing a video surveillance system for your property? With many devices and ecosystems to choose from on both the professional and DIY sides, it's not a simple proposition. 

No one solution will fit everyone's needs. A high-rise Salt Lake City condominium's surveillance needs will be quite different from those of a Park City mountain chalet. While it's tempting to go with a consumer DIY solution, you should know all the pros and cons.

Show and Tell AV Solutions works with Luma Surveillance for monitoring solutions for various reasons that include stability, privacy, and performance. Keep reading to learn more and see if Luma solutions are right for you.

High-Resolution Cameras

Most consumer video cameras, and many professional ones, use high definition (HD) resolution, or 720 to 1080P. Higher resolution cameras use 4K (like most TV sets sold today), which equates to a pixel count four times greater than HD. The higher the resolution, the sharper the camera image, which can be a huge factor in the quality of images at night and the performance of advanced recognition features.

Luma Surveillance had recently released the 710 Series outdoor cameras with 4K resolution. These cameras feature superior low-light performance, color, and contrast. If the need arises to recognize a vehicle or face in low lighting, this clarity can be the difference between evidence and useless video footage.

Local, Private Storage

Most DIY consumer systems use the cloud for storing video footage. These often require extra fees for longer-term storage or severely limit the amount you can store online. Cloud storage may have privacy issues, and continually changing terms and conditions with online services may mean that you don't really know how private your video footage is. 

Luma uses local storage via video recorders installed in your own home. High capacity hard drives can hold nearly limitless amounts of footage, and your data doesn’t have to leave your property. You can still connect securely to your locally stored video with your internet-connected smart device to review footage from any motion alerts and share that content easily as you may need.

Smart Home Integration

No surveillance system should be an island unto itself. You want to control it through the same interface and controls as other smart home functions and make them play together. At night, when you are ready for bed, your smart home system can turn lights on and off, set the temperature for sleeping, arm the alarm system, and turn on video surveillance in one step. If motion is detected outside while you are watching a movie, your system should be able to route the video onto your TV screen if you desire to check on the activity.

Luma surveillance solutions integrate seamlessly with smart home systems like Control4 to give you the dependable home control you want. These robust systems will work reliably without the glitches and incompatibilities that often surface when integrating DIY solutions. 


SEE MORE: 3 Features to Look for in Smart Security Systems


Let Show and Tell AV Solutions show you all the options for smarter, more robust home surveillance. Just give us a call at (801) 444-3200, fill out our contact form, or chat with us below – we look forward to working with you.

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