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Video Surveillance & Alarms

The Tradeoff of Wireless

When designing a surveillance system, one of the most commonly heard requests is to make the system wireless. The rationale for this makes intuitive sense: if there aren’t any cables to be run, the installation would almost certainly be much less expensive. Unfortunately, though, when working with cameras, things just aren’t that simple, and the use of wireless technology in this case almost always results in a system that works less reliably and is therefore less secure. To understand why, though, we must first understand the way wireless devices work.

Last updated ( Friday, 24 April 2009 17:01 )

 

What Information Does My Installer Need?

Just like with any other unfamiliar topic, being a beginner and working alone when picking out a surveillance system can be difficult. With so many options on the internet, referrals from friends, and ads in the phone book, it can be hard to get started, and even harder to figure out what equipment is needed. Finding a good, trustworthy designer and installer is key, however beyond that even a little bit of thought about what you generally want your system to do can be just as important.

Last updated ( Friday, 24 April 2009 17:02 )

How to Find a Good DVR

At the heart of every modern surveillance system is a DVR (which stands for Digital Video Recorder), which records and processes the video sent in by the cameras. For such a common item, though, the quality of DVRs can vary widely from manufacturer to manufacturer. There’s a lot to keep track of, but by knowing the biggest specs and features to watch out for, it becomes very easy to separate the good models from the bad.

Last updated ( Wednesday, 22 April 2009 17:15 )

How to Find a Worthy DVR

How to Find a Worthy DVR

Buying a DVR doesn't have to be like buying a used car.  Don't get duped!  With these helpful hints, we'll help land you a valuable purchasing experience while help ensuring that you'll get the best bang for your buck!

Last updated ( Saturday, 14 March 2009 09:47 )

Restaurant CCTV Systems

Just like bars and nightclubs, the security issues that restaurants face come primarily from inside the business, and with the potential for up to 25% of profits to hemorrhage out on a monthly basis due to employee carelessness or theft, an increasing number of restaurant owners are turning to camera systems for help. Though outside threats such as robbery or break-ins are also a constant reality, not only do internal leaks cause a large loss in revenue and inventory, they do so on a daily basis and, if allowed to go unchecked, can do irreparable damage to the revenue stream of any restaurant.

Last updated ( Saturday, 14 March 2009 09:51 )

Building Your Own DVR: Step One

Even when considering a relatively small scale system, the cost of a set of cameras and a DVR is still fairly substantial, so when picking out equipment, many a tech-head has contemplated building his or her own DVR as a means of saving money, and with good reason. Since more and more DVRs are using PC platforms, if one is already familiar with a PC and how to build one, it might seem like a cakewalk to put together a PC DVR from scratch.

 

Last updated ( Saturday, 14 March 2009 09:50 )

10 Warning Signs When Buying a Surveillance System

10 Warning Signs When Buying a Surveillance System

Recently, we had a post on our Advice and Tech Support Forum in which we were asked how an average customer, new to CCTV, can tell if a company he or she is dealing with is reputable or not. Indeed, this can be the most challenging hurdle for the beginner to surmount; a lack of familiarity with the technology can be helped by an experienced salesperson, but without any experience to go on, it can be extraordinarily difficult to gauge a salesperson’s skill, but more importantly, it becomes equally difficult to establish trust.

 

Last updated ( Saturday, 14 March 2009 09:50 )

Industrial CCTV

Everyone knows that surveillance cameras were primarily designed with the intent of providing security for a building, however outside that realm there can be advantages to having inexpensive, high resolution cameras monitoring areas where products are made or tested. Not only can this enhance the level of quality control a company exerts over its product line, it also can provide valuable reference footage down the road when trying to improve products or processes. Here, more than anywhere else, surveillance equipment is an investment.

 

Last updated ( Saturday, 14 March 2009 09:49 )

Warehouse Surveillance Systems

Warehouses are unique in the scope of closed-circuit television systems for the same reason it so crucial t hat they be equipped with cameras: their inventory. Though homes and businesses do have assets that can be targeted by thieves, they both pale in comparison to a large warehouse with literally millions of dollars worth of inventory moving in and out on a daily basis, every bit of which a tempting target for an employee who needs an extra buck.

Last updated ( Saturday, 14 March 2009 09:49 )

Security and Privacy: We Can Have Both

Flying back from San Francisco the day after Christmas, I was struck during a brief layover in Dallas by the January 2008 issue of Popular Mechanics. Their cover story, "New High Tech Cameras are Watching You, " by James Vlahos, compares large-scale surveillance systems to the Panopticon, a prision designed in the 1700s that would allow prisoners to be seen, at all times, whether they realized it or not. During my short redeye I intently read the article, and I feel that Vlahos echoes the (admittedly valid) concerns of many privacy advocates: with cameras everywhere, how can we ever truly have privacy?

Last updated ( Saturday, 14 March 2009 09:49 )

Surveillance for Schools and Universities

Big or small, the benefits that can be had from having surveillance cameras up around a school, college or university can be huge. Not only do they provide added security (and, by extension, peace of mind) for administrators and students alike during times when classes are in (for instance, helping watch for students sneaking out of class or providing valuable evidence should a fight break out), they can also watch for vandalism and theft when school isn’t in session. Perhaps most grimly, though, the staggering instance of violence on school campuses  both in the United States and abroad has made surveillance cameras a necessity for many schools.

 

Last updated ( Saturday, 14 March 2009 09:49 )

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