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Buying a CCTV systems and what you should know part 1

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Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

I have recently been asked to do an interview to explain some of the basics that a novice consumer should look for in a security system.  With this I have decided to write down what I would normally go over with a customer who are new at this, and who are looking to get a CCTV system to provide them with coverage that they will need.  When you are looking at all the different systems that are available on the market, there are many things to look at besides all of the pretty pictures or low prices you are seeing.


Big box retail

When you are looking for a camera system, you will see tons of bargain systems on the market.  Whether it is from a big box store or a too good to be true system on Amazon or Ebay.  A lot of the systems you find at these big box retailers are made using technology that we used to sell a few years ago.  Many of the “Name Brand” inexpensive systems you see on the market are using these older outdated chip sets.  Basically what these companies do is go to all the factories and say, “I am looking for a system with X amount of cameras and we want to be at Y price, and we are looking for Z quantities of these systems.”  The factories will look at what chips they have excess of and housings they also have plenty of to supply these customers.  When this occurs the company now has a very inexpensive system that they can unload on the general public for a “Bargain”.  This often times reminds me of what Dell used to do when they were “Custom” building computers.  I had one of their computers back in the day and I called them to help me with getting some drivers.  The technicians could not give me an exact driver as they could not narrow down what components were actually in the machine they built for me since they would do the same type of things with their suppliers.  Try calling some of these companies and have them support the products you purchased from them and it will likely be that they won’t know exactly what the components of the system you bought from them are, which makes supporting the product extremely difficult.


Cheap or Quality?

Now this is not the same with all of the systems you will find, but for a large portion of them you can never be sure.  One saying that has always stuck with me is, “You get what you pay for!”  and that can be very true with technology.  If the components of the items you purchased are “cheap” then the final product will be cheap.  There is a huge difference with getting a good deal on a system and buying a “cheap” system.  I have many customers who tell me that they will just go purchase one of these cheap systems and I tell them to keep my information so that when they need footage and the quality is so poor that it does them no good to call me and we will set them up with a system that will do what they need.  Every customer that has done this and then needed the footage, has called me back and told me the situation.  They ended up spending more money in the long run by having to completely rip the “cheap” system out and put in a new solid system.  Now, not every person that has a system will need the information from the system.  But don’t you want to have the confidence that if you need it the data on it is worth something?

Custom complete System coverage

Custom complete System Coverage

Now, there are lots of different cameras, recorders, cabling, and powering for the different systems.  There is not and should not be a one size fits all system, as all customers needs are different.  We don’t live in the day where you can have any color you want as long as it is black, like Henry Ford used to put it.  We don’t all live in perfectly square boxes, or have exactly the same size business.  That is why you need to be able to get a system that will fit your needs.  Not every customer will want dome cameras, or want analog resolution.  With a typical system that you buy, you can choose from a DVR (Digital Video Recorder), an NVR (Network Video Recorder), or a Server setup.  With a DVR you can get standard analog resolution also known as D1 or 960h, the lowest HD resolution possible.  With modern day technology you can also get up to 1080p resolution on the same style of recorder.



With a DVR you will need to run all camera cables back to the DVRs location, which can end up causing issues for some customers.  With a DVR you will typically use Siamese Cable, which is just a coaxial cable with an 18 gauge 2 conductor cable attached to it for carrying the power to the camera location from a centralized point.  With an NVR system you can get as low of resolution as you want and there are systems that can handle 12MP or greater.  With this type of a setup you will use network cable, often called Cat5 or Cat6 cable.  This is the same cabling that you would use on a normal computer network.  What is nice about this type of system is that you can decentralize your runs back to a network switch and connect the NVR to the network and now, your system is connected. There are also systems that will have PoE (Power Over Ethernet) built in to the NVR.  With this type of a setup you will also home run the camera cables back to the NVR location as with a DVR.  This type of a setup is good for helping to isolate the cameras from your main network.  The reason this can be important is if you are running an HD camera on the network it is essentially like having a computer on the network that is streaming YouTube® videos constantly. Now multiply that by the amount of cameras you have on the network, and that can add up to a large amount of extra data on your network.  A server setup is very similar to a decentralized NVR setup, except you are using a PC style setup to record the cameras instead of a Linux based standalone unit.  Some of the advantages to this type of a setup is that you can get some very intensive software to do things like people counting, height specific searches, color specific searches, lost object detection, trip wire detection, perimeter intrusion, and much more.  Some of the more sophisticated NVRs can do similar things, but servers have the ability to run significantly more analytics than an NVR can.

Now this is just some of the information you will need to understand when buying a security system.  Stay continued for more of the basic need to know information when first starting out buying a security system.  It is way too much to put into one article.  I am not sure how many it will take!


Upgrade your CCTV security system to HD quality without rewiring.

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Monday, February 29th, 2016

In recent years it has become possible to Upgrade your CCTV security system to HD quality without rewiring. To get extremely high resolution video with the use of network IP cameras and an NVR (network video recorder). If you already have a security camera system in your home or business, chances are it is an analog CCTV system. Most analog CCTV systems have a maximum resolution of around 704 pixels by 480 pixels.


By today’s standards 720 x 480 is a very low resolution and does not produce high definition, high quality video.

Unlike analog DVR’s and CCTV video cameras, network IP systems use a digital signal sent over CAT5 or CAT6 cable. Until now, if you wanted to upgrade your existing analog security camera system and improve the quality of the video to HD you would have to buy an NVR and new network IP cameras. Then you would have to rewire your entire home or business with CAT5 or CAT6 cable. This means you are essentially starting from scratch. You cannot reuse your recorder, cameras or existing cables. Here are a few other things you might want to take into consideration; traditionally IP cameras are more expensive and in many cases rewiring can be costly, time consuming or not possible at all.

So what can you do if you want to avoid the expense of rewiring and buying all new cameras but still want a high-resolution security system?

Well, thanks to the new HD-CVI technology it is now possible to upgrade your existing system to high definition without the need to rewire. This is because HD-CVI technology allows up to 1080P resolutions (2 megapixel), using your existing analog Coax cable. Just look at the difference in the video below.

Another thing you might find surprising is that you can buy an HDCVI recorder and cameras for less than what you probably paid for an analog system a few years ago and many HD-CVI recorders also have the ability to do both analog and HD-CVI. This means you can use your existing cameras and slowly upgrade to HD-CVI cameras over time as you choose.

Have a look at a few of these complete HDCVI packages from
Complete 4 Channel Analog to HD Upgrade Package
Complete 8 Channel Analog to HD Upgrade Package
Complete 16 Channel Analog to HD Upgrade Package

What do I need to do to upgrade?
If you already have quality analog cable you simply need to switch out your DVR and replace your existing cameras and you will have a 1080p high quality video surveillance system. The packages shown above also come with free US based tech support + free remote viewing apps.

Some other benefits of HD-CVI are that you can run video for up to 1600 feet on your existing analog cable. Unlike analog cameras you can also control your PTZ (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) cameras and transfer audio over the same cable so in short all you need to do is replace your analog DVR with an HD-CVI recorder and add some HD-CVI cameras and you’re ready to go.

Some Things to Consider when upgrading.
Here are a few you things that you should take into consideration when deciding to upgrade you system. Although you will be able to use your existing hard drive or storage device, in many cases you will get considerably less stored footage due to the fact that recording at higher resolutions means you will be taking up more disk space for each recording frame of video.

For instance, if you have your analog cameras recording seven days a week at 30 frames per second, you would get about 10 days of storage on a 1 TB hard drive. In comparison if you had eight 1080P cameras recording seven days a week at 30 frames per second you would only get about two days of recorded video.

But don’t fret, by dropping the frame rate from 30 frames to 20 frames per second (which is still a very smooth video) you would essentially double your hard disk space. Also, if you set your cameras to record on motion only you could increase your storage capacity even further. One of the nice things about these HD-CVI systems from is that these settings can be adjusted on a camera by camera basis. If you do decide to upgrade your storage capacity you will be happy to know that the prices of surveillance rated hard drives are very reasonable these days.

Another thing that you should know is that it is not recommended to run HD-CVI cameras over pre-made or lower quality analog cables. The reason is that you will be transferring a high amount of data which requires a quality cable in order to ensure the best audio and video quality. Take a look below at the difference between a quality siamese cable and premade cables.


Now that you understand the quality advantages and affordability of HD-CVI, you may be asking yourself why would I ever want to use a network IP system?



Off the grid solar cellular camera. The SN2-SP60

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Friday, February 26th, 2016


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100% solar powered, 100% wireless surveillance + time-lapse off the grid cellular camera

  • High resolution, color images and video
  • Live video streaming (H.264)
  • Digital Video Recorder (DVR) built-in – 5MP stills or 720p video
  • Extremely simple installation, setup
  • Event alerting (email or text) and logging
  • Built-in cellular for operation anywhere
  • Standard 802.11b/g/n WiFi – works with standard access points
  • Compact: small size and light weight; simple one-person install
  • Complete battery/power/solar system. Nothing else to buy.
  • MultiSense Cloud Service for web access from any PC or mobile

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With the current increase in fresh home builds and rising population, we are starting to see everyday vandalism on new build construction sites at a whole new level. The average insurance claim on a vandalized model home or stripped plumbing on a new build can run between $10,000 and $50,000. Anywhere with bulk, scrapable, materials and minimal security creates an easy opportunity for criminals, especially when there is no pressing time schedule on site and very little risk of being seen. With the lack of network and power, there are few ways to provide job site security and almost zero that would be considered cost effective or affordable. The Eline SP60 provides a complete ready to install all in one system specializing in remote 5mp time-lapse and 1mp video at a reasonable price.


Oil and Gas:

As one of the nation’s largest and most important industries, Oil and Gas is heavily regulated by the D.E.P who issues fines in the millions of dollars annually. One cause of this stems from scavengers stealing crucial parts of the rigs or for recycling purposes. Parts will be missing and the rig can be fined significantly causing the company to try to monitor off the grid sites by paying man hours and rolling trucks. Remote security cameras that someone at the home office can login to and view save the company money while allowing them to react to problems faster than ever.


The following are actual examples of fines gathered from a small portion of rig owners in 2013.

SENECA RESOURCES CORP   $198,500  10/25/2013

WILLIAMS FIELD SVC CO LLC    $169,648  4/15/2013



US ENERGY DEV CORP $150,000  2/28/2013

ANTERO RESOURCES CORP   $148,250  6/7/2013

SCHREINER OIL & GAS INC $112,000  6/25/2013

PA GEN ENERGY CO LLC    $73,000   3/26/2013

SENECA RESOURCES CORP   $68,943   3/21/2013




PA GEN ENERGY CO LLC    $52,500   3/26/2013

EQT PRODUCTION CO  $50,000   3/21/2013

SENECA RESOURCES CORP   $43,468   3/20/2013

SENECA RESOURCES CORP   $37,145   4/22/2013

CHESAPEAKE APPALACHIA LLC    $35,862   11/4/2013

TITUSVILLE OIL & GAS ASSOC INC    $33,270   7/15/2013

EOG RESOURCES INC  $31,363   1/29/2013

XTO ENERGY INC $30,136   2/27/2013

CHESAPEAKE APPALACHIA LLC    $30,000   9/19/2013

MDS ENERGY LTD $30,000   3/21/2013

LAUREL MTN MIDSTREAM OPR LLC $28,550   5/21/2013


EXCO RESOURCES PA LLC   $25,000   2/6/2013

Though not all fines are due to security issues, the amount spent on securing facilities with our products is far less than the cost incurred when guards are utilized.

Agriculture & Ranching

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Agriculture and ranching:

The Farming and Ranch industry is another off the grid type scenario that adds the strain of deploying a vehicle to get an answer to a simple question of where, what and when. Some new born cattle can cost up to $1500 dollars and complications during birth can put the value of the adult cow and calf at risk. Being able to see when a cow is going to give birth saves gas and shuteye during birthing season. Cameras aren’t just useful for security purpose’s they are a very valuable tool for added supervision when you can’t be there. A minimal investment can be the difference between catching a problem before hand and a major loss of crop or live stock.

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Though not the solution for every job the Sn2 camera is by far the most cost effective complete solution on the market providing thebest technology in long term solar camera protection. Please call Eline direct for exact pricing and solution based design.


Most common answers for the most common questions…
:Every camera requires a cellular data and monthly service plan   billed through Eline technology.


:Camera comes with cell card and modem built in.


:Camera has a 32gb internal “Edge storage” SD card that will do a number of weeks based on usage settings


:Camera will provide 4 days of battery back up if solar fails.


:Camera produces 5mp time laps still photos and 1mp video at 720p


;Live video streaming (H.264)


:IP67 outdoor weatherproof rating


Technology    Cloud IP

Image Sensor  CMOS 1/3”

Resolution    Time-lapse 5MP photography, 720p recorded video

Lens 4mm fixed FOV: 55° (h) x 45° (v)


Infrared  n/a

Weatherproof  IP67

Built-in Wireless  Yes. WiFi Wireless or 4G Cellular Modem Options

Dimension 10.75” (W) x 10.25” (D) x 5.0” (H)

Weight    Solar Panel Weight: 5.5 Lbs. Camera Weight: 8 lbs.

Operating Temperature   -10°C (14°F) to +45°C (113°F) (-20°C/-4°F for limited duration)

Power Supply  Auxiliary Power Input: 12-24VDC, 25W max Battery (built-in)Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) battery pack – provides > 3 days operation with no sun (typical)

Power Consumption  Solar Panel: 25W Monocrystalline 12-24VDC with Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) (optimized for 17VDC)

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Video Security Measures for Cannabis Security and Why they work!

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Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

There are a lot of regulations and laws surrounding cannabis security and business and some of the most important aspects of these regulations pertains to security and video security measures. In this story we will showcase an example on why they work, and why it is important to have a proper security system put into place.
When in the cannabis business you are entering into high risk territory. With a blend of desirable product stock, daily cash handling and banking obstacles dispensary’s and grows can easily become a target. So each business should be aware of the security risks that come with the business of marijuana and become informed on measures to protect those business assets.

The follow story is an example on how the proper security measures can help detour, deflect and capture criminals in cases when crime occurs.

Thieves Captured Thanks To Witnesses & Security Video Measures for Cannabis Security

In the Morning hours in Carbondale Colorado, Sweet Leaf Marijuana Dispensary was targeted and robbed. A robbery could possibly be a dispensary or any other business’s worst nightmare. Men wearing camouflage masks and carrying weapons, held up the Colorado marijuana dispensary. These men proceeded to terrorized employees, handcuffed the clerk and emptied the cash safe.

The entire robbery was captured on surveillance video. In the video footage it shows the suspects entering the premises right before store opening. The employee, working that morning, was greeted with a handgun complete with a laser sight and was then handcuffed and forced into the back office to open the safe.

The Robbers stole $1,000 in cash along with marijuana and other cannabis products displayed on the sales floor. Luckily, the employee was able to break out of the back window and call for help as the thieves took off.

Police, are saying that along with the video footage, witnesses on site were able to provide them with a good detailed description which led investigators to the suspects. The Suspects Aurturo-Nuno Cervantes and Erick Jose Colon of Colorado Springs were arrested near Carbondale Colorado. The investigators found the gun used at the scene, the stolen cash, and stolen product inside the stolen vehicle the pair were driving.

James Friend, Owner of Sweet Leaf Dispensary was thankful that day for having the proper surveillance system set in to place as well as thankful for the quick police response. He said, “We Have state of the art equipment and all of our angles, we were able to catch them.”

For this Colorado Marijuana Dispensary, having the proper surveillance was very beneficial in aiding police to capturing the suspects. Everyone was lucky that day.

You can Read the Full Story Here


What was James Friend Referring to when he mentioned “angles”?

Generally with Cannabis business your layout should cover all major access points such as entrances, exits, and even windows. All point of sale areas and safes should be covered by video surveillance as well as product displays and distribution points. Another general rule of thumb is to have cameras placed for coverage, security cameras placed to show another cameras, just in case tampering occurs, this coverage will capture from video of other cameras in just such cases. Essential, this is what it means to make sure all your angles are covered.


Click here see the advantages to modeling your layout

Other Security Requirements for cannabis security include the surveillance system having access to the internet and having all recording devices accurately displaying the time and date stamp. In most states DVRs are required to be locked and secured on the premise in either a separate area or inside a Lockbox.

These are general guidelines to follow. When designing a surveillance system for cannabis business please refer to your states individual laws and regulations or if you need layout and system design advice feel free to contact our Cannabis Security Specialists, we are actively working with Washington State, Colorado, Oregon and Alaska on cannabis security regulations and will be happy to assist in the construction and design of a video security system. We guarantee that your systems will meet all your state requirements and we will work with you to make sure the system will also meet your security goals.

Currently there are Twenty three states that have legalized medical marijuana, and four that have both recreational and medical legalized. Alaska and Oregon are still working to finalize regulations and requirements for licensed retailers. Each state offers a different set of regulations, and there is not a cookie cutter approach to system design.



We at Techpro Security products have been working hand in hand with these state officials and have offered input into helping shape these regulations. Thus, if you are in cannabis business our cannabis security department would be a great place to start. We offer a low pressure, informative consultation process with experts who know your industry.

More than a security System:

Yes, video surveillance systems are a beneficial security measure it is also good to think of other aspects of your business when designing one. First of all, as a business owner you can visual view the everyday day to day business flow from just about anywhere. Since our video security systems are mobile device compatible. Track inventory, cash flow and employee activity. In the grow industry security cameras can be useful when monitoring plant health. With good camera resolution you can view your plants from anywhere. What a great tool for canna business, be aware of your product from plant to sales floor and be able to use this tool from your smart phone, tablet, laptop or any device that has a web browsers!

Choose from, IP Network Surveillance, HDCVI or HDTVI technologies, these are top of the line security technology’s that can provide long lasting security systems.

Long story short, Canna business shouldn’t have to be risky business and having the proper security systems in place can make your business more secure and also means a little less for you to worry about. Your security is our business and the rest is up to you.


Best Surveillance System Positioning For Public Establishments

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Monday, January 18th, 2016

 Best Surveillance System Positioning For Public Establishments

In the wake of anarchy and terrorism in our schools, airports, and malls; there comes a time for revised safety measures. Security cameras serve as the most prominent and valuable safety measure. The use of cameras should be well established for all areas of activity throughout any establishment. In doing so, three things are accomplished.

  • The presence of cameras can bring a feeling of confidence and self-security for all who patron the establishment.
  • Creates a high likelihood of extinguishing an act of a negative nature before it happens.
  • ….and of course logs all activity of actions taken place with video and/or audio surveillance.

Still there exists the bold perpetrators who still insist on their dishonorable acts, regardless of surveillance or not. Whether it’s loitering, littering or negligence to thievery, assault, kidnapping and fraudulent claims…. here are the crucial points of placement for CCTV cameras:

 Best Surveillance System Positioning For Public EstablishmentsFacial recognition Clear facial shots are always ideal for all possible entry/exit points. Any area that can be susceptible for entrance to an establishment; including windows, fire escapes and garage bays should be considered. If there are multiple outlets within the initial establishment, cameras capable of capturing detailed facial details will also serve well here. These well positioned cameras are very beneficial in facial recognition that provides a clear ID of a person. From there, corresponding cameras that capture an overview will further aid in the distinguishing of what happens next.

Overview cameras This position for cameras serve as to where the individual(s) in question proceed. Since we already captured our most important identifying detail with the previous camera, the overview camera can concentrate on a larger open area.

Potentially Hazardous and highly desirable areas Areas that can lead to hazardous conditions due to mischief or negligence should be well monitored. Electrical, water, maintenance rooms and elevator(s) can pose a threat not only to the culprit but everyone around. Places in the building where safes and/or firearms are stored, become highly desired locations to intrude. Showcases and displays of expensive jewelry and electronics are a great focus of attention for dubious individuals. Cameras focusing on these areas will be beneficial in stopping and the apprehension of the criminals.

Bathrooms and other highly visited areas Where it is illegal to place cameras in a public restroom (I do not condone this either), it is important to put one overseeing the coming and going of traffic since many children and women are (yes men too!) targeted and victimized in these areas. Other high prolific crime areas are at public payphones, cell phone/laptop charging stations, food courts, pools/fountains and playgrounds. The enforcement of surveillance would lower the amount of attempted assaults.

 Best Surveillance System Positioning For Public EstablishmentsParking lots and garages Coverage in parking lots catch illegal activity happening, including capturing the potential get away paths/strategies and vehicles. Cameras that are capable of HD resolutions (2MP or higher) and/or self-patrol capable cameras, like PTZs, are the most fitting for this area. Some perpetrators prey exclusively in this type of setting, where vehicles and unaware victims lay in wait. Following up with license plate cameras will be a great compliment to this security grouping.

Drive/path way exits After all the rest of the areas are covered, this is the last remaining location. License plate cameras can capture the vehicles tag ID and other descriptive characteristics such as make, model and color. This is a great aspect of coverage especially in Amber alerts.

After thought Sufficient coverage will help on aiding in stopping and/or catching the perpetrator regardless of glasses, headwear, masks and gloves. Cameras that can adjust to different environment lighting are ideal for each location. Where some cameras function fine in daylight hours and lighted conditions may perform under par in darker scenarios. Cameras that are equipped with IR or low light-sensitive features like AGC and Sense-up can improve capturing quality in the dark.

Accountability is important. Facts prevent false accusations. Clues and record logging provide substantial evidence against fiction and hear say. Without it, there would be chaos and the continuation of volatile acts.

In the absence of truth, confusion can be created and in the pursuit of vindication can lead to unjust punishments to the innocent. This would lead to fear and stress widespread among the masses over the idea of being the next victim to a misconstrued conclusion or a lie. Progress would slow from this epidemic of fear and only the unruly would still benefit.

Human eyes aren’t always available and the human mind isn’t always reliable to account for what happened. Human error can happen in memory especially over a length of time. Such things such as color, type, height, size, speed and manner are facts that will dapper over time. A human heart can also be deceptive, plagued for one’s own selfish agenda. A camera has none of the above faulty characteristics or manners. It is an unbiased surveillance with no task other than recording truth and facts.

 Best Surveillance System Positioning For Public Establishments