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Why Are Security Cameras Better Than Security Guards?

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Friday, September 12th, 2014

HDCVI Bullet Security camera

Hiring security guards was the best way to protect your property or loved ones for a very long time, but that is no longer the case. For millennia, guards were the best option available when you needed protection but as security cameras and the recording devices (DVRs and NVRs) that they are connected to continue to improve, they have become the better choice by an ever growing margin.

The primary way that security guards help to protect these valuable things is by acting as a crime deterrent. The idea behind this is that if an individual is considering committing a criminal act and sees that the security guards are patrolling the area, they will either move on to a different location to perpetrate their nefarious deeds or reconsider committing the crime at all. Over the last decade there has been several studies that show that overtly installed security cameras also act to deter crime in the same way. The results of some of these studies show that the surveillance cameras can actually be an even more effective deterrent since there can be more of them, they can be in multiple locations all of the time, and it’s not always easy to discern the camera’s field of vision. These obvious surveillance cameras can also be supported by other cameras that are less noticeable and therefore making it more difficult to commit a crime without having video of the act taken.

The second reason that a security camera system is a more effective way to protect the items and people that are valuable to you is the costs that are involved with the surveillance equipment versus the payroll for security guards. Although it’s hard to put a price tag on this type of protection and the peace of mind it brings, many people and businesses today have limited budgets, so it’s a good idea to get as much protection as you can with the budget available to you. The price tag of security camera equipment has significantly dropped over the last few years; this is true even for much of the high quality merchandise that is currently available. Even though good quality security camera equipment still isn’t cheap, neither is hiring a team of security guards. There have been many studies that have been conducted in recent years that show that a good security camera system can be up to 30% cheaper per year than a team of security guards.

The third reason that surveillance cameras are better at protecting what you value most is the consistency of the protection offered by them versus security guards. Surveillance cameras provide a watchful eye to help provide protection around the clock, every day of the week. Unlike security guards, security cameras don’t ever take a vacation, take a break, have health related absences from work, become distracted, or fall asleep on the job. They don’t even blink. Security cameras will constantly monitor an area and provide an unbiased account of an event that usually stands up in a court of law better than a lot of eye witness testimony. It’s a well documented fact that a witness’s memory of an event can be inaccurate and it can often be clouded by the stress of the moment. There has been many crimes that have been committed where there were several witnesses who saw the same event but they still ended up giving law enforcement officials completely different accounts of the crime and descriptions of the suspects.

The fourth reason that security cameras provide superior protection is that they can provide blanket coverage where they are installed. Unlike a security guard, which can only be at one place at a time, surveillance cameras can easily be installed in such a way that they offer complete visual coverage of a property all the time. This will allow you to capture video of more than one event that is happening at the same time. You can even install the security cameras in such a way that they have overlapping fields of view, which will give you multiple angles of a particular event. The advantage of being able to see the same event from multiple angles is that it will give the viewer a more complete understanding of what happened.

The fifth reason that many people feel more comfortable trusting the safety of their loved ones or property to security camera is that the cameras take the human element of misconduct out of the equation. There have been several instances of security guards, prison guards or even law enforcement officers behaving badly on the job and getting caught in the act by security cameras. In these cases the security cameras provided an unprejudiced account of the events.

Even if the victim was in the wrong and later convicted of a crime the video of footage of this type of misconduct usually led to disciplinary action, the loss of employment, or legal consequences for these people who had been caught abusing their position of power.

Today many people who have the budget and desire to hire a team of security guards often still get a good surveillance camera system to provide an extra layer of support. This combined type of protection has proven to be very effective if the budget can support both. Because a lot of people or business simply can’t afford both these days, they are being forced to choose one or the other and they are choosing security cameras more and more often all the time.

The bottom line is that security cameras offer a better, more thorough, more reliable level of protection for the things that are most valuable to people and the general public has started to become increasingly aware of it. The fact that all of this is offered for less money than the price tag of a security guard force is another big reason why many people are going the route of security cameras more commonly all the time, making security guards the second consideration, if at all.

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Where Should I Place My Security Cameras In My Business?

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Monday, September 8th, 2014

2 Megapixel Bullet Camera

Where Should I Place My Security Cameras In My Business? It would seem a rather simple question. Exactly what did you want to see? However yet, there are some elements to consider when designing your camera plan that you may not have considered. I have listed some of the things you might want to cover in a section by section breakdown that you can peruse on a “by application” basis.

Exterior Building Parking Lots: Clearly one of the most popular placements for cameras, parking lots can also be difficult to secure. They are often large areas where targets are undetermined to enter, exit, or travel. Additionally, you are often working with a number of unknowns and variables. This enormous unknown factor means you have to be prepared for something to occur anywhere within this large area. The use of pan tilt zoom, multiple varifocal, and megapixel cameras are common, and combining them is an even more effective way to cover your lots.

Exterior Building Yards: Yard areas are often where a company keeps some of their most expensive assets. Machinery, inventory, and other large and bulk items are kept in these yards. This can be a perplexing situation for security. Ideally cameras focused on specific areas, megapixel cameras, or auto-tracking cameras are excellent options, and of course, combinations of these are even better.

Exterior Building Perimeter: Covering the exterior entrances of a building can be tricky, and if possible shouldn’t be combined with cameras being used to cover yards or lots. The wider the angle of picture used to capture an area, the smaller the objects in that picture appear (and therefore yielding less detail). Therefore, for the sake of detail, you should use separate cameras for these purposes. Obtaining the largest, clearest pictures of persons entering and leaving a building or area is absolutely critical in many situations.

Exterior Building Zone Management and Security: No access and sensitive areas can be managed easily and cost-effective with the right cameras and recorder. Many recorders can be set to send you a text, email, or push notification if there is motion within a certain area of a camera’s field of view. Additionally, Pan Tilt Zoom cameras can be trained to change direction and zoom in and out if there is a motion activation in a certain area.

Exterior Building Vehicle Registration: Capturing vehicle information can be accomplished very easily. The key to this task is more a matter of camera proximity than type. Capturing vehicle information can be very useful to authorities in the event that something occurs on your property.

Interior Building Security: When considering interior camera locations, there are many considerations. Certainly you will want overviews of any area of interest, but there is more than just that to consider. You will want to cover your major entry points. In the case of your home, doing this with a covert camera may give you critical information identifying potential intruders unaware of the camera’s existence. In your business, a super high quality varifocal camera will give you a record of all who enter. You will also want to cover high importance areas with their own camera. Cash registers and counting areas, gun and cash safes, jewelry boxes, and theater rooms can all be perfect situations to place an additional covert or high end camera.

Interior Building Inventory Control: Clearly one of the most important purposes for cameras is to protect the valuables contained within a building. Placing cameras at high traffic areas creates a registry of people entering and leaving the area with inventory. Additional cameras placed in areas of particularly valuable or important items is always suggested as an additional way to account for those items. Another philosophy is to place a camera at the exits to monitor persons as they exit the building.

Interior Building Time Theft Prevention: Keeping watch of your time clock can be far more important than you realize. Its becoming more and more common to find that another employee has been punching the time clock on the behalf of their friend, or employees punching themselves back in from break and then returning to the break room. These are just a few forms of a new crime known as “time theft”. Essentially, its fraud. You could easily lose thousands of dollars at your time clock.

Interior Building Supervisory: Large area overview cameras are gaining popularity these days as well. These cameras assist the business owner in keeping tabs on their employees and the activities they are performing. They can be used to enforce and ensure safety policies are being adhered to, observing and training employees on the job, observing customers/clients for research on behaviors, and enforcement of rules, regulations and standards of your business. Lastly, interior cameras give you piece of mind by giving you the power to simply look and see what exactly is going on while you are away yourself.

Interior Building Monetary Assets Control: In any business there are precious investments that need to be secured. Everything from expensive machines or computers, to safes and registers, to raw inventory, to the very people in the business (customers and employees alike) has/have potential to be stolen or damaged. Keeping an eye on valuable assets is an obvious use for cameras.

Interior Building Entrant Registration: Even though this is the last entry in my camera locations blog, it may actually be the most important. A registry of entries and exits and a detail of the people of the persons coming and going could prove critical in the cases of many events. Placing a camera at each entrance that only views literally the space required to enter or exit the building, and raised to the optimal zone the people’s heads travel through should give you a nice big detailed picture of their face. When paired with an overview camera of the area, you can now track that person based on a) their apparel and look and b) simply going from camera to camera and tracing their movements. If that person is caught on recording stealing, vandalizing, or any other action of interest; you can now simply reverse through the footage until you get to the point where they had entered the building. At that point, you have that nice large image of their face. If there are other confined entry points (like other doorways) that allow access into areas of interest or importance or value, you could place other facial capture cameras as a way to make certain the person is the same, and to get more details about them.

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How To Install an IP Camera System

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Monday, September 8th, 2014

For decades analog cameras have been the standard type surveillance camera and these cameras function well but the demand of increased video quality grew over time. Even though there have been improvements to the video quality provided by this type of camera throughout the years, they still can’t come close to the megapixel video quality that IP cameras provide. This article will explain how to install an IP camera system.

IP cameras have been around since the late 1990s, but they have just become affordable over the last 3 or 4 years. There were also some great leaps in the reliability of this type of surveillance camera system at about the same time. These two factors are a big part of why IP camera systems have become drastically more popular over the last few years.

There are a few components that you will need to be able to install this type of security camera system. A network video recorder (or NVR), IP security cameras, CAT5 cables, a router and a switch are all necessary to get this set up correctly. Once you have all the equipment that you need, you’ll need to make sure that you physically connect everything the right way. First you should connect the router to your modem. Then connect your NVR, a computer, and a switch to that router. For this purpose its best if you use a Power Over Ethernet (or POE) switch because this switch is where you’ll be connecting your IP cameras and if you use a POE switch then it will also provide power to the cameras. If you do not use a POE switch for this then you will need to power your cameras in another manner. If you connect the router to the Internet and you have everything configured correctly you will also be able to interact with your NVR from any computer in the world.

When you start connecting the NVR and IP cameras to your network you will need to make sure that each of them are assigned a unique IP address that matches your network IP scheme. Each of these devices will need to be connected one at a time (starting with the NVR) to your network. The reason for this is because all of these devices have the same default IP address and if you have two devices that are connected to the same network with the same internal IP address it will create a conflict which will stop those devices from be recognized correctly.

The next step in this process is to go to the computer in order to find out some information about your network configuration so that you can make sure that the NVR is configured to work with your network. Once you are in front of the computer you will need to click on the Windows start button and locate the field that you can type in. Next you will need to open the command prompt by typing “cmd” in this field. Once you have the command prompt open then type “ipconfig” and it will display the default gateway and subnet mask (Image 1). You will need to enter this gateway and subnet mask on the network page of the NVR by going to the main menu>setting>network. The NVR’s internal IP address will have the same first three sets of numbers as the default gateway but the last set of numbers must be unique on the network where the NVR is connected.

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IP Camera Setup Image 1

The command prompt will also help you make sure that you assign an IP address to your NVR that isn’t already in use by another device in your network. Type ping, space and then an IP address that ends with a number between 2 and 254 in the small black window (for example -ping 192.168.1.110). If you get any other response besides the one shown in Image 2 then the IP address is not in use by another device and is safe to assign to your NVR.

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IP Camera Setup Image 2

At this point in the installation process you will need to have the config tool installed on your computer. You can get this program from the CD that comes with any of the IP cameras or NVRs purchased from Techpro Security products. You can also download this program from SecurityCameraKing.com, under the downloads tab.

Once you have the config tool installed you are ready to start connecting your IP cameras one at a time. This should be done before the cameras are mounted just in case you run into issues. After you connect the first camera, go to the config tool and hit the refresh button. At this point you should see a device with an IP address of 192.168.1.108 show up in the config tool, if it has been connected correctly. Note – It may take up to 2 minutes for an IP camera to fully initialize.

You should double left click on the line with this IP address and then click on the “login” button. This will let you change the IP address, the default gateway and the subnet mask of the camera (Image 3). You’ll need to enter the network information that you found with the command prompt that was discussed previously in this article. You will also need to make sure that the last set of numbers in the IP address of the camera is unique on your network though the ping feature of the command prompt, using the same procedure that was also described above.

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IP Camera Setup Image 3

NVRs have two limited resource pools that you can’t exceed. One of these resource pools is the combination of the resolution and frames per second. The second of these pools is the combined bit rate of all your cameras. If you exceed these pools then the NVR will give you an error message and stop displaying at least some of your cameras. Because of this you will need to log into each of your cameras as they are connected and lowering the settings that deal with these resource pools below the levels that the will be working at once the installation is finished. Once all of your cameras have successfully been added to your NVR then you will raise the settings for resolution, frames per second and bit rate to the levels that you want your cameras to operate.

Now that the camera has been set up to work with your network you should connect to the camera from your computer so that you can lower the settings before adding it to your NVR. For this purpose you will need to use the 32 bit version of Internet Explorer and make the setting changes described above. Before you can log in to your camera you will need to go to tools>internet options>security tab>custom level. Once there you will need to locate two settings. They are “download signed activeX controls” and “download unsigned activeX controls” You’ll need to set both of these settings to prompt (Image 4) and then confirm the setting changes. If you are using Internet Explorer 11 for this, you will need to make an additional setting change by going to tools>compatibility view settings. Once you have this small window open add the IP address to the top portion of this window and hit the add button (as shown in Image 5), then click on the close button.

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IP Camera Setup Image 4

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IP Camera Setup Image 5

After all of these setting changes have been made in Internet Explorer then you should enter the camera’s IP address in the address bar of the browser and you will see the log in box soon after you confirm the activeX installation. Once you have logged into the camera you will need to click on Setup>Camera>Video. On this page you will need to lower the resolution to D1 and set the bit rate to the lowest option that you have available after changing the resolution (Image 6). You will also need to go to the video detect page by clicking on Event>Video Detect. On this page of the setup menus you just need to make sure that the enable box has a check mark (Image 7).

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IP Camera Setup Image 6

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IP Camera Setup Image 7

Now you have finished setting up the camera and the next step is to add it to the NVR. We’re going to talk about adding your cameras while interacting with the NVR directly but it is possible to set this portion of the installation up from a computer as well. First you will need to go to main menu then remote devices. Once you have that page open, click on the IP search button then you will see the camera’s IP address listed twice with the manufacturer for one being shown as Onvif and the other being shown as private, you should select the private one and add it to your NVR.

Now that you have one of your IP security cameras set up correctly you are ready to move on to the next one. You’ll need to begin repeating this process from the point where you connected the first camera. Once all of your cameras are up and running through the NVR then you will need to go to encode page of the NVR by clicking on main menu>setting>encode. On this page you will raise the resolution and set the frames per second to their operational settings. With most security camera installations you will not need to set all your cameras to operate at the same resolutions. The cameras that you have set up to provide overview shots will not need to have their resolutions set as high as the cameras that you want to provide you with a higher level of detail. As you’re raising the resolution levels you will eventually exceed the limited resource pool and at that point you will need to log directly in the camera using a browser and lower it a bit until you’re back inside the video processing capability of the NVR.

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Where to Find High Quality Security Camera Systems

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Friday, September 5th, 2014

Security Camera King Van

Where you buy your video system is important!

There are thousands of vendors of video surveillance systems. All over the world from China to the Big Box store on the corner. How do you choose your CCTV System? What do you need to make an intelligent decision? You are about to make a sizable investment, and you want to make an intelligent decision. You have to decide what is really most important- Price? Quality? Support? And then, how do you determine which supplier can or even will give you what you want. This article will explain how to find High Quality Security Camera Systems.

No question, if you are after lowest price importing from China is the way to go. Unfortunately, all you will get will be low price. As there are many hundreds of Chinese companies, finding one that you can work with will be a daunting task. The language problem will be huge, printed instructions will be truly a challenge, and overall product quality will be poor. You will not get any tech support. If you want to return a bad part, it will not be possible. They will provide you with a box of parts, period.

Another choice will be the Big Box Store. Prices will not be as good as direct imports, but you will get a degree of support. But tech support will be difficult to get. You will not get any meaningful help making your purchase. Your choice will be to take what is on the shelf and then hope it will work for you. Getting details on system performance? Nope. After sale help? Difficult to non-existent.

How about on-line vendors? There certainly are a lot of them. But who are the good ones and who is going to just take your money and run? How can you determine which of their claims are true and who is lying? Brick and mortar vs. a PC on a bedroom desk? Time in business? Warranty? Tech support? All valid questions.

How about Spy Shops? Lots of them around, right? But do they have any real knowledge about camera systems? They seem to be heavy into gimmicks and not into technology. They will also want to sell you wireless cameras, which are little more that toys. Be careful!

There are large security distributors that carry video systems. Most will not be very anxious to get your business, and many will turn you away unless you are a licensed installation company. A valid business policy, as they don’t want to compete with their dealers. That doesn’t do you much good.

And then there are the specialty video distributors. Not so many of those, but worth the search.

SecurityCameraKing.com is one of them. And, I believe the best. A true brick and mortar company, with 28 employees and a 5000 SF warehouse/office location in Boca Raton, Florida. 8 years in business, and started as an installation company. Morphed into a manufacturer when finding quality products became problematic. We now serve thousands of customers, both retail and wholesale. Government clients include FBI, DEA, military locations all over the world, various installs for the governments of Grand Cayman, Barbados, Trinidad, Jamaica and many other nations. We recently sold 160 cameras to an air and space museum. If you are in the South Florida area, come on over to see our demo set up. All our cameras are up and working, so you can see our superb quality and clarity.

If you are not sure what you need for your system, our highly skilled sales people will guide you to the best solution to meet your needs. Even our sales people have real in-the-field experience with camera systems. If you have a challenge while installing your system, our support techs will assist you until everything is good. If you have a problem six months or six years later, this tech support will still be available to you at no charge. That’s right, I said FREE! This level of support is unheard of in this industry. If you do have a failure (which is extremely rare) we will replace or repair quickly under

Have a large complex system requirement? We can work from blueprints and specifications for any system. We have recently done several 200 plus camera systems for marijuana growers in Washington State, done to very rigorous state requirements. We can meet your needs, to your satisfaction.

You will find our website, www.securitycameraking.com to be an excellent starting point. All of our products are shown there, with technical data, videos of the systems in operation, and prices. We even have real customer reviews! Confused about the different technologies? Call us, we will clarify for you. And, we will guide you away from products that just don’t work. Unfortunately there are a lot of other comapnies out there from fly by night vendors with a pretty website and very little else.

So, take a good look around the area you want to protect, get an idea what you want to achieve, and give us a call. Not totally sure? That’s OK, call us anyway, we are glad to help. We will give you help that no other company will give you.

Just to summarize what we offer:

  • Eight years in business
  • Solid crew of 28 people.
  • Brick and mortar store.
  • Excellent quality products
  • Presale support
  • After sale support
  • Installation advice and support
  • Tech support after the sale for as long as you have our products.
  • Warranty on all products
  • Orders ship the same day
  • We sell domestic and export
  • System design from drawings or blueprints.
  • Takeoffs from specification requirements
  • Complete demo set up for you to check out
  • You are invited to stop by. Most companies do not want walk ins, we welcome you

Things we do NOT give you:

  • Attitude. Not going to happen here.
  • Bad product. Every product is thoroughly tested before release. In the event of a failure, a real warranty comes to your rescue.
  • Bad advice. Our people are really experts in the field. With up to 40+ years in the trade. (That’s me!)

So, if you need a video surveillance system, or have questions about what they can do for you, do yourself a big favor and call Security Camera King. You really will be glad you did.

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The Importance of a Security Camera System in the Workplace

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Thursday, September 4th, 2014

warehouse security camera

In the technological world that we are living in employers are finding it more beneficial to install a security camera system in the work place. Having a security camera system is the most foolproof way to ensure that your business will thrive in a world full of human error and dishonesty. A few advantages are efficient time management, loss prevention, improved employee performance, and a great way to discover and improve on employee mistakes. The following article will explain that the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages to having a modern security camera monitoring system in any work environment that wishes to grow in an ever changing world.

To start is the overwhelming prevention of theft and product loss when a highly efficient security camera system is implemented in the work place. The most basic explanation to this phenomenon is that when a human being knows he or she is being watched they tend to do the right thing and act like a good employee should act. When the employee realizes that his or her actions are being watched by the “eye in the sky” then he or she will know that their actions will have immediate reactions if a crime was committed. If a product is stolen or missing then there will always be a way of back tracking and finding out if someone has ether made a mistake or stolen from the inventory and thus causing the company to lose valuable time and money. In this competitive working world we live in there is no room for employees who think its OK to skim a little off the top. Also, there are many customers that will try to take advantage of a business or company and decide to steal valuable things from them, but as long as big brother is watching these crimes can be prevented and stopped. Surveillance systems can also help during a robbery by providing evidence of who the shooter was and how the owner or law enforcement protected themselves. My belief is that stealing is wrong and if it can be prevented then we should take every action necessary to ensure that it doesn’t happen and time and time again it has been proven that you can’t fool the eye in the sky.

Studies have shown that surveillance in any work environment can significantly improve your employees’ work ethic and time management. You would be hard pressed to find any thriving business that lets their employees play on their phone and mess around on Facebook all day and ever get any work done. So of course there are rules that are implemented in the work environment. But how does an employer make sure that these rules are kept so that the work place can be productive and move towards a common goal. Well the answer is installing a security camera system. The boss can’t always be watching his employees to make sure that they are working and not goofing off. But with the security camera system the employee will always have a sense that the boss could be watching, so it is natural to want to work hard and make the boss proud. The benefits are over-whelming when it comes to work place productivity and efficiency.

Unfortunately human beings were created fallible and are very prone to making mistakes. Human error is the leading cause to any mistakes that are made in any work environment. For example, when a product gets labeled wrong in a warehouse and the customer gets the wrong thing, then you can simply go through the recorded film and find the mistake. If the problem happens more than once with the same employee then maybe it might be time to find more reliable help and let the mistake-maker go. If the company didn’t have any security camera systems installed then there would be no way of knowing who is making the mistakes and therefore no way of fixing such an easily fixable problem. There is always the feeling of being watched that will always make an employee want to do his or her job correctly. A security camera system will ensure that your employees are working hard and doing the job right. The cameras will also be a foolproof way of knowing if the customer is lying about the product they are getting. For example, say a customer receives an expensive piece of merchandise and then calls the company complaining that they didn’t get any product. Well if you have cameras facing your cargo area then the proof will be right there in black and white. Case closed.

It is very important to make your employees and customers feel safe at all times. Violence in the workplace has become an increasing problem. A security camera system can help employees feel safer and always prevent violence in the working environment. Your employees and customers will shop and work with ease especially if there is a security guard watching and monitoring the cameras at all times. God forbid an incident doesn’t happen, but if it does you will be able to pull the tape and ensure that whomever is responsible be held accountable. There is also the possibility that you need the incident recorded for legal reasons or for court. Bottom line is that it wouldn’t be a he said or she said incident. You will have hard evidence and concrete proof of what happened really happened.

Lastly there is the argument that it is too expensive to install a security camera system in the workplace. I know that if I was running a highly profitable business then I would want to protect my assets and protect myself legally before I worried about spending a few extra bucks. I believe it is better to be safe than sorry. In conclusion, I think it is more than just a good idea to consider installing a security camera system in any workplace that wishes to continue to profit and grow.

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