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Are you Proactive or Reactive?

By Will / August 1, 2011 / 1 Comment

When is it that most businesses decide to get a security system? Why does it take a break in, robbery, missing inventory, or vandalism for business owners to decide they need something other than a yard dog? I think most business owners understand that it is not a matter of if something nefarious will happen,…

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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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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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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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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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CCTV In Transition

By Brian Merritt / July 20, 2010 / 3 Comments

The world of surveillance is on pace to make a monumental transition. In the past the security industry has looked at surveillance from the perspective that security meant CCTV (closed circuit television). However, this perception appears to be shifting and may soon come to an end. New light has been shined upon IP communications and…

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Trends in the Security Industry

By Brian Merritt / July 16, 2010 / 4 Comments

There are a couple of terms used in the investment and securities market that have taken hold and are surfacing more often in the security industry. One of these terms is momentum investing. This term came about to describe people that invest in something, not because they have studied every detail of a certain stock…

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