For many, a world without CCTV is unimaginable. Able to offer security, operators are able to view images of important areas that they wish to protect. CCTV security has become so vital that the layouts of new stores are even designed with CCTV in mind.

Although despite the vast majority of retailers, schools and other types of businesses having CCTV systems in place, many are now outdated and simply don’t offer sufficient security coverage. Today’s CCTV systems for retail not only can capture images in high-definition quality but they can also take advantage of high-speed internet connections to send images to the user, no matter where they may be.

The Fast-Changing Nature of CCTV Systems For Retail.

The qualities that modern CCTV are able to present differ vastly from what they were able to offer even a decade ago. Living in such a fast-changing world as we do, it has become important for property owners to keep up to date with the latest changes in CCTV technology. With this in mind, let’s have a look at how CCTV has evolved over the years, eventually delivering us the systems of today:

The Early Years of CCTV.

Like so many innovations of the 20th Century, CCTV has its roots in wartime, when warring nations hurried around, trying to get the upper hand on the others. In this case, German scientist, Walter Bruch invented the first kind of CCTV system in 1942, during the Second World War; the Siemens AG was created to monitor the launch sequence of the V-2 missile.

It wasn’t until after the war that the first commercial CCTV was invented in the United States – the Vericon system was advertised to businesses as ‘not needing a government permit’; Beyond this, not much is known about this early system.

In 1969, Marie Van Brittan Brown of New York was granted a patent for her design of a home security system, which contained a set of four peepholes along with a camera that could manoeuvre between them and transfer the images to a monitor. The system also included a device that would allow the homeowner to use the monitor to view a person at their door and even hear their voice.

The Advent of CCTV Recording Devices.

Although adept at monitoring, the immediate issue with early CCTV systems was there wasn’t a facility for them to record images. Thanks to the ongoing development of reel-to-reel recording in the late-1960’s/early 1970’s, some CCTV systems were able to capture images on magnetic tape. However, with the tapes needing to be changed on a constant basis, not to mention being costly, time-consuming to install and unreliable, their usage never really took off in a wider market.

It wasn’t until the introduction of VCR technology in the late-70’s that gave CCTV systems the opportunity to record images automatically in relative high-quality, for a cost-effective price for the user. With the ability to record, erase and record again on a VHS tape, the video surveillance market boomed as homeowners and retailers took advantage of the latest innovations in recording technology.

Going Digital.

As time and technology progressed, CCTV systems became even more adept at recording images at much higher qualities. During the 1990’s, digital multiplexing allowed for a number of CCTV cameras to record simultaneously, giving a property owner a full view of an area that they wished to monitor. During this period, cameras could also perform tasks such as time lapsing and even motion-only recording, increasing the capabilities of a CCTV system and making for an, even more, cost effective security solution than ever before.

By the turn of the 21st Century, digital recording replaced physical recording mediums, which by this point had transferred to compact discs, from VHS tapes. With high-definition images able to be kept on tiny, removable media, users were able to further cut down on the costs of a CCTV system, which by this point had seen them used in the vast majority of public areas.

Today, CCTV technology is able to work alongside the internet as systems no longer need an on-site recording device to store images. Able to take advantage of digital storage mediums (the cloud) CCTV images can also be delivered to a wide range of devices, which gives users the opportunity to either watch their recordings, or even live images, in any location that they may be in (as long as there’s an internet connection, of course!)

Maxtag – CCTV Installers in Richmond, London and Throughout The UK.

Here at Maxtag, we have spent over 20 years helping all manner of business, education and government establishments in providing the most up-to-date CCTV systems. No matter where you may be located, our nationwide team of engineers are on hand to help with any issues that you may be having with your security.

Other than our CCTV systems for retail, we also supply EAS security systems to look after tagged products, as well as analytical software that can make use of a camera to produce accurate statistics on how your store is performing and where it can improve.

The CCTV and EAS security systems that we provide here at Maxtag, are from some of the world’s most well-known CCTV manufacturers, which ensure that our clients have only the best security solutions on the market. In 2016, we were recognised by renowned camera providers, Hikvision, who awarded us with their ‘partner of the year’ title – something that as a hallmark of our quality, we’re extremely proud of.

Choose Maxtag Today For Wide-Ranging Retail Security.

If you would like further information on our CCTV systems for retail, or on any part of our service, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. You can call us on 0800 044 3160 or alternatively, you can send us an e-mail at

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