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Pick The Right Installer

By Brian Merritt / April 29, 2011 / 1 Comment

When trying to find someone to install your equipment it is important to make sure that they can care for all your needs. Are you looking for a camera surveillance system, are you looking for an access control system, maybe both. Dependable reliable companies can be hard to come by. Number one thing I would…

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CCTV Equipment Placement

By Brian Merritt / February 18, 2011 / 3 Comments

Many people always ask where they should place certain items when installing their own system in a home or business. So we will start with the DVR and work our way out to the cameras. The DVR is the brain it needs to be somewhere where it can be protected and secure from any damages…

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Taking Care of Your Investment

By Brian Merritt / January 28, 2011 / 2 Comments

Well you finally decided to go ahead and make that investment and have that new CCTV system installed, now what. Well, there are a lot of people that think once it is installed, that is all you have to do. And for the most part, it is. There are a few things that I would…

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Choosing The Right Kind of Video Recording Device

By Brian Merritt / January 25, 2011 / 0 Comments

Choosing the right kind of recording device for your surveillance system can be difficult at times. This is especially true given the system’s location and its environment. Remote locations can be the trickiest. In many instances, people need surveillance in isolated locations. Secluded locations are more susceptible to theft and vandalism. Unfortunately, most distant locations…

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Weather the Storm

By Brian Merritt / January 15, 2011 / 1 Comment

There are several things to take into account when you are planning the installation of a CCTV system. We have talked about the design of a system before and being sure we take into consideration all factors before we invest in a system. However, there is one thing that I think we overlooked in that…

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Wireless: Only if absolutely Necessary.

By Brian Merritt / December 22, 2010 / 0 Comments

With technology changes occurring daily, you would think that the wireless solution for CCTV cameras would have come around by now. Well, in reality, it has come a long way. Just not as far as some would have liked. If you are looking into a CCTV system and are thinking about wireless, there are still…

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Stop Getting Tangled in Network Camera Cables

By Brian Merritt / December 5, 2010 / 4 Comments

When most people take make the move from analog cameras to Network Cameras (IP Cameras), what they need in the ways of video recording, archiving, and cables is the biggest challenge for them to learn. Unless you are a network engineer or seasoned IT vet, you’ve probably never had to deal with switches, PoE ports,…

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Dimly Lit or Pitch Black?

By Brian Merritt / November 30, 2010 / 4 Comments

Choosing the right camera for your application is critical in terms of video quality and getting the most bang for your buck.  This is especially true when deciding whether to purchase a night vision infrared camera or a camera with a low lux level. Sometimes an IR camera is not always necessary for a dimly…

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Five Critical Aspects of Surveillance Systems

By Brian Merritt / November 26, 2010 / 2 Comments

Recently, several law enforcement agencies were asked what they thought were the most important aspects of a surveillance system. It’s no surprise when everything was tallied to what answers came up the most often. I will take a moment here to list some of there answers and expand a little on each one. Camera Positioning…

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Network Cable: The future of Security Camera Installation

By Brian Merritt / November 10, 2010 / 2 Comments

More and more Video Surveillance installers are switching to CAT 5e and 6 network cable for their applications. This trend hangs on the fact that more Surveillance Systems being installed are integrating IP cameras versus the traditional Analog Systems. Although the number of Analog systems outweigh IP, everyone in the CCTV business realize that the…

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