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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, â€œNot only is the payout going down, but somewhat more importantly, the number of claims and the number of lawsuits is going down.â€ 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 attorneyâ€™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. Itâ€™s a win-win for SEPTA.
Have you ever wondered how your surveillance camera actually works? Itâ€™s a complicated system of turning light into electrical impulses, but our new Learning Center pages can help you understand how cameras work.
The first step in creating a video is controlling the amount of light that enters the camera lens. This process is controlled by the camera iris. The larger the opening the iris creates, the more light is allowed in; a smaller opening allows in less light. Too much light can wash out your images, and too little light creates images that are too dark.
After the light has entered the camera through the iris, it hits the image sensor where the light is turned into the electrical impulses that actually make up the video. The image sensor is made up of dozens of pixels, each one recording how much light itâ€™s exposed to. The light/dark sections of each pixel come together to form the video you see.
Once the video is recorded, it has to be compressed. Video compression is the process of using a codec to go through the video file to reduce or eliminate unnecessary parts of the file, so the final video is smaller. This compressed file allows you to store more videos on your hard drive, send video files more easily over your network, and view them remotely from your computer, smart phone, or tablet.
Designed with HD resolution and a compact dome for discreet indoor surveillance, two new IP security cameras from Optica have been added to the VideoSurveillance.com store.
The Optica D122 day/night indoor camera features 720P HD resolution, along with many user-friendly features including PoE for easy installation and on-board storage. The D122 also comes with three important features for clear recording in challenging light conditionsâ€”IR-cut filter for automatically adjusting from daytime to nighttime recording, built-in IR illuminators, and Wide Dynamic Range for balanced lighting.
The second new Optica camera, the Optica D224M day/night IP camera, comes with 1080P HD resolution at 30 fps for clear surveillance video. The compact size of the camera (only 4.6 inches wide and 3.5 inches tall) allows the camera to record HD video while being discreet in your store or office. The auto-focus lens means youâ€™ll have focused video, while the same nighttime features found in the D122 gives you clear video day or night.
If youâ€™re looking for a NVR to manage a small video surveillance system and want the advantages of cloud storage, the new Eagle Eye Cloud NVR may be the right option for you. This unique NVR supports up to 15 HD IP cameras, and utilizes Eagle Eyeâ€™s secure cloud storage to save your videos on the cloud so you can easily access files at any time from your computer, smart phone, or tablet.
The NVR can store up to two days of video files on the hard drive. After that time, videos files are automatically moved to Eagle Eyeâ€™s cloud server, freeing up hard drive space for future video files. When moving the files to cloud storage, the Eagle Eye Cloud NVR can do it on a schedule you set, allowing you to move files at night when the office is closed so the NVR can use all available network bandwidth without slowing it down for your employees during working hours.
Call our surveillance experts today at (866) 945-6808 to learn more about the Eagle Eye Cloud NVR.
This week we have added four new Ubiquiti airMAX antennas, designed to extend the range of your outdoor wireless surveillance system. When used with Ubiquiti RocketM radios, the antennas can create a powerful base station for sending and receiving data via your wireless network.
There are four models available, each with a different wireless range for shorter to long distances: the Ubiquiti AM-5G116-120 antenna, the Ubiquiti AM-5G17-90 antenna, the Ubiquiti AM-5G19-120 antenna, and the Ubiquiti AM-5G20-90 antenna.
Outfitted with Ubiquitiâ€™s Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) protocol, the airMAX antennas use a pre-set schedule based on your network needs to send and receive data with maximum efficiency and reduced latency.
Shop our newest Ubiquiti products online, or call today to speak with our wireless experts for help designing a system.
VideoSurveillance.com and CommunityCam were featured on the local KGW Portland news station, discussing the recent expansion into Boston. At this time, the crowed-sourced map has over 1000 cameras mapped in the downtown Boston area.
After the bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon, public safety has been a growing concern in Boston and CommunityCam aimed to help runners and spectators know where video surveillance cameras were located along the marathon course. Watch the full video below to learn more about CommunityCam.