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Microsoft SenseCam – Improving Health Through the Use of Cameras

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

The continuous increases in trends of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions have public health officials desperately searching for alternative avenues that can assist with prevention efforts. There have been various changes that have occurred recently, but drastic results have yet to be seen. The Food Pyramid has been revamped and has become MyPlate, to display a more relatable diagram to the average citizen. Prevention efforts have taken many routes in forms of exercise groups, community weight -loss programs, and even logging caloric intake into food diaries and journals.

Despite these concerted efforts, there have not yet been results that public health officials wish to see. However, the increases in technology have contributed to numerous advancements and breakthroughs in the medical field. Perhaps now is the time for another breakthrough to occur; this time, in the form of cameras.

Cameras are extremely useful and might prove even more beneficial to the health care industry than before concerning prevention efforts. The Microsoft SenseCam is a camera that is worn around an individual’s neck via a lanyard. It is designed with a wide-angle, or fish eye lens, which is able to monitor more field than a typical lens. The lens captures still images in a series, and can then be looped together to create a log of the day. This particular camera is meant to track the daily activities of the wearer, and allows playback through a USB cable connected to a computer. The wearer does not have to monitor the camera or provide supervision, as there is no viewfinder on the camera for playback. The camera contains sensors that can detect things such as light changes or motion changes, which triggers a photo to be taken. The camera is also designed to take a photo every 30 seconds as well, regardless of whether the sensors were triggered or not. The camera contains a hidden SD memory card, which disables the user from accessing images until the USB is utilized.

SenseCam

One particular area of healthcare where this camera may be advantageous is nutrition and dietetics. Nutrition and diet plays a significant role in the chronic health conditions that many suffer from. Dieticians currently rely on patients to make accurate self-loggings of caloric and nutrient intake through food journals and diaries. Patients may be self-conscious of just how much they are eating, and may under-report intake. Patients also may have a lack of knowledge on just how small a portion size should be, and could be under or over reporting portion sizes and servings.

Through this Microsoft SenseCam, dieticians and nutritionists would simply upload the images captured and replay it back to give direct feedback to the patient concerning nutritional intake. This would decrease the amount of self-reporting error in health efforts relating to nutrition, and allow for patients to look even more accurately at their lifestyles in order to make healthier changes. Dietary analysis would become even more accurate, and intervention efforts could become more on target.

SenseCam Example

The camera can also be used to analyze and gauge sedentary lifestyles, which is a major contributor to chronic health conditions as well. If researchers are able to gain more insight into these particular lifestyles, better approaches could be taken to address this growing health concern. These “wearable cameras” have already shown previous recordings to be wrong concerning sedentary lifestyles. Other devices such as accelerometers mislabeled standing postures, while the SenseCam correctly classified them as non-sedentary.

This camera could also be beneficial concerning patients with memory impairments, as shown in a study conducted in Cambridge by Steve Hodges, Emma Berry, and Ken Wood. This study demonstrated that the SenseCam could stimulate and rehabilitate autobiographical memory of a patient who was diagnosed with severe memory impairment. Researchers have claimed that participants who wear the SenseCam and then review images of the day, experience a flood of emotions, feelings, and thoughts. These findings could help those with severe memory impairment, as after reviewing their day, they may recollect more vividly experiences and memories. If this were so, quality of life for those suffering from memory impairments would improve. Researchers have speculated as to why these “wearable cameras” could produce such results, and they have noted that the images have a perspective of that of the viewer, which allows the viewer to remember the memory just as they experienced it. A research participant was analyzed with a functional magnetic resonance image (fMRI), and while viewing images from the SenseCam, the brain was activated in regions related to autobiographical remembering. This demonstrates that the SenseCam does indeed lay foundation for better memory recall compared to that of a journal or diary, and could be a breakthrough for those suffering from issues with memory processing and recall.

The healthcare field already currently uses cameras in a multitude of situations of testing, diagnosis, and treatment. As technology increases and improves with more and more developments, the health care industry will find even more ways to put cameras to work to improve health conditions. The Microsoft SenseCam is already showing promising results, and if advancements to the camera are continuously made, it will play a role in the treatment of a variety of health care aspects. With the Microsoft SenseCam, those who suffer from dietary conditions will be able to correctly log their intake, and display it back to their healthcare professionals. Even those who simply want to improve their diet will be able to use the camera, and perhaps applications will be used to connect image data to nutritional content to have an overall dietary assessment. Sedentary lifestyles will be able to be analyzed more accurately and public health professionals will be able to suggest ways in which patients can become more active. Those suffering from severe memory impairment will be able to view these images from the Microsoft SenseCam, and provide a clearer picture of their day-to-day activities. This could improve their relationships and overall well-being. Cameras will continue to play a role, and perhaps have an even more significant role, as the future brings better and more efficient technology.

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How to complement your CCTV security system with various accessories

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Friday, June 27th, 2014

Buying a CCTV security system is a big thing and should not be taken lightly. Knowing which DVR or NVR to purchase is vital, and knowing the cameras you need to do the job is of equal importance. This being said making sure everything is up to your standards of operation can mean you need some accessories. These are all steps in creating a custom security camera system package. Go to securitycameraking.com to get started and once you’ve figured out the right recorder and cameras to do the job, start thinking about the things that will make it easier, more efficient, and less stress on your end.

Once you have the basics figured out, we can get started on getting you a package to meet your needs. There are more than a few accessories that can maximize the way you use your system starting with video storage. This comes in extremely handy when you need to go review footage. Personally I don’t see the point in having a full security camera system without a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or in simpler terms a hard drive. Why have the nice recorder and all the cameras if you can’t go back and view footage if needed. Say you have this system recording your home and while you’re away someone breaks in. Now, what good is that system if you can’t go back to previously recorded footage to help the police find the perp. This is why you need a hard drive. Well we have you covered with a variety of 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, and also a 4TB drive. 250 GB being the least amount of storage and 4TB being the most amount of storage.

DVR Hard Drive

Getting into Video Transmission could make your life much much easier. The best way to sum this and keep it short and sweet is this. Wouldn’t it be nicer to run cheaper cable and still get the same quality? Well this is possible through the use of a Balun-V, look it up on securitycamerking.com. It is very handy how its used. You can buy Cat5 Ethernet cable and run power and video from an analog DVR to an analog camera all on one cable. Same concept as PoE (Power over Ethernet) being able to run power over a network cable for IP cameras. You will need a pair of these Balun-V’s per every camera you purchase. Connect your BNC from the camera to the Balun along with your power connector, then your Cat5 will run from that balun to the second balun which will then connect the BNC from the Balun to the DVR. This allows you to buy Cat5 which is cheaper than Siamese cable. We also have a Balun-TP216, which is a 16 channel passive balun transceiver, simply put you can do the same thing as a Balun-P up to 1000 feet of Cat5. Video Transmission is a great tool when saving money or for installers who get a job with existing Cat5 cable, now you don’t have to run new wire.

While we are on the topic of cable another thing to think about is our pre-made plug and play Video/Power Cable. If you know how much of a hassle it is to make the cable yourself and didn’t want to have our warehouse guys do it for you then a plug and play would be your best bet. It is a pre-made cable that come in the lengths of 3’, 25’, 50’, 100’, 100’ w/ Audio, 150’, and 150’ w/ Audio. Now say you needed an abnormal footage like 35’ or 80’, you could order cable by the foot and we will pull the footage you need along with the male power lead (PT-4), the female power lead (PT-3), and all the connectors. In this situation you can elect to have us make the cable for you or ship it all to you and you can make the cable. We have the same offers for Cat5 and 6. We carry Cat5 and Cat6 100’ pre-made patch cables along with 7’. Same goes for network cable in the sense of odd footages we will pull it for you and you can elect to have it made or not. We also just recently just added something I believe to be quite unique to our inventory. A roll of 500’ Cat5 Siamese cable with 18/2 power cable. So for all of your cabling needs whether they be camera related or not we have more than got you covered.

One of the neat things about some of our cameras is they can see at night. This is possible through the use of IR (Infrared), although this is a great thing some cameras do not have the IR built into the unit but can still see it. There are a few cameras that can not do either, but that’s besides the point. The cameras that are able to see IR just not produce it are still a great tool. We offer an IR Illuminator, this is not a camera whatsoever, all it does is produce the IR for the camera to see. Best way to explain it is as follows, the IR illuminator works with the camera at night the way a flood light works with the human eye at night. People walking by in the dark will still see darkness, but that camera will see everything in its sight. Two different illuminators are currently in stock and they offer either 100’ of IR or 300” of IR. Don’t let that cameras ability to see the IR go to waste, get the proper accessory and it could be a huge benefit to you.

This was merely a brief introduction to the accessories that are available to all our customers, give one of our sales experts a call at 866.573.8878 and let them help you find the right product. Or if you feel that you are capable of figuring it out go ahead and visit our website anytime, www.securitycameraking.com. If you run into any questions while browsing, such as how a certain accessory would work with your current system feel free to chat one of our expert tech support agents and see if they can shed some light on your issue. So whenever you’re ready go to our website and start your search under the “Security Camera Accessories tab”.

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Weather Affects Surveillance Cameras

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Friday, June 27th, 2014

Introduction

As the years progress, so does our technology every year…non-stop. More and more people are beginning to install home security systems for their safety. Whether they are hard-wired from home’s electric system, they protect people against burglary and able to monitor inside or the outside of the home or business.

Extreme weather, climate changes, drastic changes from high or low temperatures, either over a short or long period of time will and can affect the operated reliable electrical device like any other device.

Electronics such as surveillance equipment and cameras ranges through a certain operating temperature because different types of weather has its effects on various components in the surveillance camera.

Various Weather Elements

There are various weather disruptions based on the area of environment. If you are aiming to install a very well positioned security system through out your business or home for safety outside the perimeter, I suggest you get cameras that are well suited for the environment that surrounds you in order to get no failures or disruptions from your surveillance system. There is rain, ice, snow, heat, and severe winds that can all penetrate a surveillance outdoor camera and disrupt all its functions.

Ice and Snow
Cool temperature weather which will be factored as snow and ice affect outdoor surveillance system cameras in optic and mechanical disruptions. An unshielded camera can be damaged by ice. If there is moisture around an outdoor camera below the temperatures drop below freezing, the frost that is formed by that moisture and temperature can form on the cameras lens and disallowing the viewer to see any activities going on outside besides the crystalline patterns from the snow. If you have a powered moving camera such as an auto tracker the ice that has been formed by the past moisture from rain or sleet can cause the camera to lock in place and prevent movement from occurring.

Heated Cameras
Heated cameras are a very reliable method to go with when it comes to outdoor surveillance cameras. It prevents ice related disruptions. These heated cameras have a built in temperature sensors and heating elements to make sure that the camera never goes below a certain degree in temperature. This type of technology will obviously be of more cost and possibly more expensive to install in your home. But even though these types of cameras are able to process heat through severe cold conditions, the heat the camera generates for such an extend period of time that the heat may be insufficient to keep the camera at its temperature from freezing and continuing to process and work and may occur many power failures.

There is also a normal operation of surveillance cameras which produces certain amount of heat to keep it functioning. The use of these cameras such as video compressions can raise the temperature of a camera past it’s point making it very challenging for it to function at its normal rate. The positioning of a camera can affect the cooling airflow within the camera to allow it to perform regularly. To prevent heating of your cameras also recommend not to install cameras near heat conducting materials outside.

Weather-Proof Cameras
There are weather proof surveillance cameras to endure rough and harsh, crucial weather conditions. Their thermal designs are designed so that outdoor surveillance cameras can operate under extreme temperatures for an extended period of unusually high, low, and harsh rains or winds. These cameras have a less risk of damage under these harsh conditions which will help and save in replacing and repairing costs it may need on previously used cameras.

Weather-Proof Housing
Weather proof housings on cameras are able to be used on outdoor network cameras from prevention of damage caused by rain and dust, occasionally against solid objects thrown at the housing or liquid.

Cameras in Cities
Cameras that are placed in outdoor locations, big locations such as towns or cities to monitor stores, alleys and even traffic and crossings all are more vulnerable than most cameras installed at local homes. These cameras are always being exposed to many threats for a surveillance cameras. The heat and all the different types of weather it must go through may cause the camera to break down or cause it to erode away and begin to fail to function and begin to restart and shut off on its own or damage the lenses. Constantly, the variety of birds cause it to move from the direction it’s purposely recording by flying and landing on the camera. Just a variety of ways for a camera to break or malfunction in a city with all the dust and all different weathers it goes through.

Prevention
For outdoor installations, it is recommended to not have so many issues with the weather affecting your cameras to be positioned in a sheltered location even if they are weather resistant. Under shelter the lens of a camera can be protected from most types of severe weather such as rain or snow or heavy winds which all affects the clarity through lenses to view. You may even have it installed underneath a homemade shelter such as a plastic flower pot you may have made by cutting a piece and drilling it to the wall over a camera or possibly a box made of wood covering completely the camera except the lenses. All this will help shield weather resistant, weather proof cameras and non-weather proof cameras from these harsh conditions which will affect the video quality.

In summation, all outdoor surveillance cameras that are placed outside for security will come in conflict with the weather often more than a couple of times. Severe weathers may occur for more than a whole day and suiting how well and where your cameras have been installed will affect its video quality and function. Weather such as very low temperatures or dry heated areas and even locations that receive very heavily strong winds will cause a surveillance outdoor camera to erode or damage the lens. So to avoid many damages being done to a camera by weather I suggest to cover a camera with some kind of homemade shelter or install them outside under shelter or a more pricey factor but money well spent can be buying weather-proof cameras or cameras that include housings as protection to stand up against severe weathers.

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CCTV FAQ Part 2

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Thursday, June 26th, 2014
CCTV-FAQ

Learning about our DVR’s can help you better understand them and allow you to do the more advanced functions, but first you need to learn the basics. Not just the basics but also things that can make setting up the DVR an easier process. This CCTV FAQ is a continuation of last months article that will further explain these functions in detail. This article will go through basic functions like creating a new user and adding an IP camera, to more advanced functions like changing the IP of a camera and enabling tour. This article can be very useful for Dealers, Installers, and the average consumer. It helps explain simple tasks that you could only learn by earthier digging through the User Manual or through experience of using the device.

1. How to create a new user and apply permissions.

With surveillance equipment it is best to know who is accessing your system and who can access it. Creating different users with different permissions will help prevent any tampering and will help narrow down what people are using the device for. To start, the DVR comes with Users built in that can be used but the best thing to do is to start fresh and create all new users with the permissions that you want them to have. The way you do this is by going to Main Menu>Settings, and then Users. In this area you will see the different users on your DVR and by default there should be 4. To add a new one you just click Add User. Here you enter the users Name and Password as well as what group you want to place him under. These groups give predetermined permissions that can be useful if you set up the proper group. If you want to manually adjust a user’s permissions you can do that below. After you are satisfied with that specific user you can click save. If you want multiple users with the same permissions without have to adjust each one you can create a group. After you create a user account for everyone who will be accessing your DVR you can track and log all activity that is happening in realtime.

2. How to setup an IP camera to transmit snapshots to a FTP server.

Having IP cameras allow you to not only record to a NVR but it also allows you to record to a local or remote server. This allows you to use the camera as a standalone unit or to create off-site storage for extra security. It gives you the feature for when there is any motion on the camera it will upload a small clip or a snapshot to your FTP server. For this article I will be referencing the IPOD-EL1MPIR50. To start you need to log into the camera’s web service through Internet Explorer with its default IP 192.168.1.108 username: admin Password: admin. Once logged in you go to Setup>Camera>Video, and then Snapshot. There is a drop down menu next to Interval that will allow you to make the camera take snapshots every 1 to 7 seconds. On this page you can also adjust the quality of the snapshots. Just make sure you click Save at the bottom of the page to apply any changes you have made. After that you need to set up which days and time periods for the snapshots. On the Menu bar to the left click Storage>Schedule, and then snapshot schedule. Click the the setup button on the top right of the time bar and here you will be able to adjust those settings. Choose what days you want to have this feature set for and if you want it for everyday just click Select All on the upper left corner. If you want it based off motion you can just click save but if you want 24 hour then to the right of Period 1 click General.

Now that we have that set up we can configure the settings for connecting to the FTP server. Under Storage on the menu on the left click on Destination. Make sure that your in the Path tab located on the top. Under snapshot on the right side of the screen make sure that the Schedule box is the only one selected and then hit Save. Next select the FTP tab on the top of the screen so we can adjust the settings. To start, Server IP is where you enter the IP address of your FTP server that you are going to be connected to. If you are connecting from outside your network you are going to use your outside IP that your modem is using. Next Port is where you enter your listening port which is usually by default 21. Under username enter the username that is created on you FTP server. Then enter your password that correlates with that username. Last, under Remote Directory this is going to be the name of the folder the snapshots will be stored in on your server. As soon as you complete this step and it’s done correctly, your camera will start to transmit the snapshots to your FTP server. Based on how you set the time interval and whether you have it on motion or 24 hour.

This article was created to help people understand their DVR’s, NVR’s and cameras better so you can do more with your system without having to search through the whole manual to find or call tech support and take more time out of your day. We provide our technology to help make your lives easier, not more confusing. This is the one of multiple FAQ articles that will help you understand the basics of your devices. If you have a more complex problem please call our tech support line for further explanation at 866-573-8878.

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Video Surveillance – Why is it important to have a CCTV system?

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
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First thing to decide is what do you want to accomplish with your CCTV system. There are many reasons to consider a camera system, but what is your primary desire? If it is watching over your home, you need to concentrate on the perimeter, meaning you will need high resolution cameras that will work day and night. A good idea is to watch the approaches, driveway, outdoor storage areas. Have a boat stored? Put a camera on it. There are many reasons to own a CCTV system.

If you want protection for your store, you will need to decide where your important areas are. Obviously, entry and exit points. You will want to watch over high value, easily-lifted products with a sharp focus lens. Cash register area should have an overview camera and a camera on the cash register. Liquor storage area needs special attention. Coolers seem to draw problem employees for extended, unseen break times. They tend to eat up your food there, too. Beer missing? You will quickly find out who and when. High value food products have a bad habit of disappearing out the back door. Put a camera outside that back door. It is always suggested to install a camera in the manager’s office, just to make sure he really is working and not watching porn or other unsavory things when he really has better things to do. Being able to watch delivery men can be very worthwhile, as there is a good chance you are being cheated by them. Have you had a slip and fall yet? A properly laid out system can make sure that you will be able to spot a fake accident when it happens. There is nothing better than being able to say “We have it on video!!” Generally a very good idea to be able to watch over the parking area. Seeing a guy walking up with a hoodie over his face? Get ready! Have a customer come in and scream that somebody backed into her car? You will see who is really at fault. Just having the ability to observe all activity will give peace of mind.

Have an industrial facility? Applications for a camera system are numerous. Watch over dangerous work areas, so you can make sure all rules are being obeyed. Problems with employees sneaking out to smoke weed? You can stop that. Valuable tools and parts missing? Stop that, too. Somebody made a mess out of the workplace? Call them in and tell them to go clean it up. Chances are that everybody in there will know about the counseling and will realize that you really are watching them. Powerful tool. Lazy employees will hate being watched and caught. But, you can talk to them about their bad habits, and hopefully get them to change their ways. If not, termination can be done without repercussions. Again, having it on video works very well. At times, an employee will clock out for a buddy. That is costing you money. A camera at the time clock area will make them not want to take the chance of getting caught. Applications for a camera system in these facilities are all over the place. Also consider that you will have the ability to watch over thing even when you are not there. All of our video systems give you the ability to look in even if you are on the other side of the world, via computer, smart phone, or tablet.

Have a car dealership? Wow, you really need a good system. Properly placed cameras can spot a theft before it even happens, and if being watched from a monitoring facility, authorities can be dispatched quickly and to exactly the right place. This also allows for a scaled response. Cops really like to know what to expect when they arrive on site. How much lot damage do you get? It would really be nice to be able to establish responsibility for that dented Mercedes. Do your sales people respond properly to walk-ins or do they attack like a pack of wolves? Or worse yet, NOT respond. Observe and counsel. Stolen tools are a real pain. A tech needs his tools, he pays for them, when they go missing, he can’t get his work done. If everybody knows that they can’t get away with it, even when Joe leaves that Snap-On torque wrench out. It will still be there when he comes back. Is someone stocking up their home office with your supplies? Stop that. Lunch room shenanigans? Nope, not now. How much aggravation does a lunch thief cause? Too much.

These very different applications call for different solutions. It is important to think over what you want out of a system, and then call us. Our staff has many years of experience, including installation and service. Quality of video products has improved greatly in the past few years. We now feature true high definition cameras that deliver megapixel resolution at pricing very close to the old style analog cameras. Response from our dealers has been phenomenal. Keep in mind that when you deal with Security Camera King you are not just getting a box of parts. You are getting Brad, Chuck, Dan, Zeke and a bunch more really talented experts in the field. On our website, check out the customer reviews of the products. Almost every one will say something about the support that they got in the purchase experience. Whether you have a simple shop or a 200,000 SF warehouse, we can, and will, assist you in making the proper equipment choice. We consider a security system to be an investment, not just an expensive toy. We will make sure that you make an intelligent investment choice, and then we will stand behind your system. You will get our superb tech support when you do your install, and for as long as you have the system. This service includes helping you with the more challenging parts, where our techs will remotely access your system and make whatever adjustments needed, and for as long as you have the system. That level of service is unheard of in our industry.

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