Be Sensible with Sense-Up Technology

With every new day brings new and improved technology to the world of CCTV cameras. One in particular that seems to be catching on quite fast is a phenomenal feature being utilized by newer cameras. This feature is called Sense-Up. The main purpose of sense-up is to provide a camera that does not rely on artificial light to see in very low light conditions. A camera with sense up is very capable of capturing images in near total darkness all while maintaining full color images as well.

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This is all possible in the fact that the shutter stays open longer, allowing more light into the camera and being capable of seeing better in low light. This feature also gives you the ability to set limits to the amount of sense up want to use. The limit setting can be set on most cameras anywhere from 2X amplification to 128X amplification. This not the actual shutter speed rather the amount of light being allowed into the camera.

While some security marketing people claim that sense up is the end of infrared night vision, this simply isn’t the case. However it is a feature that under the right circumstances can produce an unbelievable image without having to go to black and white, adjust power due to IR’s being turned on, as well as reduction of noise and graininess to produce a crisp image in near darkness. It just makes sense to go Sense-Up.

Don’t Cut It’s Worth Going the Extra Cable

When it comes to Security Cameras and DVR systems, many factors can go into making a precise decision on the items that will make up the whole Unit.  One aspect that seems to be over looked quite a bit is in regards to the Cable. For Analog cameras they tend to use the popular cable known as Siamese Cable. This cable carries the Video and Power in one strand.

Where it gets tricky is knowing when to use Pre-Cut Siamese Cable vs. a spool of Siamese Cable. Pre-Cut Cable comes at a certain length 25’, 50’, 75’, 100’,ext with connectors per attached. Typically you can find spools of Siamese Cable at 500’ and 1000’ while needing to attach your own connectors.

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Where this can get complicated is many people will purchase Pre-Cut cable thinking it’s the same exact type of cable as Spooled Cable. Theoretically it is, however where they differ is in that if measurements aren’t exact people think they can just cut Pre-Cut Cable and reattach the connectors.  This can cause serious video degradation. Pre-Cut Siamese Cable has a thinner copper thread since it has the connectors pre-attached it’s not intended to be cut again, and that’s why you’ll experience issues. You’ll also experience issues if you try to attach two pre cut cables together to create longer distances of runs.

So if you aren’t sure of the length of runs, it’s better in the long run to go with the spool of Siamese Cable.  It may take a little work applying the cuts and connectors but it’s not nearly as costly as losing quality in your video feed.

 

No Need to Get Burnt Out on Your Power Supply

12vDC Power SupplySo often in the process of setting up a security system we tend to focus on only the major points: DVR Type, Camera Type, Camera Placement, In-door vs. Out-door, Resolution, ext. But one major focal point, in deciding what type of cameras would be best for your application, we over look the type of power that is needed for the Camera to operate properly. This is something that not only can burn out your cameras but burn a hole in that wallet if not fully researched.

Most cameras tend to run on 12V/DC but there is a fair share of cameras that operate on 24V/AC as well. It’s important that if adding to an existing system or in creation of a new system that you research the power supply and the type of voltage that is need for the cameras.  Another important factor is the amount of AMPs your camera runs. A camera with IR (Inferred) will at times run higher amps. It’s important you have enough power going to all cameras to support this as well.

So while Resolution and Lens type are important factors to deciding what type of camera fits best for your application make sure that you are covering all aspects of the system and nothing is more important than know what kind of power is needed and how much power should be distributed.  Summers just about over, no need to keep burning yourself out with the wrong power supply.

View your security cameras remotely with your cell phone

August 24, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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watch your security cameras remotely from your cell phone

Mobile Communication has incorporated itself in nearly every aspect of our lives. And as the security industry continues to grow and improve its own technology, the avenues to which people are beginning to monitor their surveillance system is also increasing. One function that has recently been incorporated within Standalone DVR’s in the ability to view remotely from a 3G/4G Cell Phone (iPhone/Android/Blackberry).

This mobile platform is fast becoming a useful surveillance tool that enables a person to monitor on the go without having to purchase a PC Based system or actually be logged into a computer desktop. It takes your standalone DVR to a whole new level not normally attainable with traditional standalone DVR’s. This feature keeps you even further protected in the event something were to take place, creates faster responses and enables you to just have that peace of mind that your place is protected and okay no matter where you are.

If cost is a factor in deciding the type of DVR you want to purchase yet you’re truly seeking as much value in surveillance as possible but sure to invest in a system that has the Remote Viewing via Cell Phone.

Security First Starts With Education

August 1, 2011 by · 4 Comments
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In an economical market that revolves around margins, overall sales, and bottom line figures  the Security Sector has recorded unprecedented gains over the past two or three decades. While initial reasoning would lead to the advances of hardware, software, communications channels and services.  Another vast area of growth is in the methods in which security is being marketed and sold.

Traditionally the security industry barely had any type of marketing presence. Now we see television, newspaper, magazine, billboard, online and many other forms of marketing for Security Cameras and Software.  With these new avenues consumers are becoming more resourceful.  Consumers long for valuable information, especially when it comes to areas where they are not that educated.  This presents the greatest opportunity for the dealers who are willing to take the time to explain what is available and possible.  Education is essential not only on a consumer level but on the dealer’s side as well.

The true potential of Security Systems in today’s market starts with Education. As consumers have become more educated the industry has seen rapid growth. It’s the industries responsibility to continue offering these avenues of education and not stray away from telling the entire story to their perspective clients.