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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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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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IP Cameras Making Fictional Surveillance A Reality

By Brian Merritt / December 5, 2010 / 1 Comment

Until recently, analog cameras were the only available choice for surveillance. While they were useful for identifying and capturing careless thieves, they had no chance of identifying clever thieves who understood their limitations. Generally speaking, analog cameras are terrible for using software to zoom in digitally. Movies and TV show detectives zooming in on an…

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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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The IP Take Over

By Brian Merritt / October 27, 2010 / 8 Comments

The entire market is flooded right now with the transition ideas of sharing networks. Its now easier than ever to monitor away from the site on many mobile devices such as cell phones and laptops.  As the age pushes forward we will see a strong decrease in the amount of popularity base that traditional analog…

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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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