When George Orwell coined the term "Big Brother" in his 1948 novel, "Nineteen Eighty Four", he couldn't possibly have foreseen the massive technological strides that would turn his vision of surveillance into a reality.
Fortunately for the most part this hasn't resulted in the extremes that Winston Smith and his fellow fictional characters were subjected to, and in reality CCTV has universal application rather than being the sole preserve of some faceless dictator.People have debated invasion of privacy versus the security benefits of CCTV, but there's no denying the usefulness of this now-commonplace tool in crime prevention and detection, whether in the public domain or in private homes and businesses.
To change literary tack, dabbling in the early days of CCTV meant dealing with bits of kit that were functional but had all the aesthetic appeal and popularity of an ugly duckling. Clunky and bulky, with hard edges and unsightly cables in abundance, they tended to be an intrusion on the architectural or domestic landscape. But not only is CCTV now so much more sophisticated in its application and in what it can achieve due to advances in digital technology, its design features are also taking flight with the grace of a beautiful swan.
In fact Swann, a company whose strap-line is ‘Advanced Security Made Easy’, is a case in point. They offer a dozen stylish choices of wireless and cloud linked camera kits that are not only unobtrusive, but are also positively funky in their design - a welcome addition to any contemporary office or home setting. Think rounded edges, choice of colours, built-in microphones and of course no ugly wires.
Enjoying good design doesn't mean sacrificing functionality:
Swann is the world's number 1 brand of do-it-yourself (DIY) surveillance and monitoring technology, having built up a track record since 1987.
Good design goes hand-in-hand with quality, as Swann's products carry a Lifetime brand promise.
If you are swimming against the tide with ugly old CCTV?
Why not make a splash with a beautiful current design?