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Top 5 Crimes Affecting Businesses

By Brian Merritt / November 11, 2014 / 0 Comments

People tend to overlook the fact that businesses can be victims of crime since it doesn’t happen to us personally. Whether it’s theft, burglary, vandalism, or fraud, the threat of these crimes is very real and can happen to any business on any given day. The FBI estimated that organized retail theft accounted for $30…

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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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Frito-Lay Employs Virtual Surveillance to Implement IP Security Camera Solution at Modesto Facilities

By Brian Merritt / April 12, 2014 / 0 Comments

Virtual Surveillance has been chosen as the equipment provider and integrator to facilitate the transition from a legacy analog surveillance system to a vastly improved, leading edge IP solution at Frito-Lay’s Modesto, CA facilities.

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Security Camera and Access Control System Integration

By Brian Merritt / April 7, 2014 / 0 Comments

Controlling access to business facilities and private property is often a requirement in today’s world, even more so than in the past. Application varies, of course, but you might see anything from keypads to biometric scanners on doors, gates, or other entry and access points throughout a facility. These systems are in place to protect…

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Types of Security Cameras – What Camera do You Need?

By Brian Merritt / March 28, 2014 / 0 Comments

There are many different types of security cameras. Some are used for very specific purposes, like license-plate-recognition cameras, while others are used for more general applications, such as standard dome cameras. What we are here to look at today are the different types and when you might need which. We will review several different primary…

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School Security Measure Adoption and Crime Statistics Comparing 2000 to 2010

By Brian Merritt / March 21, 2014 / 0 Comments

Virtual Surveillance has installed surveillance and access control systems in numerous educational facilities, so we take a direct interest in school security statistics on a national level. As such, we have been analyzing the 2012 “Indicators of School Crime and Safety” study released in mid 2013 by the National Center for Education Statistics and the…

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What Are The Differences Between a Security DVR, NVR and HVR?

By Brian Merritt / March 2, 2014 / 0 Comments

A Network Video Recorder (NVR) is used to record video footage in a digital format to a hard disk drive (HDD). It usually captures video/images through an ethernet network via Cat5 or Cat6 cables from IP cameras. It is mostly used for physical security applications. A combination of an NVR and IP cameras is more…

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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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RFID for Video Surveillance Solutions

By Jonathan / March 14, 2013 / 1 Comment

I have come across quite a few applications recently that required radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. The concept of RFID dates back to decades ago, but advances have been made to the platform which opened it up to many new markets. Many companies have adopted this technology and use passive and active RFID tags to…

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Security Systems in Schools : How Much is Too Much?

By Jerry Caliendo / January 29, 2013 / 6 Comments

As a child of the 80’s and teenager of the 90’s, I can remember mischievous events in school such as throwing your food at lunch or a bullied kid finally getting his revenge on the playground afterschool creating such an uproar among the faculty and administration. Occasionally, a test would be interrupted by a 10…

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