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Where to Find High Quality Security Camera Systems

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Friday, September 5th, 2014

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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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How to Install Access Control Software Standard Server Version from IDTECK

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Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Access control is the ability to allow or restrict access to a place or to have the ability to deny or allow the use of a resource. The idea behind this is to control certain users and resources at a specific place so there is full control of how, when and where the resource is utilized.

Access control can be done manually or completely automatic, but how would you keep track of who, when, and how the resource was accessed? The short answer to that is Access Control Software.

Many access control devices are network capable, which means that they can be accessible over a web browser or through a software via TCP/IP. These devices can also have a Web Service Interface that can show you basic information such as logs, alarm events, etc. Most of these devices that have that capability are very limited on the things you can configure.

Every access control is different in the way they might require a specific set of settings to successfully connect with the main software. In this demonstration I will be showing you how to configure the Standard Version of IDTECK’s Access Control Software.

This software will require 2 sets of programs and setups. One is the server communication and the access control software itself. It is necessary to install SQL for the database of the software so it will be easy to export any database with settings later on. SQL Express comes with the Standard version for free so there is no need to acquire a greater version, unless there is a necessity to have advance settings on SQL. Other than that it should be straight forward.

NOTE: To make sure the installation runs smooth make sure that the following requirements are met:

1.- Windows 7 x32 or x64 bit
2.- At least 10GB of Space on your Hard Drive
3.- Make sure no other SQL Instance is running on your PC
4.- Minimum of 4GB of Ram and a Dual Core Processor with at least 2.00 Ghz.

Software installation

Download the Server version of the software from here: https://docs.google.com/uc?export=download&confirm=P8oW&id=0Bwe1rQdTv-n4YTNyQloteUtxZWM

Double click on the icon and proceed to install the software. Follow the prompt and install all of the necessary updates until you get to the section where you will need to named the Instance. See picture below

IDteck SQL Instance

After naming the instance of your SQL installation you have to make sure you remember the password because this will be required to configure the communication server. Click Next and the SQL process will begin by decompressing the files and preparing the installation process. When done, the following window will appear:

Customer Info

Type a name and a company name to continue the installation. Select all of the features on the list and click Next.

Database Selection

On this section make sure the database server is typed as shown in the picture above. Select SQL server authentication and use the following default username and password (sa) and (1234). Note: If you change the password then you will need to type that info under the password field. Click Next to begin the installation process:

SQL Finish Installation

Click Next to begin the installation. Check the following picture summary to make sure you have all of the SQL features that will be installed.

SQL Copying Files

When the installation is completed, the following 2 icons will appear on your desktop. These icons are essential to the software and a few more adjustments need to be made before we fire up the communication server.

Idteck Comunication and server

The next step is to make sure we have the software executed with administrative rights. To do this, right click on each icon and click on the compatibility tab, then select the “Run this program as an administrator”.

Run As

Double click on the IDTECK communication Server to begin configuring its settings:

Server Settings

After the software launches, click on server setup and the following settings will show as the picture above. Click on the Server IP and make sure that the IP is your computer name\IDTECK. The Database name will be STARWATCH_STD. Username is “sa” and password is “1234”. Authentication should be DB Authentication.

Note: if you change this (username and password) when installing the software then you will need to input the right information. Click OK when done and the result should be as show in the picture below:

Logview

Double click on IDTECK STANDARD Server Icon and input the username and password. The default username and password is admin.

Software login

After all this the software will open up and will display the following interface. From here we can prepare the software to communicate with the device you are trying to manage.

IDteck Software Interface

Note: This software is free with a limit of users and doors that can be run without a license. A pop-pop will show after the software is launched:

IDTECK Pop-up

 

Notice that because the software doesn’t have a device configured in it, the software will display certain errors. See picture below for reference.

No Comunication

To add a device go to “Device Setting Wizard” to configure the Default Site settings. Click the checkbox labeled “Whether to use” and click on the “Site Setting” button. A site settings box will display for you to type the communication server  IP address. The IP address will be the one your computer have. You can find out what IP address your PC have by going to command prompt and execute the ipconfig command.

SITE SETTING’S SCREEN

Site Settings

IPCONFIG SCREEN

ipconfig

At this point you will need to follow the steps to build your database for your access control and configure the connections between the software and your access control equipment.

For more information about this software play the video below to see a quick video demonstration of the operations and configurations of this software.

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Surveillance Systems Help Protect the Public

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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

HDCVI Dome Camera

As years progress and time keeps moving forward and changing, so do we and our technology. All these changes in technology evolving has led to enhanced weapons and dangerous devices, all of which can be lead in many directions of chaos and danger towards the innocent public. All of today’s technology changing requires security surveillance for the people to ensure or help with safety concerns. Public surveillance systems have grown both in enhanced technology and popularity across the globe.

Many private and large public businesses are expanding across the globe, leading to a massive amount of employees everywhere. Not to forget there are also parking lots, homes, schools, jails which are all perfect examples of a location to monitor the public under a surveillance system to help prevent harm and the public needs to know that they are out of harms way..

Cities across the country are constantly watching over the safety of their public residents. This allows crime to curve downwards a bit more each year. Surveillance systems are usually placed near businesses and streets. Most crimes occur during the night. There can be moments where on the road there are unaware drivers on their phones or being careless about the lives of their passeners by speeding. All this can cause an accident and harm others around you for your own mistake. Even going through a red light can be dangerous, which is why cameras have been installed in order to determine speeding and red light running. The authorities can go back to the recorded footage to see the fault of the collision and how they should be charged determining the damage and chaos that has been caused. Families, females and young children are mostly vulnerable to an assault near a parking lot in a mall, for example. Placing surveillance cameras in these areas allow the criminal to be identified for his crimes and could cause him to think twice on committing a felony or assaults on innocent people knowing he will be found sooner or later thanks to security systems cleverly placed. Just by the right placements of surveillance systems we are protecting many of the people across the world to better the area and people to be allowed to feel safe when leaving their homes.

Homes are a great place for surveillance cameras to be placed for the safety of your family. Hanging quality cameras such as the affordable HD-CVI series on every blind side of your property to allow yourself and family to live in safety. Showing you have cameras on your property will have the effect that it has on every thief, it will cause them to double think their decision and have them target someone else knowing they will be caught and identified if they break in to your home.

Our young ones must attend school for their growth and education for their future. Protection is needed in all public schools for young student’s safety during school hours. There are many jails that are also watched over by surveillance systems at all times, watching and protecting their inmates. Although these two locations may be far apart from being reasonable reasons to have protection over and looked out for. Schools have surveillance systems to keep watch over all their students, whether it’s an elementary school or high school or even a big campus at a university. Student protection is the school’s number one priority; schools have needed higher surveillance due to many kidnaps and assaults from adults towards children and students. They are young and need to be watched over and these cameras keep an eye on and track suspicious trespassers that are a threat to the school and students.

On the other hand, prisons watch over their convicts for each and every one of their safeties just like every other usage of security cameras. Jail is full of dangerous people who affiliate themselves with gangs and violence. In jail there are a lot of fights between members of gangs within the prison. Surveillance must be kept to monitor these gang fights in order for the officers to secure their safety and to prevent these issues from rapidly growing out of control. It can also help the Warden keep an eye on their staff as well.

Video footage can be used in trials too. Attorneys and defenders in court occasionally use footage as proof of the investigation. Footage from a surveillance system can identify what took place in the scene of the crime, who the suspect is, the victim and witness. A surveillance system is a great positive potential help when it comes to prosecuting and coming down to final decisions with the proof. Having footage can help when a victim or suspect shows a lack of evidence, the footage can be shown and that is all the proof one might need, thanks to the recordings of the DVR at the time with a quality camera.

Security cameras can also be very beneficial in restaurants. For example a boss can always check up on their workers and make sure they aren’t slacking by checking the cameras. Another example is if someone walks out without paying they can check and see if that person is just going to their car to get their wallet. Security camera can also be used for safety purposes. If a crime has been committed in the restaurant it’s an easy way for a cop to check and solve the problem. Security cameras in restaurants are one of the top ways investigators can confirm an alibi as well.

Another place that surveillance security cameras are a must is in museums. They have to keep close eye at who comes in and out of the museum in case anything goes missing. Many ancient artifacts are there and that are very expensive. It’s important to make sure that no one goes in there with the intention of theft. The cameras are also supposed to keep on eye to make sure no one touches anything that shouldn’t be touched. That’s why security cameras have to be put in the museums.

Lastly another important place security cameras are installed is in super markets. It’s important for various reasons like to keep an eye on anyone who tries to steal anything or in case an accident happens such as someone slipping on a wet spot.

To conclude, surveillance should be mandatory everywhere. It keeps people safe and can solve lots of problem. Most places have this technology already and it keeps growing.

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Gas Station Surveillance

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Thursday, August 28th, 2014

gas station

Most of the time gas stations are never a fun place to go. You are spending way too much money to fill your tank and you might get aggravated because the person in front of you can’t pull up to the first pump to allow you to get gas as well. I mean the list goes on and on, there’s a million reasons why people want to avoid the gas station. Theft and robbery is probably number one on this list, well maybe number two because the price of gas is insane! Gas station surveillance is very important for the safety of customers and employees.

Jumping right into this lets be clear. You will never be able to effectively prevent gas station robberies, or any robbery for that matter. However, you could definitely catch the criminals in the act and help the authorities bring them to justice. Who knows? Maybe even some of them will see the cameras and be deterred. Most thieves are not even paying attention when it comes to looking for cameras. Generally a gas station robbery will not be a well thought out process, more times than not it will be spur of the moment, and in cases like that mistakes are made and can easily be caught on camera.

While cameras are a great idea for gas station owners, they may not be the only thing necessary for the safety of their employees. Go ahead and take it one step further and look into some access control, because door locks can only do so much. Have you ever been to a gas station after midnight? 9 times out of 10 the doors will be locked and you are forced to use a window and the clerk gets what you need from inside for you. This is done this way for their safety, but think how easy it would be to break that door down and get inside if you were determined. Why not go that extra mile to ensure the safety of your employee and get some mag locks (magnetic locks) put on that door with a “push to exit” button on the inside and an access card reader on the outside. This way nobody is getting through that door unless they have access or they cut the power. This is where the whole thing about gas station robberies not being a well thought out process plays a roll. No person robbing a gas station is going to cut the power, they most likely have not thought it through that far. Now you may say, well what if they destroy the card reader? The card reader is not what is holding those doors closed, the mag locks on the inside are doing that job. Now our mag locks here at securitycameraking.com can withstand anywhere from 600 to 1500 pounds of pressure (depending in which mag lock you purchase).

Back to cameras. A TP-LP700W would be ideal for a gas station, mounted somewhere looking towards the parking areas. The TP-LP700 is our version of a license plate camera. When people hear license plate camera the first thing that pops into their head is the red light cameras, well this camera works a little different. This camera does not take quick snapshots, it records to the DVR like any other analog camera. This camera is known for its clear view and good-quality shots on the license plates. After that, any camera would suffice for surveilling your gas station, depending on how clear you want your recordings to be. For high definition recording you could go with an IP system, more expensive but well worth the money in video quality. Also, for the budget conscience, you can get megapixel quality with an HDCVI System. HDCVI is a relatively new product that allows megapixel quality video over coaxial cable. This would be the ideal system for a gas station owner trying to prevent robbery.

At the end of the day no matter what system you decide to go with, a security system is a no-brainer in your station. Even if you just posted signs stating CCTV is in use at this location, or installed a few dummy cameras, which is never the best idea, the culprit of the yet to be committed crime may be deterred. Now, since the topic of dummy cameras is out there, let me explain why that is not the best idea. Yes, there is a good chance if they see them they will be deterred. However, there is a great chance it may not work due to they don’t see them or just plain old don’t care. When it fails to deter someone and they continue to rob your store and possibly harm your employees and customers, you have absolutely zero footage to give the authorities an upper hand. So to ensure this doesn’t happen I would persuade you away from the dummy camera idea, don’t do this halfway its not worth the risk. Don’t learn that the hard way!

All this being said, don’t waste another second, go to SecurityCamerKing.com or give us a call at 866.573.8878. We have an expert sales team waiting for your call to assist you with any questions/concerns you may have about purchasing a system. Also, don’t forget once you have purchased the system if there are any problems or simple misunderstandings with the system you can call our technical support team free of charge. The last thing you want is for an employee to be put into harms way along with your store being robbed and have absolutely no preventative measures in place. There is no way you can go wrong with a simple mag lock, card reader, and push to exit button set up to ensure your employees safety after normal business hours. Now add a couple of security cameras to the equation and throw in a DVR or NVR and you are all set. As I said before you will never be able to 100% effectively prevent crime, but with a system from us here at SecurityCameraKing.com you will be well on your way to managing the outcome.

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