13 CCTV-Related Facts You Probably Don’t Know

The demand for closed-circuit television or CCTV cameras is increasing in United Arab Emirates and across the globe because of the rising concerns for security. If you are also planning to avail a CCTV camera security system, these CCTV-related facts might interest you.


  1. The Dubai Law requires all residential buildings and offices in Dubai to have security surveillance systems. This has opened great opportunities for CCTV companies in UAE to soar.
  2. For the rest of the United Arab Emirates, the use of CCTV is still unregulated. However, installation of CCTVs and access control systems is highly encouraged.
  3. A report in 2014 stated that 4,000 CCTV cameras were installed across trains and stations on the Dubai Metro.
  4. In 2016, the Roads and Transport Authority installed CCTV cameras in several taxis for an experimental project that aimed to monitor the performance of drivers as well as for the common good. Each taxi was installed with three CCTVs – one covers the driver’s area and the other two were placed on the rear and front of the taxi.
  5. The Khaleej Times reported that the Middle East physical security market is anticipated to be valued at $10.9 billion by 2020, almost triple of its $3 billion value in 2014.

CCTV Worldwide

  1. Singapore’s airport has the most number of CCTV cameras (around 3,000) in just one operation center. No wonder why it’s one of the safest airports on earth.
  2. China is entirely protected by CCTV cameras.
  3. In 2015, around 5.9 million CCTV cameras were recorded in the United Kingdom.

Technical CCTV Facts

  1. There is a wide range of CCTV remote monitoring apps for Android, Apple and Windows users. Some of their features include zooming, panning, audio, taking screenshots, sending photos and videos via email, reviewing video recordings, viewing live video from more than two cameras and sending notification to the in case of alarming events.
  2. There are ten kinds of CCTV cameras namely (1) dome cameras, (2) day/night type cameras, (3) discreet CCTVs, (4) wireless camera, (5)PTZ cameras, (6) network cameras, (7) high definition cameras,  (8) varifocal cameras, (9) infrared cameras and (10) bullet type cameras.
  3. A CCTV surveillance system has four basic components: (1) cameras, (2), cable, (3) monitor and (4) digital video recorders (DVR).

CCTV History

  1. In 1942, the first CCTV camera, designed by Engineer Walter Bruch, was installed in Germany to monitor V-2 rockets at Test Stand VII.
  2. Among all the industries, the banking industry was the first to adopt security cameras.

Aside from CCTV cameras, other popular security systems include home automation systems, time attendance and access control systems in Dubai.