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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:

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:


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:



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 Settings



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.


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.


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 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 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 you will be well on your way to managing the outcome.


Overview of the Security DVR Menu System from – Part 2.

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

This is the second part of an article designed to give you a complete overview of the DVR menu system in our DVRs.

The Setting Menu:

DVR Setting Menu

On this page of the DVR menu system you can set the time, date and the format of the information you want displayed. When you change the date and/or time you will have to click on the Save button in the upper right corner and then the OK button in the bottom right.

The HDD Full setting gives you the option to choose Overwrite or Stop Recording. By default our DVRs and NVRs are set up to begin overwriting the oldest footage once the entire storage space become full. If you change this to stop recording, then the DVR will stop recording when the storage space becomes full. With this option, the DVR will not resume recording video until you make more space available by replacing the hard drive or formatting the existing hard drive and completely clear it. It’s highly recommended that you leave this setting on Overwrite.

The Pack Duration setting allows you to adjust the size of the video segments by time, when recording continuously.

DVR General Menu

This page allows you to adjust settings for the different video streams that your DVR is handling. Along the left side of this page are the settings for the main video stream. This stream will be responsible for the higher quality video, which will be recorded to your hard drive storage.

The settings along the right side apply to the extra stream or sub stream. This stream will require less data transmission because the video settings here are lower quality. This is the stream that is used when you are remotely connecting to your DVR from a mobile device. This stream can also be selected for viewing from a computer to compensate for latency issues.

In the drop down menu which is labeled as Type, you will be able to select Regular, MD (motion detection) or Alarm. Although Alarm is rarely used, both Regular and MD will let you adjust settings for those types of recording.

When you open the Resolution drop down menu you will see the highest resolution available listed at the top and the lowest one will be located at the bottom.

The Bit Rate is where you can set the data transmission speed of each of your cameras.

If you click on the Overlay button, you will be able to adjust where each channel name is displayed. You can also adjust where the date and time are displayed.

DVR Encode Menu

Setting this page up correctly is a key part of making sure that your DVR is recording the way that you want. Typically you will need to select All from the Channel drop down menu and all from the drop down menu which shows the days of the week. After that is done, you’ll need to make sure that either the top box under regular is highlighted (if you wish to record continuously) or the top box under MD is highlighted (if you wish to record based on motion detection).

You can also choose to have your DVR record continuously for part of a day and then record based on motion detection for the rest. In order to do this, you would first need to change the time frame that is covered by the periods along the left side of this page. Next you would need to highlight either regular or MD box next to the periods that you have modified. It’s important to make sure that the periods still account for all 24 hours in the day, if you have made changes to them.

The ‘PreRecord’ setting is only used if you’re going to be using motion based recording. It will allow you to adjust how long your DVR will record before a motion event occurs.

DVR Schedule Menu

This is the menu page which allows you to configure the DVR so that it will work with any supported RS232 devices. The types of devices that are supported are shown in the picture below.

RS232 devices (2)

DVR RS232 Menu

This page of the menu is where you will configure your DVR so that it will work with your network. Your network’s default gateway will need to be entered here as well as a unique IP address with in that scheme.

The http port should be changed to 88. Once that’s done the TCP and HTTP ports will need to be forward through your network’s firewall. Assistance with this process is the most common reason that our customers call our tech support department, which is free for our customers.

DVR Network Menu

This page of the menu is where you will configure the DVR to work with any alarm input or output that is connected to it.

DVR Alarm Menu

Setting up this page correctly is a very important part in getting motion based recording working correctly. It’s important to know that there is a version of this page for each of your video channels. You should never use the Copy function on this page or make setting changes with All selected in the channel drop down menu.

You will need to make sure that both the Enable box and the box to the left of where it says Record Channel are highlighted for each channel. You will also need to highlight the numbered box to the right of Record Channel which matches the channel that you have selected at the top of this page.

The button next to the Region label will allow you to set parts of a camera’s view so that the DVR will not detect motion in those areas
The Sensitivity drop down menu allows you to set how much motion has to happen in front of a camera before the DVR will recognize it as a motion event and begin recording. The least sensitive is 1 and 6 is the most sensitive.

The Anti-dither setting indicates how long motion must happen in front of a camera’s view before the DVR will recognize it as a motion event and begin recording.

The Latch setting allows you to determine how long the DVR will continue to record after a motion event has stopped.

DVR Detect Menu

This is the page where you’ll configure your DVR to work with any PTZ cameras that you have. The Protocol, Address and Baudrate settings here will need to reflect those settings in your camera. The Data bits, Stop bits and Parity almost never need to be changed.

DVR Pan Tilt Zoom Menu

The Resolution drop down menu on this page allows you to change the resolution that is being output to a monitor which is connected directly to the DVR.

If you click on the setup button next to Tour Setup, you will have the ability to set up a tour of your cameras’ live views. The options that you’ll have for this will depend on the model of DVR that you have and the amount of cameras that can be connected to it. The general idea is that you will be able to display the live video feeds from selected cameras or groups of cameras in succession. It will also leave each camera or group of cameras on screen for an amount which you determine.

DVR Display Menu

This page will allow you to reset some of the DVR’s menu pages to their defaults. Which pages that you can affect this way vary depending on the model of DVR that you have.

DVR Default Menu


How to Record a Personal Computer or Point of Sale to your Digital Video Recorder without a Camera

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Monday, August 25th, 2014


When running a small business it is often necessary to record transactions at a point of sale or to simply record the actions and uses of a computer terminal.  Doing so allows the owner or manager to: maintain accountability, prevent loss, keep track of inventory and supervise employee actions.  For a new small business owner this can be a daunting or expensive task, often appearing to require several forms of software and hardware.  The traditional solutions range from purchasing expensive point of sale text overlay systems and/or equipment that can overlay transactions on your cameras and Digital Video Recorder to expending man hours positioning high resolution cameras over the shoulder of employees to view their actions.

Thankfully there are several solutions rarely utilized that are far less costly and far more simple.  Your digital video recorder is capable of recording any analog video information displayed to it through a BNC Connector.  What is often overlooked in surveillance today is that you can split your Video Graphics Adapter monitor output and use a converter to convert the Video Graphics Adapter to BNC Connector.  The total cost to you is less than the cost of a single Internet Protocol camera.   While these converters are a bit more difficult to locate, their value in this regard cannot be over emphasized as the cost for the same service in software is often twice as much. The cost of a single Point of Sale system overlay is almost three times as much and the headache of setting up the software is far more labor intensive.

Alternatively you can even do this for less than ten dollars as I have, by purchasing just a single Video Graphics Adapter splitter and a Video Graphics Adapter to RCA phono plug cable adapter.  It is extremely important to note this specific solution will only work on older computers or point of sales systems where only a Video Graphics Adapter connector is available on video card or motherboard.  (This is because the board must be sending an analog only signal; cards with High Definition Media Interface or Digital Visual Interface ports on them will send digital signals, even if it is through the Video Graphics Adapter port.) The primary drawback to this solution is that you are limited to only a black and white view of the computer screen, but again the effect of being able to review any and all transactions made over the course of the day is of incalculable value in any retail situation or environment.  This is of course, not including, the savings in loss prevention and the ability to guard against loss in the form of inventory errors.

Here in my example you can see that installation is as simple as two cables and you are easily able to observe any of the actions conducted on the terminal.  With the growing number of Point of Sale software created for Personal Computers and tablets it becomes easier and easier to utilize these over traditional register systems. As this trend continues it becomes more and more beneficial to utilize simple hardware solutions like these over complicated software or Point of Sale text overlay systems.  This has a two pronged effect on your business.

The first being the savings and simplicity of installation and configuration of hardware converters over costly overlays or costly and complicated software configurations. For the cost of one overlay you can purchase up to 3 of these converters and the splitters necessary to split your monitor outputs. You also neatly avoid the complications and concerns with which Point of Sale software and/or overlay systems are compatible with which Digital Video Recorder.  You are only limited by your graphics cards capability if anything.  If your graphics card is limited to High Definition Media Interface and does not have a Video Graphics Adapter port it is still a simple matter of converting High Definition Media Interface I to Video Graphics Adapter through an adapter, and while this may diminish some of the video quality, the cost effective comparison is still one that is certainly worthy of considering.

The second effect is the direct savings in loss.  Loss of time for example, by keeping your employees focused on work.  Loss of inventory prevented by errors in quantities sold.  Loss of liquid assets in short sales or incorrect dollar amounts in return transactions or sales.   Overall this multi-tiered response allows for a cost effective solution with long terms savings.  This makes the equipment a long term investment rather than simply a tool.  Maximizing sales by cutting loss is an extremely effective way to get the most bang for your buck so to speak.

So next let us break it down into a step by step installation process.  First unplug the monitor and place a Video Graphics Adapter splitter onto the Video Graphics Adapter port on your Personal Computer or Point of Sale. Then replug your monitor into one side Video Graphics Adapter splitter. On the other side of the Video Graphics Adapter splitter place Video Graphics Adapter to BNC type connector converter.  Following that connect your Video Graphics Adapter to BNC type connector converter to your BNC type cable on one end and on the other end of you BNC type cable connect it to your Digital Video Recorder on any Video channel.  This should allow you to view your Personal Computer or Point of Sale screen on your Digital Video Recorder.

If you have any problems determining the proper configuration our technical support team is extremely effective in determining the proper configuration.  We here at Tech Pro Security Products/ Security Camera King are proud and happy to assist you in any way possible. Hopefully this article has helped you cost-effectively solve a few problems with multi-tiered resolutions by saving you time and money while providing a service putting the tools, the equipment and the knowledge in your hands.