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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.


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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


Prime series DVRS Part Duex

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Thursday, December 31st, 2015


The Previous article on Prime DVRs and NVR’s covered some basic configurations. The first was the Time. Time arguably being the most important feature to be set up properly since you have to know what time an “event” took place. For legal purposes a proper date and time stamp is mandatory. As well as having the DVR update its time on its own so you don’t have to worry about daylight savings time change. The output resolution of the DVR to a monitor is another function that needs to be configured correctly to ensure you have a visible interface to work with. It is very easy to change the resolution out of range of the monitor you are using. Old PC monitors do not support the newer and bigger resolutions and that is always something to keep in mind. The last feature I detailed was the network features. This is where the magic happens when it comes to remote access of the DVR. Remote access being another value added feature to any system.

The next feature I am going to go over is the Local configuration options.

As you can see we have 12 options to configure. Generally this can all be left default; however, for our advanced users I will detail these functions.

  1. Protocol: This determines what kind of communication protocol to use over an Ethernet connection. You have two protocols to choose from: TCP and UDP.
    • TCP is what is referred to as a connection oriented type communication protocol. The TCP protocol initiates the connection between two devices by sending requests to establish the connection. Once the connection is established it is maintained by the devices syncing, requesting and acknowledging the data movement. This means if the data flow is too fast for the receiver, the receiver will let the sender know to slow down. The receiver will also let the sender know what packets of data have been sent. The protocol will determine what packets to re-transmit if the packets of data are lost or damaged. As you can see this is why TCP is considered connection oriented.
    • UDP is often referred to as spray and pray. The reason for that is there is no error correction for the most part. The only after the fact error correction is the checksum which only verifies you have the file in its entirety. Otherwise with UDP there is no duplicate protection if the same packets are transmitted multiple times. There is no order in which the data packets come. Also there is no guarantee of delivery of the data. It is a lightweight protocol compared to TCP. You can benefit from it while watching live video streams because it is more important to have the stream constant than the error correction. As the error correction can add to the lag.
    • My recommendation is to leave the option on TCP. The reason being is that not IF but WHEN you do have errors most people do not know what to do to recover from them. TCP protocol generally does it for you. Networking is an imperfect technology subject to all sorts of interference issues.
  1. Stream type: This option refers to the stream type to watch from the camera feeds. You can choose mainstream or substream. You should leave it on the mainstream since when you open feeds you can specify there too if you want to use main or substream.
  2. Image Size:  The size refers to the aspect ratio of your display. This is not display resolution. Auto-fill will automatically fill to the monitor size. This is generally the best option. The other two options are hard settings. It will force the aspect ratio to either 4:3 or 16:9. If those two ratios are not correct for the monitor, part of the display may be off the screen or extremely tiny. Again . . . this is one of those options you typically want to leave default at “auto-fill”.
  3. Record File Size: The function of the “file record size” is to cut video segments into more manageable sizes. For example, you are recording all the time by default. The record file size cuts the video into 512MB size by default. The other options are 1Gb or 256MB. The take away here is that the larger the file is, the longer it takes to transfer to other types of media such as a CD or flash drive. Also if you do not have video editing software it will be next to impossible if not impossible for you to make the file smaller.
  4. Live View Performance: LVP affects how the video appears during live viewing. The options to choose from are shortest delay, real time, balanced, and fluency. The take away here is understanding what is more important to you for viewing live. Are you OK with there being a delay? Does it have to be real-time? Is a fluid feed more important? These are important questions to ask yourself as you cannot do all at the same time. If you want real time, the video has a tendency to jump frames because of network lag or jitter. This can make the data packets show up not in order. That is why you can get the frame jump. Still the video is as real time as the DVR can make it. If you are ok with a delay of a few seconds you can make the video very fluid, by choosing the fluid option. This allows the DVR to buffer the video and assemble the packets in order. With this option it gets all the packets of data correlated so the video is just smooth.
  5. Auto Start Live view: This feature automatically opens camera feeds for you when you go into the live view. Depending on how strong your network bandwidth is will dictate if you should leave this off or not. In many cases you want to leave it off. That is especially true for remote viewing as you may not have the download speed you expect at a remote location.
  6. Rules: Something you want to leave disabled. This feature is ultimately set up in other configuration options. This menu is merely where you enable the rules you create.

The last options on this page are for:

  • Save recorded files
  • Save snapshots
  • Save snapshots when playback to pc
  • Save clips to
  • Save downloaded files to

These options are for you to dictate where you would like video footage and snapshots saved on your local PC. it really can be set to any folder on your PC. Just make sure to use a naming convention so you do not forget what or where they are on your PC.

This concludes the local configuration of your Prime series DVR.


The Advantages of Dual Video Outputs (Analog+CVI and Analog+IP)

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Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

The Advantages of Dual Video Outputs (Analog+CVI and Analog+IP)


I often get asked, “Why do so many of our CVI cameras have an extra BNC analog video out?” or with some of our IP cameras, “Why do I need a BNC analog video out?” Well, there are a couple of advantages that often get overlooked and they can save you some serious time and money in many cases. For example, they can save you time during the install process, they can save you money by working as a spot out, and they can save you trouble by offering you another way to back up your system at another location. The BNC analog out can also be utilized as an analog camera for those still utilizing an analog system.  Below, I am going to outline and look over each of these options and see just how effective and versatile the Analog BNC out can be while providing you with an itemized list of the equipment used along with a pictures and a video of these items being displayed and tested for your convenience.

One of the first and most common ways of using a BNC out is by way of a wrist strap monitor. This can save you significant time on the install process by allowing you the ability to adjust the camera at its mounting location while viewing a live view picture of the cameras perspective. This saves you time from climbing down to the DVR to verify the position and if you’re an installer this saved time can translate over to saved money on the cost of your install. This simple Battery powered LCD is quite literally plug and play and allows virtual hands free viewing as you adjust your camera to its ideal location.  For the purposes of this demonstration I recorded using an IPOB-TP2IR150L2812-B and our TP-WLCDM2 wrist strap monitor.  I am viewing the monitor from the cameras IP connection and recording the desktop in order to demonstrate how this can be done.  (See below)

install wrist monitor

Next we will cover an often overlooked installation advantage of a BNC analog video out which is allowing you a sort of spot out.  Since most of our smaller units do not have a spot out (an extra output on the NVR or DVR that allows viewing of specific cameras without showing menus, usually used to deter theft and alert customers to surveillance) the BNC out on a camera can be utilized with a BNC LCD screen to provide the same effect of a spot out for that specific camera. This way your customers see only the camera’s view and only the camera you wish them to see. Allowing you to put camera views above your register without showing the rest of the DVR’s recording screen. You could also use a BNC to VGA or BNC to HDMI converter if you wish for a larger monitor. For the purposes of this demonstration, I am viewing the monitor from the cameras IP connection and recording the desktop in order to demonstrate how this can be done. I utilized our IPOB-TP2IR150L2812-B camera, an LCD-9-B  LCD screen, a POWER-12V2A power supply, a PT-4 connector and RCA-M-BNC-F connector and a BNC-25 plug and play cable. (See below)

spot out

I’ve said it before but it bears repeating. contingency planning is virtually always beneficial in the security industry. Preparing for the unexpected is advantageous and the best way to do this is to plan for the worst case scenario. In this case we can take advantage of the BNC out to record on a separate analog or Tri DVR allowing us to record to separate locations.  While the analog may be a lower resolution in cases where you have a drop safe or camera’ed high risk location having a separate backup can be advantageous when thieves steal one DVR and book it not realizing there’s a backup in the attic. Or to simply have a backup in case of a hard drive failure.  Regardless of the event having a backup can be essential for many business and home owners. For the purposes of this demonstration I recorded using an IPOB-TP2IR150L2812-B, TRIDVR-ELE8ME and our LCD-19 monitor.  I am viewing the monitor from the cameras IP connection and recording the desktop in order to demonstrate how this can be done while still maintaining your IP connection and NVR recordings.  (See below)


dvr double record

There is of course one final way to utilize this BNC out and that is as an analog on its own.  I still have an occasional but rare customer who prefer their older analog systems. While I generally encourage these customers to price out an HD-CVI system or HD-TVI system, this isn’t always possible so in these instances I recommend utilizing these older units with our newer cameras that still have analog BNC outs. These cameras can generally function the same way as the original analog systems and sometimes can be better suited than the originals. While technology has increased beyond that, many times certain unusual features become prominent that had never been done before.  This is true with many of our motorized domes that have BNC outs such as our  CVIOD-TP2IRZ or for example an auto tracker like in our IPPTZ Auto tracker that has a BNC out. As our inventory dwindles on analog cameras due to the phase out, it is helpful to know that you still have solutions for your older systems and as always we will continue to support you as we always have with our lifetime tech support and our customer service oriented staff.

If you find any of these solutions useful I recommend you check out my video posted below and/or you can contact our sales team for further details regarding how we can find and create this same solution for you.  We consider it our specialty to think outside the box and come up with the best system for you.


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