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Wide Dynamic Range – Advanced Security Camera Feature

By Brian Merritt / February 25, 2016 / 1 Comment

The Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) feature on Video Security Cameras is one of the most important image improvements on security cameras alongside the higher resolution cameras evolution we see in the video surveillance industry today. WDR is the camera’s ability to see in contrasting levels of light such as when a camera is pointed towards a glass…

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Secure Your Cameras from Hackers

By Brian Merritt / December 21, 2014 / 0 Comments

Internet-Based security cameras. also known as IP cameras, are great tools used by many home owners to check if the pets are okay or if an elderly parent needs help. However in the light of recent events, such as the Russian web site that hacked over 70,000 CCTV cameras worldwide, you have to wonder if…

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Employee Theft Statistics for Small Businesses Infographic

By Brian Merritt / April 14, 2014 / 0 Comments

We talk about retail shrink and theft a lot in the surveillance industry, but today we want to specifically discuss employee theft in relation to small businesses. Recently, a University of Cincinnati researcher’s employee theft study was presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justic Sciences in Philadelphia. The study surveyed 344…

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Virtual Surveillance Hits the Surveillance Expo Circuit

By Brian Merritt / March 14, 2014 / 0 Comments

The Virtual Surveillance team is hitting the road! We have already attended and exhibited at one expo this year and plan on taking the new booth to at least 7 more. If you plan on coming out to any of the below builder or restaurant conferences, please stop by our booth and say hi. We…

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Let’s Talk Frame Rate (FPS) Settings

By Nathan Weaver / April 16, 2013 / 1 Comment

When we talk FPS (Frames Per Second) or IPS (Images Per Second), it is really rather simple…the more frames you have available the more fluid your video feeds. This is a good thing, right? Yes, it can be, but there are pros and cons to everything. If you have an unlimited budget, that’s great! Crank…

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Security System Layering : Deter Deviants Before They Can Act

By Jonathan / September 19, 2012 / 1 Comment

With surveillance being taken to the next level, homeowners, businesses and government entities are increasing the number of layers on their surveillance solutions. This yields to more outdoor surveillance being implemented at the first tier, or the initial barrier/layer, for the security system. This is where the security begins as stopping an intruder before they…

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Keeping an Eye Out for the Bottom Line With Fisheye

By Brian Merritt / September 19, 2012 / 1 Comment

In my years of experience with CCTV cameras, it seems as if pan, tilt, and zoom (PTZ) cameras are still highly in demand.  PTZ cameras work really well for remote applications.  For instance, if you have an area that you are trying to view that is 100-200 feet away from the nearest power source, a…

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HD CCTV Camera Technology : Maximum Flexibility

By Will / July 7, 2012 / 2 Comments

High Definition CCTV (HD-CCTV) is a next progression from analog standard definition CCTV. The technology utilizes the same technology that is used in broadcast HD television and gives a much enhanced image over what you get with standard resolution hardware. Keep in mind, this should not be confused with HD-IP-CCTV which is an Internet Protocol…

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Tips and Tricks for Installing Microphones

By Jonathan / May 25, 2012 / 3 Comments

I am often asked about cameras that have built in microphones. When thinking about it, they seem like an excellent idea and they solve two issues at once. However, if you’re considering cameras with built-in audio or implementing audio period, there are a few things to consider. Make sure that the DVR that is being…

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Security CCTV Integrators : The Best vs. The Worst

By Brian Merritt / May 18, 2012 / 0 Comments

Recently, a number of technology vendors were interviewed and asked a few questions regarding the best and worst integrators in the industry.  Below are the most common questions and respective answers from some of the industry’s leading vendors. “What are the 3 key attributes of the best integrators?”  The first was leadership, the second was…

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