Showing posts with label Remote Viewing of Video Surveillance. Show all posts
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

3 Tips on How to Buy a Successful Video Surveillance System

The value of video surveillance in commercial settings is widely known and accepted. Over the years, the general public has come to understand that a picture is truly more effective than a thousand words.

For example, when a robbery occurs, the video is immediately pulled and given to law enforcement for their use. There’s a chain of evidence that begins at your video recorder that is documented from that point throughout the process. Using that video, it’s hoped that detectives, along with the surrounding community, will be able to identify the assailant. Quite often images from this video are shared with community members through local television as well as over the Internet. Using this method, by establishing a tip line and an award offering it’s often possible to apprehend and arrest the individual(s) involved.

There’s a whole list of do’s and don’ts to be aware of when buying and installing a video surveillance system for your commercial retail business. In this article we’ll include the most important ones you need to know about.

#1. Camera Placement

Where you put cameras is extremely important and where you fail to install them is likewise important to the overall security of your investment as well as your personnel. The objective is to make it obvious to the perpetrator that he’s on video and that anything he does from this point forward will not go unnoticed or unpunished.

With this in mind, the very first camera to install is one overlooking the entrance. Because this camera is hanging on the wall or ceiling looking right at him or her, they automatically know that there’s a record of their being there at that time.

Cameras also are positioned overlooking the cashier, the counter, as well as throughout a variety of aisles. Special attention should also be paid to special areas of the store, such as the liquor and cigarette sections. Not only are these cameras good to go during business hours, they also will help to identify criminals who break in after hours.

#2. Recording Video

It’s likewise important that you record your video surveillance images on a digital device with enough storage space to hold at least a week’s worth of video per camera. Good choices are DVRs (Digital Video Recorders) as well as NVRs (Network Video Recorders). DVRs are good when using older analog cameras that use standard coaxial cable where NVRs are used when working with modern IP (Internet Protocol) cameras.

If you have analog cameras and you one day plan to update or add onto your system using modern IP cameras, then I recommend that you purchase a HDVR (Hybrid Digital Video Recorder) because they will work with both. IP cameras are better than analog models, and because the average price of an IP camera has come down over the past few years, they’re now affordable to smaller businesses.

Remote archiving of your video is also a great idea for several reasons. First, there are times when smart criminals will not only break in and take things, but they also will steal the DVR/NVR and when that happens, there will likely be no record of the perpetrator at all. Having video sent to a Cloud-based video archiving system assures that if this happens, the perpetrator(s) can be identified and brought to justice.

#3. Don’t Buy on Price Alone

You’ve heard the old adage time and again, “don’t buy the cheapest thing out there.” Here’s why: “Because it won’t give you the results you’re looking for and so you won’t be happy.”

A good example of this is an installation we did a number of years ago where we were competing against a company who had proposed the cheapest thing that they could give. The cost of the cameras to the client was in the $50 range and the company itself was actually a one-man show—what we commonly call a “trunk slammer.”

Based on what the client told us during our initial meeting, it was clear to me that they required quality cameras with a price tag in the $250 per camera area. Needless to say, the prospect ended up buying the cheapest thing he could get.

Within a year, they were back on the phone with us asking for help. Evidently there was a shoplifting incident and the camera overlooking the door was unable to give the police a good enough image for identification purposes. We replaced key cameras with the more expensive models and so the next time an incident took place, identification was now possible.

Electronic Systems Consultants LLC (ESC) offers a full line of quality analog and IP cameras along with the DVR, NVR, and HDVR you need for a quality installation. Our installers are the best at what they do, and when we’re finished, you have our satisfaction guarantee. ESC offers the best video surveillance available for the least investment. Give us a call today at 614-754-1393, or visit our website at

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Terrorism: Doing Our Part to Protect the Homeland

If you listen to the news every day, you get the idea that there’s a terrorist around every corner here in the United States, but is there? While it’s true that there are terrorist cells here in the U.S., it’s also true that terrorist events are the exception on a daily basis and certainly not the rule.

It’s not my intent to demonize the popular press by telling you that they are to be ignored, but a recent headline on Wired, which caught my attention, says it all, no matter which side of the US/terrorism fence you happen to be: How to Beat Terrorism: Refuse to Be Terrorized.

According to Spencer Ackerman, author of the Wired story cited above, published on 9/11/11, “In case you haven’t noticed, hysteria is what the terrorists want. In fact, it’s the only win a decapitated, weakened al-Qaida can get these days. The only hope that these eschatological conspiracy theorists possess for success lies in compelling the U.S. to spend its way into oblivion and pursue ill-conceived wars.”
No matter if you agree with Ackerman’s assessment or not, it’s important for you and I to remain vigilant in our daily work and personal lives. It’s equally important for us to avoid a knee-jerk reaction by balancing hysteria and a level-headed approach to the matter at hand. We should do whatever we can to thwart terrorism in the homeland while having enough faith to allow the authorities to take care of the rest.

So, what can you do to assist the authorities in their quest to keep the homeland safe—be it a large city, small town, or a quaint country berg?

As a business owner or the head of a government office building, one of the ways that you can assist is to install a quality video surveillance system inside and outside your facility and to make the recordings thereon available to local law enforcement whenever they require help. If possible, add Internet connectivity to your video surveillance system and provide outside access to local law enforcement.

A quality outside video surveillance system has also assisted law enforcement authorities many times in solving local criminal activities, such as murder, vehicular hit-and-run accidents, and much more. It’s not uncommon for police to knock on the door of a business, government facility, or even a residence to ask for help in this manner.

Do your part by giving them access to your recorded video.

John Larkin

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Remote Viewing of Video Surveillance

Electronic Systems Consultants LLC, a MBE certified company, offers more than just security and fire products, we offer service, and that includes answering your questions. The following query comes from one of our clients. If you have a question, please send it along and we'll have our experts provide the answers you need (Click Here).

We have a video surveillance system in our place of business that records to a time-lapse tape recorder that we purchased many years ago. The recorder works great and I’d like to keep it if possible, but I'd also like to view the cameras from my home as if I were there in the office. What do we have to do to make this happen?

There are several ways in which Electronic Systems Consultants LLC (ESC) can help make that happen. Probably the most simplest and sensible of all of them is to replace your old time-lapse tape recorder with a new DVR (Digital Video Recorder). Although your time-lapse tape recorder still works, the quality of the video usually is so poor that law enforcement is often unable to use it to identify a perpetrator(s), let alone get a conviction.

DVR’s offer the most for your money and they make it relatively easy to view your video cameras from afar. Using a DVR, we can plug it into your Internet router using Category 5e cable. If you are using a static IP address in your business, it’s then a simple matter of bookmarking the IP with submask address to your browser at home.

If you happen to be using a dynamic IP at your business, you can still make this work. There are services that allow you to glean any change in IP address that may take place at your facility. Some of them do not cost money while others do. As they say, you get what you pay for. Dynamic IPs do not change that often and so you also can send yourself an email everyday and check the header for the IP address where it came from. Using this address, you can gain access to your DVR.

John Larkin, Senior Partner