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5 Tips on How to Maintain Your CCTV System

Your security camera system may be one of the most important systems in your home or business. If you look around Singapore, there are many private and public establishments that use CCTV cameras. While they are beneficial and helpful in many ways, such as keeping out intruders or simply monitoring what’s going on in your home, simply setting up the right CCTV system isn’t enough.

To guarantee maximum security in monitoring who enters your office, having a biometric door access works well with your CCTV system. Both features state of the art biometric technology that will keep your business safe and protected from any unauthorized entry. For instance, the system can offer your Singapore office an auto open door for authorized personnel.

Whether you own a fancy state-of-the-art system or an old analog system, you should always keep your CCTV system well-maintained. After all, even your office camera needs a bit of a tune-up here and then. While your manufacturer would have their own set of rules for how to maintain their system, there are still some easy ways for you to keep your cameras in tip-top shape. Here are some tips for maintaining your CCTV system.

  1. Keep lenses clean

As with any camera lens, it’s always a good idea to keep your CCTV camera lenses clean. After all, it would be such a waste of good footage if you were able to capture something important, only for it to be covered by dirt or grime. Additionally, dirt can create unnecessary stress on your CCTV camera, making it susceptible to damage. Simply keeping your camera free from dirt can protect it from damage, as well as give you important and crystal-clear footage.

To keep your camera lenses clean, begin by removing debris like dust and soil by using a compressed air can. Then, gently use a microfiber brush to wipe the lenses, making sure to avoid cracking or scratching the lens. If the dirt is more stubborn than expected, you could use a microfiber and a bit of lens cleaning solution. Make sure that your unit is switched to off before cleaning its lens to make sure that it isn’t damaged, and the person cleaning doesn’t come to any harm.

Your clean lens can greatly help once you monitor footage of office staff in Singapore. A clear cctv footage makes it easy to monitor personnel attendance and see who turned in for the day. So, make it a habit to clean the lenses of your security cameras every once in a while.

  • Check the unit for damage

Cleaning the lens may require you to take your IP camera apart. If you can, you should also check the unit for signs of damage. Thoroughly check your CCTV unit’s parts for signs of corrosion, which can happen when water dries on surfaces susceptible to rust. You may also want to check all connectors for signs of corrosion.  Catching corrosion early is very important to make sure that rust doesn’t spread to other nearby parts. It is always wise to remove the rusted part and have it replaced as soon as possible.

Other than signs of rust, you should also check the inside of your IP camera for signs like water and condensation, as well as dirt. Your CCTV camera should remain water-proof; should you find any of these signs, you may want to have your camera replaced. When reassembling the unit, make sure that it is sealed tightly so as not to expose it to any damage.

  • Check the power supply and other cables

If you’re the type of owner who’s concerned with breaches in your IP CCTV, you may have invested in the best ways to make sure that you aren’t hacked. No matter which Singapore manufacturer you buy your system from, any CCTV system can be made as secure as possible. However, none of this would be effective if your IP camera powers down because of a faulty power supply.

It’s always a good idea to make sure that your power supply is functioning effectively and efficiently. Make sure that it is fully charged, and make sure that your cameras are receiving the necessary amount of power that they need. The wrong amount of power can force your cameras to function harder than they should, which would mean that they would be damaged faster.

If you own an analog camera system, you will also need to check its coaxial cables, which is how an analog camera sends its data. While these cables are sturdy and hard to damage, it’s still a good idea to make sure that the connections are secured.

  • Empty your hard drive

If you store your footage on a hard drive, it’s always a good idea to keep the drive empty for more footage. It would be a huge cost for you to continue using a system that isn’t even recording anymore. If you use a hard drive to store your data, it’s always a good idea to check how much memory is left and to clean its storage every few weeks or so. As a rule of thumb, a terabyte of data can store about three weeks of full-motion data from a single camera. When cleaning your drives, make sure to create multiple backups, preferably using both automated and manual methods.

Some CCTV manufacturers may have features that allow you to do this in a more automated manner, even here in Singapore. Especially with some ultra-modern kits (which often uses an IP CCTV system), you may be given the option to check your storage within an app. This can make backing-up data easier and more straightforward, so you don’t have to manually locate your CCTV footage.

  • Set the correct time and date

It seems like a small, insignificant detail, but with something as important as a security camera, details like the time and date can make a huge difference. Be sure to regularly check the time and date generated by your system and ensure that it is as accurate as possible. You may also want to check after power outages, system reboots, or updates, which can change the date and time. By doing this simple check, you can make sure that your footage is as accurate and reliable as possible.

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