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Best Surveillance System Positioning For Public Establishments

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Monday, January 18th, 2016

 Best Surveillance System Positioning For Public Establishments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Best Surveillance System Positioning For Public Establishments


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

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Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

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


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

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

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

spot out

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


dvr double record

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

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


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Correctly installing a security camera outside.

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Monday, December 28th, 2015

Installing a security camera system is an intelligent way for you to protect your home or business. Many people do not understand how valuable a surveillance system is when it comes to security but the fact is that having one of these systems can help to secure the locations that are most important to you. It is pretty common knowledge that these CCTV cameras can provide you with video footage which can help law enforcement investigators catch criminals who may target the protected premises. Not everyone realizes that a security camera system can also act to deter crime in the areas where the cameras are mounted. The general idea here is that when someone who intends to commit a criminal act sees that they are on camera that they will move along. In order to maximize the benefit of a surveillance camera system, it really helps to have the cameras mounted in the most effective positions. The technique of installing security cameras is not difficult but mistakes can be pricey. For this reason, it is a good idea to understand the entire process before beginning your installation.



The first thing you will need to do is choose the camera which will best suit your budget and role that you have planned for it. Techpro Security offers several different types of security cameras which offer a wide variety in cost and the way they perform. It is very important to understand these differences before purchasing your equipment. offers a vast amount of information and our sales team specializes in helping you to understand the details of the different pieces of equipment.

You will need to make sure that the camera that you select is meant to be installed outdoors and can handle the elements and the proper temperature ranges. It is not recommended that you use indoor cameras outside, regardless of how well protected the mounting location will be. A security camera will not function well if moisture penetrates into the interior mechanisms of a security camera. This can easily cause the camera to malfunction and stop working. Outdoor cameras may cost a bit more initially but it will be cheaper than having to replace an indoor camera which has died because it was asked to fill a role which it was not intended to fill.

There are several other features that security cameras have which may be helpful for you to know about when making a decision. One of the most important features of an outdoor camera is the ability to produce infrared (IR) illumination. If a camera has this feature it will be able to project infrared light to varying distances and see that far even though this light is not visible to the human eye. This will allow the camera to produce high quality video even though a person will not see any light in the area except a slight red glow coming from the camera. Alternatively, you can either have other artificial lighting fixtures in the area or you can also hang a separate IR illuminator in the area, but you will need to make sure that the camera has IR cut filter in order to see this type of light.

In a perfect world, all security cameras would have consistent lighting conditions throughout the field of view. Unfortunately this is not always possible so it’s a good thing that there are some features to look for in your security cameras when the lighting will present a challenge. For example head light compensation, back light compensation and wide dynamic range will all be features to help you capture high quality video in most lighting conditions.


Before we get to the actual camera installation, it’s important to realize the camera is only one component that will make up your security camera system. What do you want your camera system to do? Are you trying to make sure that you have video of any criminal activity in the area? Are you keeping an eye on employees? What resolution do you want? These are all question which are vital to planning out your security camera system. Once you have a clear understanding of what you need the system to do then it’s a good idea to talk to our sales team as well as doing any research that you can.

At this point, when you talk to our sales team they will be able to match you with the equipment that will best suit your needs and budget. We can help you get the cameras that will be able to view the required distance or area. We can help you make sure that your cameras will be able to have the illumination required to get you the best video possible. We can even help place your cameras to maximize their effectiveness. Every install is different and we have helped with thousands of them. We make it a priority to make sure that every customer is happy and their surveillance camera system performs the way that the customer wants.


Real criminals usually put a considerable amount of planning and thought into their crimes. This means that you will need to pay close attention to the fine details of an install location. We are here to help you but walking the grounds can be invaluable. You will need to make sure that there is a clear field of view between the cameras and their target areas. It’s also a good idea to make sure that it’s not possible to sneak up on a camera without being viewed by another camera.

You should also mount your cameras as high as possible because this will increase their field of view and keep them out of arms reach. This will help prevent anyone from tampering with the camera.

Another consideration is to look out for any sight obstructions in the camera’s view and blind spots that they may create. It is a very good idea for you to do some testing for this and every other aspect of your CCTV system before actually mounting any cameras or pulling the cables through tight space. This will allow you to make adjustments without it adding to the labor involved.


It’s a fairly simple process to actually mount a camera but there are a few things that you should keep in mind.
– If you are going to mount a camera on a particularly hard surface (like brick or concrete), then you will probably want to use a hammer drill.
– It is very important that you protect the camera’s connectors from the elements. Even if the camera is designed for use outdoors, the connectors will always be vulnerable   to moisture. This can be achieved through the use of a junction box or by mounting the camera over the hole that you made in the mounting surface in order to get your   cable to the camera.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 – It is always a good idea to use some type of weather proof sealant around a camera’s mounting plate. This will help to further protect a camera’s connectors.


Placing Elite IP Cameras on the channel you want with an Elite system that has a built in POE switch

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Friday, December 18th, 2015

placing elite IP cameras

One of the big problems that people call in about is that they have trouble placing elite IP cameras to the desired channel. People are expressing interest in seeing the cameras in a specific order for various reasons. Perhaps you want your indoor cameras as the first block, and then your outdoor cameras. Perhaps you want your front door and counter in a business to be set to channel 1 and channel 2. Or perhaps you just want to order your cameras by importance to you. No need to worry, this article will cover how to get this done.

The reason this is difficult is that analog systems have been plug and play for years and networking IP cameras is all about the numbers. This Elite system with a built in POE switch was designed to be a plug and play option for people that do not want to put any thought into it. When you plug in an Elite camera into the POE switch, it automatically takes an IP address that is given by the switch. The built int POE switch acts as a DHCP server, so any cameras set to DHCP will receive an IP address. The default gateway address for Elite series Network Video Recorders’ Switch is If you would like to change this network range, look for a section labeled Switch in the Networking area of the menu. This DHCP option is problematic at times because of a memory effect that has been created from the first time you plug in a camera. Since you are supposed to plug in cameras one by one, they will appear on the channel in the order that you connect them. The port number on the back of the NVR means nothing. It does not represent where you will see the camera on your TV or monitor. With IP based systems, it is all about the numbers.

Static IP addresses for cameras is always the best option

If you want your cameras to go exactly where you want, you need to set all cameras to static IP addresses. This will allow you to add them in the exact order you like. The first thing you need to do is find the cameras. The EL cameras require the EL camera finder utility, also known as the Config Tool. The Config Tool will allow you to change the IP address and network information in the camera. The problem is that the camera needs power on the same network that your computer with the config tool is connected to.

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If you plan to use a 12V power supply to set up the camera, that is the best option. You can put the camera on your main network TEMPORARILY while you log into the web service of the camera and change any settings that you want. Since IP camera settings are done at the camera level, this may be a good choice. With Elite cameras and Elite NVRs, majority of the settings should synchronize and be accessible at the NVR. This is not true with ONVIF cameras. Your second option for putting your computer on the same network as the camera is to plug the camera and computer into the POE switch. Your computer and camera will get a 10.1.1.x IP address, so you will be able to access the camera through the config tool and change it to a static number of your choosing. This does work, but I always worry about the camera getting that first dynamic address the second you plug it in. Most of the problems occur when people plug in all their cameras at once and they all get Dynamic IP assignments. I have found that even though it gets a dynamic IP address and a Channel 1 assignment, it is replaced by your static IP address when you remove all cameras that are automatically added and add your camera manually.

Adding Cameras Manually

The final step in adding your camera to the POE switch by using a manually add button. Lets say you decided to start at in your numbering convention. This is where you will push the Manually Add button at the bottom of the remote devices or add a camera section. Do not push the Refresh button or Device Search button. The names of the section can depend on the Web Service version, model number, or interface directly at the NVR. When you set up your camera in the manually add screen, you can choose the exact channel where you want to put it. This is the only way you get to choose the channel. Otherwise, you can add cameras in the order that you choose by using the device search button, selecting the camera, and clicking the add button. This method will place all cameras in the first available channel. So if you are numbering your cameras,,, and so on, you can select one and add one at a time only, and it will get the first available channel. In this case, will get channel 1 since this is our first camera.  Then when you set up your second camera at and hit the device search button, you will be able to automatically add it to channel 2.

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In Summary

If you are starting from scratch, this article will help you get to where you need to be.  If you are trying to fix a current NVR, you need to unplug all cameras, default the camera section, then reboot.  Then you will be able to start over.  IP cameras are all about the numbers, so taking control of the numbers will be your best option. If you want a plug and play option with the built in POE switch, then it will work that way by assigning IP addresses. However, the order will be random if they are all connected at the same time, or based on the order that they are plugged in with a non-sequential number scheme. While most people do not care about the numbers that the cameras have, I have found that the static option works the best and that people with problems usually have them set up dynamically. Take control of your cameras and set them up so those numbers do not change. The extra work is a one shot deal and will save you future aggravation.


What if I still need analog!!??!?!?

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Wednesday, December 16th, 2015


So what if I still need analog?
Have you asked your self this question? As the technology continues to evolve and change so does surveillance technology! That doesn’t mean transitioning to a new system has to be as costly or nerve racking as you may think or that we won’t support the old systems with past and transitional equipment.  In light of this concern I am going to cover a few cameras that can still be used with analog equipment and how to configure these cameras to do so.  Additionally, I will also cover our new line of DVRs that will allow you to use analog cameras and transition gradually from analog to HD.  It is noteworthy that where possible the primary recommendation is virtually always to make the full jump to HD because this allows you to take full advantage of the capabilities of the new equipment you’ve purchased but what if that’s not an option?  So, for whatever reasons you’ve decided not to do a full upgrade . . . what are your options for equipment? What about making a transition slowly?

I. Transitional HD Cameras

First, let’s talk about cameras. There are a few options but it is wise to take into account that each of these cameras belong to a certain technology and you may want to stay on that same type of technology so when you are ready to upgrade your DVR, your cameras will work with them to give you that HD image you desire.  So what are the different technologies and what cameras available for each will work with analog as you replace your cameras and prepare for an HD transition?

     A. TVI Cameras that are backwards compatible to Analog

A TVI solution offers the least expensive starting cameras that are backwards compatible to analog and come in both dome and bullet formats.  These cameras are easily converted from TVI to analog by means of twisted pair of cables that come on an additional pigtail on the camera.  Once this pair of wires is twisted to complete the circuit, your TVI camera will be able to produce a 960H image capable of being viewed by most analog DVRs.

Below I have included a video showing this process and in addition I have also attached the links to these cameras for your convenience.


     B. CVI Cameras that are backwards compatible to Analog

A CVI solution offers some more versatile options for starting cameras that are backwards compatible to analog and comes in both dome and bullet formats as well as true glass vandal domes.  These cameras are easily converted from CVI to analog either by means of twisted pair of cables that come on an additional pigtail on the camera, or by means of an additional video BNC output.  Once this pair of wires is twisted to complete the circuit or you have plugged the alternative video input into the DVR, your CVI camera will be able to produce an analog image capable of being viewed by most analog DVRs.

Below I have included a video showing this process and in addition I have also attached the links to these cameras for your convenience.


For Varifocal or variable focus domes I recommend our CVIOD-TP2IR100L2812B or CVIOD-TP2IR100L2812W respectively.

For Variable focus bullets I recommend our CVIOB-TP2IR2812W

For Variable focus indoor true vandal domes I recommend our CVIID-TP2IR2812W

For fixed lens true vandal domes I recommend our CVIVD-ELV22MPIR50


     II. Tri DVRs

The next option and recommended more than replacing cameras is to replace your DVR. So, let’s talk about DVRs and what options we have when transitioning into the new technologies.  Most of our systems excluding NVRs (network video recorders) are Tri-DVRs.  These Tri-DVRs are capable of handling three different types of technology at varying levels depending on which DVR you are looking at.  The next step is to determine which HD technology most appeals to you,  HD-TVI or HD-CVI.   I won’t get into too much detail as these two technologies are discussed at length in various articles. For your convenience, I’ve attached links for both technologies and their advantages.  I have to say though, HD-TVI offers you a streamlined system with slightly higher end chipsets (generally speaking) while HD-CVI offers a more versatile unit with a variety of inputs including audio.   Hopefully these articles will help you with the decision making process.  For further questions you can call our sales staff at 1-866-573-8878.

Once you’ve made your choices, the next decision to make is which DVR is right for you within that line Prime or Elite respectively.  It is important to leave room for the maximum number of cameras you see yourself having.  For example if you have a 4 camera DVR but eventually want 7 or 8 cameras then an 8 camera system is better suited for you as purchasing additional DVRs later is more expensive than having a larger DVR in the beginning.


III. The Full System

Finally, it’s still important that I mention just how easy it actually is to upgrade to an HD system with our Economy lineup.  We have custom upgrade packages available for 720p systems in 4,8 and 16 camera systems.  We can also create custom packages for you to any varying degree between the above solutions.  This allows you the full versatility you need to make these upgrades when you are ready. I’ll also mention that if you have an analog system with custom cables and a distribution box that not having to buy these for your upgrade will save you even further costs on these custom and pre-made packages.

Whether you are buying new cameras for your analog system, upgrading your analog system, or upgrading you cameras; there is always a solution to your need with future-proofing for when you are ready to make the jump to HD.  If you have any questions or would like further assistance with a custom solution, please give our sales representatives a call at 1-866-573-8878 ext.

(Below are a few links to the 4,8, and 16 camera systems for prepackaged upgrade packages and full packages.)