Closed Circuit Television, or more simply CCTV, is a common form of prison surveillance available in Prison Architect. CCTV cameras can be mounted on walls, fences and can even be positioned on their own.
Their main purpose in-game is to reveal fog of war, an option that can be activated when first creating a prison. Other than this, they serve no other real purpose.
CCTV cameras require an indirect electrical connection when inside. Players may position CCTV cameras outside for decorative purposes (they don't uncover fog of war outside) - as such, cameras outdoors will require a direct electrical connection.
CCTV Cameras will only work fully, if they are connected to a CCTV Monitor via the 'connect' wires tab in utilities. After you click the monitor, a green line (wire) will stretch from the monitor to your mouse until you click on something to connect. Said monitor requires a direct electrical connection as well as a guard to operate it. If a CCTV Monitor is not linked up with a CCTV camera, a triangular red "!" will flash until an active link has been established. Once the camera is in operation, and a guard is monitoring it, it will scan its proximity in an approximately 170 degree motion. The CCTV camera has a visual range of 20 blocks.
A CCTV monitor can watch up to eight CCTV cameras simultaneously. If more cameras are added, the monitor will cycle through the additional cameras. This means that some areas in your prison will go dark, and you won't be able to monitor them via the camera until its turn in the cycle.
NOTE: In order to connect the camera successfully, the CCTV camera must be connected from the monitor to the camera, connecting from the camera first and then the monitor does nothing.
NOTE #2: CCTV cameras have no effect on the danger level of your prison. They do not induce a suppression or any other status effect on your prisoners.
What people may find difficult is how to position a camera so that the lens is facing the correct way. Certain mods can be downloaded and activated to help counteract this. If not, the front of the camera will have a square like 'roofing' symbolic of how a real CCTV camera has a short hood to protect it from rainfall, debris, or anything else that would taint the quality of the image.
When connecting multiple cameras to a CCTV Monitor, hold the SHIFT key so you can connect multiple cameras without having to go back and click 'connect' manually each time.
- CCTV Monitor.
- Monitor to Camera wire connection (utilities).
- A Guard operating the monitor.
- Electrical power.
- CCTV cameras will see through walls.