Covert monitoring allows you to keep a watchful eye on your children and caregivers. Hidden cameras are discreet in nature and allow you to see what is happening in your home without anyone necessarily knowing. Hidden cameras may give you peace of mind if you leave your children with a nanny or babysitter. They can also be used to keep an eye on teenagers who may sneak out or bring unwanted guests into the house.
Hidden video surveillance can be found in a few different forms.
Advantages: You can run a long feed to cover significant areas. Provides a constant, interference free video feed. High resolution capabilties.
Disadvantages: Requires a direct connection and wires may be difficult to run and conceal.
Applications: Monitor your home, business, farm, or parking lot.
Advantages: Convenience of not having to run wires. Easy to move the system from location to location.
Disadvantages: Limited to the transmission range of the unit. They still require power supply so you'll need to use a battery or plug into an electrical outlet.
Applications: Monitor your baby, caregiver, pool, or shed.
IP Based Systems
Advantages: You can view video footage remotely via the Internet.
Disadvantages: You need to have an Internet access port near the system for it to work. Requires basic computer knowledge.
Applications: Monitor from your vacation property, office computer, or smart phone remotely.
The Defender STEALTH1 camera is a good example of a covert monitoring system. It is small enough to hide and designed to look like a simple motion detector. The internal recording unit will store up to 45 days of continuous video and give you a clear, color image of whatever you’re monitoring.
NOTE: There are some legal restrictions on covert monitoring, but it is generally permitted as long as you are doing so inside your own home and without audio support (listening devices).
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