Security Camera Installation Service

Security Camera Buyer's GuideOur security camera installation services include the ability to install IP or analog commercial surveillance camera systems consisting of as little as 4 cameras right up to large-scale systems consisting of 300 cameras or more.

Camera systems help deter crime and reduce liability by providing an unbiased record of events. They can be installed on the exterior or interior of a building to monitor sensitive areas such as entrances, parking lots, cash rooms, or secure areas of a building. They can also be connected to access control systems to provide a record of who is entering and exiting a building.

Any type of business can benefit from a camera system, but the most common clients include hotels, hospitals, office buildings, schools, retail stores, and government offices.

Streamline Telecom works with many top manufacturers of surveillance equipment, including Pelco, Axis, Bosch, Acti, Everfocus, Digital Watchdog, and Arecont.

What Type of Security Cameras Should I Have Installed?

Choosing the right type of security camera for your home or business can be overwhelming. We’ll guide you through the types we recommend most, and where each camera will perform best.

Box Style Cameras

box camera

The box-style camera is what most people think of when they think “security camera.” The most commonly-used security cameras, box-style cameras allow for great flexibility in lens customization. While they are used most frequently, box-style cameras are not the most attractive. You may consider this style for outdoor spaces or where style is not important in an indoor space.

Dome Security Cameras

dome camera

Dome-style cameras are another popular option and are more sleek and discreet than the box-style. Dome-style cameras can be used indoors and outdoors and are extremely durable against both severe weather and vandalism.

Pan Tilt Zoom Cameras

PTZ cameras

Pan, tilt, and zoom, or PTZ cameras are a favorite among those looking for more advanced functionality. PTZ cameras can be adjusted for closer views, wide angles, or set to pan across a selected area. PTZ cameras can also integrate with computers or smartphones, and can be controlled via remote controls or remote software.

Bullet Style Cameras

bullet cameras

The bullet-style camera is a sleeker version of the box-style. A top choice for classic security purposes, the bullet-style can also be outfitted with infrared illuminators to improve surveillance in low-lit indoor or outdoor spaces.

Day and Night Security Cameras

bullet cameras

Similar to the bullet-style cameras, the day and night security cameras, as their name suggests, adjust according to the time of day. Using infrared features to function in low-lit areas, the day and night cameras automatically adjust their IR illuminators to provide the best quality no matter the time.

Thermal Cameras

Thermal cameras

Thermal cameras are the best option for more rugged areas and extreme conditions. These cameras record the heat patterns of people and animals, thus picking out movement in storms, dense trees or plants, or hazy, smoky, foggy, or dusty conditions. Thermal cameras can be paired with regular security cameras for maximum security.

Should I Install Analog, IP, or CVI Security Cameras?

Almost all security cameras can be broken down into these three main camera types, but which is best for your home or business?

Analog

Analog cameras are the pioneers of the surveillance industry and are a low-cost, low-resolution security solution. While extremely affordable and easy to set up, analog cameras will likely be phased out as newer, better technology is developed.

Pros:

  • Simple and affordable
  • Low maintenance
  • Network independent; will continue to record even if your network goes down

Cons:

  • Very low resolution making it difficult to get quality evidence
  • Limited customization options

IP

IP cameras are much higher resolution, allowing audio and video surveillance to be sent over a network, with IP addresses assigned to each camera. More technical in nature, IP camera systems will likely take more expertise to setup, and typically cost more than analog cameras.

Pros:

  • Higher resolution to record fine details and to help with facial recognition
  • Web interface for each camera allows for greater customization
  • Configuration through the network
  • Ability to zoom in on recorded video
  • Greater wireless compatibility

Cons:

  • More expensive than analog
  • Higher resolutions require more bandwidth, which may require you to bump up your network speeds and adjust traffic control mechanisms
  • Surveillance can go down if your network goes down

CVI

Composite Video Interface, or CVI, cameras combine the best features of both analog and IP cameras. If you have an existing analog system or are just starting your video surveillance journey, CVI cameras can be a decent compromise between IP and analog.

Pros:

  • Simple and affordable
  • Can easily upgrade an analog system
  • High definition quality

Cons:

  • Newer technology limits the selection of compatible cameras
  • Not as customizable as IP cameras
  • Cameras still require standard power cables unlike IP cameras that are powered via Ethernet

Where Do You Recommend Installing Security Cameras?

Placement of your security cameras is key to maximizing their role in your security plan. We recommend installing your security cameras in the following high-risk locations:

Exits and Entrances – Security cameras placed at the exits and entrances to your business will track not only who enters your business, but how long they stay. The exact placement near the entrance and exit is key as well. Try to install the camera near a sign or other eye-catching feature where most people will look as they enter or exit the building. This will increase the chance of capturing a full picture of each person’s face.

Points of Sale – Any place you have a cash register, you should install a camera as well. This will help in deterring theft from both customers and employees. Be sure to mount the camera no higher than 7 feet to avoid capturing only shots of the tops of people’s heads, and point the camera where the customer will stand.

Reception – Most reception areas in a business will be highly trafficked, therefore an ideal place for a camera installation. Concealing a camera within a frame, clock, sprinkler head, or smoke detector could make a reception security camera more efficient, but be sure to check with state laws regarding the legality of a concealed camera before doing so.

Exterior – Even if your business doesn’t keep anything of valuable outside, exterior security cameras can often be just as valuable as cameras placed inside. Exterior security cameras can monitor the parking lot, capture license plate numbers, or grab a shot of a thief’s face if the indoor camera misses it. Exterior cameras can also provide employees leaving late at night with peace of mind.

Warehouses – Warehouses are likely home to much of your valuable inventory, and thus a prime spot for theft. Deter loss at the hand of both external and internal thieves by mounting security cameras inside and outside your warehouse. Also, be sure to keep your warehouse well-lit for quality recordings and to deter shady activity from the get-go.

Secluded Areas – If an area around your business is secluded, chances are unsavory characters are going to pick up on that, making these spots popular for planning and carrying out theft. One common location is near a dumpster–an employee might throw away the stolen goods only to retrieve them later or send an accomplice for the retrieval. Security cameras present near a dumpster can deter this activity.

What Brands of Security Cameras Do You Install?

Pelco – Pelco offers the broadest selection of IP cameras, including fixed and high-speed IP cameras, panoramic, thermal imaging, and explosion-proof. In addition to their wide variety of IP cameras, Pelco also offers top-of-the-line high-resolution analog security cameras for a cost-effective solution. You can find a product selector on Pelco’s website, as well as a Field of View Calculator and various storage estimator tools to help you determine how much recording space you’ll need.

Axis – Axis offers a wide variety of security cameras, including all the types mentioned on this page. Axis cameras feature excellent HDTV image quality regardless of the conditions of the monitored areas and minimize bandwidth and storage needs at the same time for an energy-efficient solution. Axis also offers products tailored to the needs of small businesses with their Axis Companion Line cameras.

Here is a video demonstrating the P5635-E PTZ Axis Dome Network Camera:

Bosch – A household name in technology, Bosch offers world-class security surveillance systems. In addition to a wide range of both IP and analog cameras, Bosch offers encoders and decoders, video software, recording solutions, workstations and servers, high-definition monitors, switching systems and keyboards, and a variety of other surveillance accessories. The Bosch Live Viewer allows you to see exactly what your IP camera sees directly on your mobile device.

The following video introduces the Bosch Security autodome IP camera line, just one of many lines of security cameras they offer.

ACTi – ACTi Corporation offers a variety of all the types of security cameras we mentioned on this page, as well as 360° OZT (overview, zoom, and tracking) cameras and fisheye and hemispheric cameras offering 360° ceiling views and 180° wall views. ACTi also offers a line of specialty covert cameras with a wide range of disguise accessories for environments requiring concealed cameras. Also available is a unique line of service desk cameras, featuring sleek and compact cameras with a high-quality microphone designed specifically for service desk security.

ACTi has many videos on their YouTube channel demonstrating the performance of their cameras. Here’s just one example:

EverFocus – EverFocus offers both IP and analog cameras, but is unique in offering a value IP security camera line. Their Value IP Line is noted for its compact design and full IP-functionality, but low pricing when compared to other IP cameras on the market. The Value IP Line features mini ball, dome, and bullet cameras, while the ball and bullet models support infrared functions and are ideal for outdoor placement. View their product guide for more information.

Digital Watchdog – Digital Watchdog offers a wide range of both IP and analog security cameras, with recorders, network devices, software, and mobile apps specially designed for both types. Their website’s product selector allows you to compare up to 4 models at once, helping you to narrow down their wide range of products based on your security needs. You can also use their quote builder for pricing assistance and their calculator tools to determine how much bandwidth and storage you’ll need for their different camera options.

The following video highlights a news report about a Digital Watchdog camera system that helped to catch robbers who held up a store:

Arecont Vision – Arecont Vision offers a large selection of IP security cameras in a variety of megapixels. Their product selector allows you to compare up to 5 cameras at once, and you can filter your options by everything from camera type and features, to regulatory approvals and adherence to various industry compliance standards. Among the many features available in Arecont Vision’s cameras, you can find day/night cameras, infrared built-ins, remote focus and zoom, and unique modes like casino mode, which is required by gaming industry regulations.

Here is a video case study about Arecont cameras, specifically their day and night megapixel surveillance capability:

Security Camera Installation Buyer’s Guide Infographic

Due to the large amount of information about how to buy security cameras that we’ve included on this page, we have summarized all the data in an infographic, which you can see below.  This will help you see at a glance the most important things you should know before installing security cameras.

Security Camera Buyer's Guide