You need a reliable and effective way to keep an eye on your property or business. We offer various CCTV monitoring options that will be suitable for your business’ needs.

Our CCTV security camera solutions give you the choice of self-monitoring or using our partner ARC (Alarm Receiving Centre) to monitor your property in real-time, handle any alerts, and take swift action on any suspicious behaviour.

Need advice? Our security experts will assess your needs and assist you in choosing the best CCTV monitoring solution for your business.

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Self-monitoring your CCTV Security Cameras

One option is for your business to self-monitor your CCTV system. This means that you are responsible for watching the footage and identifying any potential security threats. This option definitely appearts more cost-effective upfront but it requires a dedicated team member to constantly monitor the footage, which is time-consuming and involves a full-time salary.

Which businesses does self-monitoring work for?

If you have a 24/7 operation, unless you have a full time security team on site, it’s unlikely to be practical if you want to be certain that incidents are identified immediately and acted upon. Self-monitoring works in a low-risk environment, where burglary or assault is unlikely and footage is mainly used for review of internal theft, accidents or incidents after the event.

You can self-monitor your CCTV system through our Optima module OneView. OneView allows users to access the footage from their CCTV cameras remotely, either through a web browser or a smartphone app.


ONE VIEW Features:

  • Live view: Users can view the events from their cameras in real-time
  • Recording/ Evidence: Footage is recorded from the camera feeds and stored on a DVR or NVR for later review or reference.
  • Scheduling: Set to only record footage at certain times or on certain days
  • Record on activation: When triggers are configured cameras can be set to only record when that event occurs. This reduces storage requirements but can mean you don’t have the context around an event by reviewing the lead up to it.
  • Remote viewing: Users can access the footage from their cameras from anywhere with an internet connection. This can incur roaming charges from your mobile provider and you should check regarding this before checking footage when you are abroad.

Self-monitoring your CCTV systems can be a good option for small businesses willing to take an active role in their own security.

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Using an Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) for CCTV Monitoring

When installing our CCTV system you will be granted access to OneView to oversee your system. Using an Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) means you can then offload the liability of monitoring your surveillance and have an additional layer of protection that enables you to respond quickly to incidents.

Our CCTV solutions are monitored by Qvis Monitoring, the UK’s most Accredited Alarm Receiving Centre and Alertline, Ireland’s premier monitoring solutions provider. Their highly trained professionals are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to check your video footage and guarantee that your property is safe at all times. They use advanced technology to monitor the footage and will alert the appropriate emergency services or individuals if they detect any suspicious activity.

Using an alarm receiving centre allows you to concentrate on operating your business while security is handled. Furthermore, with cutting-edge technology and the ability to customise alert configurations to your particular company needs, a CCTV monitoring station is a cost-effective long-term solution.

 Control – You determine the incident protocol so the monitoring centre can call you, the Gardia/ Police, or a security guarding company. 

 Perimeter Intrusion Detection – Detection beams placed at the perimeter of your grounds give early warning of an attempted burglary. 

 Professional surveillance – ARC operators are trained to identify potential security threats and take appropriate action. This means that you have peace of mind knowing that your property is watched over by expert personnel. 

 Intruder Challenge – Equip your system with external loudspeakers, internal amplifier and microphone to allow the monitoring centre to verbally challenge the intruder.  They become immediately aware that they have been detected and should desist from the burglary attempt.  

 Constant monitoring – Your property is constantly monitored because it is operational 24/7. This is especially critical if your company works outside regular business hours or there is a high risk of intrusion or theft. 

 Cost-effective – By having a monitoring centre look over your property you may eliminate the need for round-the-clock security staff. This offers you a cost-effective way to deter crime and boost safety. 

 Advanced technology – ARCs use cutting-edge technology to monitor footage in real-time which includes advanced software, huge displays, and effective communication systems.

 Quick response and incident reporting – If a security threat is detected, the monitoring station can quickly escalate the matter to the keyholders and/ or guarding company or emergency services. The monitoring centre will provide a report on the incident.  

How it works




An alert is created, when a sensor is triggered within certain times, normally outside working hours. The sensor could be responding to movement, or something passing across an infrared beam, or a door contact being broken, it depends on the type of sensor.




CCTV cameras capture images within their field of vision; this field varies according to the type of lens and camera. Video and audio options are available. Cameras will be placed so as to cover areas that sensors may be triggered.




The DVR sends an alert to the monitoring centre; they log on to the relevant camera to see whether it is a genuine unauthorised intrusion or a false alarm. They will then follow the protocol agreed for site; alerting the keyholder, a manned guarding company, or the authorities.




Couple CCTV and ARC monitoring with a loudspeaker and microphone and the monitoring centre can verbally challenge the intruder to ascertain whether they are authorised to be on site.

Why Almas? The Right Security Solution, For Your Business

Almas will build you an integrated security solution to protect your site, assets and people. Full service solutions, advice on GDPR responsibilities and a range of payment options make Almas the logical choice.


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Overall, the decision to self-monitor your CCTV system or use our CCTV monitoring station depends on your aims. Contact us today to learn more and to find the best solution for your business.

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    Alarm Receiving Centre – these are manned operational centres who are granted access to view your cameras. Staff are rigorously checked to exacting security standards.



    The ARC cannot monitor your site if the internet is cut, however, should this be as a result of deliberate tampering, the movement should be caught on the camera.