About us

Our journey at CCTV First began in the early 1990s, where our primary focus was the installation of CCTV systems for various sectors, including local councils, schools, and commercial properties. As we embarked on this path, we established fruitful relationships with electronics suppliers hailing from Taiwan, South Korea, and China. These initial connections evolved into collaborations that extended beyond installation, encompassing research and development, product testing, and ongoing support for advancing software tailored to the next generation of CCTV technology.


In those early years, the CCTV landscape was dominated by a single signal type - the analogue signal. Unfortunately, this technology yielded subpar image quality, both during the day and at night. However, our team remained steadfast in its commitment to staying at the forefront of technological advancements. Our unwavering dedication led us to the introduction of a groundbreaking technology based on the same signal employed by the broadcasting industry, known as HD-SDI (High-Definition Serial Digital Interface). HD-SDI brought with it Full HD resolution and real-time frame rates - features that have since become industry standards.


The reception of HD-SDI was overwhelmingly positive, but as with any industry, cost-efficiency played a significant role in shaping the market. Cheaper analogue signals emerged, rapidly gaining traction and ultimately displacing HD-SDI technology from the forefront of the CCTV industry. The arrival of newer signal formats, such as TVI (Transport Video Interface), AHD (Analog High Definition), and CVI (Composite Video Interface), marked a significant shift. These technologies offered high-resolution imagery at a fraction of the cost, reshaping the industry landscape.


Despite their advantages, these newer signals still grappled with the inherent limitations of analogue technology. Recognizing the need for innovation, we pivoted our research and development efforts towards the digital IP (Internet Protocol) sector, widely acknowledged as the most versatile technology in use today. Our journey has been marked by a deep commitment to understanding the evolving trends in CCTV signals, gaining insights into their strengths and weaknesses, and developing expertise that covers every facet of these technologies.


At the heart of our mission is a commitment to helping you navigate the diverse array of CCTV technologies available and guiding you in selecting the cameras that best align with your unique requirements. Over the years, we have accumulated a wealth of experience and expertise, demonstrated by our involvement in a multitude of distinctive projects. From crafting solutions for hover barges to securing lambing and calving sheds, preserving art galleries, and safeguarding a popular zoo, we have consistently risen to the challenge. No project is too expansive or too modest for us to offer our invaluable insights and advice. Our dedication remains unwavering, and our expertise continues to evolve to meet the ever-changing demands of the CCTV industry.




We're here to help, so please don't hesitate to get in touch on 01748 811991 or email sales@cctvfirst.co.uk.





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