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Published by Marie on February 27, 2015 3:23 PM

Cameras need light to record video, so how can your record at night? IR illuminators, either built-in like with the Axis M1144-L camera or as addition equipment you can mount near the cameras, provide infrared light that is invisible to the human eye but bright enough for a camera to see.

At night your camera records in black and white because it does not have enough light to record clear colors, but that doesn't mean you need to sacrifice clear video. In the sample video below, recorded with the Axis M1144-L, IR illuminators allow you to clearly see the man as he moves around the store taking merchandize and cash.

If you want to protect your business around the clock, day/night cameras are equipped to record in any lighting. Shop our wide range of day/night cameras, from PTZ to HD domes, or contact our experts today to get a personalized camera recommendation.

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Published by Ellen on February 26, 2015 4:25 PM

When shopping for a new or updated video surveillance system, it's important to consider whether or not vandal-proof (also referred to as a "vandal resistant") security cameras will benefit your installation. features a broad range of vandal-proof surveillance cameras outfitted with exceptionally heavy-duty enclosures to withstand physical mistreatment such as blows from objects.

If your surveillance application is susceptible to vandalism or other damage, then we recommend investing in a vandal-proof system. Here are three preemptive measures you can take if you haven't already purchased a vandal-proof system:

Check cabling: Make sure to have the camera's cable is out of sight and unreachable by someone walking near or directly in its path. All cabling should be concealed by a wall or ceiling to prevent someone from trying to disconnect the camera.

Mounting: If possible, the camera should be flush-mounted into a ceiling or wall to make it less vulnerable to an attack. This type of installation makes it so that the camera is not entirely exposed. As a result, it's less of a target to someone who's looking to break or dismantle it. A hanging or pendant mount will make it easier for someone to attack the camera.

Out-of-Reach Placement: Surveillance cameras should be installed on surfaces that are out of arm's reach. Consider placement on high ceilings and walls when installing your system.

Speak to one of our system specialists now to learn more about vandal-resistant cameras. We have several indoor and outdoor options available depending on the needs of your business. Don't wait -- invest in a vandal system today.

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Published by Ellen on February 26, 2015 10:17 AM

Milestone has garnered a reputation as a game-changer in video management software for delivering modern features for IP and hybrid IP-CCTV video surveillance systems. At you can find a wide selection of Milestone XProtect software and servers to meet your security needs. What makes Milestone XProtect video management software so unique? Let's take a look at some of the software's key features:

Three Viewing Clients: Milestone offers three viewing clients to allow users to access their video surveillance systems from virtually any location on a mobile device, laptop or tablet. All free with Milestone software, the Smart, Mobile, and Web client make the experience of monitoring, recording, and managing that much more convenient.

Easy Evidence Search & Share: With Milestone it's effortless to locate and review video evidence thanks to video search tools. Finding quality evidence of an incident can feel like trying to find a needle in a haystack but not with Milestone -- the software gives the user the ability to quickly navigate through recorded video. You can also export video evidence with a media player, email, and MMS.

True Integration Capability: Milestone is by far one of the most versatile video management software platforms available today, allowing the user to add on other security solutions as needed, including new cameras, third-party software applications, video analytics, and access control.

Automatic Configuration Wizards: One of the advantages of Milestone XProtect software is quick set-up. Milestone XProtect software boasts automatic configuration wizards and camera detection to make it easy to get your video surveillance system up and running in no time. The camera discovery tool swiftly configures any new surveillance cameras that are added to the system.

Interactive Maps: The interactive map feature from Milestone gives you the ability to see through several camera views for a complete picture of a facility or space. The map also provides a full view of your camera installation. Depending on what XProtect software edition you have, Milestone features both single- and multi-layer maps for comprehensive visual overviews.

For a full list of Milestone products offered by see

As part of our commitment to customer satisfaction, we provide free site security audits to help us determine the best surveillance solution for your application.

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Published by Marie on February 23, 2015 3:49 PM

A complete video surveillance system comes with everything you need in one package, ensuring that all the equipment will work together right out of the box. We've added two new systems to the featuring professional Optica cameras and the Milestone Husky NVR with Milestone XProtect software.

The Milestone Husky M10 4 Camera System includes both indoor and outdoor Optica cameras, ideal for securing the entrances and exits of a small business or office. The Outdoor B122 mini bullet camera and D122 dome camera both come standard with 720p HD resolution and day/night recording for 24/7 surveillance.

Milestone's Husky M10 comes with 1tb of storage space, and is preloaded with Milestone XProtect video management software. This allows you to view live video, watch recorded video, and manage your system from one place. And with free mobile apps, you can stay connected from anywhere using your smart phone or tablet.


Do you need more than four cameras for a larger office or business space? We also offer a Milestone Husky M10 8 Camera System that includes four each of the Optica B122 and D122 IP cameras. This system also comes with 1tb of storage space and Milestone XProtect software.


Not quite right? If neither of these systems meets your surveillance needs, contact us today to create a custom system just for you!

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Published by Marie on February 19, 2015 2:50 PM

Installing an IP camera may sound daunting, but two Axis cameras recently added to the store come with user-friendly installation tools to make the process easy.

The Axis Q1653 fixed network camera features 1080p HD resolution, and can record at up to 60 fps for clear video even with fast moving traffic or objects. With WDR and an IR-cut filter, you can confidently record video any time of the day.


To make installation easy, this camera has five important features. Power over Ethernet uses a single cord to supply power and network connectivity. Leveling assistant guides and automatic image rotation helps your videos have the correct orientation, while the focus assistant keeps the images looking sharp. And if you want to use your system for facial recognition, the pixel counter will help ensure that objects will take up enough pixels to be useful.

If your system needs to secure a location that requires a durable camera, the Axis W8414-LVS camera has a water-proof housing that conceals ligatures to prevent the camera or its parts from being used for harm. With two-way audio and built-in IR illuminators, this camera is designed for use in schools, hospitals, and prisons.


For easy installation, this camera has three important features. Power over Ethernet for single-cable installation, along with remote focus and zoom and a pixel counter.

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Published by Ellen on February 16, 2015 8:22 AM has cemented working relationships with medical marijuana dispensaries in several states, demonstrating its ability to design powerful security solutions in highly regulated environments. We've written an article on some of the major benefits that surveillance brings to processors, retailers, and wholesalers operating within the industry, which you can read on the MJ News Network, a blog produced by the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA). The article highlights some of the latest advancements in surveillance technology, including high-definition resolution and remote and mobile monitoring. A modern-day video surveillance system allows dispensary owners and managers to keep an eye on their grow operations when off-site for continual peace of mind. You can read the full article at:

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Published by Ellen on January 20, 2015 8:24 AM

We're at it once again, offering security advice to a wide array of industry professionals like those within the agriculture market and farm equipment segment. is excited to announce that we recently had an article published in the Winter 2015 issue of Ag Innovator magazine. Our article, focused on warehouse security, provides clear-cut examples of what preemptive measures managers can take to fight off theft and prevent inefficient business practices. We've provided a snapshot of the article below, courtesy of Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association. For a free, no-obligation security audit of your warehouse or factory, give us a call today at (866) 656-7118. Our project consultants are available to answer your questions and provide helpful information.

Ag Innovator Article by Ellen Arndt

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Published by Marie on January 13, 2015 4:04 PM

Surveillance systems are often used to deter theft and vandalism, but your system can do so much more when it comes to protecting manufacturing plants.

If safety is a top concern because of the materials or machines used in your facility, surveillance systems allow you to monitor workers to ensure everyone follows the safety protocols. If a workplace accident does happen, video footage can help identify what went wrong, why, and how to prevent it in the future.

Surveillance video monitoring is also useful for improving workplace efficiency. By reviewing recorded videos you may see potential areas of change to increase productivity and reduce wait times.

Learn more about surveillance for manufacturing plants.


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Published by Ellen on January 12, 2015 11:29 AM is honored to have partnered with some of the most reputable companies out there. In our latest case study, read how our project consultants designed a powerful IP video surveillance solution for Portland Roasting Coffee, a widely known purveyor of gourmet coffee in the Pacific Northwest. Portland Roasting formerly had a CCTV security camera system installed in its manufacturing facility before approaching our team. Knowing it was time to upgrade, Portland Roasting put its full faith in us to implement a HD IP surveillance system for better coverage and video detail. You can read the full case study here.


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Published by Marie on January 5, 2015 2:01 PM

Will your new video surveillance system include complicated or large-scale components? If you need help configuring or installing the system, our System Integration Services can help.

System integration services from include configuring your NVR, video management software, and IP cameras to work together and with other security systems you may have. While most of the integration and configuration steps can be done our lab prior to shipping, or remotely once installed at your site, local integration partners are available as needed if you experience problems.

In addition, our system integration experts have experience with CCTV to IP migration, mobile and remote viewing and system management, wireless system design, and more.

Learn more about System Integration, or contact an expert today.

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