Video surveillance, security cameras or CCTV? Is there a difference?

In short, no. It is funny how there are so many terms used for the same thing. There are a lot of people who think that each of the terms represent a different type of camera system. Though there are many different types, brands and configurations, they all fall into categories of video surveillance, security cameras and CCTV.

“Video surveillance” is the term that is used more by the professional installers in the field. Is is the term that (to us) best describes what it is.

“Security cameraOklahoma City CCTV” is the term used primarily by the end user. Why? Because security is usually the reason they are purchasing. Sometimes people mistake a “security system” for “security cameras” or vice versa. A security system may consist a burglar alarm, access control, video surveillance, various other software and hardware or all of these components. Whereas security cameras are just that, a camera system (with some type of recording device such as a DVR or NVR).

“CCTV” is the term used by many manufacturers of CCTV components (it is also used by professionals in the field since it is much shorter to say and write than “video surveillance”!) CCTV stands for “closed circuit television”. Wikipedia defines CCTV as “..the use of video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific place, on a limited set of monitors. It differs from broadcast television in that the signal is not openly transmitted..”

On a related note, many people who desire to access their video surveillance system via their iPhone or internet oftentimes refer to it as an “IP system”. They will call and ask us “can you tell me how much and IP system for my home would cost?” Most of the time, what they are really after is the price of a system they can access via the internet, not necessarily an actual IP system. An IP (internet protocol) system will offer much higher image quality (mega pixels) than a standard system, but the cost can be significantly more. Here is a video that goes into more detail about this subject.

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