Charged with second degree fraud, a man in Washington, D.C. staged a slip-and-fall with a banana peel while riding an elevator at the Potomac Avenue Metro Station. When the elevator opened, he walked onto the banana peel and fell to the floor causing a fictitious hip and leg injury.
The perpetrator immediately filed a $15,000 lawsuit against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for his purported injuries, which turned out to be completely false after a video surfaced. The video clip captured by a surveillance camera shows the man drop the banana peel on the elevator floor then look directly at the camera perched above him. To read the full story, click here. We’ve posted the video of the incident below.
DailyCamera.com, an online news source covering Boulder County, Denver, featured a buzz-worthy piece on VideoSurveillance.com's CommunityCam initiative on December 1st, 2013. The article attracted attention from numerous readers, further demonstrating its powerful impact on the community at large. You can read the full article here.
Interested in learning more about IP video surveillance technology? Well, now you can thanks to our new technology section in our learning center. Our technology pages cover important topics like wide dynamic range, Power over Ethernet, HD video resolution and more. If you’re new to surveillance technology or want to brush up on your knowledge, we recommend reading each overview.
On every page, you’ll learn about the basics of the technology or function, the purpose that it serves, how it works, and other tips and suggestions. Pop on over today in our technology section and find out how technologies like edge recording and PTZ cameras can benefit your long-term security plan.
VideoSurveillance.com’s own CommunityCam was the subject of a recent article written by journalist Michael Roberts on the Denver Westword Blog. Read the article in its entirety here.
If you’re a business owner or shop manager, keeping your business safe and shielded against theft and break-ins is a chief priority during the holiday season. Particularly in the retail and cargo industry, having the right security plan is critical to ensuring that your business doesn’t become a target.
Knowing the most effective elements of what comprises a security plan will help you both prevent and catch thieves. The threat of outside theft is not the only concern; employee theft is another common crime to watch out for. Investing in an indoor/outdoor video surveillance system is by far the most important piece of your holiday security plan.
Here are a few tips to remember when shopping or upgrading your security camera system for the holiday season:
IP Video: You’ll get much more out of an IP (Internet-based) video system than you would with CCTV video. These versatile security camera systems are powered over the Ethernet, thereby requiring fewer cables to operate. What’s more is that with IP video, you’re able to access and view live and recorded video directly from a smartphone or tablet so you can stay with your system wherever you go. Unlike CCTV systems, IP video offers HD and megapixel resolution for clearer images.
HD Video Resolution: Many business professionals aren’t aware of just how crucial HD video resolution can be to identifying key details. Often, retailers and other businesses vulnerable to theft aren’t able to properly identify the thief due to poor quality images. Older systems that have CCTV cameras deliver low video resolution, making it virtually impossible to see physical characteristics and other noteworthy details.
Network video recorder: A network video recorder (NVR) will allow you to control, view, and store video for up to several days or months (depending on storage size). This is necessary for storing video evidence lest you need to go back and review earlier footage. Many of the top NVRs today come with high-tech video analytics to improve camera performance. Talk to our IP video experts at VideoSurveillance.com to learn what type of NVR is right for you.
There’s a lot more to know and learn when it comes to securing your business. Leave it to us to help you find the most optimal, and economically priced video surveillance system you can find. We’ll listen to your needs, and make a qualified recommendation that suits your application and budget.
In the meantime, you can learn more about specific retail security tactics and solutions on our Retail Industry Page.
A pioneer in IP video management technology, Milestone announced on October 13th that a new (7.0) version of Milestone XProtect Device Pack is now available for download on its website.
The 7.0 version supports XProtect Corporate, XProtect Expert, XProtect Enterprise, XProtect Professional, XProtect Express, XProtect Essential and XProtect Go software packages. The release notes for XProtect Device Pack 7.0 makes mention of some of the improvements:
~ Added support for Digest Authentication on ACTi cameras
~ Added support for Axis Streaming events on all M, P & Q series w/firmware 5.30 or newer
~ Added support for Video Profile 2 and Multicast for all Sony generation 5 cameras
Additionally, the latest device pack is now compatible with more IP camera models. For the full list of supported devices, you can view it here.
A Portland man accused of pointing lasers at two commercial airplanes -- United and Jet Blue --- has been identified by aerial surveillance. The novel use of surveillance was carried out in four planes, all of which homed in on a specific neighborhood in Portland, Oregon that was the alleged site of laser pointing. These planes were part of a special operation executed by the FBI, Portland Police, and other agencies.
Government agencies are undertaking greater efforts to crack down on laser attacks. Portland ranked among the highest in the U.S. for number of airplane laser attacks with 127 incidents reported last year. These green laser lights have the potential to affect objects up to 5 miles away, serving as dangerous distraction to pilots who may not be able to see as a result. To read more about the FBI’s use of aerial surveillance, check out the article on NBCNews.com.
CommunityCam has come a long way since its initial kick-off in Philadelphia. To date, CommunityCam has successfully mapped thousands of public security cameras in Portland, OR; San Francisco; and now Denver. As a widely popular community initiative, CommunityCam has become a go-to source for locating and plotting cameras in major metropolitan areas. Just recently, Denver Post wrote an informative article on CommunityCam and its progress in the city, highlighting the surfeit of benefits that it brings to the public. To read the article, click on the following link: CommunityCam Denver Story
The Portland Public Schools district announced on October 21, 2013 that all K-8 schools (including elementary and middle schools) will be outfitted with video surveillance systems within the next two years.
As reported by the Oregonian, $1.4 million will go towards the new security measure. Installation of these new systems is underway at 14 schools already, with electronic key card readers to be added at all front door school entrances. Incidents such as the devastating shooting at Sandy Hook along with the unsolved disappearance of student Kyron Horman in 2010 have reinforced the need for increased security efforts in schools. To read the full article, click here.
VideoSurveillance.com's security camera mapping project known as CommunityCam was recently featured in a news segment on NBC Bay Area. Watch the video below to see Josh Daniels, CEO of VideoSurveillance.com, speak with reporter Stephanie Chuang:read more