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What are all those wires for in our TP Series 2MP IP Security Cameras?

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Friday, June 13th, 2014

There is a new line of High Definition 2 Megapixel IP Security Cameras here at SecurityCameraKing.com, our TP Series. These IP cameras can deliver an amazing, crisp detail at 1080p True HD that is far beyond the quality of other security cameras. The TP series of HD Security Cameras are offered at a competitive price point that makes IP Megapixel Cameras affordable to the end user.

The reason why 1080p is so important in home, retail and government security (to name a few environments) is the clarity of the video. Most security systems out there are made up of Analog DVRs and Cameras and recording at D1 (720 x 480 pixels). Our line of TP IP cameras record at 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels). The difference in size allows you to zoom in without the image getting distorted (or pixelized). I had a customer call the other day and say that he was reviewing some footage of a break-in and wanted to zoom in on the burglar’s tattoo but the image was so distorted it was not detectable. I asked him if it was an analog camera that captured the footage and he said it was. I told him that 2MP IP Camera would capture a better image since there is less distortion when zooming than an analog camera. Next time it could mean an arrest. He was sold and upgraded his whole system to IP.

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Long Range TP Series Bullet Security Camera

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What makes this 2MP Bullet Security Camera so amazing is not only can it record at 1080p, but it can manually zoom and see at night up to 150 feet!. But, the only thing is when you take the camera out of the box you might think to yourself, “What are all those freaking wires coming out of the camera?” No fear, I will give you full rundown of what they are.

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A. This is the 12vDC Power port. This camera can be powered with either PoE (Power over Ethernet) or 12v DC.
B. This is a USB Port for a Thumb Drive. You can use this camera as a stand-alone camera to record your surveillance without the need of an NVR (Network Video Recorder).
C. This is the Alarm in/out port. You can set up triggering events coming in from devices such as a PIR sensor which tells the camera if someone has passed in from of that sensor. When the camera has a trigger, it can then relay out to a Siren or a strobe in the hopes that the intruder will go away.
D. This is the Audio In port. You can plug in a microphone and enjoy not only seeing your video, but also hearing as well. This is very important at times especially in a work environment.
E. This is the system reset button. Use this to revert back to the camera’s default settings.
F. This is the Audio Out port. Use this to set up a speaker.
G. This is the RJ45 Port. This camera can be powered through this port if you connect to a POE switch or an NVR with inboard POE ports. Video is also sent through this port, so if you power the camera via 12v DC, you still need to connect an Ethernet cable to this port and run it to your network device.
H. This is the RS485 port. There are not a lot of circumstances where you might need to use this. If you did not have an NVR and you also had a PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) Camera, you could control the PTZ through the Web Interface of this Bullet Camera.
I. This is a video output port. You can use this to hook up to an external monitor for viewing if you did not have an NVR. Also, you can use this port to connect to a service monitor at installation to make sure you have the correct angle, zoom and focus you require for your surveillance needs.

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There are other buttons and ports that you will want to know about also:
1. This is the manual zoom dial. This camera is equipped with a 2.8-12mm manual zoom lens. 2.8mm is a spectacular wide angle view to give an overview of places such as a parking lot. If you need a closer view, use the zoom feature. A good rule is to use one fixed lens camera for the overall view and a camera with a zoom to narrow in to a specific area such as a gated entrance.
2. This is the focus dial. Use this to focus the camera after zooming into the desired view.
3. This is the Video Test port. After you install the camera and hide all those wires, you might want to zoom in or out to create a different view. Without having to run back to your monitor to see if the camera is in focus, you can use the supplied adapter, plug it into this port and then attach the other end to a service monitor. Of course you can also use our free software to view the camera from your Smart device and use that as a service monitor.
4. This is the LED Level dial. Use this to increase/decrease the LED’s to affect the IR (infrared) of the camera for night viewing. If the night view is getting washed out or if there is not enough light, then use this dial.
5. This is the OSD Cap. Make sure this is tightened to avoid water damage to the camera.
6. These 4 holes are where the supplied screws go to install the camera.

You will be impressed in the quality of the video that this 2MP Indoor/Outdoor Varifocal Bullet Security camera can deliver. There are many great uses for this camera either in a home or a commercial environment. The most important thing to remember is that an HD camera such as this could mean the difference between a
positive identity arrest versus trying to verify features through a distorted image.

With the purchase of this camera, you receive free tech support so if you ever need to know in more detail what “all those freaking wires do”, we are as close as a phone call, chat or email.

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Using an NVR/DVR to Secure an IT Room

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Thursday, June 12th, 2014
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Today there are numerous threats to the Information Technology Infrastructure that many companies rely on in order to remain in business. We hear words like “cyber terrorism” and “hacking” on a daily basis. Most people assume that these are always threats performed remotely, possibly even from across the globe. We’ve all heard the stories or known someone who has downloaded a virus or a Trojan that was sent in a seemingly inconspicuous e-mail. Most corporations today operate with plenty of firewall and anti-viral technology in place. However, Physical Security is often overlooked. This article will explain how best to secure an IT room.

The best firewall with the most stringent filtering rules is no match for someone who can physically get into your network room. Once someone gains entry into your datacenter or IT room, they can very easily start dismantling equipment which may be critical to your business. They could also potentially perform “Man in the Middle” attacks by installing rogue devices on your network. Devices such as the “Pwnie Plug” line of products can be easily hidden in an IT room, plugged into the network, and left to transmit sensitive data over 4G to unintended recipients that could use this information for nefarious purposes.

These type of attacks would most likely be performed by someone who has easy access to the IT area. This tends to be an employee, but could even include outside vendors that are permitted near the network. Perhaps a cleaning person or an electrical contractor. Would you know if someone was performing one of these types of attacks against your company? If you found such a device, would you be able to determine who installed it? How much damage could have happened before you realized it was there?

There are some relatively simple things you can do to reduce the risk of suffering from Physical attacks against your IT department. The obvious ideas of locking the room, and limiting who has keys/cards to access the room will definitely help. However, an NVR/DVR and a camera could provide you with not only additional security, but could also provide you with accountability for the activities in this area.

A standard setup includes one or more cameras to cover the entry area as well as an additional camera to view the sensitive equipment in and around the area. A properly configured DVR/NVR is capable of recording and alerting key personnel in the event they see motion.

This can be taken even further by installing a simple and relatively cheap door contact to trigger an event every time a door is opened. A simple normally closed contact is usually less than five us dollars, and very easy to wire into the inputs on a NVR/DVR.

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Once this is attached to an appropriate input (preferably for a camera aimed at the door in question), you can configure an alarm event to occur which can perform several actions. Most commonly it can be configured to take a picture of the event and send it in an e-mail or text message to someone who can decide if it is routine access or if security or law enforcement should be notified. You can also take it a step further and connect an audible siren to the NVR/DVR outputs so that if the door contact is broken after hours the alarm will sound to deter any would-be criminal activity.

Securing the IT closet with these measures will greatly reduce the chances of becoming victim to the types of physical attacks I have described. However, they should also be extended to any other sensitive areas of your facility. It is even recommended that you place a camera at every point of entry (even the unused or less frequently used entry/exit doors). This will give you an accurate idea of who is or was in your facility at the time of an event.

These simple steps can greatly augment any existing burglary/intrusion detection system you may have in place. They can also be used to make decisions as to whether or not dispatch law enforcement in the event that an alarm is tripped. This can be a huge cost savings in false alarm fees and fines.

In addition to security and alarming the doors, it is also a good idea to install a microphone in these areas. This can be used periodically to remotely listen for possible problems that could be cheap if detected early, but very costly if not. For example if a fan bearing goes out it usually makes loud noises. However, if left unfixed it could cause expensive and sensitive equipment to fail. Another example would be if an uninterruptable power supply battery fails and starts beeping continuously. If no one is around to hear it, it could go unnoticed until such time as it is needed during a power event.

This type of system will also provide proof of work being completed if needed. For example if you hire a contractor to install equipment and there is a dispute as to what work was performed, a quick review of the video during the installation could provide clear proof of what was actually done or not done as well as how much time was involved in performing the work. It would also provide evidence if any unintended devices or software was installed without prior consent.

In conclusion, Protecting a corporations infrastructure with the most state of the art firewalls, virus scanners, intrusion detection servers, and even cryptographic equipment still falls short if physical security is left wide open to anyone who can get close enough. Protecting such sensitive equipment with very basic camera coverage and door contacts is a very cost effective solution that could save your company its very existence one day. A good NVR/DVR, a few cameras, a cheap door contact, and some configuration time is definitely cheaper than the potential losses due to a physical security breach. Such breaches are becoming more and more common in the news. Don’t be the next victim.

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Preventing DVR Theft or Destruction

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Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Would you like to know some of the best ways to prevent DVR theft or abuse? Well I’m going to try and help you out with that. Look at it this way, a break in is the last thing anybody wants, but at least you are prepared for it. That is assuming you have an operating security camera system. But, is security cameras being hung on your walls really the last step. Contrary to popular belief it should not be the final step to being prepared for a break-in. Let’s say the burglar smashed the DVR or stole it, what would you do then? Sure if you had an IP based system you could just search the IP address without the NVR being present, but what if they cut the power? Wow, you would really be out of luck at that point. Although, those scenarios are a terrible thing, there are a few precautionary measures that can be taken so these would be harder to accomplish. Now, I can’t promise 100% success will come from these steps, because let’s face it if somebody wants something bad enough they will get it. These few extra steps will not only make it a chore for the perp., but he/she may not even know they are there.

First off, the hanging of a security camera is merely a step in the process of setting up a security camera system. First we ask the big question, IP based or analog, both come with pros and cons. Next is the purchasing of the equipment and the install. This is where things begin to get very important and strategic. Having a DVR or an NVR is based off whether or not you have an IP or analog system. Then we ask the strategic placement of cameras, where they will be mounted, where they will be looking. Once all that is established the wire must be run through the walls and/or the ceiling.

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Take a second to really think about that. This means the wire can be run to just about anywhere you would like. This is the perfect time to choose where to place your DVR to prevent theft or destruction. If placed in the ceiling the wire will be ran up through the walls to the attic, with everything hidden, leaving no trail to figure out where it’s hidden.

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There is a little problem with that particular spot, the heat. Remember heat rises, so needless to say the attic will be the hottest place in a house. This may cause an issue with the life span of a DVR or NVR. There is an extra step here given you choose the attic as your hidden spot. Here at TechPro Security Products we offer DVR and NVR Lockboxes with built in fans to help keep your DVR cool during its time spent in the attic.

DVR Lockbox

Talking about the lockbox, there is also the option of using just that. With the lockbox alone there is no need for hiding the DVR/NVR. This may not be as effective as a great hiding technique, but for those who want the DVR/NVR in plain sight for personal preference this would be the way to go. Although this is not my favorite method of theft prevention, it is most certainly an effective way to prevent the theft of a DVR/NVR. This would be an easier method for a standard homeowner with an 8 to 16 channel security system due to the fact that running all that wire through the walls may be overkill. With the lockbox locking away the DVR/NVR the burglar will not be able to access the unit without certain tools I seriously doubt they will be carrying to a break in. The cool thing about these lockboxes is TechPro Security Products offers horizontal and vertical mounts if you wanted to mount it to the wall. Not to mention the size of the DVR/NVR does not matter, we offer two different sizes of Lockboxes one to fit ideally with the full size and the other to fit with the mini-series.

Backup Battery

Another great idea would be to hook the DVR up to a battery backup. This would go great with any solution you find fit, and would protect the DVR from being cut off from power. The battery backup will continue powering the DVR if the power were to shut off this way no recording is lost. Battery backups range in size from small single cells to retain clock time and date in computers up to battery room facilities that power uninterruptible power supply systems for large data centers. This being said, make sure you get one relevant to the task at hand. As an addition to the battery backup, a good thing to think about would be a camera that has the option to put an SD card in it.

SD-card

This may not prevent the DVR itself being destroyed or damaged, but if there was a hidden camera with an SD card built in then there would be uninterrupted footage of what really happened. There are several packages we offer like this, but a few are a wall clock camera with SD DVR and an 8GB SD card, Alarm clock camera with SD DVR and an 8GB SD card, and an air freshener camera with DVR and 8GB SD card. Feel free to take a look at many more options we may have to suit you

Although a security camera system is a great way to monitor what is happening around your house or place of business, this may not be the solution to any problems. The purchase and installation of a complete alarm system along with the DVR/NVR and security cameras may just do the trick. Then we ask the age old question of how to keep these things safe from destruction or theft. Talking about the DVR/NVR alone this may not be the hardest task in the world, just takes a little prep and strategy. The way I see as most effective is hiding it in the ceiling or attic. As long as there is something keeping it cool, whether it be a lockbox with a built in fan or whatever you may come up with, it will more than suffice when it comes to keeping it safe. Either way there are plenty ideas out there that can easily fit your needs.

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CCTV and its Role in Education

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

The school bell rings and children rush outside eagerly, pushing to get through to the long-awaited freedom that each end of the day guarantees. Scattered papers and pencils are now the only things that clutter the hallways at each day’s end. Teachers and school staff hastily complete their lesson plans for the next day, also wanting to get home to their own families and lives. Meanwhile, burglars nearby examine the school for any way to gain entrance undetected. Grant-funded computers and technology are at risk of being stolen, as teachers and staff are unable to incessantly guard the buildings of education around the clock.

The Department of Education published statistics stating that in the 2005-2006 school year, 86 percent of schools nationwide had reported at least one theft, crime, or violent incident, which resulted in a total of 2.2 million crimes. It is impossible to personally monitor every inch of school grounds every single day, so how are school campuses and educational facilities meant to keep their students and staff safe and harbor a sense of security? This is where closed-circuit television, or CCTV, can put up the next line of defense, scanning the perimeters and potentially acting as a deterrent to any future types of criminal activity.

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CCTV can serve multiple purposes when utilized by the educational sector. First and foremost, CCTV can provide security services for educational buildings, guarding the technology and premises from outsiders who have intentions to harm the children, steal costly technology or vandalize school property. CCTV can also protect from threats inside the school, such as proving or disproving accusations of sexual abuse, bullying from other children, or theft from teachers or staff. More recently, CCTV has been put to work as a direct educational tool, being used as a vessel to funnel distance learning to remote areas or to non-traditional learners.

Ronald D. Stephens is the Executive Director of the National School Safety Center, and has had extensive experience as a former teacher and an assistant superintendent. He supports use of security cameras in the schools if they are used to fix a current problem. He found that when security cameras were installed in a Midwestern school district, vandalism decreased by 95 percent! The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that 84 percent of high schools, 73 percent of middle schools, and 51 percent of primary schools use security.

Security cameras have also been used to stop or prevent bullying in schools as well. Bullying has been shown to be very detrimental to a child’s health and social well being, so it is crucial to identify and address the perpetrators before victims retaliate or bullies go too far. Installing security cameras would allow for constant monitoring of areas where bullying is suspected to be occurring, and could also possibly discourage any future bullying behaviors. One school in the United States found that once security cameras were installed, the bullying and harassment stopped. Although bullying may still take place outside of school and away from the camera’s monitor, security cameras can potentially eliminate bullying on school campuses, which is a slow, but sure step in the right direction.

TechPro Security Products offers PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) cameras that can protect premises by keeping a vigilante watch on all school property. The pan tilt zoom describes the camera’s ability to move. TechPro has three different kinds of PTZ cameras that include analog, network IP, and HD CVI.

Analog PTZ cameras are cameras that send feed through cable back to a digital video recorder (DVR), and tend to be less expensive.

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Network IP cameras send their feed as a digital stream over an IP network, and can be remotely accessed from different locations. IP cameras provide greater resolution than analog cameras, but can be more expensive than the traditional analog cameras.

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HD-CVI, or high definition composite video interface cameras can transmit high definition video quality. HD-CVI cameras are beneficial as they provide megapixel recording that could allow for a positive identification if crimes are ever recorded on school property.

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There are also various mounting options one can use with PTZ cameras, such as in ceiling mounts, arm mounts, or pendant mounts. In ceiling mounts are more discrete, while arm mounts are more visible to deter criminal or suspicious activity.

CCTV can also be used as an educational tool to stream learning sessions to remote areas from universities or other educational facilities. There are many people who are unable to attend a traditional classroom setting for a variety of reasons, and this is where CCTV can be used to act as an in-home or off location education setting. Distance education is continuously growing, and is now the most cost effective education that can be offered to a majority of people. CCTV has many advantages in terms of using it for distance education, such as its quality, control of content, and immediate replay options.

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As the world becomes ever more intertwined in technology, CCTV will continue to serve roles in educational facilities by providing security measures against criminal activity and theft, bullying, and vandalism. CCTV in distance learning will continue to grow even more, as more and more countries become developed and are able to access Internet connections more easily. As technology advances, CCTV will perhaps be utilized in even more aspects in order to provide cutting-edge education and assist educators in the learning process of students all around the world.

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Preventing Restaurant Theft

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Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

From employees to guests, no one can escape Video Surveillance

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In my years in the business, I have seen that restaurants and bars have about the highest need for video security. Why, do you ask? Well, many places have numerous employees, and not all are trustworthy. The opportunity for “just a little” to big time restaurant theft are all over.

A camera system allows you to see, and prove, when your people are taking advantage of you. One of the worst, most common, is giving friends free food or drinks. This bit of “nice” can and will cost you hundreds a NIGHT! Also, are you being cheated by servers pocketing cash? You can spot this if you have cameras properly placed.

Burger King had a situation where employees were eating free food as a fringe benefit. The camera installation stopped this bit of petty restaurant theft immediately, resulting in a reduction of shortages in each store averaging 1000.00 per month! When you are talking 600 stores that is a lot of money.

Do you have a liquor room? Prime area for theft. Usually access is restricted, but opportunity is still there. A camera will determine who is the culprit.

Storage room. I have seen instances where cases of high value product were being taken out the back door and set out of sight to be picked up by an accomplice. That’s bad enough when it’s a case of burger patties, but I have seen cases of lobster and filet mignon stolen this way.

Back door. An area of real concern, as most anything of value can be removed. A camera inside and out will stop this cold.

Besides the obvious restaurant theft issues that a camera system can stop, there are many more areas where a good camera system can save the owners big money.

Are your staff actually doing their job while you are not there? We have seen video where staff was having a party!! On your time, on your dime! Free food and drinks for their favorite friends, a great way to be real popular. And a great way to hurt your profits bad.

Do you have servers just standing around when there are customers to be taken care of? This is one way for a restaurant to get a bad reputation for bad service. Even if you are not there, you can go on line and make sure this is not happening. If it is, a phone call will take care of that!

Same thing for kitchen staff. Do you have enough people? Do you have too many? Are they properly preparing meals? Are they wasting product? Observing while you are not there will give you an excellent handle on that situation.

It is a sad fact of life that people get into arguments. This can even lead to violence in the workplace. A video of the episode can lead to who is the victim and who is the bad guy. No more “He said, She said”. You have it on video! Another real problem at restaurants can be sexual harassment. These lawsuits are a no win for the restaurant owner. If the activities are recorded, responsibility can be quickly established.

Another big problem for restaurants is spurious lawsuits. A slip and fall can result in large legal expenses and expensive settlements. Unfortunately, a large number of these suits are faked, and then are very hard to disprove. But, if caught on camera, it all goes away. I have seen this in all kinds of businesses, from bagel shops to large auto dealers. Easy money if you get away with it, and there are bands of fakers, teamed with sleazy attorneys that eat quite well doing these, over and over.

Have a valet? Does he drive easy, or does he like to take a joyride? You can get rid of this bad liability before it causes a bad problem.

Parking lot security. Observing and recording what is going on out there can be very important. From punks stealing from cars to drug dealers selling to your customers and employees. Get a handle on it, problem goes away. And if Mr. Jones backs into Mrs Bigbucks Bentley and drives off, you can solve that and be a hero!

Office. Watch the manager work. IS he working, watching porn, entertaining a waitress, having fun with friends, getting a nice meal, or is he actually doing his job! Easy to see, and to prove.

Deliveries. Too many times delivery guys are charging for non-existant deliveries. Delivers 4 cases, your manager signs for 6. Manager gets a few bucks, you lose more money. Think it doesn’t happen? It does. I have even seen it with ice deliveries! Cases of wine or liquor? Big bucks.

Also keep in mind that as effective as our systems are for solving and recording inappropriate activities, they are equally effective at deterring these problems. If a bad guy is looking over the place for a future activity, just seeing your camera system can, and will, suggest to him that going to another place to victimize is a better idea. Hey, there a lot of places out there that don’t protect themselves, so why risk it, getting caught.

A video system, properly installed, can be an extremely powerful tool for a restaurant. Have multiple locations? You can have everyone on video in your office or home. How much time will that save you, not having to waste time driving around. Have an employee go a bit above and beyond his job responsibilities? Call him in and thank him. THAT bit of news will go all over the place. See someone breaking the rules, call them in and counsel them. Make sure they know “We have it on video!”. Have an employee repeatedly violating policy? They can be fired without repercussions, remember, you have it on video, they cannot object or say you were not being fair.

When choosing a video system, it is absolutely vital to choose wisely. There are way too many inferior products being sold on the internet. To make a proper selection, it is most important to talk to a system designer that can help you lay out a workable system, that will last and one that will give you the video quality necessary for the results you are after. Going to Walmart or Home Depot will allow you to get a box of cheap product, built as consumer grade. That means that the product was built to a price point. And when you need help, who do you call? When you come to Security Camera King, you will get top quality product, commercial grade. That means product built to a quality and performance level. And, a very vital part of your investment is the service that you will get here. Professional sales people with real experience in the field. We will be happy to make sure that you get a system that meets and exceeds your needs and expectations. When you do the installation, we have techs here that will assist you as much as you need. They do this all day, every day and can, and will, go on line to your recorder to make sure you have it properly set up. In my 40+ years in the business, I have never seen the equal of the technical staff here. In fact, our sales manager is a much better tech than most of the tech agents at other companies.

Keep in mind, a security system is not just a purchase, but a real investment in your security. Do it right, do it once, do it with Security Camera King!

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