By Chris Hall
With the cost reduction in computer hardware and software,
items that used to be for the rich and wealthy are now within
the reach of the average consumer. Virtually every suburban
house in America now has a security system installed. But
still runs rampant in these houses. So what is the solution to
Many people have turned to Surveillance Camera systems. These
systems were previously connected to a looping videocassette
recorder system or tape system and took up considerable space
and cost a considerable amount of money.
The current systems on the market from Geovision and others
allow you to use your home PC with an upgraded video
surveillance card to record all the happenings in your home.
longer will you need to worry about the people attending your
party or that wayward concern that the nanny is not taking
proper care of your children. With the current systems
available from Geovision and other manufactures. A standard
computer system can be converted into a complete surveillance
You simply mount a Surveillance card supplied by Geovision
your computer. Then run the cable from the Geovision
Surveillance Camera to the Card and you are ready to begin
integrated home surveillance. With the proper Internet
connection for your Surveillance Camera system you will be
to log into the IP port and watch the video on the camera.
With an upgraded Geovision surveillance card you will be able
to connect up to sixteen cameras for surveillance, not just
single card from the old VCR days. Your limitation on the
of video you capture is limited to your hard drive space.
The Digital Video Recording occurs in a compact format
you to capture days of video on a terrabyte drive. This video
can then be exported for future keeping and documentation or
How hard is the system to install is a genuinely unique
question and varies by manufacturer. Geovision a prime
manufacturer for these systems sells surveillance cameras and
surveillance cards that can be installed in a matter of hours.
With simple drills and screwdrivers you can mount the
surveillance cameras and run the proper power lines and
computer cables to your computer.
Plug in the surveillance card and power up your windows XP
system and within minutes you will begin receiving the signals
from the surveillance cameras. Properly divide your hard drive
and start collecting the DVR signals from the camera's. With
to sixteen cameras per system you should have adequate
of any household.
No longer will you need to wonder if the babysitters boyfriend
is over while you are out, as you will have recorded evidence
you can review when you get home. The surveillance camera will
send the babysitters every move to the surveillance card,
will convert the signal to a personal computer recordable
The current costs of the surveillance card and surveillance
cameras have put this technology within the financial grasp of
virtually all American households. Companies with easy install
systems have made the systems available to the masses. So you
will no longer worry about items in your house or businesses
being unwatched while you are away.
About The Author: Chris Hall has been in the IT industry for
many years, and is the owner of Australian-based StoneBridge
Computing (www.stonebridgecomputing.com.au), which
specialises in the sale of Computers, Laptops, Hardware and
Software Australia-wide. Visit his website here: