Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
If you’ve been thinking of becoming a security dealer, or have already started a company that installs and sells CCTV equipment, we can help you start and grow your business and become a CCTV reseller. Security Camera King’s parent company is actually TechPro Security Products. TechVision is our reseller company where you may sign up as a security dealer in order to begin reselling our products. We have provided our customers with everything they would need in order to get started with their own security or installation business and have always been willing to help with everything from getting set up to tech support. In order to get started, there are a few things you will need to do. The first step is to come up with a business name and register it. Once you have figured out the name of your company and have registered it with your state, you may sign up on our reseller site in order to become a dealer. After you have signed up you can decide on whether you’re going to be reselling the products on your own site or installing or both. Then decide on whether or not you want to have your own labeled products. These are just a few of the things you need to do in order to get started which I will further explain in more detail ahead…
The first thing you need to do is come up with a plan on what you’re going to be specializing in. Some companies like to just sell the products to their customers, some like to provide installation services, and a few companies even do both. Once you’ve figured out where your specialty is going to be and have registered everything, you will have the information needed in order to sign up as a dealer on TechVisionCCTV.com. Without that information you will not be accepted into our dealer program. It is a strict rule for our sales team to go through each account that has signed up for the program and make sure they are a legitimate company otherwise anyone would be able to sign up for our dealer discounts and would render the retail sales pointless. On TechVision, You will see a form on the front page that allows you to register your company with us:
TechVision CCTV Dealer Signup Form
Once you have submitted your information on this form, we will receive a dealer signup request on our end and you will receive an email confirming that we have received your request and asking that you send in your business information so that we can confirm that all of the information is correct. The email will have all of the instructions needed to get started. Our sales manager will then go through all of the information and once you are approved, you can head back to the TechVision site in order to sign in and view your dealer pricing.
TechVision CCTV Login Form
Many dealers have called in and asked us to tell them how much of a discount they will be receiving as a dealer, but unfortunately, we cannot give out that information. This protects all of our current approved dealers when they want to charge their own retail pricing for the products they resell on their website. If a dealer decided to sell his products for higher price than we sell it for and their customers call in and ask us what they paid for the product, it could potentially cause that dealer to lose his customer. If you would like to find out the discount amount, you MUST first become a dealer and then log into your new dealer account to receive your price breaks. We do, however, allow for an extra discount tier for special customers who do over $10,000 in purchasing within 3 months and maintains that amount. If you meet this requirement, we can surely move you to a distributor account instead. There are not many people that fall into that account type though, and I believe it’s because they’re not fully doing everything they can to bring in more business. There are a few really big factors that we tell our dealers which would greatly help their sales if they would take the time to do them or even hire someone full time to take care of these requirements.
Important: Proper Website SEO
One of the most important things you can do to help your reseller business grow is to make sure that your website has all custom content for each product. This is the most time consuming and tedious part of owning a business that most people over look, but can be the saving grace for most companies if they would just take the time to do it. Once you have your reseller account and you create your own website, you should be worried about not only posting each product up for sale, but also writing custom descriptions, spec sheets, and any other information you can about these products to drive traffic to your business. The Search Engines give a lot of value to sites which take the time to do this and it will certainly bring in a ton of extra customers when people are searching for security products. If you’re just copying and pasting all of your product information from other websites, the search engines will discredit your site and you will show up a lot lower in search results. Sites with custom content will always get preference over sites that don’t. Be sure to do a lot of research and learn about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) so that you’re knowledgeable about everything you can possibly do to help you rank better. Many people make the mistake of believing that SEO is about tricking the search engine to place your site above others, but this is far from the truth. You can try to trick the search engine, and it may work for a little while, but ultimately you’re just going to end up getting black listed since search engines constantly have their algorithms updated to block out sites trying to trick the system. The best way you can help your site is to make sure you’re always posting fresh and custom content on your site which makes it a place that people would want to come to in order to learn about the products and purchase them.
TechVision CCTV also offers an OEM option. Basically, the OEM program will allow for you to have our products labeled as your own. You will in turn be able to use your own unique product identification numbers, sku’s, custom branded documentation for all of your products & manuals, and drop shipping directly to your customers if you have your own UPS account set up. One of the biggest benefits of having your own labeled products is that when your customers look up your product ID’s to find out more information, your company website will come up in the search results. All of the information customers will find about the products will be the information that you put up for the world to see. A lot of our dealers love this because they are able to call the products what they want, price them as they want, and use their own logos on everything instead of having their customers try to go around the dealer company straight to the manufacturer. If you’re looking to sign up for OEM, there is an Initial setup fee that is paid. Then, you are able to purchase OEM Labels & Manuals, Removal of All Labels (in case you want products that are not labeled at all), or generic labels which have generic product information listed instead of the manufacturer information. Each one of these services also include a small fee for each product ordered, but it is a very small and affordable fee that you will see when you log into your dealer account. If you want to reach this section of the website, just go to http://www.techvisioncctv.com/custom-oem-services-279-ctg.html. Once you reach that page, you may log in with your dealer user name and password in order to access the page.
TechVision CCTV OEM
At the end of the day, you will end up having all of the tools needed to start or grow a successful CCTV business. TechPro Security has also begun dealing with Access Control too if that is something that you would like to offer as a company. There is a huge variety of Access Control products that have been posted on the Security Camera King and TechVision CCTV websites. If you’re having any technical trouble at all, or having a hard time understanding anything explained in this article, don’t hesitate to give us a call so we can further explain it to you. We are here from 9AM-6PM Eastern Time and you can reach us during those hours at 866.573.8878. We can walk you through creating your dealer account, placing an order on our website or over the phone, and we will even help you out with any technical support problems you may have along the process. We have a Forum that’s available online 24hrs a day, 7 days a week, and a Live Support Chat where you can also reach out to us during business hours!
Friday, June 20th, 2014
Have you ever had that feeling that someone’s is watching you? Chances are, you’re right! If you often spend time in any major city, government building, bank, shopping center, airport, train station, port, and gas station (amongst almost any other facility that is open to the public) you are more than likely being recorded on some sort of surveillance system. Now, whether or not someone is on the other end endlessly watching the cameras or not you may never know. When people often think of security cameras they commonly refer to being watched by big brother! Often times it is just hard working business owners trying to protect their investments from the scum of this world, other times it will be security professionals watching for the “suspicious” activity. Most systems are generally used to record the information and it is only retrieved when an event occurs or there is a dispute of some sort. Now when you go to a big sporting event, or other large gathering, the police will often times use these systems to scan the crowd to look for dangerous people, especially in the wake with the Boston Marathon bombings. These systems are being harnessed for the protection of all citizens and to ensure no more copycat attempts.
I often hear from people that, “I don’t understand why my company put in security cameras! What, don’t they trust me?” Commonly, it’s not the lack of trust of specific individuals; it is that they want to know what is going on and make sure that the scum don’t try and falsely bring allegations or lawsuits against them. Erroneous lawsuits hurt everyone in society. The cost of goods have gone up tremendously with all the bogus slip and fall lawsuits that occur in supermarkets and other retail stores. Since the implementation of higher quality security cameras these lawsuits have been slowly diminishing. You have to remember that there are people in this society that will try and get away with things if no one is there to watch them. Trust me when I first started working here it was a little weird being video and sound recorded! After a few days it went away, and I started thinking about it and realized that if I am not doing anything wrong why does it matter if I am being watched!
When it comes to security cameras, their purpose is generally used for good! I know that I always feel safer knowing that there are cameras around. I think the main reason is that I know if something is to happen, at least there is a recording of the event/s that occurred to help me prove my case. For ninety percent, give or take a few percent, of people will do the right thing when being watched. Now if you take away the cameras that percentage would drop drastically, I feel this has a lot to do with the fact that people are generally risk takers. If there is a chance to get away with something people are more likely to take that risk! I’m not implying that people are inherently bad, I am expressing that the devil in people are more likely to come out when they feel they can get away with the crime. You should really not fear the fact that security cameras are in use across the country. Your concerns should be more focused on what are government agencies are doing that you don’t even have a clue about! At least a camera system leaves some evidence in case a crime does occur.
If you want to fear something, you should fear what the NSA (National Security Agency) does on a daily basis that you and I may never know about unless defectors continue to spill their secrets. One such program that was revealed in the past month is known as PRISM. From what is known, this program allows for authorized analysts of the NSA to pull detailed information from consumers of Microsoft, Apple, Google, Yahoo, and other firms. Under the shield of the government, this program allows for the extraction of e-mails, photos, documents, chats, as well as other information without any search warrants or court rulings.
Another program that just had information released about it is the NSA’s XKEYSCORE program. From what I can tell this is a series of Linux clusters that have been massively distributed around the world, which is completely scalable to meet the needs of the NSA. It seems that these clusters collect data from almost all Internet traffic and store it in a database for later use by the NSA. They can query the information to learn a lot of information about anything they want really.
A Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (Fisa) granted the FBI unlimited authority for three months to indiscriminately collect all phone call data on every Verizon customer at home or abroad. This information is being put into a database for use when trying to determine potential terrorist threats. It is a little unnerving that it is a blanket collection, but the way I look at it is that I am not doing anything wrong so it isn’t affecting me directly.
I am not defending what the NSA or other agencies are doing as right or wrong! I just want you to be aware that I would fear them more than I would fear a camera system recording me. Unfortunately in the day and age that we currently live in, we need to become accustom to being recorded in all aspects of our lives. We live in a digital world with lots of digital footprints that we all leave on a daily basis. Sometimes these footprints are more incriminating than any video evidence will be. This is generally because people feel that what they do on the Internet in the comfort of their own home isn’t being monitored. If more people just understood that no matter what you do in this world, you are being watched and monitored. So treat everything you do as if you are not alone, more people would do the right things and not be so tempted by the bad things.
Friday, May 30th, 2014
At Techpro Security Products we sell surveillance equipment to people from all walks of life, from the experienced installers to the non tech savvy end user. The process of installing your own security camera system is not overly difficult but if you don’t have access to the necessary information it can become quite challenging. This article is going to give you all the guidance that you will need to install your own system. When you purchase any CCTV equipment from us it also comes with lifetime technical support for those items. This means that you can always contact us for any questions about your installation although hopefully this article will help you to handle the standard installation steps.
We offer several different varieties of security camera systems and since it is not possible to cover the specifics of installing each type, this article will cover the steps involved with putting together an analog system. This analog technology has been used for decades now and although it’s the oldest technology, it is still widely used for new security camera installations every day. Even if you are going to use one of the newer types of systems, the installation steps discussed here are very similar to those which are involved in setting up all varieties of security camera systems.
The first step in this process is to purchase all the necessary equipment. Here is a list of the items you’ll need.
A DVR (Digital Video Recorder) – The video signal from the surveillance cameras is transmitted to this device for recording. DVRs come in various sizes which allow you to connect a different number of cameras to them. 4,8,16 and 32 channel DVRs are typical sizes. For this article we’ll talk about installing an 8 Channel Ultimate DVR or the DVR-LT08240. You will need to install a hard drive in this unit for the actual recording or we can put one in it for you.
Security Cameras – This is the device that captures the video and transmits it to the DVR. There are many different types of cameras available today but they all preform the previously mentioned function in addition to any other capabilities that they might have. Also, the analog security cameras that we sell always have the same type of connections for video and power. For this article we’ll talk about installing the OB-LX700IR50-W.
Power Supply – All of your security cameras will connect to this device and it provides power to them. We offer several different types of power supplies that vary in the amount of cameras you can connect to them, as well as the amount of amps and voltages that they supply. For this article we’ll talk about installing an 8 channel power distribution box or the PWR-8. This is a 12 volt power supply that provides 4 amps in total or 500 milliamps for each channel.
Cabling – At Techpro Security Products we offer three types of cables for transmitting the video signal from the camera to the DVR. For this article we are going to talk about using a type of cable which is known as Siamese Cable. It has RG-59 for video transmission and 18/2 for power, all joined together with a tough outer insulation.
Connectors – For the type of equipment being used in this discussion you will need to use three types of connectors. You will need 2 different types of power leads (PT-3 and PT-4) and twist-on BNC connectors. For each camera you’re installing you will actually need two PT-3s, one PT-4 and two twist-on BNC connecters. The last items that you will need are some b-gel connectors and a pair of wire strippers.
Power lead PT-3
Power lead PT-4.
Twist on BNC connector
Once you have all the equipment that you need, it’s a good idea to fully plan out your security camera installation. The majority of this should actually be done before you purchase the items but once you have the items you should double check that you have everything you will need and that all of the pieces will fit the way you want. It’s also a good idea to test all the equipment in an easy to access location before mounting anything. To do this you can simply put the DVR and power supply on a table, then set up one wire and connect each camera to it one at a time (the specifics of connecting the camera are described below). It’s a lot more work to address any issues after all the cameras is mounted and the wires have been run.
The first thing to do in your install is to decide where you want the DVR to be located. Being able to directly access the unit does not need to be the first consideration because once everything has been set up correctly you will be able to remotely access it from any computer in the world. Instead you should consider how safe it would be if someone broke into the install location. Recording the best possible video won’t do you any good if the DVR is stolen or damaged. The DVR should be secured in a lock box or put in a hidden location. I personally like the combination of these two security measures. For example, put the DVR in a lock box and then put the lock box in a well-ventilated portion the attic.
DVR Lockbox EX
The next step in installing your own CCTV system is to decide where you want to mount the power supply for your cameras. It is best to set it up within 2 to 5 feet of where the DVR will be located. This is a good idea because your camera wires will split as they approach this location, with one part going to the DVR and the other going to the power supply. You’ll also need to make sure that the power cord for the power supply will be able to reach a power outlet from your chosen location.
Now it’s time to run your cables from the location where the DVR and power supply will be to the locations where you will mount your surveillance cameras. You should make sure that you have a secure mounting point at each of these locations which will give you the camera view that you desire. It’s generally a good idea to run these wires in such a way that the vast majority of them won’t be visible once the install is completed. Pulling them through attics or on top of drop ceiling is a good example of this. Running the cables is the most labor intensive portion of an install so you should take your time and do it right the first time so that you won’t have to make corrections later.
Mounting your security cameras will be the next step in this process. You should already have planned out where they’re going to be mounted by this point. Make sure that you mount them securely in such a way that you can easily attach them to the wires which will transmit the power and video. The Siamese cable is made of two wires and these are what you’ll be connecting to your cameras at this end of the wire. You should be able to see where the two wires are joined and you’re going to need to separate the two wires far enough from each other so that you can manipulate them enough to be able to make these connections to the camera.
Siamese Connections – The first step in preparing the Siamese cable to be able connect to your camera is to deal with the smaller wire (or 18/2) in order to provide power to the camera. You’ll need to strip back the outer insulation of the 18/2 wire approximately an inch and a half. Next you’ll need to strip back the insulation on the red and black wires about a half inch, you’ll also need to do this on the two wires of the PT-3 power lead after separating them a couple inches.
Now you’re ready to connect the 18/2 and the PT-3. Start by twisting the red wires together and the black wires together. Then you’ll need to slide each of the twisted pairs in the open end of the B-gel connector and crimp it down. It’s important to do this without cutting through the connection.
Now we’re going to attach the twist-on connector to the RG-59 side of the Siamese cable. You’ll need to start by stripping back the outer insulation about a half inch, then trim back the copper mesh. Next you’ll need to strip away the white insulation until about a 3/16th of inch of the copper core wire is showing. Next you’ll need to firmly screw the BNC connector on to the end of the wire. The key part of doing this right is making sure that the inner copper wire goes into a small hole on the inside of the BNC connector. Keeping this inner wire as straight as possible before twisting the connector on to the wire is a good way to achieve this goal.
Once you have the connectors attached to this end of the Siamese it should be simple to connect them to the camera. Once that end is set up correctly, you will have to go to the DVR end of the cable and attach the connectors in exactly the same way. The only difference at this end of the cables is that you may need to separate the Siamese wires from each other a longer distance so that you can easily reach the DVR with the RG-59 and the power supply with the 18/2.
Next you should connect the RG-59 to the DVR’s video inputs and make sure that they are firmly attached. The inputs on the DVR are numbered so you can display your cameras in the order that you desire. This is a good time to turn the DVR on and make sure that you have a monitor connected to it. Once we get the power connected to the camera wire you will be able to see the live video feeds.
Connecting your camera wires to your power supply is the next step in this install and while you’re doing this you should make sure that the power supply is unplugged. The 8 channel power supply is able to provide power to 8 cameras simultaneously when it’s configured correctly. There is a pair of screw terminals for each of the cameras that you can connect and each of these terminals is clearly marked for polarity. This is where you will attach the PT-4. It is very important to make sure that you connect the PT-4’s red wire to the positive terminal and the PT-4’s black wire to the negative terminal because if you have it wired the wrong way it will probably cause damage to the camera. Once you have them connected to the power supply then you should connect one of the PT-4s to one of the PT-3s from your camera wires. You should do just one at first to make sure that you have everything set up correctly. Now you’re ready to turn on the power supply.
Power supply/ PT-4 connections
At this point you should be able to see the live video feed at the DVR’s monitor. If you do not see it, then immediately turn off the power supply and check to make sure that you have everything wired correctly. If the wiring doesn’t seem to be the problem then redo the connections on the wire for that camera. You must make sure that all the connections are done correctly. This is an issue that even veteran CCTV installers still face on occasion. Once you have that camera working then turn off the power supply and connect the power to the next camera. Repeat these steps until you can see the live video feeds from all of your cameras.
At this point you should be able to see the live video feeds from all of your cameras. The last thing to do is to log into the DVR and make sure that the settings there are configured so that you’re cameras will record the way you want. Your security camera system installation is now complete although you should still do some fine tuning.