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Wait a Minute….Where Did that come from?

By Brian Merritt / June 7, 2011 / 0 Comments

The latest version of our DVR/NVR software, V8.4, offers a feature known as “Unattended Object Detection”. Basically, if an object appears in front of a camera that is not normally there, the software can detect it and send an alert instantly. In this day and age, this feature is crucial. This is especially true considering…

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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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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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Centalized and Decentralized IP Cameras

By Brian Merritt / November 28, 2010 / 3 Comments

Did you know that an Internet Protocol Camera, or IP Camera, is available in two different styles? The most common style of IP Camera is the “Centralized” IP Camera. The “centralized” IP Camera Requires a Central NVR(Network Video Recorder). The Centralized IP Camera can be connected directly to the Internet and record to an NVR…

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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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Why Use H.264?

By Brian Merritt / November 5, 2010 / 0 Comments

If you have been looking into purchasing a security system for your home or business, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed. With so many choices, including the obvious like, how many cameras, black and white versus color cameras, low light or IR and the like, some of the more important technical aspects might slip…

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Intelligent Video: Analytics

By Brian Merritt / September 7, 2010 / 13 Comments

Defining Intelligent Video is rather simple. The reality of intelligent video isn’t so much the intelligence but rather the software used to push higher levels of technology to the edge. A more appropriate term for this would be Analytics. Analyzing the video is actually what the software does. Video analytics use computers to recognize or…

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Stop Retail Theft

By Brian Merritt / September 2, 2010 / 9 Comments

In 2009, retailers across the nation lost over $33 billion in revenue due to shoplifting and employee theft. Surprisingly retailers lost less in 2009 than in 2008. The decrease in retail shrinkage can be tied directly to the increase in the use of security systems in retail stores. In August 2010, retail stores in Dallas,…

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Is it IP?

By Brian Merritt / August 26, 2010 / 5 Comments

When I see studies going on in the CCTV industry that analyze trends in the industry, I wonder who is doing the research, and what are they considering an IP system? I continue to see reports that speculate only 12% of the systems being sold and installed today are considered IP systems. I think that…

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Small Business Access Control

By Brian Merritt / August 25, 2010 / 5 Comments

In the past, small and mid-sized companies faced challenges obtaining access control systems to protect their facilities. The primary reason for this difficulty was cost. Old access systems required expensive equipment such as servers, dedicated PC units, and licenses. Today’s access control has changed just as much as security camera technology has over the past…

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