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December 12, 2013

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:


December 4, 2013

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.

December 2, 2013

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.

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November 21, 2013

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.

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November 20, 2013

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.

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November 11, 2013

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.

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October 30, 2013

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.

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October 28, 2013

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.

October 28, 2013

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

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October 22, 2013

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.

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October 14, 2013

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:

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October 7, 2013

Multiple residential buildings in New York have undertaken stricter security measures to deter criminals, ward off loiterers, and monitor doormen. As reported by the New York Times, more surveillance cameras are being installed in lobby rooms and on the outside of these buildings.

Many of these buildings house some of the wealthiest people in America, and have been the target of thieves, who in the summer of 2013 stole an upwards of $250,000 from four apartments. To read the full article, see the New York Times article here.

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September 30, 2013

Housing nearly 20,000 inmates per day, Los Angeles County's eight penitentiaries have to maintain the highest level of security. To ensure these facilities are under close watch, the Los Angeles Police Department have gone to great lengths deploy thousands of surveillance cameras. As part of the new expansion, the LAPD is in the process of building a centralized surveillance system by upgrading to IP video technology. The surveillance program, which kicked off in 2011, will add 2,500 IP cameras to the mix, all with HD resolution.

The internal network storage system holds over three petabytes of video, allowing police to go in and scrutinize video up to several months after an alleged incident. In addition to strengthening physical security in all eight jails, the expanded surveillance program is intended to look for and catch cases of staff misconduct as to avoid costly law suits.

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September 24, 2013

Security Products Magazine, a leading security publication, has declared Smartvue's cloud surveillance the best product of 2013. Smartvue's S9 network video recorders offer a unique, future-proof cloud surveillance feature for users, allowing them to tap into their entire surveillance system from a remote device such as a laptop or smartphone.

The brand's intelligently designed network video recorders and servers are designed for every type of surveillance application, from small-scale organizations to large, multi-site enterprises. VideoSurveillance.com is proud to be a certified Smartvue partner, offering a full suite of Smartvue products for customers worldwide.

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September 18, 2013

Merchants along a 1.25-mile stretch of Madison Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio's Cudell neighborhood have seen a significant drop in crime after teaming up to purchase 50 surveillance cameras. This extraordinary effort was made possible by Cudell Improvement, Inc., a nonprofit organization that helped identify the most optimal points to place the cameras along Madison.

Once the cameras were installed, businesses were not only able to effectively deter criminals, but also capture them on video as they recently had in a case that involved a masked robber. View the video below for the full story:

September 17, 2013

The new MXLeo Lowlight Exposure Optimization software by MOBOTIX is now available, and included in the 4.1.9 firmware release. Free of charge to the MOBOTIX user, the highly intelligent software package can be downloaded on all 5 Megapixel MOBOTIX cameras. Take advantage of this free download today, and start experiencing the sophistication and ease of use that Mobotix software brings to video management.

Visit the MOBOTIX press release for more details.

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September 11, 2013

It's been quite the month for CommunityCam, VideoSurveillance.com's camera mapping initiative. Recently, bike blog author John Angelico talked about CommunityCam in one of his more recent blog posts, which you can read here.

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September 9, 2013

CommunityCam continues to generate buzz in the San Francisco Bay Area. Just over a week ago, CommunityCam was featured in San Francisco Magazine, a prominent magazine geared towards the city's metropolitan consumers. You can read the article on San Francisco Magazine's website.

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September 5, 2013

If you currently use Milestone open-platform video management software, then Milestone's latest device pack version might apply to you. Milestone announced on September 4th, 2013 that Milestone XProtect Device 6.9 is now available to users. This is an update from the 6.8 version.

The device pack supports the following software versions:

-XProtect Corporate 1.5 - 6.0, 2013
-XProtect Expert 2013
-XProtect Enterprise 5.0 - 8.1
-XProtect Professional 4.0 - 8.1
-XProtect Express 1.1
-XProtect Essential 1.0 - 2.1
-XProtect Go 1.0 - 2.1

Here are just some of the many changes that come along with the updated device pack:

->Added support for new devices & firmware

->New universal driver has been added to support 64 channels

->The stretch driver has been rewritten to handle multiple connections

->Fixed issues with various camera models to ensure full performance

->Fixed problem with ONVIF where selecting the Settings Tab would crash Management Client if the device had over 10 profiles per channels

To download the device pack release notes & the latest software version, click here.

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September 3, 2013

Once again, VideoSurveillance.com's very own CommunityCam safety initiative was picked up by another highly lauded San Francisco news site. Read what San Francisco Street Blog journalist Aaron Bialick has to say by reading his article.

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August 30, 2013

CommunityCam continues to attract publicity in San Francisco as more cameras are added. SF Weekly's "The Snitch," a popular online news blog, recently covered CommunityCam's growth in the Bay area. Check it out by visiting this page.

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August 29, 2013

In the newly released case study, "Cleaning House: The Impact of Information Technology Monitoring on Employee Theft and Productivity," three academic researchers found that restaurant surveillance has a significant impact on employee behavior, resulting in reduced employee theft and increased productivity.

The study focused on 392 restaurants in 39 states where it looked at the before-and-after effects of employee monitoring. With no surveillance system in place, restaurants experienced more employee theft, but once cameras were installed to observe employees, incidents of employee theft decreased.

As reported by the New York Times, analysts estimate that restaurant chains have a slim profit margin of roughly 2-5%. What's startling is that employee theft losses account for 1% of yearly revenue, reducing yearly earnings by a sizable amount.

Restaurants that did install an employee monitoring system saw revenue jump to an average of $2,982 per week, which equates to an increase of 7%. Over 630,000 restaurant server transactions were tracked during the course of the study, with the results proving that in-store surveillance cameras changes employee behavior for the good.

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August 28, 2013

Venezuela is undertaking great efforts to quell crime by installing 30,000 surveillance cameras in strategic locations across the country, with a large portion to be deployed in Caracas, the country's capital. Some surveillance cameras have already been installed in Caracas' metropolitan area as part of a testing phase. Venezuelan police plan to utilize recorded video to help solve crimes.

Roughly 16,000 murders occurred in Venezuela in 2012, underscoring the need for tighter security forces. In the first quarter of 2013 there were 3,400 murders. In addition to placing security cameras throughout the nation, Venezuela will send out troops to aid in combating crime and corruption.

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August 27, 2013

It's been a big week for CommunityCam, VideoSurveillance.com's camera mapping safety initiative. Check out what the SF Examiner had to say about CommunityCam here.

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August 26, 2013

CommunityCam was once again featured in a highly reputable online newspaper, the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Josh Daniels, CEO of VideoSurveillance.com was quoted in the article, which you can read here.

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August 23, 2013

Our very own CommunityCam project is garnering a lot of press! The popular crowdsourced map of public and private security cameras in the U.S. was just featured in an article by PCMag.com on August 22, 2013. VideoSurveillance.com is in the process of unrolling CommunityCam in San Francisco, where over a 1,000 cameras have been mapped. Check out the article here.

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August 19, 2013

Smartvue, a global pioneer in cloud video management solutions, has just published a new whitepaper on cloud surveillance bandwidth, storage, and speed that's free to download through its website. Check it out here.

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August 12, 2013

The demand for external and internal hard disk drives (HDDs) for video surveillance systems is expected to top $1 billion by 2017, an increase of 57% in four years. According to HIS, the burgeoning industry garnered sales of over $521 million in 2012. The market is slated to reach almost $639 million at the end of this year.

Network video recorders, digital video recorders, and video management software are the primary products that make up this market. For more on HDD industry trends, visit the IHS press release here.

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August 1, 2013

Overnight convenience stores and gas stations in Prince George County, Maryland are now required to have drop boxes and security cameras. The safety directive, passed by the Prince George County Council, mandates that retailers with late-night hours (open between 11 pm & 6 am) install three security cameras over the next three years: one above the entrance door, one above the cash register, and one overlooking the parking lot. All three cameras must be able to record 24/7, according to the bill's stipulations.

The new regulation is an attempt to curtail crime at these establishments, with many local businesses showing their support the measure. In 45 days, this new measure will take effect.

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July 24, 2013

If you haven't yet seen a time-lapse video shot with an outdoor surveillance camera, here's your chance. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) unveiled a time-lapse video of construction crews repaving the I-84 highway that began earlier this month. The video, edited down to just a minute and a half, shows all westbound construction activity that took place in a 48-hour time span. The state-owned camera is installed on one of the overpasses, providing a bird's eye view of both the westbound and eastbound lanes.

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July 19, 2013

Katmai National Park & Reserve, a designated wilderness region in southern Alaska stretches over 3.4 million acres. The wide swath of land is a hunting-free zone, allowing the park's abundant wildlife to thrive and multiply.

Unique to the park is its massive population of brown bears and salmon. In the summer months of June and July, as many as 70 brown bears at one time will wade in the streams, searching for a bite to eat of the delicious salmon. To capture this rare sight, the park has set up a live camera that records bears combing through Brooks Falls, where they eagerly await for their daily treat.

Hosted by Explore.com, the live cam shows the bears roaming around the streams, sometimes splashing around in the water to hunt for salmon. Delivered at 480p resolution, the cam shows a detailed image of Brook Falls with mama bears and their cubs playing on the viewing platform in the grass.

Video surveillance cameras have played an instrumental role in the documentation of wildlife and ecosystems. Whether they're used to study animal behavior or provide the public with a window into the day-to-day habits of a certain species, these video applications have fared well in scientific research and animal education.

One look at these furry fellows and you'll be hooked! Watch it here.

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July 16, 2013

As a provider of competitive sports timing services, Big Sky Endurance Sports needed a back-up recording method to capture athletes' bib numbers at the finish line of every race.

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July 12, 2013

More companies are making the switch to HD video surveillance for its ability to capture crystal clear and incredibly detailed images with high forensic value. If you don't already own an HD security camera system, it's not too late to get on board -- upgrading to HD video is both easy and affordable.

Why is HD video preferred over CCTV video? The answer is simple: HD video delivers a much higher resolution than CCTV video, resulting in better image quality and a wider field of view.

VideoSurveillance.com walks you through the upgrade process in its latest white paper, "HD Surveillance: Capture Identifying Detail for Better Security". Written by VideoSurveillance.com's team of HD video experts, the white paper provides helpful information so you can know what steps to take, whether it's upgrading your current CCTV system or buying a brand new HD surveillance system. Either way, our experts are here to answer your questions and get you on the right track.

You can download a free copy of the HD Surveillance white paper by clicking here.

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July 11, 2013

Our 2013 school scholarship program came to an end on June 25th. Aimed at high school seniors and college students, our scholarship program asked applicants to create a 60-second video that answered the question, "How would you use video surveillance to create a better and safer community?"

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July 2, 2013

Good news for those using or considering Milestone video management software: the Milestone XProtect Corporate pack version has been updated from 6.7 to 6.8, offering several new support features for XProtect Corporate (1.5 to 6.0 versions) and XProtect Expert (1.0 version) software.

The latest upgrade is compatible with 1,970 camera models and related devices from 100 camera manufacturers, including leading brands like Axis, Vivotek, and ACTi. Some of the device pack changes entail added support for edge storage, analytics events, tamper alerts, and H.264 on various camera devices. To see the full list of supported devices, visit Milestone's Supported Hardware page.

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June 24, 2013

Our $1,000 college scholarship program ends tomorrow, June 25th, 2013 at midnight Pacific Standard Time, so hurry and get in those submissions! If someone you know plans to attend college or graduate school in the fall, encourage them to take advantage of this great opportunity.

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June 24, 2013

Smartvue, a leading developer of cloud surveillance services, is this year's recipient of the ESX Maximum Impact Award for best Video Surveillance System in the Video Security category. Smartvue's one-of-a-kind S9i cloud server is the company's latest innovation, offering small surveillance applications (i.e. users with up to 16 HD network or CCTV cameras) a cost-effective alternative over large-scale video management servers.

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June 20, 2013

Retailers are losing billions of dollars per year to Organized Retail Crime (ORC) groups, according to National Retail Federation's 2013 ORC Survey. The survey's findings are troublesome, especially with retail loss prevention departments reporting that this insidious form of theft has actually increased over time. With losses of $30 billion per year, retailers are scrambling to deploy tighter security efforts in the hope of deterring ORC groups from targeting their stores.

If you're not familiar with organized retail crime, here's a quick overview: ORC is led by large-scale theft squads that convert stolen retail goods into financial gain by selling them on the black market. These groups, who infiltrate big-box retailers in large numbers, go after valuable black market merchandise like infant formula, laundry detergent, electronics, and much more.

Another persistent threat to retailers is gift card fraud, a sneaky tactic that thieves use when trying to return stolen items. With no receipt in hand, these thieves take advantage of the gift cards that retailers often provide to a customer who isn't able to show proof of purchase.

What can be gleaned from this survey? Roughly 94% of the retailers surveyed reported that they were a victim of ORC groups in the last year, further demonstrating that just about every big-box retailer is vulnerable to it, whether that's now or in the future. Taking the proper steps to prevent these gangs from entering your shop is critical. VideoSurveillance.com has the expertise to design a security camera solution that will help keep these criminals away.

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June 19, 2013

Watch Dogs, a new video game, developed by Ubisoft, is attracting a lot of attention from the gaming community, as well as the media. Through the eyes of a vigilante named Aiden Pearson, players can hack into smartphones and public security camera systems in Chicago's virtual streets.

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June 13, 2013

Cloud storage has been talked about for a long time, but Smartvue has finally introduced it to the surveillance industry with their new S9i NVRs and Cloud Storage Data Plan. Cloud storage will change the way you access or store recorded video, increasing the scalability of surveillance systems.

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June 6, 2013

VideoSurveillance.com recently added six new cameras from Axis, a leading manufacturer in IP surveillance cameras. Including both indoor and outdoor cameras, along with two thermal cameras, these new cameras offer high-quality video recording in any location.

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May 30, 2013

Security cameras serve numerous functions other than deterring and solving crime. Take for example, the recent bridge collapse in Washington State. The bridge collapse wasn't captured on a mobile device or a handheld camera; it was captured by a video surveillance camera located at a nearby RV dealership.

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May 22, 2013

VideoSurveillance.com's President Josh Daniels appeared on Portland's KOIN 6 News last night, speaking about the company's new safety initiative, CommunityCam. Interviewed by reporter Ken Boddie, Mr. Daniels went into detail about the positive impact CommunityCam will have on Portland's neighborhoods, as well as its intuitive design and structure, which enables users to quickly add and view cameras as needed on a PC or iPhone/iPad device.

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May 16, 2013

Businesses are catching up with America's growing concern for tighter security; in 2012, 45% of U.S. employers reported that their annual security equipment budgets increased during 2012 according to a survey conducted by market research firm IMS Research in late April 2013.

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May 9, 2013

CommunityCam, a security camera mapping tool in Portland, OR that aims to help local citizens and law enforcement squelch crime, was recently featured in the Oregonian and on OregonLive.com in an article titled "Map by Portland's VideoSurveillance.com Reveals Cameras Pointed at public."

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May 7, 2013

Mattawang Golf Club, a public golf course located in Bell Mead, New Jersey, reached out to VideoSurveillance.com to design an HD security camera system for their 9,000 square foot clubhouse facility and pro shop. The aim of the new IP surveillance system was to protect the golf club's staff, patrons, and grounds, as well as deter sneak-on golfers and vandals.

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May 2, 2013

According to a poll conducted by New York Times/CBS News majority of Americans believe that public surveillance is a good idea; 78% to be exact. The poll of Americans on Terrorism Threats, published on May 1, 2013, asked survey respondents their opinions on a variety of hot-button issues such as the risk of terrorism in the United States, civil liberties, and domestic preparedness for preventing a terrorist attack. What's even more noteworthy is that these results come from a reputable, dependable, and unbiased news agency. What follows is a demographic breakdown of those who believe that public surveillance can help reduce the threat of terrorism:

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April 30, 2013

Spearheaded by VideoSurveillance.com, CommunityCam is a free crowd-sourced camera mapping tool that allows users to upload and view surveillance camera locations across the U.S. Since its release a few months ago, CommunityCam has acquired thousands of cameras in Philadelphia and the Pacific Northwest, with visible growth every day from new users around the country.

CommunityCam's primary goal is to make communities safer by providing residents and law enforcement with a map of security cameras that have been seen first-hand by map participants. CommunityCam is an excellent resource to have at your fingertips in the event of a crime, as it gives people the ability to locate nearby surveillance cameras that may have captured the incident on video.

Free to use, CommunityCam features a navigable interface with pin balloons and a scroll function to zoom in and out on camera locations. Optimized for the iPhone and iPad, users can check in on the map from virtually anywhere with secure internet access. To upload and view cameras in your area, visit: www.videosurveillance.com/communitycam. Below is a screen shot of CommunityCam on an iPhone:

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April 25, 2013

According to a segment on CNN Money, the U.S. spends $60 billion on video surveillance and security equipment per year, with that amount expected to soar as more cities deploy security camera systems to thwart crime.

Take for example Chicago, which over the last decade, has installed an upwards of 8,000 surveillance cameras. In 2006 alone, the Chicago police made roughly 4,000 arrests, owing to video evidence captured by city cameras. Furthermore, Urban Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, reported that for every $1 invested in surveillance cameras, it saves Chicago $4 in other possible costs, including the costs of court and incarceration. The video below highlights the positive impact video surveillance has had on solving and reducing crime:

April 22, 2013

What's the problem? The average security camera has the tendency to produce dark images in areas with shadows or washed-out images in an environment with an inordinate amount of glare or reflections.

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April 11, 2013

At this year's ISC West, Axis announced the release of the new 2.0 version of Axis Camera Companion, its principal video management software platform. The updated 2.0 version offers a whole new layout, along with a host of high-grade features such as a redesigned graphical user interface, digital zoom for live & recorded video, support for Axis 360-degree fixed dome cameras, and a free cloud-based service to manage numerous network devices.

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April 10, 2013

Determining what type of surveillance camera is right for your application can seem daunting, especially when it comes to image features. Axis has unveiled a cool image usability tool that helps you find the most optimal camera by taking into consideration important factors like image details, complete darkness, bandwidth, and moving objects. Do you need highly detailed images? If so, click on the "image details" icon to find out the best surveillance solution for your needs. In this case, Axis recommends choosing a camera with 1080p HD resolution. Check it out by visiting the Axis Image Usability Page. We've provided a screenshot of this unique tool below:

April 3, 2013

There's no question that large crowds can be difficult to control. Mississippi State's college football stadium is a prime example of this, attracting an upwards of 55,000 football fans per game. With thousands of roaring fans packed inside the stadium, it's not rare for a physical fight to break out in the stands. To increase the overall level of security, Mississippi State University reached out to VideoSurveillance.com to design a high-megapixel HD network camera system.

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April 1, 2013

VideoSurveillance.com has expanded its line of Milestone XProtect VMS platforms by adding XProtect Express, XProtect Professional, XProtect Enterprise, and XProtect Corporate. We also now offer both base license packages and individual camera licenses for XProtect Express and XProtect Professional.

Milestone is a global leader in open-platform video management software solutions. With advanced certifications in Milestone, VideoSurveillance.com is well versed in all Milestone software editions, including Milestone add-on products and viewing apps. In addition, we specialize in pre-configured Milestone security camera systems as well as bespoke systems for large, multi-site installations.

XProtect Software is compatible with over 1,000 network cameras and ONVIF-compliant cameras, and supports integration with Milestone add-on products and third-party business applications. Some of the core features across all XProtect software platforms include thumbnail search & export, system configuration wizards, free viewing clients, NAS archiving, built-in video motion detection, and privacy masking.

With Milestone XProtect, you can choose from three free viewing applications to manage video: Smart Client, Mobile Client, and Web Client. Users can tap into live & recorded video on a smartphone, tablet, or remote PC for utmost convenience in a fast-paced world. Browse the latest XProtect software products in our online store today.

March 18, 2013

Finally, it's here: Mobotix has unveiled a cutting-edge mobile monitoring solution that's now available through iTunes. Compatible with all Mobotix IP cameras, particularly the Mobotix Door Station, this new app facilitates remote monitoring like you've never seen before.

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March 7, 2013

The upscale town of Piedmont, California refuses to let burglars get away with their crime. After a torrent of burglaries made their way into Piedmont, residents have spoken out in favor of installing high-end surveillance cameras on every street within city limits.

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February 26, 2013

On a tight budget? No problem. VideoSurveillance.com is excited to announce the arrival of affordable Verix CCTV surveillance camera systems for businesses and homes. Whether you need two cameras, or 16, VideoSurveillance.com has got you covered. Best of all, these cost-effective CCTV surveillance systems come with everything you need to get your new security cameras up and running in no time. It's fast, easy, and most importantly -- affordable!

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February 18, 2013

A new ordinance passed in Plymouth, Michigan will soon require all downtown bars and restaurants with outdoor seating to install security cameras. Beginning in April 2013, the city's ordinance will impact at least 10 businesses. Plymouth Downtown Development Authority (DDA) drafted the ordinance, which was then submitted to the Plymouth City Council. As reported by Direct Free Press, the city's ordinance affects only businesses with liquor licenses.

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February 12, 2013

Part of running a business is doing everything you can to protect it, and that includes investing in a high-quality video surveillance system that guards your assets and helps deter would-be criminals. Every business has different needs, and VideoSurveillance.com recognizes that.

Unlike its competitors, VideoSurveillance.com is a true virtual security integrator that utilizes a raft of virtual media and tools to remotely view customers' sites and make product recommendations. It doesn't stop there; when you partner with us, we provide free configuration and installation support to assuage any trepidation you might have about setting up your surveillance cameras.

Video surveillance systems are a cost-effective, full-scale security solution that every business owner should have. Our preconfigured video surveillance systems come with the all the components needed to get your new security cameras up and running on the day of delivery. On top of that, our in-house IP video experts will work with you to ensure a smooth and successful integration with your existing IT infrastructure.

When you browse our wide assortment of preconfigured video surveillance systems, you'll be pleased to find that each is equipped with cutting-edge features to accommodate indoor and outdoor settings. Looking for a wireless video surveillance system? We offer those too! And keep in mind that we will happily customize any one of our video surveillance systems to better suit your needs.

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February 8, 2013

Since 2005, the Chinese Government has worked aggressively to build the country's public surveillance system known as Skynet. And they've been quite successful at it. Today, the country is equipped with as many as 30 million security cameras according to National Public Radio.

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February 6, 2013

To hide its identity, the new Axis M3007-P is housed in a dummy smoke detector casing. As such, the M3007-P network camera works tremendously well in environments where discreetness is preferred.

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January 28, 2013

Fort Collins, Colorado is taking new steps to enforce an ordinance against panhandling. The city's police department has set up mobile surveillance cameras at intersections where panhandlers are disrupting traffic. Panhandlers often walk out into intersections at red lights and attempt to finagle spare change from drivers. Police officers with the Larimer County Sheriff's Office see their behavior as a safety hazard, and are turning to surveillance to keep an eye on panhandling activity at targeted intersections around the city. Panhandlers can expect a considerable fine of $1,000 for engaging in the act.

Police are able to access live camera feeds remotely from their laptop while patrolling in their squad cars. Because of recent cuts, the police department isn't able to assign any of its deputies to monitor these intersections on foot. However, the presence of surveillance cameras at busy lights has already reduced the amount of panhandling. Police are confident that these new cameras will continue to deter panhandlers from entering intersections, and are impressed with the results thus far. Learn more about Fort Collins' surveillance project by watching this video:

January 15, 2013

Smartvue's pioneering cloud-powered video surveillance software service won an illustrious mobility award from Mobile Trax, an esteemed mobile and wireless research firm, at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Cloudvue, a remote video monitoring solution offered by Smartvue, was recognized at the show as an outstanding service in the mobile and wireless data industries.

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January 14, 2013

Axis, the indisputable leader in IP video surveillance technology, announced today the results of the CCTV in Retail 2012 survey that it launched in October 2012. The study was made possible by 47 national and local retailers, all of whom submitted their answers through an online survey. The last retail survey conducted by Axis was in 2010.

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January 11, 2013

It can be difficult to catch vandals, especially since many of them deface property or objects in the dead of night when others are sleeping. City parks and monumental landmarks have long been hotspots for vandals, with some finally fighting back by using video surveillance to identify perpetrators.

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January 2, 2013

Ten up-and-coming trends will make a big impression on the video surveillance industry according to a recent white paper written by renowned market research firm IMS. Since the introduction of IP video in 1996, video surveillance has dramatically evolved. IP video has undeniably changed the direction of security camera technology by giving end users the freedom to view their live video feed from Smartphones and other handheld devices. In late December 2012, IMS predicted that the following trends will engulf the video surveillance market in 2013:

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