Adam Bannister

Editor, IFSEC Global

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Adam Bannister is editor of IFSEC Global. A former managing editor at Dynamis Online Media Group, he has been at the helm of the UK's leading fire and security publication since 2014.
June 14, 2016

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How to Install a CCTV Camera: Optimising Your Settings [Video]

In the video below security consultant Simon Lambert says that – in his experience – most installed CCTV cameras are still set to their factory settings.

Whether you’re an installer or a CCTV buyer/operator, calibrating the settings on your network cameras can reap dividends in terms of picture quality, he says.


Watch the video below and read the transcript beneath that.

Simon Lambert on how to install a CCTV camera and optimising your CCTV settings:

“My experience is 20 years as an independent consultant and more years as well in the industry – things like technical sales for installers – so I like to think I’ve done quite a few roles, quite often poacher turned gamekeeper. It’s almost never that I would see the correct settings in that all of the ‘Ts’ are crossed and the ‘Is’ are dotted.

“It’s strange to say but it’s that rare. I find it very surprising to say that it’s that rare.

“I guess people will often call a consultant in if they’re not happy with their system and it needs to be looked at, they need someone to write a report on it, fault-find it, fix it. So maybe I get the calls for unsatisfactory systems. That may be self-fulfilling in that sense.

“But even on other systems that I go and see in day to day work, very often everything is left at factory default and it has been for 10 or 20 or 30 years. So I think I could put my hand on my heart and say that it almost never happens.

“The things that I intend to cover at IFSEC: I want them to be visual, because putting Powerpoint up with lots of words is tremendously boring, and most people are likely to fall asleep. If we put pictures up of real situations – here’s how to do it wrong, here’s how to do it right – hopefully people can see the difference immediately.

“If they’re technical they’ll understand why. If they’re not technical people then at least they’ll look at it and realise that there is a difference and that they need to do it properly on their system or the system that they’re buying.

“So hopefully it will be of interest to the installers doing the work, but also to the end users buying the systems, who would like to know that their money is being very well spent and they’re getting the best result that they can.”

Click here for a more extensive guide – accompanied by images – to optimising your CCTV camera settings from Simon Lambert.


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