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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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Surveillance Assisting Police Officers

By Brian Merritt / August 20, 2010 / 2 Comments

In the past, having on-board cameras in a police cruiser were an option that departments may have avoided due to the cost of technology. Now, vehicle surveillance packages have become an integral part of police cars in order to protect both officers and civilians. The security has focused on making mobile security products user friendly…

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Securing the Perimeter

By Brian Merritt / August 16, 2010 / 4 Comments

Surveillance begins on the outside. The perimeter of any application is always the key focal point to any solution. The idea is to catch the assailant before he commits the crime. Often time deterrents such as fences, guard dogs, barbed wire and even mine fields are used to keep out unwanted visitors. Every perimeter solution…

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Integrated IP Solutions

By Brian Merritt / August 12, 2010 / 1 Comment

IP is a rapidly growing technology and as components become more available, it seems everything electronic is finding its way onto a network. The largest noticeable increase comes from the surveillance industry. In addition to security, IP has merged with other industries. For instance, voice over IP has really hit it big with telecommunication systems…

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How to Plan an Install From Start to Finish

By Brian Merritt / August 10, 2010 / 5 Comments

Every good installer is an expert note taker and this is why installers are some of the best people to take with you on a walk through. A notebook can be a powerful tool for both the installer and the client, so it’s always a good idea for both parties to keep track of any…

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Add-Ons Add to Sales

By Brian Merritt / August 4, 2010 / 5 Comments

J.P. Freeman, a security market analysis company, projects that the U.S. will annually invest 21 billion dollars in CCTV systems by 2010. The market for CCTV systems in the U.S. increased by almost 700% from 1980 – 2000. Today, there are more features available in security than ever before and each of them can apply…

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Planning for Large Scale Projects

By Brian Merritt / August 2, 2010 / 5 Comments

As far as large scale projects go, they don’t get much bigger than planning a surveillance project for an entire city. There are endless things to take into consideration, but there are also unlimited resources available if you take advantage of them. I was discussing this type of project with someone that learned the hard…

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Where IP Fits In

By Brian Merritt / July 26, 2010 / 4 Comments

Today the CCTV market is only made up of about 27% IP based systems. The common perception is that “IP equals more expensive.” In recent years, IP based solutions have been the most talked about security technologies in the surveillance industry. With the ability to channel multiple cameras from numerous locations the benefits of IP…

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Think of Yourself

By Brian Merritt / July 23, 2010 / 5 Comments

The security industry is constantly evolving to fit the needs of its consumers and end-users. With this evolution it’s important to keep in mind what changes will benefit you when purchasing a security system. Whether you’re a homeowner or a franchise supervisor, it’s wise to evaluate and establish what your security wants and needs are.…

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Neighboorhood Watch Meets CCTV

By Brian Merritt / July 22, 2010 / 5 Comments

All over the US, Neighborhood Watch groups are looking to the CCTV industry to assist in keeping their neighborhoods safer. When it comes to calling the police about mischievous acts against your pink yard flamingos or the grand theft auto of your 7 Series BMW, you’ll need the help of a quality surveillance system if…

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