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Choosing A Camera For Video Surveillance Over GSM

Conventional security systems powered by analog technology were once a breakthrough in monitoring homes and businesses and ensuring improved security. However, they have certain limitations – lack of real-time monitoring, costly upgrades, or incapability to deter intruder actions. Thankfully, times have changed with fast-paced technological advancements. GSM-based video surveillance cameras are now replacing traditional security systems, offering a wide range of benefits, improved security, and cost-efficiency. 

Benefits of Using GSM-based Video Surveillance 

There are numerous advantages of installing camera video surveillance on GSM. These include: 

  • Deploy anywhere seamlessly for off-grid surveillance and higher levels of security 
  • Compact, customizable and flexible that can be installed easily anywhere, even in tight spaces 
  • These are made of modular components; so, if any part fails, it can be easily replaced or upgraded without affecting other parts 
  • Portable and cost-effective surveillance units that can also be rented on a monthly basis 

How to Choose a GSM Video Surveillance Camera? 

Buying a good camera for video surveillance over GSM can be challenging, provided a large number of factors that go into selecting the right one.

Here are some important features you should consider when buying a GSM-enabled security camera: 

  1. Cellular Connection: The security system should support dual SIM with secure 3G/4G network connectivity, high cellular speeds up to 300Mbps, backup WAN, and auto-failover. Check for added features like Bluetooth LE and Dual-Band Wi-Fi support. 
  2. High-Quality Camera: The camera should be able to capture 360° multilayer panoramas with options such as zoom, tilt, and pan. Good security cameras offer 4K quality full-frame live video streaming with wide-angle optical zoom and automatic day/night IR mode. 
  3. Motion Detection: Choose security systems with built-in motion-activated sensors that work on thermal detection to seamlessly detect unauthorized entry and send instant notification via SMS. 
  4. Infrared Imaging: To capture crystal clear images and videos, the surveillance system should have built-in infrared light that can even operate in areas with insufficient lighting or in the dark.        
  5. Live Monitoring, Continuous Recording and Real-Time Audio: Unlike analog security systems, GSM-enabled surveillance cameras provide live streaming visualization, continuous video recording, and real-time audio that can help deter criminal intrusion. 
  6. Video Monitoring: Extend the functionality of your security system with video monitoring that uses powerful tools and analytics to protect your property from potential threats. 
  7. Analytics: For outdoor sites with complex situations, consider buying a camera with video analytics. It uses Deep Learning to accurately distinguish and classify people and objects, even in poor or extreme light conditions, such as from a passing car.     

Easy setup with a wireless connection is another important feature you should consider. 

 

Ways to Deploy a Security Camera over a Cellular Network 

There are two ways you can install a video surveillance system for live monitoring over GSM: 

  • Use a camera with a built-in cellular router: This offers the advantage of quick setup and installation 

  • Install an industrial cellular router and connect the camera to it: Consider using a weather-proof enclosure where you can install an industrial-grade cellular router and connect the camera to it to allow functioning over the cellular network

Challenges of Using GSM Video Surveillance Systems 

The wireless video security systems operate on a cellular network and can bring several challenges, which can hinder its efficient functioning.  

  • Poor cellular signal strength, especially in remote locations 
  • Power failure 
  • Significant data consumption 

To achieve high levels of security at your premises, a GSM video surveillance system with real-time remote monitoring works best. However, it is important to ensure an uninterrupted cellular network and power backup for constant monitoring.   

About the author

Lee Waters

I've built a business around off-grid surveillance and want to help you do the same.