If you’re on the hunt for a security system for your house, property, or premises, you’ll likely hear about and require an NVR system. But what exactly is an NVR – and how can you be certain they are 100% secure?
Read on for our definition of NVRs, reasons for their growing popularity and details on the level of security NVRs can provide your property.
What is an NVR?
NVR stands for Network Video Recorder, and refers to a system that records and stores video footage directly from a chosen network; namely, somewhere in or around your property. Depending on the type of NVR you have, your surveillance video can be stored on a USB, memory card, or similar storage device.
In broader terms, an NVR system encodes and processes video data from a camera, and then streams it to a separate NVR recorder which can be viewed remotely.
Depending on the size of your property, there are a few types of NVR systems to choose from. They start and range from 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128 channels before you need to start looking at larger servers and VMS (Video Management Software), with each system type accompanying a different amount of cameras at once.
Why are NVRs rising in popularity?
There are a few reasons why NVRs are growing in popularity over similar, competing storage products. One is that CCTV cameras connected to NVR systems record high-quality videos. For surveillance purposes, this clear and coherent footage is imperative to identify key touchpoints (such as number plates or people’s faces) in case of a security breach.
Another reason NVRs are a popular choice is thanks to their simple and virtual accessibility. Once you’ve downloaded your network video recorder software, all you’ll need to do is enter an ID number into your phone app, and you’ll be able to access live view of your cameras and any previous recordings.
Can NVRs be breached – and how?
Your NVR will serve as the center of your home or business’ security system – but unfortunately, it can be hacked. In June 2020, it was reported by ABC News that a series of Australian security cameras were being streamed to a website based in Russia. This hacking was a result of vulnerable cameras on the web – but luckily for NVR owners, there are ways to make your system as secure as possible.
How to secure your NVR
Cloud storage is now extremely easy to implement into existing CCTV systems. In most cases, it is as simple as a device addon that connects to your internet router and to your phone! Additionally, some of these devices also come with built-in Artificial Intelligence – giving you the ability to record only what is 100% necessary.
Cloud backup storage can give you peace of mind as the video footage is saved off site – you’ll no longer have to worry about a physical security breach and stolen video footage. Plus, you have the added advantage of connecting it directly to your mobile device or PC – making retrieval of footage quick, easy and hassle-free! Gone are the days of spending lengthy amounts of time sitting in front of a monitor, and combing through hours of security footage for a specific event, and backing it up to a USB stick.
Ready to make the leap to an NVR for your home or business’ security system?
Trust the expert team at Castle Security. With decades of experience right here in Western Australia, we’re ready to correctly and efficiently install your home or business’ NVR system to improve security and guarantee you valuable peace of mind.