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New York City is leveraging its existing security camera system to the fullest by counting the number of footsteps of pedestrians in areas with the highest number of commuters. The city believes that the data, recorded by the surveillance cameras already installed in strategic locations, will give law enforcement and government officials valuable information to help curtail urban problems Some of these problems, among others, include public safety and trash collection. Watch the video below to learn more about the new citywide project:
Do you know what the difference is between a camera's frame rate and its shutter speed? These settings are important to getting clear, steady videos and Axis is here to help you learn!
Frame rate is the number of frames, or images, a camera captures per second. Shutter speed determines how much, or how little, light is let into the camera.
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It doesn't matter if you own or operate a retail business; regular office buildings and suites are also prime targets for thieves. According to a recent news report by ABC7news.com, three businesses in Fremont, California (Black Magic Design, Mac House Productions, and Core Microsystems) had hundreds of thousands of dollars of office equipment stolen by a group of suspects. Law enforcement claims that these were savvy thieves with experience in this type of theft by acting fast and knowledgeable in what they were doing. The good news is that Mac Productions' video surveillance cameras successfully recorded the entire incident, with a $10,000 reward offered to anyone who can identify and turn the suspects in to police.
"Lots of cameras and all our lenses are pretty much gone. They [thieves] cleaned out the entire gear room. My mics, like little things that add up. They're little things, but thousands of dollars for each little item," said the owner of Mac House Productions. What has presumably happened to all the stolen items? Police suspect that the equipment will be headed to China, and that the suspects were well-versed in the value of the gear they stole.
At Core Microsystems, the thieves sawed through drywall to get inside. While they worked on gaining access to the office, they also cut the wires of the network servers and phone lines. In this case, the thieves stole $200,000 of items from the business.
Law enforcement officials believe that the surveillance recording of the suspects will garner new information from viewers, and hopefully lead to an arrest. The video of the suspects can be seen on the ABC7 News site.
Whether you're securing a large college campus on need to keep an eye on remote buildings on your property, wireless surveillance systems make it easy to connect cameras over long distances. Using a system of wireless antennas and base stations, your system will send and receive data for up to 10 miles.
To help you better understand this powerful technology and its uses, VideoSurveillance.com has released a new guide to wireless video surveillance. This guide covers how the systems work, what surveillance situations are ideal candidates for wireless systems, and how your business can benefit.
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Onboard recording is becoming a popular security measure by recording video evidence of altercations between passengers on public transportation, driver misconduct, and even police activity when pulling over cars. When it comes to onboard surveillance, there are a few key features to look for: HD quality, a protective housing, and audio recording.
With 720p HD resolution, the Axis P3904-R M12 camera can record clear, detailed surveillance video. Ideal for use on city busses, subway trains, and cars, this camera comes with a rugged M12 connector to ensure that the bumps and shocks of driving won't disrupt the camera's power supply.
If you need even higher high definition resolution, the Axis P3905-R features 1080p HD resolution. The IP67-rated housing allows the camera to record in any situation, protecting it from extreme changes in temperature, dust and debris, and vibrations from driving.
Do you need to record audio along with the surveillance video? The Axis P3915-R camera combines HD resolution with an audio input to connect an external microphone. If your vehicle will endure especially rough terrain, the Axis P3915-R M12 comes with the rugged M12 connector.
For clear recording on all types of vehicles, these Axis cameras also come equipped with Traffic Light Mode. This allows the camera to record color video even in low light, so you can clearly make out the colors on traffic signals. If you will use the video as evidence in an accident, seeing the traffic signals can play an important role in figuring out who was at fault.
If you're interested in learning more about secure onboard surveillance, contact one of our experts today!
VideoSurveillance.com is pleased to announce that Jackson Kelner of Minnetonka, Minnesota is this year's winner of our annual college scholarship program. Jackson will be attending Washington University in St. Louis this fall as a freshman. The VideoSurveillance.com scholarship asked students to answer in a 250-word essay how surveillance cameras can help increase campus safety. Here's an excerpt from Jackson's essay:
"I would assign multiple officers to the main control center to monitor cameras 24/7. Although it would certainly be difficult to monitor every single camera, I would implement modern video analytics that would alert the officers when there was bizarre or suspicious behavior. Also, along with the 24/7 monitors, I would be sure to make all of these cameras available to the mobile officers around campus."
Congratulations Jackson! Stay tuned for details on next year's scholarship fund.
Again and again, VideoSurveillance.com continues to fortify its reputation as a true expert in IP video technology. Yahoo Tech! featured an article on June 4, 2014 highlighting the domestication of surveillance cameras, and utilized VideoSurveillance.com as a source for information on the latest trends. You can read the article here - Yahoo Tech! Article.
Public transit systems across the country are increasing the number of video surveillance cameras on buses and subways to deter criminal activity and reduce liability lawsuits.
An article featured on GovernmentVideo.com highlighted how virtual security integrators like VideoSurveillance.com are playing a critical role in helping mass transit departments switch from less dependable analog video systems to IP surveillance. As a result, public transit systems are able to gather stronger video evidence, attributable to HD resolution, only found on IP camera systems. Read the full article on the website.
Our pre-configured 4 and 8 camera video surveillance systems have been updated with new IP cameras and NVRs for easy installation and professional-level surveillance. Each system comes with cameras, a NVR featuring Milestone Essential VMS software, and all the cables you need to install the system.
The 4-camera systems are specially designed to monitor a small business or home, and come with a variety of indoor and outdoor cameras. For larger businesses, our 8-camera systems make it easy to monitor a lobby, back room, and parking lot.
Our wireless systems also received an update, with a new NVR running Milestone Essential for system management and easy remote access from a computer, smart phone, or tablet. Wireless systems are available in 4 camera and 8 camera configurations, or you can customize a system to fit your surveillance needs.
For outdoor recording in harsh conditions, our 4-camera Pro Extreme Weather Outdoor System and 8-camera Pro Extreme Weather Outdoor System come with durable Optica DV240M dome cameras. These specialized outdoor cameras can work in temperatures as low as -31 F and as high as 122 F, and are protected from rain, snow, hail, and dust.
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Since the installation of over 17,000 security cameras in its stations and vehicles, SEPTA has significantly reduced annual losses from bogus injury and damages claims reports the Security Industry Administration (SIA).
Notably, between 2012 and 2013, SEPTA recorded that the amount it had spent on claims dropped by $11 million, with its overarching goal of saving 4-5% more this fiscal year. Reaching this goal would drop claim payments down to $9 million, calculates the SIA.
Acting General Counsel Gino Benedetti says, "Not only is the payout going down, but somewhat more importantly, the number of claims and the number of lawsuits is going down." This suggests that the surveillance cameras have acted as an effective deterrent to passengers who want to take advantage of the system.
The footage of reported incidents, typically made by passengers, is carefully scrutinized by SEPTA lawyers as well the district attorney's office. The surveillance footage allows them to review exactly what happened to determine if the claim carries weight. If the claim is deemed fraudulent, the case is thrown out. It's a win-win for SEPTA.