When video surveillance systems were first introduced the primary applications were in banks, retail stores and high-security government facilities. Like all technology, though, prices have decreased and quality and applications have increased. Today video surveillance cameras have many uses and applications, even in our homes.


We received a call from a couple who wanted to discuss the options and costs of installing a video surveillance system in their home. In talking with the couple we discovered the driving force behind their interest in video surveillance was because they were first time parents.

Mom hated the idea of going back to work, leaving her son with a nanny and not being able to see her son until she got home each night. We also discovered that the nanny was a young lady and that she would be at the couples home each day alone with their son.

Our recommendation was to have 4 cameras and a DVR installed. We also recommended a microphone be installed so mom and dad could not only see their son, but hear him and how the nanny was interacting with him. This is what we installed for this family:

* One camera was installed at the front door.  This allows the nanny to see who is at the door without having to open the door.

* One camera was installed on the back of the house allowing a view of the backyard and pool. This was done to provide a view for the nanny in the event there was someone in the backyard; again without having to open a door or go outside.6280Touchscreen5

* One camera and a microphone were installed in the nursery. This allows the nanny, mom and dad the ability to see and hear the baby when he’s sleeping.

* One camera and microphone were installed in the family room. This allows mom and dad to see and hear their son and how the nanny interacts with him.

* The DVR was installed in the master bedroom. The DVR records and stores the video recordings. The DVR is also remotely accessible by mom and dad from their computers, phones and tablets. Mom and dad can check in on their son and the nanny anytime they like, as well as review video from days or weeks ago.

* The cameras are also connected to the big screen TV in the family room. The nanny can quickly see who is at the front door or in the backyard, as well as see and hear the baby in the nursery.

Video surveillance isn’t just for the ‘big boys’ any more. Video surveillance in your home provides an additional level of safety and security, as well as peace of mind knowing your loved ones are safe, even when you aren’t home.