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Video Surveillance Systems in General

The video surveillance system is a system controlled by a person that provides 24/7 monitoring of security cameras and immediate response in case of emergency. The purpose of the use is to monitor a property or area and to record it when necessary. As a security measure, it ensures that a workplace or house is monitored and kept under control. The units of a video surveillance system can be listed as follows:

  • Cameras

  • Wired Network

  • Power Supply

  • Mounting System

  • Recorder and Drive

  • Screen

  • Control Panel

  • Motion Sensor

Although there may be differences in these components, video surveillance systems are similar in general terms. Functions vary according to products such as image quality, memory capacity, production material, night vision, and motion sensors.

The number of cameras in video surveillance systems in large buildings or factories is higher. Since surveillance of a larger area or several floors will be carried out, many cameras are integrated into the same system and displayed on the screen by dividing them. This number is less for those produced and sold for homes. Memory capacities are also low as fewer cameras are used, but this can be increased with a memory card to be purchased later. One advantage of not being very comprehensive systems is that they are more affordable.

The defining feature of video surveillance systems is that camera systems can broadcast live 24/7. The camera system transmits images to the screens, which are usually under the control of a security guard. It creates functionality to provide effective security. For this reason, surveillance systems are often used at entrance doors.

Another important feature of video surveillance cameras is that they can work synchronously with alarm systems. In line with the detection of the sensors in the surveillance cameras, the alarm system is activated and gives a warning. As an assistive device of alarm systems, it provides faster notification and action accordingly. Today, they can also be associated with smart systems developed for homes and function as part of a smart home system. They offer the chance to connect with many imaginable systems such as face recognition, light/motion sensors, and automatic opening doors. Of course, assembling systems is a challenging task and needs professional installers. Our company provides professional support in Vienna and Lower Austria.

Legal Status of Video Surveillance Systems in Austria

The recording of an area by video surveillance is permitted under certain conditions. This issue, which is regulated under the General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union, presupposes the use of video surveillance in a way that does not disproportionately violate the rights of individuals. According to the regulation, the viewing angle of a camera should not go beyond the private property. In addition, the cameras should not be used other than for legal video surveillance purposes. For example, a security camera installed in a house should not record the neighbor’s house directly. As a result, video surveillance is legal and lawful in Austria, but an area of freedom has been given by drawing boundaries in order to prevent the violation of the rights of individuals.

Wireless Video Surveillance

Wireless video surveillance systems are varieties that perform their functions without a cable connection. They usually operate over Wi-Fi networks and the images recorded by the cameras are transmitted over this network. Although they are produced with more up-to-date technology, they do not provide higher quality and uninterrupted images compared to wired models. While these systems prevent visual pollution caused by cables, they also bring with them many problems. One of them is that image transfer cannot be performed when there is a problem with the internet connection. This is not only in cases where the internet is down, but also inconsistencies between DNS servers can prevent the camera from transmitting the recording it receives. Another problem is about image quality. Although Wi-Fi technology is developing day by day, the bandwidth is still not enough for high-quality image transmission. Wireless systems create heavy traffic on the local network and slow down the internet speed. For many different reasons such as these, we do not recommend wireless video surveillance systems as a company. Of course, the choice is always yours, but knowing that many people have problems with wireless systems, we do not recommend wireless models.

Video Surveillance Under the European Union General Data Protection Regulation

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a legal regulation that covers data protection and privacy for citizens and states (for example ‘’Video Surveillance Vienna’’) subject to European Law. The regulation aims to set certain limits that companies that control personal data must comply with, but there are also articles that should be paid attention to in the content of private law. For those who will use a video surveillance system at home and at work, the point to be considered is that the recorded area remains within the boundaries of the property. Observations should not be made on someone else’s property, but it is okay to have public areas as the background in images. In Lower Austria, video surveillance is subject to these rules.

Home Security Systems

When it comes to video surveillance systems, many people think of systems consisting of many monitors in the security rooms of banks or companies. These systems are installed for video surveillance purposes, but video surveillance is not limited to this. It is possible for these systems to be installed in order to make observations for private properties. Video surveillance systems used in homes are mostly used with intention, such as watching the garden, checking the status of the house when no one is at home. The features that the surveillance system should have according to the purpose of use and the characteristics of the property should be determined. It is recommended by our company to have night vision and waterproofing features, especially in systems to be purchased for use in gardens. It is also necessary to have information about the types and features of cameras.


The camera types of video surveillance systems suitable for home use are plug-and-play, IP, and web cameras. Plug-and-play cameras provide image transmission by connecting a home’s network. They can be used immediately after the power is turned on and the Wi-Fi connection is established, but they are not very good in image quality and stability. Webcams, on the other hand, are cameras designed for indoors and cannot be used in all areas of the property as they do not have features such as water resistance and night vision. IP cameras are the most functional and suitable for surveillance systems among these three types. It can perform high-quality image transfer stably by offering customization options and transferring data by connecting directly to the network.


Some of the other important units in a video surveillance system are the control panel, disk, cable, and power supply. Most people focus only on the cameras in a surveillance system, but this is basically a big mistake. A quality camera will not perform well when other units of a video surveillance system are not of equivalent quality. Therefore, when purchasing a surveillance system for your home, be sure to check the data transfer capacity of the cable, the reading and writing speed of the memory disk, the setting options offered by the control panel, and whether the power supply can provide enough power to run all these.

In summary, we advise people who are looking for products or services for video surveillance Vienna or video surveillance Lower Austria to do good research and make the right choice themselves by being informed about the products they buy.