Hidden Cameras Provide Big Brother Capability
We take a look at how the introduction of CCTV has generated a new breed of tiny, sophisticated hidden camera devices that, in total discretion, can record our every move.
The Latest Hidden Cameras That Make Surveillance Easy
CCTV has been around for over half a century now. The first CCTV cameras to appear were those that were used by the Germans in the Second World War to observe V2 Rocket launches. In 1968 CCTV video cameras were installed in a New York street in an effort to combat street crime. Since then CCTV cameras have become an integral part of our everyday lives and as technology has advanced, the camera technology has become smaller and more powerful.
This has allowed extremely small cameras to be manufactured that can be used to film people without their knowledge. These devices which are commonly known as hidden cameras are either not visible to the subject being filmed or are disguised as another object. PIR’s smoke detectors, clock radios, tissue boxes and many other everyday items.
Hidden cameras can be added onto an existing overt CCTV system in the workplace and as long as the correct warning signs are displayed, they can lawfully gather video evidence of employees in the workplace. This type of capability is being adopted more often as more and more companies install CCTV systems into the workplace as a matter of course. As a result, small, covert cameras have successfully been used to capture evidence of theft, fraud and even bullying in the workplace.
What does the future hold for CCTV?
In the last three years hidden camera technology has moved on quite a pace. prior to this time, hidden cameras had to be connected to an external recording system such as a video recorder, DVD recorder, CCTV hard drive recorder or MP4 recorder.
Developments in the last two years have seen both camera and recording system incorporated into the same object and this has meant that installing a sophisticated spy camera system has never been easier. So, what can we expect in the next few years. What is almost certain is that future systems will become smaller, more powerful and even more affordable, so you can be sure that the hidden camera is surely here to stay.