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Monitoring Gun Safety with Security Cameras

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Monday, November 10th, 2014

Monitoring Gun Safety

Let’s face it. Gun safety is an absolute must. Whether it is a standard .40 caliber handgun, or an assault rifle (AR) firing deadly .223 rounds down range, the need for proper use skills is monumentally important. Any range you may go to, there will be range officers on duty to help teach and protect everyone. However, the job of a Range Officer comes with great stress and responsibility, so it is impossible for them to see everything. This is why the use of security cameras inside the gun range is vital. The cameras will catch any misuse by shooters, whether it is dangerous or not, when the range officers happens to be elsewhere. This article I will explain some ways of monitoring gun safety with security cameras.

Shooting Range

I have had personal experience with these very scenarios of cameras catching misuse when the range officer has not. I grew up around a variety of firearms so I was introduced to proper handling at a very young age. But, with this particular incident, it was my first time at this gun range. My friends and I were welcomed into the range and debriefed about the rules that could vary from other ranges. We were told that we could have as many guns out at once, but that we could not walk a weapon out of its case from where we shot, to the benches behind us. I misunderstood and thought we had to leave them on the benches, open them, and walk them uncased to the firing position. The range officer was in a different section of the range, so he did not witness our improper behavior. However, a separate employee came through the door and signaled me over to him. He explained what we had done wrong, and told us to grab our things and leave. He pointed to the little camera in the corner, indicating what had notified him of our misuse. After I explained that it had been a simply misunderstanding, he agreed to let us resume shooting.

Bullet Security CameraThe camera in the corner that the employee had referred to was, ironically enough, a “Bullet” camera. SecurityCameraKing.com offers several different types of Bullet cameras. Some particular Bullet cameras that would benefit a gun range would be the IP based, analog, or HD-CVI cameras. One of the most suitable cameras could possibly be the OB-LX700IR100L2812-W, as it is an outdoor, analog, Bullet camera with a varifocal lens. This would be an ideal choice for an outdoor pistol/rifle range that has over 25 lanes. This camera, along with several others, would greatly increase the safely levels of any range. Also, cameras are of high importance in the entrances of ranges, in order to detect anything and everything that steps through the door.

Gun SecurityWhen it comes to gun safety, a gun range is not the only place a camera is necessary. Here at SecurityCameraKing.com, we provide the Boca Raton Police Department with a great majority of their security systems. Envision a gun vault in a police station; this would have be to be monitored around the clock to ensure there would be no unidentified people stealing any of the weaponry. In order to increase the security even more, SecurityCameraKing.com offers explosion proof cameras. If an intruder was to try to blow off the doors to the vault, the cameras would still be fully functional and all video evidence would not be lost. These explosion cameras exist on securitycamermaking.com, as the Explosion Proof PTZ Surveillance Camera With Wiper. The wiper accessory on the camera is great, as it will wipe away any debris that might happen upon the camera.

Gun SafeHome owners that own their own gun safe or gun cabinet should most definitely consider this as well. Just because they are locked does not mean they are completely 100% safe from the family members that may or may not know where they are. To all the fathers out, there think about it. Yes the safe is locked, but say you were cleaning a gun used recently and go to the kitchen for a drink. God forbid your little girl or boy wander in and find what’s in daddy’s now open, and accessible gun safe. If you had a mini alert alarm on that door (also offered here at SecurityCameraKing.com) you would know when that little boy or girl walked in that room and you could prevent anything bad from happening. Also if you have a teenage kid and he/she likes to sneak off in the woods by the house and shoot random things, if there was an alarm contact on the door to the safe it could trigger your DVR to record and this is also a great way to utilize the TechProSS App for IPhone and Android.

TechProSS Apps

The second that alarm contact is triggered and the DVR begins to record, you could get an alert on your phone and now you know it is time to handle this situation. On the contrary, an IP-based camera system may be more effective, even though the app is a great tool to monitor home away from home. If you have an IP-based system you don’t even need the NVR. All you would need to do is have a monitor set up at work or wherever you spend most of your time while away from home and watch a live feed of all your cameras through the IP (Internet Protocol) address.

Those are few out of several ways Gun Safety can be monitored using security camera systems. Whichever you believe will work best in your benefit, I’m positive we can take care of you at SecurityCameraKing.com. Do yourself a favor and visit us online at www.securitycameraking.com to get started monitoring your gun safety.

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Security Camera Comparisons

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Friday, November 7th, 2014

Security cameras are becoming significantly more prevalent in our society every day. This increase is due in part to the technology behind them getting better and better all of the time. As these improvements take place, the cost is also coming down at about the same rate. Because of all of these improvements in security camera technology there are far more types and styles available to the consumer today then every before and this variety can easily confuse even a tech-savvy buyer. In this article we’re going to take a look at the assortment of designs and features that are offered with some of the surveillance cameras on the market today and provide you with some useful information that should help you make the decision of which camera will work best for you. It will serve as a useful guide on security camera comparisons

That first thing that you should consider when you’re buying a security camera is whether it will be mounted outside or indoors. All security cameras are designed to work inside a structure but only a portion of them are designed to work outside, in the elements. Indoor cameras are usually less expensive, weigh less and are made with lighter materials. Surveillance cameras that are designed to be mounted outside are usually made of a stronger material, such as metal or a thick plastic, and sealed in such a way that they will keep moisture and debris out of the delicate internal electronic components to varying degrees. There is a rating system, called the IP code, which will help you determine what level of protection that a camera provides and allow you to choose the camera that will work best in the environment of your installation. This rating system is too complicated to explain in detail here but it’s a good idea to make sure that you use a camera that has an IP66 rating for outside installations. This means that the camera’s housing will protect the more delicate parts of the camera from dust and jets of water.

There are variations in the way that security cameras are built, both functional and aesthetic, that are a consideration when deciding what type of camera will work best for you. There are basically four different styles of cameras: box, bullet, dome and PTZ. There are a few differences in these types of cameras in the manner in which they can be mounted and where they can be installed.

A box camera is usually a rectangular camera that needs to have a separate lens attached to it. These lenses are available in a wide variety of zoom levels and are usually larger than those in other types of cameras. These larger lenses allow more light to be processed by the camera, resulting in a higher quality image. If box cameras are installed in an outside environment, they will also need to be mounted inside a housing to help protect them from the elements. These cameras are highly noticeable and because of this, they are effective in the role of a criminal deterrent as well as providing high quality video footage. The lenses for these cameras can be built with a varifocal lens, which means that you can manually adjust the level of zoom to suit your needs.

Box Camera
Box Security Camera With Lens Attached

A bullet security camera is a surveillance camera that has an oblong or cylindrical shaped housing, which is fixed to the mounting surface by some sort of an arm. These cameras allow you to easily mount and adjust them to the desired field of view. Bullet cameras are often designed for indoor and outdoor installations, but it’s still a good idea to check the IP code rating if you’re planning to use them outside. Unlike box cameras, bullet cameras can be designed with infrared (IR) lights around the lens of the camera. This IR lighting is triggered with an internal light sensor, so that the camera will be switched to IR mode once the lighting levels drop below a certain point. Once the camera is in this mode it will be able to show video in complete darkness.

Bullet Security Camera
Bullet Security Camera

A dome camera has a bulbous shape to it and can be mounted on most flat surfaces. This design offers the highest level of vandal resistance, which means that these security cameras make it very hard for anyone to tamper with them after they’ve been mounted. This type of camera is also available with infrared lighting built in to it so that it doesn’t need a visual light source to be able to record video for you. Dome style cameras are available in models that are designed to be mounted indoors exclusively or models that can be mounted indoors or outside.

Dome Security Camera
Dome Security Camera

Another type of surveillance camera that is very popular these days is a called a Pan Tilt Zoom camera or PTZ. This type of camera allows you to get the camera to pan around horizontally, tilt up and down vertically, and zoom in and out. All of these abilities are controlled from the DVR or over the Internet depending on the type of DVR you have and how it’s configured. These cameras are available in indoor and outdoor versions with widely varying magnification levels that can include both mechanical and digital zoom functions. PTZ cameras offer you the ability to have a look around the area where it’s mounted while you’re away from it. Some of them even have an auto tracking feature which will let it follow movement automatically.

Pan Tilt Zoom Camera (PTZ)
Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) Security Camera

All of these styles of security cameras are available in two different signal standards that have been around for years – Analog and IP. There is also a third signal standard that has arrived on the scene recently that is called HD-CVI.
Analog cameras have been around the longest of the three types and are still the most common. These cameras have BNC connectors for video, and they can use a few different types of cables to connect them directly to a DVR and some form of power supply. BNC connectors are circular with two small posts that lock the connection in place.

IP cameras have also been around for years now, but they are still newer than analog cameras. They are connected to a network through a standard network cable, either a CAT5 or CAT6 cable. These cameras are capable of megapixel resolution but can put a stain on a network’s resources unless the network is designed to handle significant bandwidth or a separate network is built for multiple cameras of this type.

HD-CVI cameras are the newest type of signal standard. These cameras are capable of delivering megapixel quality video footage and the video signal doesn’t go through a network. The cameras for this type of security camera system use BNC connectors and RG59 to transmit the signal to a DVR specifically designed to work with this type of camera. You can learn more about this amazing technology and the specifics of what HDCVI is here.

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How to Choose a Security Camera System Based on Your Layout

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Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Many people know that they would like to have a security camera system for their home or office, but they just don’t know where to start. Here are a few things to think about when choosing your system to help ensure you get the right equipment and plan a smooth and efficient installation. This article will help you how to choose a security camera system based on your layout.

The first thing you might want to think about is the floor plan of your home or business, the areas you would like your cameras to cover, and the environment surrounding each camera. Doing this will give you a good idea of the type of equipment you will need and how many cameras are required.

Property Layout, Coverage Area and the Surrounding Conditions

Let’s use the illustration below as an example. Here is a house where we want to plan and install a security camera system. We can answer a lot of questions simply by using this example. (See Fig. 1-1)

Security Camera Layout 1-1Camera Layout Fig. 1-1

Notice we have 4 cameras setup and labeled in various locations around the house. What can we tell from this simple illustration?

Camera 1: We want camera 1 to cover our patio, front door, front walkway and front yard. For this camera we need a wide field of view, a good quality image, and we need to see at night with a low or no light source. In this case you might want to go with a 800 TVL (TV Line) high quality camera with a 3.6 fixed lens (wide field of view) and 50′ IR (can see up to 50 feet at night with the assistance of built in infrared).

Camera 2: This camera will focus on the driveway and garage door. We also want a wide field of view and good image quality as well as 100′ IR for a longer night vision distance.

Camera 3: Camera 3 has similar requirements as camera 1, so we can use the same camera.

Camera 4: On camera 4 we want to view and monitor the pool area. Unlike the fixed lens cameras used for the rest of the house we want a varifocal lens (can be zoomed and focused on a specific area). We also need a good quality picture and night vision.

Another thing we can tell by looking at our layout is there are some other areas of the home that are not covered at all. In this case we might decide that a 4 camera system is not sufficient for our needs. But for the purposes of this article we will stick with 4 cameras for now.

Note: In some cases you may want to purchase an 8 channel DVR even though you are only going to start with 4 cameras. This gives you the ability to scale your security camera system over time.

Choosing Your Camera Types

Now we need to choose the types of cameras we want use. Below are images of two popular camera styles mounted on the soffit of the house. There are a few things to consider when choosing your camera type(s).

Dome or Vandal Dome Security Camera

Dome Security Camera Mounted
Fig. 1-2

Bullet Security Camera

Bullet Security Camera Mounted 1
Fig 1-3

In this case using a bullet camera gives you the ability to drop below the obstruction or even mount the camera on the wall as seen in the photo below. (See Fig. 2-3)

Bullet Security Camera Mounted 2
Fig 2-3

Let’s assume the back of the house near the pool area has gutters that will make using a dome camera difficult. We also know that we want to be able to point the camera so that it’s looking directly at the pool. In this case we might want a bullet camera.

One more thing to note is that there are indoor and outdoor cameras. Outdoor cameras are also known as weather resistant or weather proof. We will be using all outdoor cameras for our installation.

By using our layout, taking into consideration the areas we want cover and the conditions around each camera, we have decided on the following cameras listed below:

Camera 1: (Front)
700 TVL Dome style Security Camera with a fixed wide angle lens and 50′ IR for night vision.

Camera 2: (Driveway)
700 TVL Dome style Security Camera with a fixed wide angle lens and 100′ IR for night vision.

Camera 3: (Back Yard)
700 TVL Dome style Security Camera with a fixed wide angle lens and 50′ IR for night vision.

Camera 4: (Pool)
700 TVL Bullet style Security Camera with Wall Mount, Varifocal lens and 100′ IR for night vision.

Choosing Your DVR

Now that we have picked out our cameras we need to choose the right DVR. A few questions you might ask yourself are: how many days of recording would I like to be stored on my DVR for play back? How important is the clarity and quality of the play back footage and do I want to view my cameras remotely via a computer, mobile device or phone?

In our case we want to be able to view recorded video for up to 7 days. We also want high quality playback and remote viewing.

Storage Requirements

If we want to have 1 week of recordings on 4 cameras, 24 hour a day, 7 day a week at high quality, we will need about 650 gigabytes of storage. Most DVRs today use standard hard drives as a storage device, so a 1 terabyte hard drive will do. You can determine storage requirement with a hard drive calculator like this one on SecurityCameraKing.com

Performance

We’ve already determined that we are going to start with an 8 channel DVR even though we are only going to install 4 cameras at this time. We also want a DVR that can record the highest quality image in real time on all 8 channels. When choosing a DVR take your time and do some research. Some lower cost DVRs may not be able record at the highest quality on all channels due to processor or hardware limitations.

So we want to make sure we get an 8 channel DVR that is capable of the highest quality, real-time recording on all channels.

Remote Viewing

Many DVRs today have the ability to view your cameras or play back video remotely via computer, mobile device or phone. This capability depends on having an Internet connection at both the location where the DVR is located and the remote location from where you will be viewing. It is important that you make sure the DVR that you purchase has remote viewing capabilities and the software or App that supports your phone or mobile device.

Installation

Have a look at our layout below (See Fig. 3-1). Video and power cables will have to be run from the area of the home where the DVR will be located to each of the cameras. In order to do this some tools may be required. You should be comfortable running wire and you will most likely need to get into your attic. Here is where you make your next decision. Is this a Do-It-Yourself project or do you prefer Professional Installation?

DVR Placement
Fig. 3-1

If you decide to have a professional come to do your installation you probably will not have to be concerned with most of what we will cover next.

Common Types of Cable

Have a look at our layout below (See Fig. 3-1). Video and power cables will have to be run from the area of the home where the DVR will be located to each of the cameras. In order to do this some tools may be required. You should be comfortable running wire and you will most likely need to get into your attic. Here is where you make your next decision. Is this a Do-It-Yourself project or do you prefer Professional Installation?

Siamese Cable

Siamese Cable has video and power both in one cable. It usually comes on a spool or in a box and can be cut to the exact length needed for each camera. The power leads and BNC video ends need to be attached. Tools may be required. The option of using “cut your own cable” is very popular with professional installers.

Siamese Cable Connection

Cat 5

Cat 5 Cable may also be used. For newer Network IP cameras CAT 5 may even be a requirement. Cat 5 also has the ability to transmit video and power. Even if you are not using IP Network cameras, you may want to use Cat 5 with Baluns (converters) for your analog cameras. This is a benefit if you know you will upgrade to IP cameras in the future and do not want to re-wire at that time.

Cat 5 Cable

Plug and Play

Plug and Play Cable may be the best option for those who do not want to cut cable or splice ends. It is pre-made in various lengths and has the correct connectors on both ends. This is a popular choice for Do-It-Yourself installations.

Plug and Play Cable

Power

The last thing we need to decide is how we want to power the cameras. We will talk about two common power options. Option one is a plug and play power supply (See Fig. 4-1) and option two is a power distribution box. (See Fig. 4-2).

Power Supply
Fig. 4-1

Power Distribution Box
Fig. 4-2

Plug and Play Power Supply

Similar to the pre-made plug and play cables, the plug and play power supply is a very popular option for home owners and self-installers. You simply plug the power supply into a standard 110 outlet then plug the end of your cameras power cable in to one of the power leads. That’s it! You are done. (See Fig. 4-3)

Power Supply end
Fig. 4-3

Power Distribution Box

A distribution box is a good choice for delivering power to multiple cameras from a central location. This is generally a cleaner more professional installation option, providing better power distribution and surge protection. When using this option it is not necessary to use power leads, the end of each power cable is attached directly to the terminal block inside the power distribution box. (See Fig. 4-4)

Power Distribution Box Connection
Fig. 4-4

Conclusion

Although there are many equipment and installation options not covered in this article, understanding your layout, surrounding environment and knowing your installation options will help you select the best equipment and plan a smooth installation in any scenario.

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Weatherproof Bullet Security Camera

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Monday, May 2nd, 2011

There are very few bullet cameras these days that can’t be called weatherproof bullet security cameras.  In fact, all of the bullet cameras that we offer for sale at Security Camera King are weatherproof.  That is one of the benefits of owning a bullet security camera.

A weatherproof bullet security camera bridges the gap between the typical box camera and the conventional dome camera.  Box cameras are great cameras and have been around for a long time.  However, to maintain the box camera’s versatility it doesn’t come with all the necessary parts.

That is, for example, a box camera is usually sold as the body of the camera with the lens sold separately.  This is done to increase versatility, as you can always change lenses if you change the location or want a different field of view for the weatherproof bullet security camera.  However, this added versatility doesn’t come without added cost.

In addition, most box cameras were designed to be used indoors, under protective cover from the weather and the elements.  If you want to use a box camera outdoors, you will need to purchase an additional accessory, an outdoor camera housing.  While neither the lens nor the housing are terribly expensive, they are nonetheless, an expense that you need to consider when comparing cameras.

The dome camera is also an excellent camera.  Originally designed primarily for indoor use, the dome camera has come a long way in a relatively short period of time, technologically speaking.  Like the other models, dome cameras have their own advantages and disadvantages as well.  One such disadvantage is that due to their small size, dome cameras cannot support as many InfraRed Light Emitting Diodes (IR LEDs).  This ultimately means their range in conditions with little or no light will not be very long.

The weatherproof bullet security camera bridges the gap between the box and dome cameras because it features some of the items that are considered the very disadvantage of the other types of cameras.  For example, most bullet cameras come with a factory inserted lens.  Usually these are of the fixed type but there are many weatherproof bullet security cameras that come with varifocal lenses and motorized irises as well (See Security Camera King’s Product# OB-LX550IR150L922).

When shopping for a weatherproof bullet security camera, you probably will at some point, begin comparing each camera’s specification sheet. One term that we would like to clarify is the IP code or IP rating.  You’ll see this rating in the specifications as something like “IP65.”

IP stands for ingress protection and is a standard written and maintained by the International Electrotechnical Commission or IEC.  Its purpose is to provide specific descriptions of a camera enclosure’s ability to protect the camera inside.  An Ingress Protection rating has two digits (like the example in the previous paragraph).  The first digit represents the degree of protection from solids while the second digit indicates the degree of protection from liquids.

The first digit of the IP rating can range from 0 to 6.  A rating of 0 means there is absolutely no protection against contact and ingress or objects.  As this digit increases in value up to 6, each rating indicates protection from progressively smaller objects.  A rating of 6 for the first digit means there is absolutely no ingress of dust and there is complete protection against contact.

The second digit of the IP rating can range from 0 to 8.  Again, a rating of 0 means there is absolutely no protection against liquids.  As this digit increases in value up to 8, each rating indicates protection from progressively more intense contact with water.  A rating of 8 for the second digit means the camera is protected from continuous immersion in water deeper than 1 meter.  There for a reasonably good IP rating for a security camera would be IP55 or IP65.

Last but not least is the IR range.  Not all, but a good majority of the weatherproof bullet security cameras are also capable of IR video imagery.  This is accomplished by using IR LEDs to “light up” the field of vision.  This IR “light” is invisible to the human eye.

Generally, the more LED’s the greater the range and area of coverage under IR conditions.  Weatherproof bullet security cameras have lots of room for IR LEDs and can obtain fairly long ranges.  Before you buy the camera, make sure you check the range you will require so as to by the appropriate camera.

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