Using an IP PTZ with Youtube Live Streaming



Using an IP PTZ with Youtube Live Streaming


I just had a customer call in and give me a challenge to see if our IP cameras would allow her to push the video feed to a YouTube Live Streaming service.  The customer wanted to use an IP Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) Camera feed to display the video in place of her Webcam. She wanted to take advantage of the fact that in her back yard she sees wild animals which can be displayed on YouTube Live and can be used to gain Subscribers and obtain Ad Revenue.

Lets start with the items that we will need:

Hardware:

An IP Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) [...] Continue Reading…

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Top 5 Movie Scenes Featuring Surveillance (that are not the entire plot)



Top 5 Movie Scenes Featuring Surveillance (that are not the entire plot)


In the last 30 to 40 years, surveillance technology has increasingly become standard trope in movies and television, although the idea of using surveillance has been in the popular culture at least as far back as George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty Four” which became a mainstay of spy films of the cold war era.

We are at a point now where surveillance technology is so pervasive that, for movie and television writers, it’s almost impossible to have a plot without featuring some kind of security camera or surveillance usually involving the main characters thwarting a security system in order to [...] Continue Reading…

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How to Back Up your DVR to an FTP Server



How to Back Up your DVR to an FTP Server


Great! You’ve gone in the right direction and decided to protect your property using a CCTV surveillance camera system. Having cameras visible on your property is usually enough to deter most criminals from trying to gain entry into your home or business, but what happens if for some reason something happens to the DVR and you lose all of your recorded footage? If your cameras have been placed properly, you will have a great shot of an incident that occurred, but if you didn’t get to it in time to save and backup the incident, there’s a chance you [...] Continue Reading…

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Different Security Camera “Night Vision” Options



Different Security Camera “Night Vision” Options


Did you ever wish you could see at night? Well believe it or not, it’s more common than you might think.

Several security cameras have the ability to see at night or even in complete darkness with the assistance of Infrared. Actually there are a few different types of infrared CCTV cameras. Two of the most popular options are FLIR Cameras, that stands for “Forward Looking Infrared Radiometer” and the more common standard infrared technology used in the majority of today’s consumer based security cameras.

Thermal Imaging & Night Vision
Forward Looking Infrared cameras, sometimes known as thermal cameras, use an array [...] Continue Reading…

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The Importance of Police Cameras



The Importance of Police Cameras


Should Law Enforcement Personnel use Police Cameras?

The answer is coming forth as an overwhelming, “Yes!” especially since the recent turmoil in Ferguson, MO. In Ferguson a white police officer shot a black teen and since there is no real evidence, there is no way to say if the cop was over-excessive in his use of force or if the perpetrator had it coming. If the officer had been wearing some kind of body camera, the evidence would have been clear. As of today, the Ferguson Police Department has adopted the use of Police Cameras to document events.

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