Understanding Covert Cameras
Covert Cameras, in essence, are a means of offering surveillance of an undetected or more discreet nature. Suitable for use in a broad range of internal applications, these miniature Cameras have been designed and developed to provide monitoring tools that are disguised in the form of everyday commercial and domestic objects.
This ensures that they are able to blend inconspicuously into any background and consequently do not catch people's attention. As a result, there are a number of state-of-the-art products which have been introduced into the market to meet security demands, varying from office clocks to Passive InfraRed (PIR) sensors, containing a minute camera within. These products are available in monochrome or colour versions and with optional audio.
Covert cameras tend to be used where there is a requirement to achieve particular objectives. These tend to fall into the following categories:
A) Covert surveillance - where there is a requirement to monitor activities in a particular location, completely undetected, e.g. in areas of high security like jewellers and banks. They are also useful for back-up surveillance in installations where the primary CCTV equipment is of a more traditional nature, i.e. standard cameras. In this case Covert
Cameras can operate as a back-up where primary cameras are disabled by an intruder.
B) Discreet/Unobtrusive surveillance - often there is a need for a surveillance system that is less conspicuous, not necessarily as an attempt to hide the fact that monitoring is taking place, but more from marketing or style considerations.
When introducing a covert system, it is important to recognise that access to recorded material must be kept to a minimum to ensure the privacy of individuals who may appear. A responsible policy should be introduced to ensure that footage from covert cameras is used for the purposes it was intended.
This article was supplied by Norbain and used with permission. Norbain are manufacturers of the Vista Protos range of state-of-the-art products designed for leading edge and performance critical applications - where extensive features and functionality are key.