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Published by Marie on December 21, 2015 11:40 AM

Wireless-Systems-Blog-Image-Option2-12-21-15.jpgThe convenience of a wireless system is tempting when you are purchasing a video surveillance system -you have more flexibility in where you install cameras, and can limit the number of cables you need to run by connecting to the cameras using wifi internet. But do you know how this technology works, and what situations it is best suited for?

When it comes to wireless surveillance systems, you are really talking about two different types of technology: wifi cameras, and point-to-point wireless linking.

Wifi Cameras

All-in-one wifi cameras are popular with homeowners and small businesses. These cameras are small, affordable, and easy to use. They should only be used in small systems though, because having too many wifi cameras on one network could overwhelm your bandwidth.

These cameras will have basic features, so if you need a specific feature or advanced functionality your options will be limited. It should also be noted that very few cameras are battery operated - even a wifi camera still needs to be plugged in to get power.

Point-to-point Wireless

If you need to install multiple cameras over a large area, and require specific or advanced features, a wireless point-to-point system is a much better option. This type of system allows you to turn an IP system into a wireless system by linking cameras with wireless antennas.

These systems use powerful antennas to connect over large distances (although they should have line of sight ideally), such as connecting surveillance systems in multiple buildings on a college campus or a retail store and its parking garage. The wireless antenna connected to the cameras will communicate with the base station, connecting it to your NVR or VMS.

The cameras in these systems also require power, and are not batter operated.

Learn more about wireless video surveillance technology.

Published by Marie on December 18, 2015 10:37 AM

Remote-Monitoring-Blog-Image-12-17-15.jpgOne of the most important benefits of modern IP video surveillance systems is the flexibility in video management - using the power of the internet you can log into your system and see surveillance video at any time whether you are at work or not.

Remote monitoring allows you to monitor and manage your surveillance system from a computer anywhere with an internet connection using port forwarding (learn how to set up port forwarding). A mobile app, on the other hand, allows you to log into your system using a smart phone.

There are mobile apps for remotely managing your video surveillance system for both iPhone and Android systems. In addition, several leading manufacturers have mobile apps, including:

While specific features will vary between remote and mobile applications and manufacturer, in general you will be able to view live and recorded video and manage alerts. This gives managers and security staff greatly increased flexibility in how and when they respond to issues back at work if they are off-site for other projects, get notifications late at night or on the weekends, or on vacation.

Learn more about mobile and remote monitoring.

Published by Marie on October 8, 2015 11:22 AM

Tech-Surveillance-Camera-Blog-Image-9-24-15.jpgVideo compression is an essential part of recording and saving security camera footage, because it compresses the raw files into a smaller format. This allows you to store more videos on your hard drive. There are three types of video compression:

  • H.264 compression - This is the best, most efficient way to compress your video files. It compresses the files by evaluating small groups of images together and removing duplicates.
  • MJPEG compression - This format works by evaluating each frame of the video and compressing it. This is also referred to as motion JPEG, because it treats each frame as an individual JPEG image.
  • MPEG4 compression - This is the oldest format, and is not commonly used. It has largely been replaced by H.264 compression.

What makes video compression an important part of your surveillance is the ability to compress files - this maximizes your hard drive space so you can store more videos for longer periods of time before your hard drive is full.

Large video files become a problem when you record extremely long videos, or high quality HD videos. A 30 second video your camera automatically records on motion won't be very large, but a 10 minute video of a break-in at your store will. Additionally, a video recorded at 5MP and a full 30 FPS will be helpful in identifying suspects in a video, but also be a very large file.

Learn more about video compression.

Published by Marie on September 17, 2015 11:08 AM

WDR-Blog-Image-9-17-15.jpgWide dynamic range, or WDR, is an essential tool for getting clear, balanced videos without over- or underexposed sections. If your business has a large window, bright lights but dim hallways, or covered areas like parking garages that are extremely dark compared to the garage entrances and exits, WDR is something you should use.

What WDR does to help your videos remain clear even when you have dark and bright areas is to balance the lighting of both extremes into one consistent level throughout the image.

For example, a retail store may have a large window front that makes up a large portion of one wall; when someone walks in front of the window they will appear extremely dark compared to the window, and a standard camera may not record any recognizable features. With WDR, the lighting would be balanced so the window and person are both clear.

How does WDR work? WDR is actually made up of several features and factors. First, cameras with WDR have advanced light sensors that are more sensitive than standard surveillance cameras. This allows the camera to record better in a range of lighting, including low-light.

Second, the camera or its software will balance the lighting. This can actually happen in one of two ways. With tone mapping, the camera or the software will automatically brighten or darken areas. This is the standard method most surveillance cameras will use.

The other way is to record several versions of the exact same video at different exposure levels. Those overexposed and underexposed videos, along with the normal video, are then combined and the final video you see is the combined image. This type of WDR is only available on higher level professional cameras, however, because it requires an extremely fast light sensor.

Learn more about WDR on our technology section.

Published by Marie on August 31, 2015 3:58 PM

Old-CCTV-Blog-Image-8-31-15.jpgIf you want to upgrade to an IP system, but don't want to lose all your CCTV cameras, a video encoder is just the equipment you need. These devices are used to connect a CCTV, or analog, camera into a NVR so you can have a hybrid analog/IP video surveillance system.

Video encoders come in two different styles: standalone devices, and rackmount servers. The difference is in how many cameras you need to connect - devices range from 1 channel to 16 channels, while a server can support dozens of cameras. This allows you to select the type and size of encoder you need.

This type of combined system is useful in several different situations. If your company invested heavily in CCTV cameras and many of them still work well, but you want to move to a modern IP system, a video encoder allows you to keep the CCTV cameras that still work while replacing the other cameras with IP versions. Additionally, if you cannot afford to upgrade your entire system at once, the encoder makes it possible to upgrade cameras as your budget allows.

But how does the encoder actually work? Instead of plugging your CCTV camera into a DVR, you plug it into the video encoder. The encoder converts your camera's analog signals into digital. That encoder is then connected to your NVR, and your system will treat it like any other IP camera. You can even use a video encoder with PTZ cameras!

Because IP systems don't require expensive cabling, this means you can design a system that is more flexible and responsive to your needs. Video encoders are a valuable part of many surveillance systems, so contact our experts to see if it's the right solution for you.

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Published by Ellen on August 14, 2015 9:08 AM

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What exactly is tamper detection? Read below to have a better understanding of this built-in feature:

The tamper detection feature is designed to alert you when the camera's recording function has been affected. For example, if an intruder attempts to spray paint the camera lens or deliberately moves it, the camera will send you a notification, alerting you to the fact that your camera has been tampered with. The automatic tamper alerts let you stay connected to your system even when you're not on-site.

  • The camera is moved or pushed around (keep in mind, that it might be moved by a falling branch or a gust of wind)
  • An intruder tries to cut the power to the camera
  • The camera is covered with spray paint, disabling the recording function
  • An item or a piece of fabric is draped over the camera lens in an attempt to prevent recording
  • The camera focus is obscured, resulting in a blurry image

The good news is that tamper detection is available from many leading IP camera manufacturers including Optica, Axis, and Vivotek. Make sure to enable this camera feature immediately for increased peace of mind when you're away from your office or building.

Published by Marie on July 20, 2015 10:03 AM

System-Bandwidth-Blog-Image-7-20-15.jpgIP-based surveillance systems give you incredible flexibility, but they can also have a negative impact on your bandwidth if you don't manage the system properly. How can you get all the benefits of IP without slowing down your network? By having different settings for live previews and saved files!

There are three areas you should focus on to reduce the bandwidth impact. First, take a look at your video compression settings. Your camera will probably give you several compression formats to choose from. You can have different settings for each type of compression, allowing you to find the best way to compress files into the smallest size (without a loss of quality) to minimize bandwidth impact when sending them.

You should also look at your camera's resolution settings. Higher resolution requites more bandwidth because the video files are larger, so make sure your resolution is set to match what you need from your system and no higher. You can also have two different resolution settings - stream live camera previews in a low resolution, but save your files at the higher resolution.

Finally, your camera's frames per second (FPS) can have an impact on file size and bandwidth. Similar to having two settings for resolution, you can also set up the live video to have fewer frames per second with the video file is at the full FPS.

If you are worried about the impact your surveillance system may be having on your bandwidth, or you aren't sure how to change these settings, contact us today for expert advice.

Published by Marie on July 31, 2015 11:45 AM

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Because a surveillance system runs intensive management software, and has to store large amounts of data, the hard drives you choose for your surveillance system are very important. While you cannot eliminate the chances of a hardware malfunction or failure, selecting hardware designed for professional video surveillance applications is your best option for the best system performance.

Traditional hard drives have spinning discs, while a solid state drive (SSD) uses different technology to remove the spinning parts. Because it has no moving parts, a SSD is believed to last longer; this is still relatively new technology, however, and has not been extensively tested in video surveillance systems.

Whichever style you choose, always look for professional-level hard drives. Some manufacturers will also have "surveillance-grade" or "server-rated" hard drives.

How much HHD space do you need? That depends on your system and how long you want to store data. It is always best to have too much space versus too little, so you won't lose important video files due to a lack of space. Speak with surveillance specialists with experience designing systems and can walk you through the decision process.

One thing we highly recommend for professional surveillance systems is a RAID (redundant array of independent disks) setup. This will help prevent the loss of important data if part of your system fails.

Want to learn more about designing your surveillance system? Contact us today!

Published by Marie on June 11, 2015 2:28 PM

Motion detection is an important tool for securing your business or building. It alerts you when someone is on your property that isn't authorized. Understanding how this technology helps you set up better motion detection regions and alerts, but do you actually know how motion detection works?

To understand motion detection, you first need to understand how a camera works. Inside the camera is an image sensor, which the camera lens directs light to - when light hits the image sensor each individual pixel records how much light it's getting. That pattern of light and dark areas on the pixels becomes the complete video image you see. You can read a more in-depth explanation of image sensors here.

When you set up motion detection, you select a region or area to monitor, say a doorway. The way it works is to compare sequential images from your video and if enough of the pixels have changed between those frames, the camera software determines something moved and sends you an alert.

How "enough" change is determined depends on the sensitivity level or percentage level settings you put on your motion detection.

The sensitivity level looks at the changing light/dark levels in the pixels. Higher sensitivity will pick up on more changes while lower sensitivity will require a large level of change, such as the lights going on in a dark room, to set off the alerts. Percentage, on the other hand, looks to the percentage of pixels that have registered a change. If you are monitoring a door, setting the percentage at 50% will alert you when something large walks into the room, such as a person, but ignore something smaller.

Getting the best balance in your motion detection settings to prevent too many false alerts may take some time. While setting up your camera you can test the motion detection by having someone walk in the motion detection region and adjust the settings as needed. It may take some time, but the effort is well worth it when you're notified of a break-in at your store or vandals prowling the parking lot.

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Published by Marie on March 26, 2015 10:45 AM

Power over Ethernet (also known as PoE) is an easy way to provide your cameras both power and network connection using a single cable. This sounds easy and convenient, but do you know how it really works?

IP cameras wired for PoE have a specialized power switch, which can use the power sent over an Ethernet cord to power the camera while providing network connection. A non-PoE camera would simple get the network connection from the same cable, and require an additional power cord.

How can this help with installation? Running only one cable makes your system less complicated, and gives you more flexibility in camera placement. You won't be limited by the nearest power outlet, or deal with the added cost of installing new outlets closer to your camera location.

Learn more about the benefits of PoE.



Published by Ellen on March 24, 2015 9:02 AM

If you're considering adding an audio component to your video surveillance system, you'll want to carefully research the audio surveillance laws in your state to avoid potential lawsuits and/or criminal charges. Recording conversations can be a violation of privacy, so it's crucial to not only research -- but also understand your state's laws.

Let's take a look at Oregon's laws, where VideoSurveillance.com is located. In Oregon, all parties (or persons) must be informed of and consent to being recorded in a private conversation before a recording can take place. However, conversations occurring in the public sphere, i.e. in a park or walking on the street can technically be picked up on video without the need for consent because of the limited expectation of privacy in these places.

For a summary of each state's audio recording laws, see the following guide: http://www.rcfp.org/rcfp/orders/docs/RECORDING.pdf

Be sure to also speak with an attorney in your state about any lingering questions you have concerning audio recording. States where audio surveillance is permitted often require signs informing all parties that their conversations are being recorded. Here's an example of an audio recording notice:

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Published by Ellen on March 16, 2015 8:53 AM

Despite what some might believe, an IP-based security camera system is actually quite affordable and has the potential to provide a hefty return on investment if used to its fullest.

The cost of cabling CCTV cameras (also called "analog") can be 2-3 times more expensive than the cost of installing IP cameras. How is that possible? Consider this fact: CCTV camera systems require two separate cables, one for powering the cameras and the other for sending video signals. This lends to the increase in installation costs.

IP camera systems on the other hand only require an Ethernet cable to send and receive data. In other words, this creates a simplified installation since the Ethernet cable provides both power and network connectivity. No need to hire certified electricians when installing your system -- IP cameras can be installed in-house by someone with basic networking experience.

What's more, an IP camera system is scalable, allowing you to easily grow the number of IP cameras over time without worrying about additional installation costs or technical limitations.

At VideoSurveillance.com we're all about designing custom IP security camera systems for our customers. We respect your budget requirements, and do our best to not only provide cost-effective IP cameras, but a system you can depend on for years to come.

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Published by Marie on December 3, 2014 10:08 AM

Surveillance cameras use different camera lenses to record different styles of video, the same way you would use different lenses on a camera while taking photos to achieve different effects. The location of your surveillance camera, and the scene it's monitoring, will help you determine which lens type is best.

A fixed lens does not move, so you cannot change the field of view or focal length. This type of lens will record normal video, similar to what a human eye would see. A varifocal lens is adjustable, allowing you to adapt the camera to its location for the best video quality. A zoom lens is also adjustable, but is designed to remain in focus while moving the focal point.

Whether you want to record large-area wide angle video or super focused telephoto video for facial or license plate recognition, learn more about security camera lenses.

Published by Marie on November 24, 2014 8:23 AM

If you want to record traffic in parking lots and garages, or track visitors as they move around your store, frames per second is an important camera spec to look at.

Frames per second, also known as FPS, is the measurement of how many frames, or images, per second you camera can record. The higher the frame rate, the smoother the video will be even with fast moving objects. The standard is 30 fps, but some cameras can record as high as 60 fps.

Want to learn more? Check out the new Frames Per Second technology page.

Published by Marie on March 6, 2014 10:42 AM

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.

Screenshot of Axis Corridor Format:
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Published by Ellen on November 21, 2013 1:20 PM

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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Published by Ellen on April 22, 2013 9:45 AM

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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Published by Ellen on February 12, 2013 11:45 AM

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.

Call us today to learn more about our preconfigured video surveillance systems!

Published by Ellen on February 6, 2013 10:54 AM

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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Published by Ellen on January 2, 2013 1:46 PM

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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Published by Ellen on December 3, 2012 8:53 AM

As resported by IMS Research, video surveillance providers are expected to incur $75 million more in revenue from small-to-medium-sized businesses by the end of this year. Nationally recognized market research firm IMS Research estimates that the number of surveillance systems purchased by SMBs will increase by 50% at the end of 2012. The restaurant industry has revealed itself as one of the major investors in security camera systems. Restaurant chains such as Eat'n Park and Popeyes Louisiana are just two examples.

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Published by Ellen on November 8, 2012 8:25 AM

On November 9, 2012, VideoSurveillance.com will offer Arecont Vision's top-tier 180° and 360° panoramic surveillance cameras, including the AV20185 (180° panoramic model) and AV20365 (360° panoramic model). These aesthetically pleasing dome-shaped cameras are a must-have for large, open spaces where monitoring ultra-wide shots is critical.

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Published by Ellen on October 24, 2012 7:42 AM

At VideoSurveillance.com, we're all about keeping our customers safe and protected. We've also underlined the fact that megapixel-quality and/or high-definition surveillance cameras provide clear and detailed images that make recognition and identification possible. Prosecutors in La Crosse, Wisconsin agree. The local La Crosse Police Department also concurs; video surveillance footage has been instrumental in solving crimes, including those that have taken place in the last year. Tim Gruenke, District Attorney, spoke to LaCrosseTribune.com, saying that video has become one of the best tools for prosecutors in the courtroom. He went on to state the following, which was highlighted in

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Published by Ellen on October 9, 2012 8:29 AM

Mobotix, a renowned manufacturer of high-resolution IP video surveillance systems, recently added the Mobotix S14 series to its comprehensive line of security products. VideoSurveillance.com is thrilled to offer this new model, and now offers four versions of the S14 to meet the ever-changing surveillance needs of businesses across the globe.

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Published by Ellen on June 20, 2012 8:56 AM

IMS Research, a leading global electronics market research and consultancy firm, predicts that in 2013, IP surveillance equipment sales will surpass those of analog video equipment.

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Published by Ellen on May 17, 2012 9:15 AM

Because hackers will always remain a threat, it's critical to change your IP camera's default username and password. Once you've changed the username and password, we recommend that you update it every six months to protect your network from hackers. Let's face it: hackers are becoming smarter and more conniving.


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Published by Ellen on April 26, 2012 3:45 PM

Network camera systems are continually evolving, and who knows, perhaps in the next five years, security cameras will come equipped with built-in robotic arms that can actually identify and handcuff the prowler until the authorities arrive at the scene of the crime. However, until the day comes, we'll remain forever grateful for the superior alarm and event management analytics that the IP security cameras include in their settings.

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Published by Margeaux on February 6, 2012 1:59 PM

Though they offer comparable results, digital zoom and optical zoom are not the same. Depending on the situation, one type of zoom can prove a better option over the other. Some security cameras offer only digital zoom, while others offer only optical. It is also common for a security camera to have both digital and optical zoom.

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Published by Margeaux on February 3, 2012 3:14 PM

Many security cameras are capable of onboard IP video recording and storage with a built in Micro SD/SDHC card slot.

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Published by Margeaux on January 20, 2012 8:59 AM

Security cameras feature an iris built into their lenses that control how much light affects their sensors. Clearly, the iris is a vital component of a camera, and there are several types of irises to consider when comparing security cameras.

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Published by Margeaux on January 9, 2012 11:48 AM

Day/night network cameras are a versatile video surveillance solution. These popular cameras are available in all forms, including dome, PTZ, fixed, indoor and outdoor, and more.

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Published by Margeaux on December 22, 2011 3:39 PM

It is a common misconception that video surveillance systems consume vast amounts of bandwidth. Unlike downloading video from the internet, streaming IP video over a network generally doesn't eat up bandwidth.

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Published by Margeaux on December 19, 2011 11:05 AM

There is no dispute that megapixel IP cameras and HDTV network cameras offer the best image quality on the market. However, there is some confusion surrounding the difference between high definition (HD) cameras and megapixel cameras. These terms are sometimes used interchangeably, but megapixel and HD cameras aren't exactly the same.

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Published by Amelia on September 19, 2011 10:15 AM

If you've been shopping for an IP camera, chances are youve seen the phrase "ONVIF-compliant." But what does that really mean? ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) is a global and open industry forum that was formed to facilitate the development and use of a global open standard for physical IP-based security products. The forum aims to standardize how IP products within the video surveillance industry communicate with each other.

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Published by Margeaux on September 6, 2011 8:56 AM

IR illuminators are lamps that emit infrared light used by day/night cameras to produce images in complete darkness. This light is mostly invisible to the human eye, though some IR lights cast a red hue. Because they are difficult to detect in the dark, IR illuminators are especially beneficial in situations requiring discreet video surveillance.

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Published by Amelia on August 17, 2011 10:44 AM

For many surveillance applications, having access to audio enhances the results that security cameras provide. Many IP camera models offer audio support with either built-in microphones that allow camera operators to listen in on areas under surveillance, or with two-way audio communication using a microphone and an external speaker.

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Published by Amelia on February 9, 2011 4:09 PM

Power over Ethernet (PoE) is an incredibly flexible technology used commonly with network camera systems. With Power over Ethernet, LAN-enabled devices such as network cameras can be powered over an IP network infrastructure using standard Ethernet cabling. Many IP-based surveillance systems today incorporate PoE technology, taking advantage of a variety of benefits including cost-effectiveness and ease of installation.

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Published by Amelia on January 26, 2011 10:03 AM

The simplicity of video storage and archival with IP camera systems is a definite upgrade from the days of bulky cassette tapes that came along with analog surveillance. IP-based surveillance systems have the ability to store video footage straight to a hard disk which improves storage capacity and enhances searching capabilities.

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Published by Dan on April 30, 2009 3:25 PM

The arrival of H.264 video compression is helping lay to rest any remaining concerns of those who still cling to the idea that analog CCTV systems compare favorably to their new IP-based counterparts. A typical worry amongst analog purists is the cost of network video storage and bandwidth. With H.264, those thoughts are quickly squelched. H.264 significantly reduces storage and bandwidth costs compared to previous compression technologies, making it even easier to capture and save the highest quality video footage without bogging down your network. That's the big key for H.264 compression: it provides high-quality video at a much lower bit rate so you can get the absolute most out of those high-resolution network cameras.

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Published by Dan on November 20, 2008 2:28 PM

NUUO Inc. announced this week that its video management system can be adopted for the use of network cameras using H.264 video compression. H.264 is the latest cutting-edge compression technology being adopted by top IP camera manufacturers such as Axis, Arecont Vision, and Sony. H.264 products can be supported by NUUO IP+ Series video management software, as well as the NVRmini Standalone system.

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Published by Dan on July 29, 2008 9:01 AM

Today, Axis Communications announced that its 233D network dome camera will include an innovative auto-tracking feature. With auto-tracking, the camera can detect a moving person or vehicle, and then follow it as it passes through the camera's field of view. This feature is especially useful for unmanned surveillance applications where it's important to capture any presence of people of vehicle moving through a particular area. Think of school or office buildings after hours, hotel corridors, or parking garages, for instance. These are places where it's typical to have an unmanned surveillance setup with automated recording.

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Published by Jennifer on July 3, 2008 11:01 AM

There's been a lot of speculation about network cameras lately - that use will double by 2011, that analog video will never die, and so on. Research firm Frost & Sullivan has released a new report - "North American IT and Telecom Opportunities in the Network Video Surveillance Markets" which puts forth a much more drastic claim - that by 2013, half the surveillance cameras in North America will be IP cameras.

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Published by Dan on June 9, 2008 4:05 PM

MOBOTIX is always on the cutting edge when it comes to high-resolution IP cameras. The company's latest venture is a series of network cameras engineered specifically for verifying license plates, not just during the day, but also at night. The MOBOTIX M12 LPF IP cameras feature a long pass filter that, when used with an Infra-Red illuminator, allows for the ability to capture and verify license plate numbers on moving vehicles at night.

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Published by Jennifer on May 12, 2008 3:35 PM

Axis announced the release of three new cameras today - the P1311, M3011 and M3014 - all representing new advances in technology and announcing the direction of IP cameras in the future.

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Published by Jennifer on May 8, 2008 12:42 PM

Mentioning a "burnout" can mean many things - your friend from high school who spends his days playing video games in his parents' basement, or what your blender did when you got a little too excited about making gazpacho. In Christchurch, New Zealand, however, officials are happier about stopping a different kind of burnout with roadside surveillance cameras.

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Published by Jennifer on April 25, 2008 10:37 AM

Usually we think of hidden cameras as being squirreld away in buttonholes and cleverly placed in newspapers and briefcases during high-stakes criminal investigations or by spies trying to crack open state secrets. Not so in Philadelphia. THe city has recently announced the introduction of mobile covert surveillance cameras to help control the city's rampant problems with illegal dumping.

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Published by Jennifer on March 25, 2008 1:59 PM

Basler Vision Technologies, a longtime leading provider of industrial digital cameras, has announced that it is entering the IP camera market with a line of IP cameras. Like their digital cameras for industrial, traffic and medical applications, Basler Vision IP cameras are compact, high quality and quite robust.

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Published by Jennifer on March 13, 2008 10:12 AM

Designed to assist vehicle access control, traffic surveilance and law enforcement, Milestone's XProtect Analytics LPR 1.5 is a video analytics video management platform that uses special analytics to recognize and record license plate and other registration data from a wide variety of vehicles.

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Published by Jennifer on March 10, 2008 3:38 PM

Don't get the lead jumpsuits out of storage - the x-ray camera isn't yet a reality. The surveillance company ThruVision, has just introduced a revolutionary new surveillance camera that uses electromagnetic rays that explosives, drugs, and other illicit substances emit - from under clothing.

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Published by Jennifer on February 15, 2008 11:19 AM

Early IP cameras had it rough - they were expensive, cumbersome, and usually shunned by network administrators for their possible security issues. This paradox - that a security camera could pose serious network security issues itself - was at the center of the IP camera debate for many years.

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Published by Jennifer on February 14, 2008 11:34 AM

Grossmont High School in San Diego has been reeling since late 2001 - when two shootings happened at the school in just two weeks. Grossmont's environment has been improving since August, however, since Sony equipped the campus with a new IP camera surveillance system called e-Surveillance.

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Published by Jennifer on January 21, 2008 2:19 PM

In an effort to further reduce crime in the city of Tayside, the Scottish city has decided to outfit its police force with a tiny video surveillance camera mounted directly onto the uniform starting next June. Tayside has been at the forefront of surveillance technology before - it was the first Scottish town to add security cameras to patrol bikes in 2006.

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Published by Jennifer on December 31, 2007 12:03 PM

2007 has been a great year for video surveillance - improvements in technology, widespread applications, and predictions for the future of network cameras. Here are some of our most memorable posts:

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Published by Jennifer on December 13, 2007 8:07 AM

Time is the crucial element of bobsledding (or bobsleighing, as it is called in the UK). Bobsledders hurl themselves down an icy track in a specially calibrated track, trying to beat the clock and outpace their competitors. UK-based video surveillance company Scryron, known for their intelligent digital video systems used by police and courtrooms all over the UK, has teamed with the British Bobsleigh team to use video surveillance equipment to help improve the sledders' race times.

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Published by Dan on November 19, 2007 2:56 PM

An important, and seemingly obvious, key to the success of any network camera solution is to avoid blocked, manipulated, or redirected video signals. This is especially critical in surveillance locations where the cameras are susceptible to damage, vandalism or tampering, for instance in schools, prisons, transit stations, and harsh outdoor environments. One way to prevent lost signals in these situations is to employ cameras with weather-proof or vandal-proof housing. And recently, Axis Communications came up with an even more sophisticated solution; an "Active Tampering Alarm" that automatically alerts security staff any time a camera disruption is detected.

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Published by Dan on November 16, 2007 3:52 PM

Police officials in Montebello, Calif. announced this week the successful installation of a surveillance system aimed at stopping graffiti taggers in their tracks. The new cameras use "Tagger Trap" technology, a sophisticated detection system that recognizes the ultrasonic frequency emitted by spray paint cans. When the act of graffiti is perceived, the cameras zoom in on pre-assigned target areas and send notification to authorities monitoring the scene from the police department.

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Published by Jennifer on October 18, 2007 7:49 AM

Frank Waterhouse had a major victory against the City of Portland when he was acquitted of charges of criminal trespass and disorderly contact. Now, he and three others are suing the Portland Police department for damages, claiming the police violated their constitutional rights when they tried to film a property search in May 2006. See video from Waterhouse's camera inside....

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Published by Dan on September 19, 2007 4:51 PM

The graffiti problem in Los Angeles' North Hollywood area is so bad, the city has decided to employ high-tech security cameras that not only monitor specific areas, they also speak to taggers caught in the act.

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Published by Dan on September 13, 2007 2:24 PM

360-degree video surveillance enables users to get comprehensive views of broad areas with a single security camera. This technology is especially popular for large open areas such as casino floors. Now imagine a 360-degree camera that utilizes some of today's more sophisticated surveillance innovations and you'll get an idea of what Sentry, a leader in 360-degree technology, is going for with its latest camera release.

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Published by Jennifer on September 11, 2007 8:25 AM

Watching game footage is one of the most important strategies for football teams - it allows them to predict offensive and defensive moves, prepare strategies and anticipate the cohesiveness of their opponent. So important is the footage of opponent games that teams often hire cameramen to film the games for future research. One cameraman, however, may be in trouble for recording too much.

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Published by Jennifer on August 31, 2007 1:06 PM

In the wake of the worst school shooting in US history, worries about student and classrooms afety are at an all-time high. Schools around the country have implemented security systems - ranging from the simple to the highly complex - in an effort to make the learning environment as safe as possible.

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Published by Jennifer on August 30, 2007 1:03 PM

Parallel parking for the first time is never easy - there's the careful initial alignment, and the tricky backwards steering and fingers-crossed reversing into the spot. Hopefully, if all goes as planned, the maneuver will be over soon. However, we all know that these things don't always go as planned - and sometimes, an attempt at parallel parking ends in a gut-wrenching crunch. This is how driving has been for years - a game of chance - a game that many auto makers are trying to change.

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Published by Jennifer on August 29, 2007 10:17 AM

Worries over stocks, bonds, and a sagging housing market have peppered the news of late, and economic forecasts have been gloomy for nearly every industry - except video surveillance. Investment kingpins over at The Motley fool have predicted that the video surveillance market may be in for a boom.

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Published by Dan on July 27, 2007 11:23 AM

While the use of security cameras has increased significantly over the years, and video surveillance equipment is more advanced than ever before, security specialists are still hard at work trying to find ways to make the cameras more intelligent. The goal, essentially, is to create cameras with brains. Right now the focus is on video analytics. IP cameras and video recorders which utilize video analytics are able to spot specific predetermined activity thanks to sophisticated software algorithms. Examples include advanced motion detection, facial or behavioral recognition, people counting, and even spotting situations where an object is left behind, or a car is parked too long in a certain location.

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Published by Jennifer on June 28, 2007 8:18 AM

It's the biggest recorded heist in UK history - a staggering £53 million pounds, (about $105 million USD) taken from a sorting and holding depot for retail stores and groceries all across England, even serving the Bank of England. So how did this take place? Money handling and intense security go hand-in-hand, and this depot was no exception. This was an inside job - security guard Emir Hysenaj actually used video surveillance to counter the security of the depot.

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Published by Jennifer on June 22, 2007 7:49 AM

The Channel Tunnel (commonly called the "Chunnel"), an undersea tunnel connecting England and France, been called one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Completed in 1994, the 50km (31 mile) tunnel is used extensively by freight and passenger trains. Surveillance is an important security tool for ensuring that trains move efficiently and safely.

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Published by Jennifer on June 15, 2007 10:12 AM

How many times has this happened to you? You pick up the phone to call a friend and your wireless phone picks up your neighbor's conversation instead. You hear a noise on your baby monitor and it turns out to be someone calling the pizza delivery place down the street. A Palatine, IL woman recently discovered that her baby monitor - a new model featuring wireless video and a viewing monitor - was intercepting some very unusual footage...from the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

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Published by Jennifer on June 4, 2007 1:40 PM

In its short, 40-year lifespans, video surveillance technology has brought about many security revolutions. Stores have shifted from man powered security to exclusive camera systems. Cameras are used almost universally in places never thought possible - even 10 years ago. But the cultural implications to security cameras started in 1949, before the age of security cameras, with George Orwell's novel 1984.

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Published by Jennifer on May 23, 2007 9:16 AM

A recent report from Frost & Sullivan North American Video Surveillance Software Markets has predicted that revenue from IP video will grow a staggering 70% in the next seven years - from $139.76 million in 2006 to $826.7 million in 2013. One of the catalysts behind this amazing growth? Schools.

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Published by Jennifer on May 18, 2007 2:50 PM

We've discussed how awesome video surveillance is for protecting almost any environment - from schools to businesses to research environments, it's one of the most surefire ways to protect nearly every type of building. But paradoxically, some areas are so secure and so sensitive that video surveillance isn't just inadequate, it could actually wreak havoc.

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Published by Dan on May 15, 2007 2:44 PM

At this year's IFSEC show, 3rdi will showcase an innovative portable surveillance system that allows remote viewing via cell phone. The centerpiece of the system is a small interactive camera that can be placed anywhere. Especially useful for homeowners in search of a cost-effective video surveillance solution, this handy gadget is an intriguing choice due to its small stature and convenient remote monitoring capabilities.

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Published by Dan on May 10, 2007 12:49 PM

While IP surveillance offers many benefits over analog CCTV, it's common for prospective users to have questions regarding how these new advanced systems affect storage space. With added capabilities such as increased resolution, higher frame rate, scalability, and the continuous recording, streaming, and saving of large amounts of data, IP-based surveillance systems can place a higher strain on storage hardware.

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Published by Jennifer on May 1, 2007 3:36 PM

Warfare has evolved rapidly over the last 50 years - the advent of airplanes, submarines and atomic weapons has forever changed the way that wars are fought, and has made strategy, intelligence and espionage into essential battlefield weapons. One of the latest developments in this new, distant type of war? Unmanned aerial drones.

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Published by Dan on April 25, 2007 9:56 AM

The latest trend in surveillance technology is video analytics. Cameras are becoming more intelligent, and in a sense, now feature minds of their own. Today's smart cameras are equipped with built-in video analytics that run software algorithms designed to detect specific events, actions, and even individuals. These cameras utilize sophisticated functions such as motion sensing, behavioral recognition, and facial recognition. But what happens when the sun goes down? With lessened visibility are the cameras still able to carry out these advanced functions at night?

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Published by Jennifer on April 20, 2007 1:23 PM

The town of Kazan, like many other cities in Russia, has been an seat of trade, government and culture for hundreds of years. However, with modern crises like a dense-evergrowing population, street crime, vandalism and a steady traffic flow, maintaining security has proven to be a bit of a challenge.

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Published by Dan on April 19, 2007 11:43 AM

If you live in a city or large town, chances are you've seen their footage on the news or noticed them on the freeway - traffic surveillance cameras are commonplace now on major arteries. In the United States, nearly every state has a dedicated arm of their department of transportation which maintains and monitors surveillance cameras on major roads, interstates, freeways and highways.

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Published by Dan on April 18, 2007 9:37 AM

The UK is testing out a new video surveillance system designed to spot potential criminals, and then follow their movements. The camera unit, referred to as the Pounds 7,000 Bug, features a ring of eight cameras that provide a panoramic view of the area below. In order to determine whether or not criminal activity is taking place, the camera's built-in software, which can identify 50 behavioral traits, scans the footage. If abnormal behavior is detected, a ninth camera focuses in on the suspect and traces that person's actions.

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Published by Dan on March 30, 2007 10:20 AM

IBM and Axis Communications are teaming up to release an advanced open framework system for event-based video surveillance that utilizes video analytics and sophisticated indexing. The Digital Video Surveillance solution will support the complete Axis catalog of network cameras and servers, and is fully customizable to meet varying demands.

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Published by Dan on March 29, 2007 10:23 AM

During the ISC West conference held this week in Las Vegas, Cisco announced its first foray into the surveillance camera industry. Cisco's entry comes in the form of a remote-controlled, IP-based digital security camera that operates effectively in both indoor and outdoor environments. The Video Surveillance IP Camera is motion-triggered, and features pan, tilt, and zoom functions that can be controlled remotely.

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Published by Jennifer on March 22, 2007 2:22 PM

One of the hottest debates among security professionals today is the future of video surveillance. With two distinct and different types of cameras competing for a slice of the market - which will succeed?

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Published by Jennifer on March 15, 2007 1:27 PM

One of the fastest growing markets for IP surveillance technology is public transportation. Buses, subways, transit depots and stations have been targets for vandalism, theft and violence for many years. Analog CCTV systems were installed in many cities with a mild degree of success, but their cumbersome equipment and limited technological capabilities made them an ineffective security solution.

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Published by Jennifer on February 8, 2007 10:45 AM

In an effort to keep their tenuous border with North Korea more secure, the South Korean government has introduced a battalion of 1,000 intelligent surveillance robots to help in patrolling the border.

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