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Security Cameras in Residential Buildings

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Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Building Surveillance – Invasion of Privacy?

There is a lot of concern and controversy over security cameras in residential buildings. On the one side residents are saying it is an invasion of their privacy. On the other side there are people who welcome the surveillance for safety reasons. One residential building in particular has been in the news lately and that is the building at 740 Park Avenue. A few of the richest people in NYC live at 740 Park Avenue and last year there was a series of robberies that totaled over $250,000! For a high end residential building that is one of the hardest places to visit, let alone break into, the theory is that those robberies were an “inside job”. Someone had to have known when the doorman and security personnel were either changing shifts or on a particular round. If there were security cameras in every hallway, the vandals would have been caught in the security camera surveillance recording.


I feel building security should be more of a priority than the privacy issue. It is very important for any building, regardless of the wealth of its residents, to have security cameras. A doorman cannot monitor every nuance of a building without security cameras, and if he is busy opening a door or carrying packages, he cannot even monitor the cameras. That is why it is important for a recording device such as an NVR or DVR with enough hard drive storage to hold the recordings. A residential building of great magnitude could have hundreds of security cameras. Security cameras are necessary to have in every hallway on every floor as well as covering the entrance and exit to every outside door. There have been reports of residential building outdoor security cameras capturing crime on the street which local authorities have used to apprehend those criminals. The higher the resolution of the security cameras the more detail it can capture of the criminal. From facial features and tattoos to logo’d apparel, a high definition security system can capture it all.

Residential Building Security Camera System

To achieve High Definition detail in security camera footage I would definitely recommend an IP Network Megapixel System from To start, every high end security system needs a state-of-the art Network Video Recorder (NVR).

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32 Channel NVR

The 32 Channel Network Video recorder can record up to 32 IP Megapixel Security Cameras at 1080p True HD Resolution. The 32ch NVR can hold up to 8 hard drives. Currently sells DVR/NVR Hard Drives from 1TB to 4TB and so with a 4TB Hard Drive, you can literally hold 32 Terabytes of security camera footage with this 32 Camera NVR! This NVR is a stand-alone unit meaning it does not have to be connected to a computer to work. This NVR just plugs right into your network and you can view it remotely on any computer using special viewing software. This also brings up the point that if your building requires a lot more security cameras, you can get a few of these NVRs and loop them all together with our top-of-the line TechProSS Surveillance Software which is available for free from’s Remote Viewing Software Download Section. Using the TechProSS to view all of your NVRs remotely from any computer is simple to configure and you can check out this article explaining “How to Use TechProSS” for reference.

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3 Megapixel IP Vandal Dome Security Camera

For residential buildings, a great security camera of choice would be the 3MP IP Vandal Dome Camera. 3 Megapixel recording will give you an image of 2048H x 1536V pixels which is far greater of an image than most security cameras on the market. Imagine being able to zoom into a recording to see detail without distortion or pixelization. That is what 3 Megapixel Security recordings can do for you. The difference between the authorities being able to make a positive ID on a criminal and making an arrest to not being able to identify a criminal due to a distorted image is the reason why you need to go with an IP Camera. Another great feature about this camera is that it is Vandal Proof. It’s dome is resistant to items such as a baseball bat and therefore will not break on impact. Another feature about this camera is it’s aesthetic look. It is small (about 4 inches) so the security camera does not get in the way of the decor in a hallway for example.


The major concern about privacy in building surveillance is the fact of who is watching the security camera footage. In many cases it could be the doorman or security personnel and perhaps the building owner or manager. Some concerned residents did not want someone looking at them while working out in the building’s gym for example. I know that if I was a woman I might have that concern. On the other hand I would want to know my well-being is secure and by having a security camera in the gym might ward off your neighbor or a visitor from trying to do anything to you. I would definitely want cameras in the hallways so that the doorman would know if anyone was lurking around and could alert the authorities. Security cameras can also keep an eye on your doorman at all times to make sure he is doing his job. There have been reports of a doorman falling asleep on night-watch and anyone can walk right in. Having a security system in place would not only get him fired but would also record if anything did happen so that the authorities would have it all on tape.

The better the security camera system, the better the recordings will be. The number one issue that the authorities have with surveillance recordings is the quality. With an Network Video and 3MP Security Cameras you will be rest-assured that your residential building is protected against criminals. No smart criminal will enter when they know they are being recorded.

Is privacy a concern for residents of residential buildings? I would think that safety would be more of a concern.


Alarm Systems: How They Work and Why They May Be For You

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Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

alarm_systems_for_homeThink of your home alarm system as your home-based computerized babysitter. Now obviously an alarm system is not something to trust so you can leave your infant at home alone. Although the system that you have invested in or are thinking of investing in could save you, your family, your home, and all of your belongings. Usually an alarm system consists of a few “usual” things, such as an alarm panel where you will type your code to disarm, and several sensors for doors or windows. The basics to an alarm system are very easy to understand. Say you have 3 doors and 6 windows all of which serve as an entry point into your home. This means you will need 9 contacts along with your main alarm panel. The install crew will come to your home (for a price), run the wires necessary for power and a phone line to connect the alarm panel to a monitoring company or the authorities or both. In addition to that, door contacts will be installed on all doors and windows necessary to alert you when one has been opened. The way this works is, the contact consists of two pieces one of which is installed on the door or window itself; the other is installed onto the door/window frame. Both pieces to the contact contain a magnetic strip and when the door or window is opened the two contacts are separated, triggering the alarm to go off. However it will not sound right away giving you a few timely seconds to get to the panel and put in your code which will stop the alarm from being sounded or alerting the proper authorities.


Why an Alarm System May Be For You:

The average home consists of family photos, personal belongings, and a few very sentimental objects that are dear to the owner. The bigger things in your household like furniture, TV, or money, while frustrating and expensive to have stolen are all replaceable. I want you to think about all the things that can’t be replaced like that picture of you and your son at the beach while he was still young that has now been destroyed during the break in. Or the urn containing your beloved father’s remains that was knocked over during the rummage. These are two very realistic things that can happen to you without an alarm system. Now with an alarm system, as soon as an intruder comes through any door or window that are wired with a contact the alarm will be triggered, and after those couple of seconds go by and the code has not been entered the alarm will sound. After the alarm has begun to sound 3 things can be arranged to happen. 1) You and only you can be notified, 2) A monitoring company who will notify whomever you would like, 3) Last but certainly not least the intruder, 9 out of 10 times, will take the hint and leave in a hurry. Now if you have the monitoring company notifying the police and the intruder is moronic enough to stick around he will be apprehended and you will have justice. See, if you think an alarm system may not be worth it you will regret it when something irreplaceable is stolen or damaged in the process of an intrusion in your home. If you were to put one in place in your home it is a win-win situation. Your home and belongings are not violated, and an intruder is deterred from robbing your house, because now they know your home is protected by a Security Alarm System.


After searching on Google for “Home Break-Ins 2014″ these are a few brief news clippings that I came across:

In Orange County, cops who were investigating a string of home break-ins at the beginning of 2014 made an arrest of four teenage males, one of which had served adult prison time and recovered jewelry and several missing items. The boy who previously served adult jail time was sent to Orange County Jail to face additional adult charges. As for the rest of the boys, two of them 16, one of them 17 were escorted to the Orange Regional Juvenile Detention Center. Local police watched a black Cadillac, suspected of being involved in other home break-ins, leave a local neighborhood and as they approached a gas station and were pulled over and arrested.

In related news, a trial was set to be held in March 2014 of two defendants accused of murdering an Orlando resident, which began as a simple breaking and entering. As the defendant tried to steal Manuel Ray’s designer watch off his wrist he allegedly shot him in the forehead during the struggle.

There are a million reasons why an alarm system should be in place in every home or business. Your home is where you go to escape, to escape the stress, to escape the people in your life you may not want to be bothered by. Whatever you are escaping from, your home is where you escape it for the majority of people. However there is one thing you cannot escape. That is the threat of a your home being violated and broken into. Unless you have an alarm system that is. With an alarm system in place in your home you can be rest assured that nobody will be breaking into your house successfully, and if they do they will not be sticking around very long once your alarm sounds. If you do not get an alarm system think of the things you are willing to risk. Those baby pictures of your only boy when he was a child, or that one special thing in your home that may not be worth stealing to an intruder, but may mean the world to you. These are both things you are gambling with every single day you do not have an alarm system installed into your home or business. Stop gambling with precious parts of your life and have an alarm system installed today. Visit our website at or give us a call at 866.573.8878 to find out more.


The I-502 Security Camera Law

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Monday, August 11th, 2014

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History of Marijuana Cultivation

Since the dawn of civilization marijuana has been an invaluable source of paper, food, rope, clothes and fuel materials.

The constitution of America was written on hemp paper. The cannabis plant can be grown almost anywhere and they are very resistant and require no pesticides. The 3 different type of plants are the sativa, Indica and the ruderalis. THC is the main chemical compound that causes the mind altering effects in people. In 1941 manufacturer Henry Ford made a car mainly out of hemp products and it used ethanol for fuel. The first President of the United States of America George Washington grew hemp at Mount Vernon where he used dogs for security. The plants were used to make rope. In 1996 California became the first state to legalize marijuana for medicinal use. Today over 20 states have laws legalizing marijuana in some form or another. Only Washington and Colorado State have legalized marijuana for recreational use, while the other states only have legalized the plant for medical use.
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Medical Use of Cannabis

The medical uses of marijuana have been used for pain and illnesses since ancient times. These all-natural plants were the cure for nausea and stomach problems. In present time medical use of the cannabis plant helps AIDS patients with their appetite and nausea and cancer patients use the miracle plant to get through the harsh process of chemotherapy and MS patients use it for the pain in their bones. The oil from the cannabis plant has had magical effects on people who believe the oil made from the hemp can cure gum disease, migraines, muscle pain and even said to cure skin cancer. Patients introduce the medicine into their body in methods like inhaling the marijuana using a vapor apparatus or taking pills, eating cookie and brownies, butter and all different and inventive foods. I am a big fan on all natural pain relief remedies, if people can stay away from synthetic and chemical drug based temporary pills then I’m all for it.


I-502 Security Camera Law requirements

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States that now allow people to grow and cultivate marijuana have laws, rules and special requirements to be able to grow and cultivate legally without having problems and BIG fines. Here at we have top-notch reliable I-502 Security Camera systems. Even if it’s your first time trying to pass the inspection to obtain your license to grow or your 3rd time trying to pass the inspection without problems that hold back the growing process, then you should consider a STRONG standalone unit like the NVR-LT128.

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This unit meets the camera resolution requirements recording at 1080p at 960fps using 32- 2 megapixel IP cameras like the IPOD-EL2MPIR50 that have time and date stamp capabilities and night vision will be more than enough to cover all controlled access areas, security room areas, all points of ingress/egress to the exterior of the licensed premises day and night.



All of the point-of-sale areas will be covered and have capabilities to identify activity within the required 20 feet of all entry and exit points and the entire perimeter fencing and gates enclosing any outdoor grow operation. This 2 megapixel IP indoor/outdoor with IR dome camera would completely fulfill the needs of the indoor and outdoor environment that is needed to pass the I-502 security camera inspection. This camera can be power by POE or 12V adapter making it really easy for the install.

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The NVR has a dual core processor and 4GB of DDR3 Ram and it has the capacity to hold 16 – 7200 rpm Seagate SV-35 (3 terabyte) quick hot swap hard drives totaling in 48TB of internal storage which also meets 24 hour a day for 45 days of recording I-502 security camera requirement. When having the issue to secure the NVR from theft, tampering or vandalism we recommend using the LOCKBOX-EX, this a 16 gauge steel security NVR lock Box with a custom fan to keep the unit running cool. The lock box will only give access to the key holder. The hot swap hard drive feature is brilliant when you have to copy a hard drive for police or state officials on the fly.


Employee requirements


The I-502 requires all employees on the licensed premises to have and properly display an identification badge issued by the licensed employer at all times while on site. Having a complete Security Camera I-502 compliant reliable system is essential when having to monitor and record for security and state reasons but what about access control security measures that the I-502 inspections may require?



TechPro Security Products offers access control packages that include the iEDC 8 door access control board. This package includes free enterprise server 16 door management software (for a limited time only). The software enables you to configure access control, time and attendance, visitor management, ID badging, video surveillance and elevator control. There are 16 input ports that you would use to configure biometric readers, Push to Exit buttons, card fob readers and door sensors. Your relay output ports would be used with alarm systems and locking apparatuses like Maglocks, door strikes and gate locks. When access control is configured properly you can limit access to anyone from your establishment 24 hours a day 7 days a week.


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The I-502 security camera law requires all licensed grow operations to keep track of all production of marijuana from seed to sale. Basically you must have recorded Camera footage showing evidence of where ALL the cannabis plant went like the seeds, clone, trim, leaves and other plant matter. Like in all businesses there’s always a waste of product so having the complete camera system allows the license holder to have proof of any wasted cannabis material. Having a piece of mind when handling a business as sensitive as this is vital for success. Remote viewing and recording to the cloud is also a great feature for insuring yourself that you are in compliance with the law, state and police officials. They need access to all record events of the licensed premise where the marijuana is being grown and cultivated at all times. TechPro Security Products uses Web service interfaces, TechPro PSS and SmartPSS software that is user-friendly so any official can use it to access the IP cameras remotely from anywhere in the world that has internet access.


I think it’s great that legalizing marijuana can benefit the economy along with great tax income by the state. It has created more jobs and opportunities for self-employment while helping unfortunate suffering patients with pain and illness management on a natural bases. On the flip side it’s a state law but we all know that the federal government has full authority of the law so if they really wanted to they can arrest and confiscate all assets of the grow operation. Whatever the case is, I still support the medical use of marijuana for patents that are suffering from pain and sickness and if it’s my job to make sure that the licensee security camera system is running perfectly it would be my pleasure to get the job done.


Privacy Versus Security Camera Systems

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Thursday, August 7th, 2014
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When it comes to dealing with surveillance and security cameras, many people are concerned about their privacy. Many schools have been installing cameras to makes sure that the students are safe. They want to be able to keep tabs on all the students and anyone else who may be entering or leaving the school property. Business put up cameras to stop people from stealing from stores and even to help prevent employee theft. Some people even protect their homes with surveillance systems. Regardless of how many positives there may be about having these cameras up, there will always be some people who feel that it’s an invasion of their privacy.

Camera systems may end up costing a lot of money. Some of the higher end IP camera systems can cost well over $1000 for homes or small businesses. Larger businesses and schools sometimes need systems that can cost all the way up in the $100,000’s. It may not feel great having to spend that kind of money on a system, but having the peace of mind that it’s helping deter crime is priceless. Having cameras up can definitely make people think twice before committing a crime.

Even with these benefits, installing surveillance cameras can become highly controversial. There have been many protests as well as legal action surrounding the installation of cameras in places like schools all over the world, and there are definitely many things for schools to think about before installing their systems.

One of the important things for school s to figure out is what do they want to accomplish with their camera system installation. Are they trying to scare students into behaving well? Are they trying to capture every little student infraction?

These are important questions that many parents want answered. The ACLU has even provided some evidence to students to show that studies have proven cameras don’t prevent crime. Students were supposed to feel safe with camera installations but have admitted to feeling like they’re being watched instead. They have found that a lot of thefts and infractions may occur inside of locker rooms or in areas where students aren’t being watched such as the bathrooms. Cameras are not allowed to be installed in those areas so one of the questions asked to administrators was who would they be interrogating if a student did something wrong, but there were many students in the locker room at the time. Would they interview every student who walked out of the locker room? One of the administrators responded with, “We know who the bad kids are” but with that type of argument, why would they need cameras to prove anything then.

Personally, I feel that you can at least know which students were there during or after the incident even though you may not be able to see it take place. There are times where a student may deny being in that location at the time of the incident and at least with camera systems to show them in the area, they can prove that the student was lying. I have seen many cases where people will lie about an incident until they hear that it was caught on camera. Even though this works for certain instances, there are others that still make parents weary about having surveillance cameras installed in the schools that their children attend.

Another problem that worries some parents is whether or not the cost of these systems are going to take away from money that is supposed to go towards the educational materials that schools need to purchase. What they don’t usually understand is that a lot of schools have separate funds which are used for things like surveillance cameras than are used for educational materials needed.

Cameras can be great tools but only if used sensibly. If a school administrator decides that he wants to install cameras in the school, the best option would be to involve the parents and the students in order to avoid any issues.

In 2007 there was an administrator at Newton South High School who decided to install some cameras outside of the locker room without letting anyone else know and when people began to find out about them, it cause a huge problem with the faculty, students, and parents. Being up front and honest about where cameras are being installed and why will go a long way and can help avoid any of these controversial issues.

In 2003 there were girls who found out they were being video taped while in their underwear inside the Livinston Middle School, Tennessee, locker rooms because of cameras that had been installed in there. It turned into a huge scandal and 24 students ended up going to court against the school which ultimate ended in a ruling that cameras are no longer allowed to be installed within the locker rooms of schools.

There is definitely a huge benefit in having open communication about having cameras. There are a lot of administrators that deal with parents who are completely anti-surveillance equipment and others who feel that cameras are the solution to all the issues. I feel that neither of them are right because there is a happy medium. Also, well-trained staff and security teams are a bigger help in preventing incidents from occurring.

Having systems in public places can make people feel like they’re not being trusted. It creates that certain time of atmosphere where people feel like they’re constantly being watched because the powers that be don’t feel they should be trusted to do the right thing.

Others feel like having cameras as a temporary solution is better. There was a school where students were tying chains to the doors and running them back to their jeeps, then ripping the doors off the building. The felt the need to install cameras just until they could find out who was doing this and as a result they ended up finding that vandalism at the school went down by about 95%.

At the end of the day, students don’t lose all of their rights as soon as they enter those school doors. The best solution is to really think about the situation and come up with many different solutions to solving the problem in order to avoid unnecessary lawsuits or controversy.


Creating and Designing a Floor Plan or Layout WAC 314-55 (I-502)

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Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

With your application for I-502 WAC 314-55 you must submit a floor plan or Layout. This floor plan must adequately map your security layout, to include a variety of specifics, from alarms to cameras. Being detail oriented is extremely important in order to receive approval.  At this point your head is probably filled with questions. How do I make or find my floor plan? What needs to be on it in order to receive approval?  What details need to be included? Don’t worry! We’ve created our fair share of floor plans as part of applications, that have passed inspection, and we’ve come to help!

Haste makes waste so let’s start with the basics.  The first thing you need to do is obtain a floor plan of your basic architectural features or the ones you plan to have in the case of outdoor areas.  Often times these can be found online, if you don’t have a copy from when you purchased the land or structure.  It can be obtained from the counties public records. You may call your local building or housing department or start with the public records division, often they have a copy you may obtain although expect that you may have to deal with a significant wait(you need not express its use).  Other sources could be your realtor, landlord, or an online property appraisal website. If all these sources are exhausted for you and you still cannot obtain a floor plan you can always create your own, which is where this article maybe of help!

Now there are two main options when creating your own floor plan, the first option you can use is to design one by computer.   Don’t be too daunted by this. It is not as difficult as it sounds.  You don’t need to have a Computer Aided Drafting program (or CAD) to design your floor plan.  In all reality it is as simple as looking up your address in Google maps or Google earth and using that as your initial image print screen or screen shot the image. Once you have this image you can use any image editing software, even Microsoft paint can suffice for our purposes here. Simply trace the property and buildings or grow areas.  Now floor plans need to have several features mapped on them before you start planning out your security concerns.

But before we even get that far, let me cover how to create it by hand. Now this is of course assuming you can’t find your floor plan, from your records, bank, real estate agent, landlord, property appraiser or local government’s public records.  All you really need to do to create it by hand is buy yourself some graph paper a good ruler and set yourself to work with number 2 pencil.  As we covered when creating your floor pan with the computer the first thing you need to draw out is the area you will be using.

Regardless of whether you creating your floor plan by hand or by computer you need to map out the area you will be utilizing for your business. If this is indoor that means the building, if outdoor the fence and property line. It is vital to correctly measure out your dimensions of the area and write them down beside each length of fence or wall.  With a computer in paint or Photoshop simply use the box tool to create the building outline.  For a fence use the line tool for each segment of fence line. As stated earlier this easier to do if you use a Google maps or Earth image as its simply matter of tracing the aerial image. When doing it by hand use a ruler and scale the image so that every inch equals a set amount of feet.  For example if you set one inch to equal twelve feet than a hundred foot fence line would equal 8.3 inches.  Be sure to scale your site accordingly to the size of your paper.

Once you’ve outlined the exterior walls or fence line your next task is to draw in the different rooms, grow areas or greenhouses within your outline.  Using the same tools and scale you’ve used continue to map these features, each room should be measured and the dimesions should be annotated beside each of these walls or fence lines.  The idea is to map every space a inspector would want to see, so that they have an accurate idea of what your intentions and uses, are.  Marking what rooms will be used for growing and processing is helpful especially when you go for quotes for security and surveillance systems.  How high are the ceilings? Could the grow affect visibility of a camera?  These are just a few important factors to consider detailing so that the inspectors and security professionals can give you an adequate quote.

It is extremely important that you include doors and windows.  The reason this is so  important is when you want to quote out security systems you will need to camera and/or alarm every door, window, gate or entrance and exit way in order to be compliant. (see WAC 315-55-083 (2) (3)) This is to include an attic basement, 2nd floor or any area you intend on using for the business. Once you’ve mapped these features out your done.

You may attempt to estimate camera and alarm placement but this is not always recommended unless you are knowledgeable about the law and surveillance and alarm systems as there is a lot to consider.  For example the limitations on power and data streams change depending on the surveillance system your installing.  Each camera has different distance and resolution limitations.  It may be helpful to map power locations like outlets and circuit breakers but don’t stress too hard on these. With camera placement remember that both entrance and exit of every room, hallway, entryway and exit must receive coverage of the camera, and be able to identify the individual entering and exiting.  Understand all disposal areas, processing areas, drying areas, grow areas, quarantine zones and essentially anywhere the product may be at any point, MUST to receive coverage.  If you are doing an outdoor grow also note that the entire exterior fence line must receive coverage.

Here I’ve added a few videos for you to utilize as a guide lines. They pertain to how to search Google maps/Google earth and screen shot your image and paste it to paint so that you can use it for your floor plan. I’ve also made a few examples via Google Earth and paint for you to have a look at and reference.  However you choose to tackle this issue just understand we are here to assist you as much as we can.  We can help you turn  a rough estimated floor plan into a compliant success story. The intent here is simply to put more control into your hands and speed you along the process!


Screenshoting a (Google Earth Image)

Creating a Floor Plan (Google Earth Option)

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Adding Dimensions to a floor plan