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Wireless: Only if absolutely Necessary.

By Brian Merritt / December 22, 2010 / 0 Comments

With technology changes occurring daily, you would think that the wireless solution for CCTV cameras would have come around by now. Well, in reality, it has come a long way. Just not as far as some would have liked. If you are looking into a CCTV system and are thinking about wireless, there are still…

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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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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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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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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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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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