What is CCTV Intrusion Alert and how does it work?
With the vast majority of traditional CCTV systems, you have two choices. Either you watch the screen in real-time to detect suspicious activity or you review it at a later date after a burglary has taken place.
Even though footage helps to convict offenders and assist with the recovery of stolen goods, you could still be liable to loss and damage if you aren’t able to monitor your CCTV round-the-clock.
While this can be a bit of a dilemma for certain homes and businesses, there is a solution that promises the best of both worlds. But what is CCTV intrusion alert and how does it work?
What is CCTV Intrusion Alert?
Intrusion alert is a type of motion detection technology that will notify you whenever trespassers appear in front of your CCTV system. You can think of intrusion alert as a virtual camera operator for a fraction of the price.
Notifications will be sent straight to your smartphone immediately, which means you don’t need to find out about a burglary or break-in after it has occurred. There is no need to wait for confirmation from your dedicated keyholder or the police either.
What’s more, most intrusion alert systems can stream a live video of CCTV footage onto your smartphone screen in real-time. From there, you can take a screenshot, go to the location yourself, or notify the authorities.
How does CCTV Intrusion Alert work?
Intrusion alert can be configured to work with a number of analogue HD and digital IP CCTV systems. Set-up is relatively straightforward too and involves the following steps. Alternatively, you can leave it up to the professionals like us at Innovate Security.
- Select motion detection – You will need to login to your camera using its IP address as the URL on any web browser. This is also a good time to change your username and password. Once in your camera’s web interface, select the desired motion detection pages.
- Turn on alerts – In each of the motion detection settings pages, make sure alerts have been switched on. Alerts can take the form of an email or smartphone notification.
- Connect to the Internet – In order for you to receive an intrusion alert, your CCTV system needs to be connected to the Internet. Typically you will need to know your IPv4 and DNS server details. Everything else can be left at default values.
- Configure settings – Ensure the camera is the sender and your email address/telephone number is the receiver. Some email addresses won’t work with intrusion alert systems, so you may need to create a new account.
- Test the system – If the camera interface settings don’t include a test button, why not see whether it works in real-life? Get someone to walk in front of the camera and wait to receive an instant notification. Also, don’t forget to save your settings.
To receive more information or a quote for CCTV intrusion alert, get in touch with us today.