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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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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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The New Ease of Access

By Brian Merritt / November 23, 2010 / 1 Comment

Access control has been making multiple large changes in how they can be setup and managed. The process continues to become more integrated and more sophisticated, with both the initial build as well as with the end result. Mag locks are becoming more compact and easier to install, electric strikes now come with proximity readers…

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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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Wired Or Wireless, That Is The Question

By Brian Merritt / October 31, 2010 / 1 Comment

Wireless technology is becoming more and more prevalent these days. Security cameras are no exception. Presently, various wireless cameras are available to consumers, and as the technology develops, the variety of wireless cameras available will increase. Although wireless cameras are a new technology, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is the best or most convenient.…

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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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Parking Lot Cameras and License Plate Capture

By Brian Merritt / September 5, 2010 / 11 Comments

A good license plate camera is hard to come by and, more importantly, difficult for most to afford. Virtual Surveillance has put together a custom-built license plate security camera that can capture high quality images of vehicles and license plate information and is priced competitively. Take a look at this amazing video captured by the…

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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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Every Thing Is Greater In HD

By Brian Merritt / August 27, 2010 / 4 Comments

Do you recall the old box set televisions? The picture was in black and white and always seemed very distorted and scratchy. Those days are behind us and we’ve gone from analog signals to completely digital high resolution video with millions of pixels of color. In the world of surveillance the same kind of transfer…

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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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