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

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Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

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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.

http://www.securitycameraking.com/TVIOD-TP1IRE-W.html

http://www.securitycameraking.com/TVIOB-TP1IRE-W.html

 

     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.

http://www.securitycameraking.com/2mp-hd-cvi-indoor-outdoor-60165-prd1.html

For Variable focus bullets I recommend our CVIOB-TP2IR2812W

http://www.securitycameraking.com/2-mp-1080p-hd-cvi-60167-prd1.html

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

http://www.securitycameraking.com/2-megapixel-1080p-hd-cvi-60190-prd1.html

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

http://www.securitycameraking.com/2mp-1080p-vandal-proof-ir-60134-prd1.html

     

     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.

http://www.securitycameraking.com/securityinfo/tvi-vs-cvi-what-is-the-difference/

http://www.securitycameraking.com/what-is-hd-cvi.html

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.)

4) http://www.securitycameraking.com/4-channel-security-camera-systems-216-ctg.html

8) http://www.securitycameraking.com/8-channel-security-camera-systems-218-ctg.html

16) http://www.securitycameraking.com/16-channel-security-camera-systems-220-ctg.html

 

 

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Understanding Security Camera IP and IK Ratings

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Saturday, December 12th, 2015

IP and IK Ratings

IP: Ingress Protection

IK: Impact Protection

If you’ve ever wondered what those numbers are that you see on our web pages or in the product spec sheets then today’s your lucky day! Wonder no more!

IP Ratings

The IP system is an international standard that defines the level of protection against intrusion (ingress) into enclosures by various things such as dust, solids and liquids. For years, Europe and most other countries have been using the IP rating standards based on IEC 60 529 while Canada and the US use the NEMA Standard 250. While the two standards are similar, there is no direct correlation other than the protection provided against dust and moisture. This is because the IEC IP rating only covers two aspects of intrusion whereas the NEMA ratings cover thirteen! Fortunately, our only concern here is going to be CCTV security camera enclosures manufactured outside of the USA that are covered by the IEC IP rating.

When looking for the IP rating you should look for the letters “IP” followed by two numbers ranging from 00-68. Every number in the IP rating chart represents a unique test and the greater the number, the more severe the test. Every test has stringent requirements that are tightly controlled during the testing procedure to ensure consistency. This way, customers can look for the desired ratings based upon their specific needs and they can feel comfortable knowing that their cameras have been tested to be compliant to the specified requirements.

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First Number

The first number indicates the degree of protection of people in relation to their ability to access moving or hazardous  parts, other than smooth rotating shafts and the like, inside the enclosure and/or the protection of the equipment against intrusion of solid foreign objects in accordance with IEC 60 529. The information below should help clear up any confusion:

0
No protection against contact or entry of objects.

1
Protection against solid objects larger than 50 mm in diameter.
Accidental contact with a large object or part of the body, such as a hand (not protected against deliberate attempts to access).

2
Protection against solid objects not greater than 12 mm in diameter.
Fingers or similar sized objects not exceeding 80 mm in length.

3
Protection against solid objects larger than 2.5 mm in diameter.
Tools and other objects that are of a diameter or thickness greater than 2.5 mm.

4
Protection against solid objects that are larger than 1 mm in diameter.
Wires or other similar solid material of thickness greater than 1 mm in diameter.

5
Protected against dust.
No sufficient quantity of dust can enter that would impede the satisfactory operation of equipment.

6
Completely protected against dust.
No penetration of dust.

 

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Second Number

The second number indicates the degree of protection against the penetration of moisture as defined in IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) Standard IEC 60 529.

0
No protection

1
Protected against drops of water falling vertically.
Dripping water (vertically falling drops) will have no adverse effect.

2
Protected against drops of water falling straight with a slope of 15º.
Vertically dripping water will have no harmful effect when the CCTV enclosure is tilted at an angle up to 15º from its normal   position.

3
Protected against  sprays  of  water  from  any  direction,  up  to  60º  from  the  vertical.
Water falling as a spray at any angle up to 60º from the vertical will have no harmful effect.

4
Protected against splash water coming from all directions.
Water splashing against the enclosure from any direction will have no harmful effect. Limited ingress permitted.

5
Protected  against  low  pressure  water  jets  from  any  direction. For instance, water from a sprinkler or faucet. Limited ingress permitted.
Water sprayed by a nozzle against the enclosure from any direction will have no harmful effects.

6
Protected  against  high  pressure  water  jets  from  any  direction.  Limited ingress permitted.
Water from heavy seas or projected in powerful water jets shall not enter the enclosure in harmful quantities.

7
Protected from ingress of water in harmful quantity when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time (between 15 cm and 1 m depth of submersion). Limited ingress permitted.
Intrusion of water in a harmful quantity will not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time.

8
Protected from intrusion of water when the enclosure is completely submersed in water continuously for long periods of time. Limited ingress permitted.
This would typically mean that the camera is securely sealed but in some cases, water may still enter but should not have adverse effects. This equipment is suitable for continuous submersion in water under conditions which will be specified by the manufacturer. Submersible cameras with an IP68 rating are specialized products that are meant to be used for specific applications (e.g., underside of dock, mounting on a boat). Any camera that is rated IP68 will be clearly labelled..

 

 

Impact Protection (IK) Rating

This rating, IEC standard 62 262, is used to specify how mechanical impact protection tests on enclosures (specifically CCTV enclosure for our purposes) are conducted. IK ratings fall into a numerical range from 00 to 10 and indicate the degree of protection provided by enclosures against external mechanical impacts. The different IK ratings relate to the ability of an enclosure to resist impact energy levels measured in joules (J). The equipment being protected cannot exceed a voltage rating of 72.5 kV in accordance with IEC 62 262.

Note: While our cameras are tested and meet the requirements to be certified as they are, please refrain from attempting to confirm that they will meet or exceed their respective ratings!

IK Ratings

 

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IK00
Not protected

IK01
Protected against 0.14 joules impact.
Equivalent to impact of 0.25 kg mass dropped from 56 mm above impacted surface.

IK02
Protected against 0.2 joules impact.
Equivalent to impact of 0.25 kg mass dropped from 80 mm above impacted surface.

IK03
Protected against 0.35 joules impact.
Equivalent to impact of 0.25 kg mass dropped from 140 mm above impacted surface.

IK04
Protected against 0.5 joules impact.
Equivalent to impact of 0.25 kg mass dropped from 200 mm above impacted surface.

IK05
Protected against 0.7 joules impact.
Equivalent to impact of 0.25 kg mass dropped from 280 mm above impacted surface.

IK06
Protected against 1 joules impact.
Equivalent to impact of 0.25 kg mass dropped from 400 mm above impacted surface.

IK07
Protected against 2 joules impact.
Equivalent to impact of 0.5 kg mass dropped from 400 mm above impacted surface.

IK08
Protected against 5 joules impact.
Equivalent to impact of 1.7 kg mass dropped from 300 mm above impacted surface.

IK09
Protected against 10 joules impact.
Equivalent to impact of 5 kg mass dropped from 200 mm above impacted surface.

IK10
Protected against 20 joules impact.
Equivalent to impact of 5 kg mass dropped from 400 mm above impacted surface.

 

If you ever have any questions relating to Security Camera Surveillance, make sure you give us a call and speak to someone in our sales department and they will be happy to answer any questions you have! They’ll help guide you in the direction that will work best for you, your budget and your space. We can help you with HD-CVI, HD-TVI, IP Network, Tribrid DVRs, Hybrid DVRs and whatever else you may need. Just give us a call at 866-573-8878 or check out our website at www. securitycameraking.com for sales or information from our CCTV learning center, product downloads, our CCTV forum and even information on installations!

 

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Oregon and Alaska Marijuana Laws: The Green Rush Continues

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Friday, December 11th, 2015

As we leave 2015 the green rush continues as new Oregon and Alaska Marijuana Laws  are created and these states enter in the world of recreational marijuana sales. By now, it’s no secret how successful the legalized marijuana industry has been to this point and there is every indication that this boom will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. After stumbling a bit initially, the money generated by the Washington State pot industry has increased dramatically over the last several months and all reports indicate that Colorado is going to make over a billion dollars in 2015 through its recreational and medical marijuana sales. This success is sure to draw other states into the industry and many of them are preparing votes on it in the near future. We (Techpro Security Products) are happy to be a part of this movement and I am proud of the small role that I play in helping to get these people licensed.

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The change in attitude toward pot in these states has had an amazingly positive effect across the United States. The effect in the states where complete legalization has happened is fairly obvious but the benefits are not limited to them.
– Currently twenty three states have legalized medical marijuana, which is helping with several health conditions and major illnesses. This has led to a new level of testing for the medical applications of this plant.
– The industrial applications of the cannabis plant are finally starting to be utilized again. Hemp has many uses which humans have known about for thousands of years and now that our attitudes toward this plant are shifting, we are starting to be able to utilize it for this purpose again.
– This industry has also been a boost to the US economy. The money generated from sales and the taxes levied are not the only reason for this although it’s a pretty big part of it. It is helping to stimulate many peripheral industries that don’t seem to be connected in any way, like construction for example. These states no longer have to spend the substantial funds necessary for the judicial and correctional system associated with the marijuana ban.

Oregon and Alaska Marijuana Laws

Oregon and Alaska are going to be the next two states to get in on this green rush. They have already voted to legalize both the medical and the recreational industries. Both of these states are currently finalizing the requirements to become a licensed participant. Our company is working with these law makers in order to help refine these guidelines in order to get the video coverage and storage they are looking for, in a reasonable manner which can be realistically implemented. We are hoping that this process is going to go smoothly for everyone involved since we have experience with this after helping Washington State in the same way.
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In Washington State, we have been very successful in helping members of the I-502 community to get set up with the camera system which will do the following–
– Meet the LCB requirements for an I-502 applicant.
– Meet the applicant’s budget requirements.
– Meet or exceed the applicant’s performance expectations.

I am pleased to report that we have been able to help dozens of I-502 participants get licensed through this program and have many more that are still making their way through the process. When a customer from this industry contacts us we set them up with a suggested camera layout and three quotes for different types of systems that we carry. Then we help them get the type of security camera system that best suits their situation, even combining the systems to create hybrids. We have a 100% success rate; every customer that has followed our suggested camera layout has passed their final LCB inspection. We are very much looking forward to doing our small part to help the fledgling industries get off the ground smoothly in the same manner.

We have also been able to show several of our customers how these camera systems can actually help make their business more profitable and help to protect their investment. The general idea is – if you are required to get the camera system then you might as well get something out of it as well.
It’s obvious how these cameras can help with the security of the licensed premises, most people have seen security camera footage on the news which is used to help solve crimes of all types on a regular basis. We will be able to set you up with remote access to both your live and recorded footage, free of charge. This means that you will be able to remotely access your security camera system from any computer in the world, a smart phone (Android or Iphone) and/or a Tablet (based on those on the Android or apple operating system) as long as you have an internet connection.

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There are also less obvious benefits which this type of system can offer you. If our high definition cameras are located within approximately 15 feet of your plants then it can actually help to optimize the production/quality of your crops and help to protect them from the disaster. If you have a measuring stick near the plants and in the view of one of these cameras then it can help you collect data about the growing method being used. Typically this may be more difficult to understand while you are interacting with the plants on a daily basis. You will be able to review the recorded footage at the same time each day over a period of weeks to monitor the growth that happens under each set of cultivation circumstances that occur.

This type of camera set up can also give you high enough picture quality that you will be able to see enough detail like the warning signs of many of the harmful conditions which can affect your crop negatively. When you remotely access your camera system’s live video feeds then you will be able to examine your plants from anywhere on the planet. Most of my I-502 customers are very reluctant to leave their operation but this feature means that you can go on vacation or leave for a family emergency and still keep an eye on things.

A large number of the most severe problems that a cannabis plant can experience have visible warning signs. You can limit the damaged caused by these potentially catastrophic issues if you catch them early enough. Even if you’re far from the site then you can contact someone on site in order to get the issue handled promptly. Below several of these conditions and their visible signs are shown.

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Fungus gnats.

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Spider mites.

powderymildew
White powdery mildew.

Phosphorous deficiency symptoms
Nutrient Deficiency (Phosphorous deficiency symptoms pictured).

hermaphrodite-cannabis
Sex change or hermaphrodite.

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NAT and Port Forwarding Part 3

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Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

This will be the third and final installment of the NAT and Port Forwarding series. It is my hope that these articles will help you gain an overview of networking that allows you to walk into any situation and be able to figure out what the problem is quickly, and know what to do to fix it. Networking is not really difficult when you know some ‘basics’, or rules that must be followed every time. Once you have those tools at your disposal, identifying and fixing issues becomes a LOT easier. In the last article we learned how to discover Double NAT and Triple NAT by using the ‘tracert’ command. We have discovered that we are passing through three routers on our way to the Internet. So now, we need to map our way from the Internet back to our device using Port Forwarding rules to guide our incoming signal.
First rule of multiple routers – Every router MUST have a unique Network ID. The network ID is usually the first three octets in your IP Address, depending on the Subnet Mask. Lets assume that we have just a ‘standard’ setup on each router, where the subnet mask is 255.255.255.0. That mask means your first three octets in the IP address for everything connected to that router must match. Only the last number must be unique. So if your router’s Internal Address is 192.168.1.1, everything on the router must be addressed 192.168.1.xxx. (Where xxx= 001 through 255). The next router in line MUST have a different Network ID. It can be a simple as changing one number in the third octet = 192.168.2.xxx, or it can be completely different = 10.10.10.xxx. The rule being merely, they must be different. So if you run a ‘tracert’ (trace route) command and see replies from our routers, if any of them show the same network ID, then we have to change one of them to a unique ID. The reason for this is, using as example 192.168.1.1 on the first router, if your next router also has 192.168.1.1 as an address, that is called an IP Address Conflict. With 192.168.1.xxx as your IP range, you are limited by that network ID to 254 other devices that your computer can talk to. One of those other 254 devices needs to be a Gateway (router) so you can see other address ranges. (like Internet Addresses) That is called NAT (Network Address Translation) and since your router is doing that NAT, it allows you to see through to the next router, and everything connected to it. That gives you 254 more devices with the same address as the ones on the first router, hence the Network IP Address Conflict.  Think of the Highlander series where Duncan MacLeod says “There can be only one!” Routers always have a ‘LAN Setup’ where you set the Internal Address of the router – that address determines the Network ID of the LAN.
Here is an example of two routers in line behind a modem/router with a camera attached to the last router.
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Notice that each router has a unique Network ID =
Modem LAN   = 192.168.1.1
Router 1 LAN = 192.168.2.1
Router 2 LAN = 192.168.3.1
IP Camera is on the third router with an IP address of 192.168.3.2 and uses 3 ports = 3301, 3302, 3303.

To Port Forward your connection to the camera =
First make sure you set each router with a WAN (Internet IP or External IP) that works on the next router’s LAN  (Internal Range)
Set the address as ‘Static’ so it never changes. Look closely at the image above – see Router 2.
Router 2’s LAN (Internal IP) is set to 192.168.3.xxx and the camera is attached to that side of the router with a 192.168.3.xxx.address.
Router 2’s WAN (External IP) is set to 192.168.2.2 and is attached to Router 1’s LAN.
Router 1’s LAN is set to 192.168.2.xxx so router 2 can connect to it’s LAN.
Router 1’s WAN is set to 192.168.1.2 so it will connect to the Modem/Router’s LAN.
The Modem/Router’s LAN is set to 192.168.1.xxx
The Modem/Router’s WAN is the Internet Address you will use to connect to the camera.
When all three routers are set up correctly with unique subnet IDs, a PC connected to the same router as the camera will be able to connect to router 2, router 1, and the Modem/router using the LAN address of each device. (Example = open a browser and input 192.168.2.1 = Router 1 should respond with a logon prompt. Enter 192.168.1.1 and the Modem/Router should respond)
When you can connect to every device in line, and get past them to the Internet – you are ready to Port Forward them back to your camera.
Port Forwarding works from the Internet inward to your camera. That is why it is called ‘Forwarding’, it forwards your ‘call’ from the Internet to device to device until it gets to your camera.
To Port Forward the camera in the example above – log on to the Modem/Router first, using 192.168.1.1 (The Modems LAN address).
Find the Port Forwarding section of the Modem Router. (It may be hiding under ‘Security’, Advanced Settings’, ‘Firewall’, Virtual Servers’, Applications and Gaming’, ‘Pinholes’ or other sections)
In the Modem/Router = forward the ports 3301, 3302, 3303 to 192.168.1.2 (The WAN Address of Router 1) Save your settings.
Log on to Router 1 using 192.168.2.1 (Router 1’s LAN address) Forward the same 3 ports to 192.168.2.2 (The WAN Address of Router 2) Save your settings.
Log on to Router 2 using 192.168.3.1 (Router 2’s LAN address)
Forward the same 3 ports to 192.168.3.2 (The camera’s IP address on router 2) Save your settings.
You can see here that the Port Forwarding must be done in ‘Daisy Chain’ fashion from router to router to router, and finally to the camera.
When you have successfully set up Port Forwarding through all three routers – open a web browser and go to www.canyouseeme.org . This website will show you your Internet Address – this is the address you will use from off site to connect to the camera, your Port Forwarding will guide your query through the routers and connect you to the camera. This web site also has a very handy ‘Port Checker’ tool. Put in the port number you want to check and click ‘Test’. If you have forwarded correctly, the test will succeed.
**Note that the test on this site only works for TCP ports. If your camera uses UDP ports, the tool will return a ‘Fail’. If you get a ‘Fail’ on TCP port checking, you will need to double check all your forwarding rules in each router. If all settings look correct – reboot the routers and test again with the port check tool. Routers usually need to ‘reset’ when opening ports, and most inexpensive routers present the message  ‘The router needs to restart’ or similar, and then do a ‘soft’ reboot that fails to accomplish the task.
Also, when checking the ports, make sure your camera is powered up and running and connected to the network so the test can ‘resolve’ or it will fail every time.

To sum up what you did here =
You found three routers daisy chained between you and the Internet by using the ‘tracert’ command.
You identified a private IP range (Network ID) on each router’s LAN that is unique to each router.
You set a static address on the WAN of each sub-router that works in the LAN of the router it is attached to.
You forwarded the required ports from the Modem/Router to the second router, from there to the third router, and from there to your camera.
Then you tested connectivity by going to www.canyouseeme.org and checking your ports.
Those five things are all you need to do to ensure off site connection to your device.
Now that you are a virtual ‘Networking Dynamo’ go out there give it a go! If you run into trouble, never fear, you have the best technical support available anywhere ready to help you out.
Happy Networking!

 

 

 

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A Guide for License plate cameras

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Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

License plate cameras, why do we need them!? Well…..self-explanatory, to record license plates. Since a vehicle tag is a very valuable piece of information in any criminal investigation, it is understandable why private and commercial customers would want to implement a device that records it as part of their security system. Now, some of you will say “Why can’t I just use a regular high resolution camera. It can obviously record a vehicle tag from a distance?!” Well…. it’s not that simple! The license plate cameras have certain unique features that classify them as license plate cameras.

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Before I go into those unique features, a quick class in basic videography is needed.

The key of any video scene is the light that affects any video footage that we are recording.  Before the camera records a certain scene, there is an automatic process that is done by the cameras internal mechanism. The sensor calculates the existing conditions like the colors, amount of light, differences between highlights and shadows at the scenery and configures the camera’s shutter and iris to an average configuration that was programmed by the manufacturer. The shutter and the iris both are responsible for the amount of light that enters the camera by controlling its speed and opening. The faster the shutter works, the less light is caught by the sensor. The larger iris opening will let more light in. By default, this process is automated by a camera’s processor.

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Going back to our case…… maybe this average setup is good for general video recording but it is not good enough if we need to record something very specific like a vehicle’s license plate. Besides that, there is another problem. We know that an average CCTV camera has IR illuminators that turn on as soon as it becomes dark at the scene and the camera switches to infra-red mode so the IRs can illuminate the dark scene. That does not help us since the license plate that we want to catch is reflective as required by law and the light reflects back into the camera and distorts the video/image.

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So we need an ability to record the tag in any light conditions, day or night. That’s where the specialized license plate cameras come in. These cameras have  options that are designed to help solve issues that were mentioned earlier. The controls can be manipulated by the user manually and to the point that is desired by the user and to his needs. A good license plate camera will have all or some of these options:

  1. Manual shutter
  2. Manual iris
  3. Option to turn off the cameras IR mode
  4. Varifocal lens
  5. Manual focus

You’re wondering why we need those manual adjustments and how can we use them? We are going to use those manual adjustments to record the piece of information that is important for us, the vehicle tag. In the beginning, there’s a very important part of the installation and that’s the positioning of the camera. It is obvious that the installer needs to install the camera in a way that the vehicle’s license plate will be visible at a certain point by that camera or pass through the scene that the camera is viewing. This will be done by using proper focus, varifocal lens and axis movements that the camera has. In the second phase of the installation, we need to make sure that we configure the camera in a way that it will record the tag by using manual adjustments like shutter, iris or both.

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Security Camera King currently sells 2 different models of license plate cameras. These cameras have the abilities that were described earlier in this article and can be used successfully to record vehicle tags. The second part of this article will guide you through how to set up these cameras as license plate cameras.

CVIOB-TP2IR550B

This camera is from our TP series of cameras and it is a CVI camera. This camera is a long range, varifocal, weatherproof camera that can work as a license plate camera. It has all the necessary features that will make it a license plate camera and here are the adjustments that need to be made.

Start working with the camera by viewing the camera full screen on your DVR. Click the right mouse to bring up a menu and choose ‘PTZ’. Click again on the small arrow that is located on the right side of this menu and another menu will open. Click on the camera icon in the upper right corner and this will bring up the OSD menu.

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Use the arrows on the menu to go to ‘Exposure’ and click ‘Enter’ to choose it. In the ‘Exposure’ menu choose ‘Shutter’ and the next menu will allow you to manually adjust the shutter. There are no exact settings that the shutter will need to be set at. It’s all trial and error so you will need to play with it so you can find the right adjustment.

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Go back to the ‘Main Menu’ and choose ‘Day & Night’. Click on the right arrow of the menu to change it to ‘Color’.

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The last adjustment should be the intensity of your IR illuminators. On the bottom part of the camera there is a cover that covers the knob that controls that adjustment. Turn the knob to the minimum so the IR illuminators will not interfere with the license plate light.

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This camera is also from our TP series and it is an IP camera. Similar to the previous camera, this camera is also a long range, varifocal, weatherproof camera that can work as a license plate camera.

You will need to log into the web-interface of the IP camera to setup the necessary adjustments. Once there you will find ‘Video Settings’ on the Main Menu and click it. Choose ‘Video Parameters” and then go to tab “Advanced”. Change the ‘Exposure Time’ to a higher value to close the shutter on the camera. Again, this will be a trial and error method. You need to try so you can find the right adjustment.

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Choose the ‘IR’ tab and change the ‘IR mode’ to ‘Time Detection’. Then change the time to 0:0:0 a day to 23:59:59 a night. The ‘IR’ should be changed to ‘Low Level’ and you are all done.

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Remember, a license plate camera by itself is not sufficient. As a license plate capture solution it would be wise to pair it up with more cameras that would have an overall view of the general scene.

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