We’ve added new technology pages to the VideoSurveillance.com Learning Center, so you can better understand how IP surveillance cameras work! These technology pages explain what the camera or software feature is, how it works, and some suggested applications.
If you’re looking to save time while reviewing surveillance videos, our new Smart Search page explains how you can set up searches to look only for motion in the videos that matches you search settings. This helps you quickly find only relevant videos, and prevents time spent manually watching each clip.
Worried about your surveillance camera being vandalized? Tamper detection settings in your camera can be set up to send you alerts when the camera is hit, the view is blocked, or the camera focus is obscured. These alerts let you know when something has happened, so you can log into your system to see the problem.
If you are recording surveillance video in a narrow area like a hallway, stairwell, or down a long driveway, Corridor Format may help you get the best quality video from your camera. This unique way of recording video uses a vertical orientation, so your camera can focus on the area in front of it and not the walls or blank spaces it would record with the standard horizontal format.
If your video surveillance system is managed by Milestone XProtect VMS software, then this feature might appeal to your organization or business. Video Push, a Milestone Mobile Client add-on feature, makes it even easier to collect video evidence by using your own mobile device’s camera. This feature is beneficial to several applications, including parking lot monitoring, building surveillance, event security, and more.
As a way to obtain further video evidence, you can record an incident or investigation with your smartphone (i.e. an Android or iPhone) through Milestone Video Push. You can send the recorded video stream to your Milestone XProtect video management system, where you’ll be able to take advantage of the same high-level features that apply to your IP surveillance cameras like sequence explorer and video timeline searches.
The innovative feature is a must-have for security officers and managers when out patrolling. Learn more about Video Push by clicking here.
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Just yesterday, VideoSurveillance.com released a new case study focusing on a car dealership's decision to arm its facility with high-definition IP cameras.
With no surveillance system to watch over its dealership, showroom, and indoor offices, Instant Auto Finance sought out the expertise of VideoSurveillance.com to design a security solution that included eight outdoor cameras and two indoor cameras, including a PTZ camera with mobile viewing capability.
Prior to investing in an IP camera system, Instant Auto Finance had a car stolen off its lot, prompting the need for outdoor security. Once Instant Auto Finance deployed the new indoor/outdoor system configured by VideoSurveillance.com, the company was able to use it to identify an individual suspected of stealing cash inside the building.
You can read the entire story by visiting our Case Studies page. You'll also find several other case studies, highlighting our work with a number of reputable companies and organizations.
Below is an actual view of the company's showroom through the eyes of a HD PTZ camera. The system's mobile viewing app allows the user to check in on live video feed at any time.
The elementary and middle schools in the tight-knit town of Welches, Oregon have upgraded security over the holiday break, which includes a brand new surveillance camera system located in the front entrance area.
The new camera system will be trained on school visitors, enabling office personnel to monitor the visitor vestibule and speak with all guests before allowing them into the school.
As reported in the Mountain Times, Principal Kendra Payne remarked, “I think all of our community and parents are supportive of keeping our students safe… I know we feel more secure in the office.”
Prior to the increase in security, visitors were able to come into the school and pick up their children without proper identification. Now, parents will need to wait in the vestibule to speak with office personnel before their children are released to them.
The Dollar General Store in Clinton, South Carolina was recently targeted by an unabashed thief, who ran out of the store with several dollars’ worth of edible items. The furry thief was caught hours later, thanks to the store’s front entrance surveillance cameras. In the video you see the thief -- who happens to be a Husky pooch named Cato -- entering the store and then moments later dashing out as quickly as possible with stolen dog treats.
“Arrested” by Clinton’s police, Cato was charged with shoplifting, but was later released to his owner. Why would Cato feel the need to commit such a crime? “Look at him, he’s fat,” said his owner, Holly Darden. This is not the first time he’s gotten into trouble with the law; according to Darden he’s hit up a Pizza Hut and Ingles Grocery Store to satisfy his criminal craving for stolen food. Watch the video below:
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.