Video Games that Use Security Cameras in Gameplay



Video Games that Use Security Cameras in Gameplay


It may be hard to believe, but video games have been with us almost 50 years now. Coincidentally, that is about the same time CCTV cameras have been around with both technologies starting to come into their own in the 1970s. The 2 technologies didn’t actually crossover until the mid-1980s when graphics and game play options became sophisticated enough to incorporate an actual game play use for CCTV cameras. So, lets take a look at some of the games that actually found a way to work surveillance cameras into how the game was played.

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Triggering an Electronic Lock with a Security Camera Alarm Output



Triggering an Electronic Lock with a Security Camera Alarm Output


Many of our security cameras have a built-in camera alarm output that can be utilized for a variety of devices such as strobes, sirens, flood lights, etc.  But, did you know that these alarm outputs can be used with our access control devices to trigger the unlocking and locking of doors?  Today, we are going to utilize our alarm output to trigger a door to unlock.  Basically, upon motion, our door will unlock to allow entry with a slight delay to allow for a clear snapshot of the subject entering the facility or limited access entryway.

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How to Set Up Remote Access for a Standalone ONVIF IP Security Camera



How to Set Up Remote Access for a Standalone ONVIF IP Security Camera


A few of our customers showed interest of connecting a standalone IP camera without using an NVR. There are a few reasons to do so. Mainly customers don’t want an over-sophisticated surveillance system, but would prefer a solution using one or two cameras. It is not hard to do since all the cameras that we sell support a standalone operation. Each camera can operate individually as a CCTV system. The downside is that some cameras do not have all the features that the NVR has, and some cameras are just designed to work with an NVR and not as […] Continue Reading…

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Taking the Confusion out of a Security Camera System



Taking the Confusion out of a Security Camera System


So, you want a new Security Camera System for your home or business. Or, you just need to update an existing one but you don’t know exactly where to start. Here is a simple and useful checklist/flowchart that will take you step by step to help you determine the best plan of attack to tackle your Security Camera System needs.

Maybe you have an existing analog CCTV system using D1 or 960H cameras with standard coaxial cable.

Do you have an existing security system?

For years, the standard has been RG59 coaxial cable with BNC connectors to hook up your CCTV system. […] Continue Reading…

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Getting Started With Your TP Series ONVIF IP Camera



Getting Started With Your TP Series ONVIF IP Camera


You bought a TP series ONVIF IP security camera for the excellent picture quality at an excellent price point, but now realize that they are not as plug and play as the EL series IP cameras.  This article will help you make sense of it all, and give you a baseline to get started.  If you have not done so yet, read my article on networking IP cameras by clicking here.

The TP series IP camera is first and foremost an IP camera, so there has to be a network in place in order to have the camera work.  If […] Continue Reading…

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