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How to configure TechproSS to display motion events when motion is detected

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Monitor Motion with TechproSS For Windows

Wouldn’t it be nice if you can get a separate window in your monitoring system that will display Motion events when they are triggered? Well, look no further because you can do it with our Client Software TechproSS For Windows if connected to a DVR, NVR and even and IP camera.

In this article I will show you how to setup this feature using one of our DVRs.

Video Detection Events

This feature on TechproSS For Windows allows you to see alarm events when they are triggered. The software is also capable of displaying events when there is video lost (Camera goes Blank) and video masking (Front of the camera gets covered by hands or spray).

You will have the option to display these events in the main window, or a separate window if you like. The window popup that is dedicated to show the alarm events will never go full screen, therefore you may want to set the video in the main window instead.

Where to download and Install TechproSS For Windows

You can download the latest version of TechproSS For Windows here.

Install TechproSS For Windows and click the desktop shortcut to run the software. The default user and password of the software is admin.

NOTE: This password is not the one that you use to access your DVR, it is just to access the software alone.

TechProSS-Login Screen
TechProSS-Main Screen

How to add a New Device to TechproSS

In this example we are going to add our 16ch Ultimate Mini DVR (DVR-LT16480MHD) to the Software.

Click on “Setting Manage”, “Device Manage”, on the right side menu.\

TechProSS-Device Manage

In the Device Manager, click the “Add” button.

TechProSS-Device Manager Screen

Enter the Title of the DVR and an optional description.

Enter the IP or Domain Name of the DVR, and the Port Number.

Select “DVR” from the “Type” drop down box.

Enter the user and password for login, and also enter the password in the “Confirm password” box.

Click “Save” to add the new device and “Ok” to close Device Manager.

TechproSS-Device Manage Screen2

Your DVR is now added and you can watch Live Video.

Test and connect to your DVR.

Click on “Device List” on the right side menu to show the list of devices.

TechProSS-Device List

To login simply double-click the name of your DVR. Another way to login is right-click and “Login”.

Once logged in, the red mark on the icon will disappear and a list of cameras and alarms will be available.

TechProSS-Device List Expanded

To view the live video, select the first video window, right-click on a device and then choose “Main Stream” or “Extra Stream”. This will load all cameras from that device into the video windows and will connect using the selected stream type.

TechProSS-Device List Extra Stream

Another way to add the cameras to the window is by dragging the device into the first video window to load all cameras; this will connect in “Main Stream” by default. Or you could select each video window individually and choose “Main Stream” or “Extra Stream” for the camera you want to add.

TechProSS-Drag and Drop

To logout right-click on your DVR’s name, “Logout”, or just exit the Software.

How to configure Alarm Monitoring

Click on “Config Manager”, “Alarm Config”, on the right side menu.

TechProSS-Alarm Config

Select the “Arm/Disarm” tab in the “Alarm Config” window.

TechProSS-Arm-Disarm

In the “Add arm by type” frame check the “Motion Detect” box.
Select your device and check “Motion Detect” for each channel you want to activate. Do the same if you have multiple devices.

Select the “Activation Strategy” tab in the “Alarm Config” window. Select a device channel to be activated by clicking the + next to the device name.

TechProSS-Activation Strategy

In the “Type” drop down box select “Motion Detect” (default).

In the “Activation action” frame select the “Channel” to activate when there is a motion detection event for this device channel. For example, if channel 1 picks up motion you can have it activate channel 1 from this device or any channel from any device. You can add multiple channels to be activated.

Set the default video “Window” for this channel. This will auto adjust based on the activation order. For example, if channel 1 and 2 are set to window 1 and 2 and both are activated then they will be in the windows you selected. If only channel 2 is activated then channel 2 will be in window 1.

Change the “Stay time” to the length of time for the activated video to stay open. Click the “Add” button to add the action.

To edit an existing action double click on the action in the list, make changes, and then click “Modify”.

Click “Apply” to save the changes to.

Check “Alarm arm enable” to start the video monitoring, and click “Ok” to exit.

This will be the default action when the software starts up.

TechProSS-Alarm arm enable

NOTE – logout and then log back in to the device to enable the changes

Optionally you can use the Top menu or the System Tray menu to arm the alarm.

These menu options are linked to the global settings in the “Alarm Config”.

If “Motion Detect” is unchecked it will also disable all motion events.

TechProSS-Motion Detect

TechproSS Alarm Window

By default the alarm video will show in a dedicated pop-up window.

TechProSS-Alarm Video Default

To change the Alarm Video window settings click the “Config” icon, and select “Option”.

To use the main window instead of the pop-up then uncheck “Use pop-up window to display alarm video”.

To set multi-view for the alarm video, change “Alarm video window amount” to your desired multi-view.

TechProSS-Alarm Record Basic Setup

Set all devices to login on startup (optional).

TechProSS-Login All devices

Click “Ok” to save the changes.

Restart the Software (Close the software and open it again).

To show the alarm pop-up window manually you can use the Top menu or the System Tray menu.

You can also click on “Tools”, “Alarm Video”, on the right side menu.

TechProSS-Tools-Alarm Video

I hope this article helps you create this simple task to maximize the productivity of this feature.

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How to use the Alarm Outputs on your Security DVR

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Monday, March 17th, 2014

The DVR is commonly used or mostly used as a recording device for Video surveillance, some DVRs have Audio Inputs (almost everyone now days), but your unit also may come with extra outputs to execute actions like turn lights on, unlatch doors, open the garage of your house, etc.

These outputs are located in the back of your DVR, and can be NO (Normally Open), or NC (Normally Closed). The NO output (Normally Open) means the initial state of the output position before activation, in this case there will be no continuity between connection points while the output is not activated; once the output is energized, there will be continuity between both connection points. Normally Closed output has the inverted effect, meaning there will be continuity between connection points while the output is inactive, and once the output is active it will be no continuity between the connection points. Keep in mind that these outputs are no power supplied, meaning they don’t supply power from the contacts, so you can use them as contacts to control external powered circuits; also, this contacts have certain tolerance, from 0.25 to 2 Amps, depending on the model of your DVR and the type of voltage you are using.

For example, if you want to unlatch a door at your office, you will need an external 12VDC Power Supply, a 12VDC Electrical Strike, and 18/2 AWG cable. You will have to mount the Electrical Strike at the door, run 18/2 AWG cable from the Electrical Strike to the location of your DVR, connect one wire of the 18/2 cable to one of the connection points on the NO output of your DVR, and the other wire to the negative side of the 12VDC Power Supply, and run 1 wire (preferable red) from the positive lead of the 12VDC Power Supply, to the other connection point of the NO output you are using from your DVR (see figure 1)

DVR Alarm Outputs

These outputs can be used for different applications like turning lights on or off in front or back yards, operate garage doors, temporarily deactivate or activate sensors like motion detectors or door switches. Best of all, these output can be program to interact with the cameras, for example you can activate an output every time the camera motion detection is activated, so if the camera detects movement, automatically will activate the output, and if you are trying to protect an area (for example, your backyard) you can connect a 12VDC relay to one of the outputs of your DVR, to energize a loud horn, so it will scary anything away, or if you may want to allow your pet to get into certain area of your house ( example given, the screen patio, or Florida room) you can have the output deactivate the motion sensor or the door contact of your alarm for this area, so it won’t activate the alarm.

Because of the low amperage resistance and the limited voltage capability of these outputs, they cannot be operated on circuits of more than 24VDC, and cannot be operated in AC voltage. The good news is that if you need to control an AC powered circuit with one of your DVR outputs, you can do it by using an External 12VDC or 24VDC Relay that can handle AC voltage on its contacts. The connection is a little bit more complex, but you still saving money by using the outputs on your DVR, instead of buying expensive controllers.

For instance, if you want to control the garage door at your house, the first thing you need to do is check the garage door controller manual to find out if the openers are 12VDC, 24VDC or 24VAC operated control circuits. If they are 12VDC or 24VDC operated circuits, you can used a 12VDC or 24VDC External Power Supply, and the same circuit show on figure 1, but you will replace the Electrical Strike for the points of connection for signal input at your garage door controller. If you garage door uses 24VAC for the control section of the garage door, you will need to get a 12VDC Relay that can handle AC voltage on its throttle, and a 24VAC Power Supply, to supply the voltage needed to control the garage door (see figure 2).

DVR Alarm Outputs

One of the most interesting applications I have seen using these outputs, is the utilization of one of these outputs to control the activation and deactivation of an AC system inside an office, where the AC unit will activate only if the camera see motion detection on the entrance of the building, and will give a deactivation signal after certain amount of time, by programming the temporizer in the thermostat of the unit, or if the DVR comes with the option, give certain amount of activation time to the output.

Some DVRs are also equipped with Alarm Inputs, which give you the option of adding devices to activate alerts and buzzers on the DVR, or you can redirect these inputs to activate an output, every time the device connected to the input of the DVR (example, motion detector) activate this input.

Just like the Domestic Burglar and Fire Alarms now days that come with Video and Audio Inputs, to connect cameras and microphones over the Alarm system, like Comcast Home Security Systems, the DVR gives you the option to connect no only Surveillance Cameras, but Motion Sensors, Door switches and contacts, microphones, and it gives you alerts every time one of these devices is activated.

Our DVRs come with these particular outputs, and one of the biggest advantage we have, is the ability to control these outputs over the network, so you can execute actions anywhere you have your computer or laptop, and an internet connection. It is also available in the Apps used on your smart-phone, so these outputs can be controlled anytime, and anywhere with a touch of the screen on your mobile device.

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What is the Difference Between Analog, HD-CVI, and IP Security Cameras Systems?

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Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

What is the difference HDCVI, DVR, and IP NVR
Security camera systems come in many different forms and its best to know the difference between them all to help decide what system works best. Here at Security Camera King we sell three different types of technologies. They all have their advantages and disadvantages and just like everything else the more advantages you get with a system can come at a price. Starting at our lower end models is our Analogue cameras which have been the pioneer of security cameras and have served us well. Going to the top is our IP camera systems which produce high definition quality picture and is becoming a standard in the security camera world. Then right in the middle is our HD-CVI camera system which utilizes Analogs existing cable technology but delivers the same picture quality as our IP systems. Given the different options of security camera systems to choose from can give a little confusion but once broken down and dissected will turn confusion into knowledge and help make the right choice for a security system.

When security cameras became popular the first technology was called Analog. These systems worked by using coaxial cable to transmit signals from the camera to a recording device such as a VCR or more relevant a DVR. This technology has worked well for years and is still around today. The benefits of Analog are that its cheaper than most other systems, it is very reliable, and has many options of cameras and DVR’s. Analog is considerably cheaper then and IP or HD-SDI system and still gets the job done. To put in perspective, the difference in cost, if placed side by side a comparable 8ch Analog system and a 8ch HD-SDI system you will spend over 50% less on a Analog system. You won’t get the same picture quality but if you’re looking for a dependable video security system that will provide you a quality picture then this is the best option. The reliability of Analog systems is considerably higher than other systems because of the technology it uses and how it has been perfected for years. They increase in dependability if they are installed correctly and if quality cable was used during the install. The last benefit of Analog camera systems is that they have a wide verity of cameras and DVR combinations to help fit your budget. Cameras can have different technologies that can help with license plate capture or allow you to see at night with a technology called Infrared light and DVR’s can allow you to record at better resolution and faster frame rates. Analog is not the top choice but can give reliability and more options than most other systems out there.

IP stands for “Internet Protocol” which is the next camera system on the list and for most would be the best system for the money. IP camera systems work by using a standard Ethernet cable to connect several cameras together to your LAN “Local Area Network” in your house. What’s nice about IP cameras is that you don’t have to use a recording device on the other end to operate them, they all consist of their own web based program that can be accessed through your computer or a phone for viewing or local camera recording. IP cameras have the most sophisticated technology that gives them ability to achieve these types of operations. If the need to record your footage we sell NVR’s “Network Video Recorders” that allow you to connect up to 128 cameras to a single recorder. It also make it a central viewing station for all of the cameras you set up instead of logging into each individual camera. The cameras themselves can have different types of lenses which gives it the ability to view far away objects without distortion or view a wide shot for more coverage. The best thing about IP camera system is that you can record at a high resolution. In some cases you can record as high as 10 Megapixels! That’s 5x the size as your standard 1080p HD TV. With that picture you can digitally zoom into a video with little to no distortion. There are also other benefits to IP camera systems like POE “Power Over Ethernet” which allows you to use one cable (Ethernet cable) to send power and data to avoid the use of and additional power cable. Doing so can save you time and money for installations and repairs. IP camera systems are becoming more affordable every day and will eventually become the standard in security cameras.

Getting the best shot is what most people are looking for in a security camera system and this can be achieve using the same technology as out predecessor the Analog camera system. HD-CVI can give you the reliability and price of a Analog system but the picture quality of an IP camera system. There are also a lot more benefits to using a HD-CVI camera system for example you can transfer video, audio, and data all through the same coaxial cable. This is something that is possible through IP but new to Analog. This is a benefit because it will save you on wiring and time with configurations on each unit. It also makes it possible to control the OSD functions of the camera at the DVR source. This makes it easier to manage your fixed cameras as well as PTZ’s (Pan Tilt Zoom) The biggest advantage is you can record at 720p resolution ,normally found on a IP camera system, for over half the cost. It is a growing technology but shows its true potential in the field.

Knowing the products and technologies in the security camera industry can give you the upper hand in selling or for personal use. Analog gives you reliability and options all at a reasonable price. IP producing quality picture and on the move to becoming an industry standard. Last but not least HD-CVI which gives you most of the benefits of IP with a similar cost to Analog. Now that its broken down you can digest the information to make the best choice.

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How to prevent your DVR from being stolen

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Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

In today’s world, you can’t be too careful. This article will show you how to hide your DVR in order to prevent anyone from stealing it. If your DVR is stolen, your surveillance system is pretty much useless unless you have some sort of backup. There are many different ways to conceal your DVR so that a burglar cannot do any damage to it or steal it in the case of a break in or vandalism. Usually criminals that know they’re being videotaped will try to either destroy the security cameras or destroy the device they’re being recorded on. Make sure you’re ready for it and one step ahead of them so that you can still have your evidence if any of this should occur.

DVR Lockboxes


DVR Lockbox One of the main solutions that most people inquire about is a DVR Lockbox. A lockbox can be any type of enclosure made for a Digital Video Recorder so that someone can’t simply take it and run off with it. It’s also useful for keeping people from being able to shut it off or access the main settings and can even keep people from deleting the footage on the recording device. You must make sure that very few trusted people have access to the keys of the DVR Lockbox so that if any changes need to be done to the device, its being done by someone you know won’t delete important evidence. Many DVRs these days can be accessed remotely so that no one actually has to touch the physical device and the trusted people or person will have a login for the DVR with restrictions on what settings they can access. The Lockbox is also great because it will protect the DVR from any vandalism. My suggestion would be to bolt it down to some beams in the wall to make it much more difficult for anyone to get to it or move it.

Hiding Your DVR


Some people decide that they are not going to spend the extra money to purchase a lockbox. That is not a problem so long as you have a really good spot to hide the DVR so that no one will find it. Some homes or businesses will have a secret location or compartment created by the owner where you can hide the DVR out of sight. A lot of times a burglar won’t have much time to search for a device and will want to get out of the location they are robbing as quickly as possible. Especially if you double up your surveillance system with an alarm. We have heard of many great ideas. Here is a list of a few places that may be a great hiding spot for your security camera recording device:

1. The Ceiling – this can be a drop ceiling, or even an attic. Just be aware of the temperatures because some hot temperatures have the ability of damaging the hard drive in the device.

Hide DVR in Attic

2. In Walls – I have seen some homes which have been modified with false walls, or even a locked safe inside of a wall that can be covered by a picture frame to hide where the device it hidden.

Hide DVR in Wall Unit or Cabinet

3. Hiding your Security DVR in a Closet – Hide the DVR in an uninteresting closet. Sometimes this can mean putting it up on a high shelf in a closet with some clothing or boxes in front of it. Just make sure the wires are hidden as well that are coming into the back of the DVR.

Hide Security DVR In Closet

4. Hiding your DVR in a Basement or Cellar – If you have some sort of underground storage in your building, you can make an area in a basement or cellar that would be perfect for hiding a DVR. Especially if these areas are only used for storage, there will be a lot of stuff in front of the DVR that will hide it such as old boxes.

hide DVR In Basement

5. Cabinets – Some companies manufacture in-wall tilt-out steel cabinets.

In Wall DVR Lock Safe, cabinet, or locker

False or Decoy DVR


One of the best solutions, in my opinion, for hiding the digital video recorder from your surveillance system is to have a decoy or false DVR available to the burglar. Many people are currently upgrading from older analog systems to newer digital IP systems. In turn, you’re left with a DVR that is no longer being used and the first thought that people have is to get rid of it by selling it or giving it away. If you have an extra DVR, set it up in a place that is not hidden, with some wires fully attached. This way if someone breaks into your location, they will take that DVR thinking that they are smart and have stolen all of the evidence when in reality, you have a hidden recording device tucked away in another room or location as mentioned above that no one else has access too. They will quickly leave the location and you’ll still have your evidence to show to the police.

Another solution is to look online and see if you’re able to find a DVR that is no longer functional for one reason or another. You may even be able to go on craigslist or eBay and find a DVR that is really old and no longer being used by someone who would love nothing more than to get rid of it at a really old price. Some devices are even being sold online “for parts”. This means that the DVR is no longer functional and they are only selling it for a user who has the same type of DVR but only needs it to farm out a part of the DVR that may still be of use. This would be a great solution because then you’ll have a cheap secondary recording device that will not be a great loss if stolen.

Lastly, you can have a secondary DVR set up that is actually recording all of the footage from the first DVR. This also works if you have an external drive that you can send all of the data to on a regular basis. This way if the DVR is stolen or damaged, you still have an external hard drive that is storing all of the recordings. The SecurityCameraKing.com DVR’s do actually have a feature that will allow you to back up the DVR footage through FTP and even externally to another USB hard drive attached to the system. The FTP feature is also a great solution because ultimately, if you had to, you could send back up of the footage to an external server that is stored in another location.

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High Resolution Security Cameras

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Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Why Should You Have a Security Camera?

As a business owner there are a lot of challenges that you are going to face along the way. One of the biggest threats that you are going to encounter is that of theft, which is only going to lead to a tarnished reputation and loss of profits to name a few of the damaging effects. When you have a security solution in place you are going to be protected against any potential intruders because they will tend to deter away from your business and go elsewhere. It will also prove to be extremely beneficial for apprehending and prosecuting a criminal in the event that a crime does occur. Through the use of the advanced camera systems and accessories, there have been numerous arrests and successful prosecutions.

When you make the decision to operate a simple retail store you have to be aware of the fact that you may be under watch for a potential theft in the works. This is why a security system is so important to have in your business today. You could be at risk for a substantial amount of income to be lost thanks to the habits of your employees or customers. There is only one way to be able to put an end to this type of problem and that is through a surveillance system. It is imperative to your business to keep your losses at a minimum and this is one of the keys to success as a business owner.

Shoplifting

One of the first things that people think about when trying to cut back on the amount of profit loss that they are dealing with is shoplifting. It has been proven time and time again that over ¾ of the profits are going out the door with shoplifting and employee theft. Having an efficient security camera in place is one of the best methods to help prevent this type of problem from happening in the first place. Often times you will find that as soon as the potential thief is aware that they are being watched they run away and don’t attempt to proceed with the shoplifting. If your cameras are hung in the proper places, you are going to find that they are worth well more than what you paid for them, even if they are not on. However, when you have the cameras activated you are going to find that they are the most important tool you can have in your business to prevent any potential losses.

The majority of business owners find that they are safe by just placing a camera on the front door and one on the counter. This will help to prevent any potential problems because the two most important areas in the business are covered. However, there are numerous other places that you will find the cameras will be able to help improve your profit margin. Regardless, you need to have the cash register and entryways covered as a bare minimum for your safety and security.

Having cameras over the cash registers is one of the best ways to prevent the potential for any employees who may get sticky fingers. This is the hub of operations and at some point in time or another this is where all of your money is going to be. This also includes credit card transactions, as well as checks. There is always the small margin of error that can occur from an honest mistake, but it is always better to be safe than it is to be sorry in the end. When you have everything going on in your store all recorded in high definition you will be able to see everything that much clearer and identification will be that much easier. It will also help give you a clearer picture of your employees and their individual performance levels.

Your main goal for having the security camera in place is to prevent employees from being tempted to reaching in and helping High Resolution Security Camerasthemselves to what is not theirs. There are numerous opportunities that are present for employees on a regular basis, so why not do your part to help deter them and save yourself a lot of hassles in the end? It helps to keep your workers honest just because it is there and they are aware that there is someone who is watching them at all times.

It is extremely important to make sure that you have a camera on the entry points at all times. Everyone is going to have to enter and exit at this point, so make sure that you have it monitored and under control to prevent any potential products from leaving without being paid for. This means that if someone is going to attempt to break the law and steal something from you they are going to be caught on camera more than once. It is hard to avoid the camera on multiple occasions, so you will be able to have the peace of mind knowing that you are protected at all times.

Some of the best types of security cameras are the domed ones that you can attach to your ceiling. They will be able to be seen by all who enter your establishment and the 360 degree range will give you the perfect viewing angles at all times. These dome cameras are not going to make your shoppers feel uneasy and only the ones who were trying to shoplift from you in the first place are going to feel uncomfortable with the presence of these cameras in your store. It is not necessary that these cameras are equipped with night vision; however, you do want to make sure that they are capable of handling lighting conditions that may be less than adequate.

If you are not going to be able to get an indoor camera at your location that will provide the optimum viewing for your entrance, you may want to look into one of the bullet cameras to do the job for you. Bullet cameras are also very productive for use in various element conditions for all of your outdoor surveillance needs. Any time you are looking for something to work outside of your business, you need to make sure that you are choosing weatherproof cameras. The weather is extremely unpredictable, so making sure that you are set for anything that may come along is the best option for protecting your establishment. Outdoor cameras are considered valuable for their night vision features, which need to be strong enough to monitor your entire outside area in one swoop. There are a lot of different outdoor cameras that can withstand the weather for you to choose from, so take the time to go through the options for what you are going to need in your home.

Another important element for your security camera is to make sure that it is vandal proof. One of the main details a potential thief is going to think about when they make the decision to rob your establishment is to take out your cameras to avoid being caught on tape. The vandal proof cameras are going to limit the amount of damage the criminal is going to be able to do to them and prevent any disabling of the system. They are able to maintain their viewing angles and deter any of the attempts to disable their system. It doesn’t matter if you have indoor or outdoor cameras because vandal proof cameras are a necessity to be able to maximize the amount of security you are going to have at your business. You may even find that a lot of people will specifically target security cameras as a way to vandalize them. There is no other purpose served other than to get their kicks by disarming the security cameras. Make sure that you are doing your part to protect your store and your financial investment with the new vandal proof cameras on the market.

Any type of camera is going to be great for deterring a criminal, but in reality the key is making sure that they are able to record the activity that is going on. It doesn’t matter how much footage you have, if you are not able to have a storage medium to have the records that you are going to need years later. There are a lot of police investigations that have gone astray because there was no record of the footage being recorded, or the cameras were recording over everything on a daily basis. After 24 hours it is as if nothing ever happened and this can be a huge problem in the event that there was an incident that happened. Make sure that you are purchasing the proper DVR system for your business.

High Resolution Security CamerasYou may not even be thinking about getting a DVR for your security system, but having one installed is just as important to your business as the camera itself. There are a few different types of recording devices and it is up to you to choose the one that is going to be the best for your company. The first option is a true DVR that will allow you to record numerous hours of video footage through multiple cameras at any point in time. The next option is a PC DVR, which is going to come pre-installed with the software that will enable your computer to be a workstation for your security system. It will function almost the same way as that of your DVR; however, you are going to need a PC to make the whole system work together. The last option is Capture Cards, which are a lot smaller and less costly than their counterparts. However, they are a great alterative for a lot of different types of installations.

Once you have all of the aforementioned security measures in place you will begin to notice how much better your inventory control and profit margins will become. Security cameras are one of the best deterrents that can help prevent the worry of theft by retailers around the world. Don’t just sit back and let your money fly out the door when you have the power to take control. Stop the criminals in their tracks with your new security system in place.

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