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How to Configure the OSD (On Screen Display) of an HD-CVI security camera

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Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The following instructions will allow for fine adjustments of Security Camera King CVIOB-EL1MPIR50 and CVIOD-EL1MPIR50 HD-CVI security cameras on DVR-CVI4120M and DVR-CVI8240M HD-CVI DVRs.

1. Click on the right mouse button to open the DVR options and select Main Menu.
Login as an administrator we are using the default username 888888 and password 888888

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2. Hit enter after inputting the username and password

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3. After you enter the menu below will appear, click on setting

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4. Once in the setting menu, click on Pan/Tilt/Zoom

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5. Select the Channel (camera) you would like to access the OSD menu to.
6. Control Mode Select HDCVI
7. Protocol DH-SD1
8. Click on save to save all the settings
9. Click the right mouse button until you are completely out of the menu

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10. Once you are back on the main screen of your DVR click on the right mouse button and the menu options should come up.
11. Then select Pan/Tilt/Zoom

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12. The Pan/Tilt/Zoom menu box will come up, click on page switch

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13. Continue to click on page switch until you reach the menu pictured below

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14. To enter the OSD menu of the camera click on Enter Menu as pictured above
15. The camera OSD menu will come up as shown below, to navigate the menu use the up, down, left and right arrows. In menu options such as Exposure you will note it has a sub-menu. When highlighted as in the picture below you can click on the Enter button to enter the sub-menu

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16. When done configuring the options go down to exit and click on the enter button. This will take out of the camera OSD menu.

Things to know about HD-CVI, HD-SDI & IP security cameras and recorders

Terms, abbreviations and definitions
1. High Definition Composite Video Interface or HD-CVI- Is a new video technology that supports 1080p and 720p resolution. Because it is a low frequency video signal, standard RG59 coax up to 1,600 feet can be used.

2. High Definition Serial Digital Interface or HD-SDI- Was originally used for TV production and was adopted by the CCTV industry to deliver high resolution video 1080p or 720p. Due to the HD-SDI high frequencies sometimes up to 2.2 GHZ the use of RG59 is limited.

3. RG59 coax- is used for low voltage video signals such as security cameras, short video cables for cable boxes and satellite receivers.

4. RG6 coax- is used for digital signals that required 50 MHZ or higher. Used primarily for HD video and audio signals.

5. POE or Power over Ethernet – allows you to have a network connection and receive power from a single Ethernet cable. So on a POE camera setup you only need a single cable to transmit video, audio and power.

6. DVR or Digital Video Recorder- converts an analog signal and converts it to digital to be stored on a storage device such as a hard drive, SD card or USB flash drive.

7. NVR or Network Video Recorder- Records already encoded video from the IP camera (no encoding is done by the NVR) and stored on the hard drive, SD card or USB flash drive. HD-CVI uses P2P (Peer to Peer Protocol) instead of an encoding decoding method between IP Camera and NVR this change in transmission between the camera and DVR allows for a smoother and more reliable image. In addition a built in low frequency modulator reduces high frequency interference created by cell phones and WIFI routers normally seen in IP and WIFI cameras.

Because of the way HD-CVI transmits you can now have extended cable distances on standard RG59 up to 1600 FT @720p and 980 FT @1080p. Where on IP based systems you have a 330 FT. Maximum and can vary based on POE switches and power outputs. On HD-SDI the Maximum distance using RG6 3GHZ quad shield is 500 FT. and standard RG59 300 FT can vary on quality of cable.

The added benefit to HD-CVI is you can still get HD video quality and not spend as much as you would with the IP setups. You can choose between a 720p or 1080P HD-CVI security cameras and both work with the same HD-CVI DVR. Below is an example of the HD-CVI @ 720p V.S IP @ 720p

SECURITY CAMERA KING – HD-CVI @ 720P

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SECURITY CAMERA KING – IP @ 720P

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Both images from above were are still images captured from our DVR-CVI8240M HD-CVI DVR and our NVR-ELM-16 NVR. As you can see both images have similar video qualities the only differences are the price and length of the cable runs.

HD-CVI is also beneficial for people that already have preexisting analog systems and want to upgrade to a HD system. There is no need to run new cables unlike the HD-SDI which required RG6 or the IP systems that require CAT6 cables. This alone can save you a few hundred dollars for a 4 camera install and 1000+ on an 8 camera install.

Below is a comparison Chart of what it would cost for an 8 camera HD-CVI, HD-SDI and IP system (accessories not included such as cable and power) for each type of setup.

COMPARISON CHART UPGRADE COST FROM AN EXISTING ANALOG SYSTEM to HD-CVI, HD-SDI or IP

The estimates are not 100% accurate and are based. This is just an example

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As you can see on a basic install the difference between HD-CVI and HD-SDI is $887.00, the comparison between HD-CVI and IP is $702.19. For those looking to get into HD playing field and are looking to save money HD-CVI is the way to go. Everything has been made easy by Security Camera King so your install process is easier and more economical.

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How to configure an HDCVI Camera and HDCVI DVR

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Monday, May 5th, 2014

Technology is one of my favorite topics and when it comes to security equipment I chose to write about how it works and explain how easy is to work with one of our products we offer.

Today I will be introducing a new technology called HDCVI (High Definition Composite Video interface) and I will be demonstrating how this HDCVI DVR will change the way analog systems will slowly fall and the HD world will dominate the security system market.

What is HDCVI?

HDCVI (High Definition Composite Video interface) is an independent and proprietary technology where it is capable of transmitting High Definition Video over standard coaxial cable. Also, HD-CVI is capable of transmitting up to 2 Megapixel video over existing coax cable infrastructures up to 1600 feet without any third party repeaters Hardware; this provides a much better solution than HD-SDI which is limited to 300 feet transmission.

The following pictures will show you front and back panels of an HDCVI DVR 4CH and 8CH:

HDCVI DVR 4 Channel Back

4 Channel Back Panel

HDCVI DVR 8 Channel Back

8 Channel Back Panel

HDCVI DVR Front

Front Panel 4 & 8 Channel

What type of cable I can use?

HDCVI Cable_Connectors

HDCVI can be used with regular RG59 (Siamese Cable). This type of cable is found typically on installations where regular analog cameras are setup in place.

This cable is ideal for this application because you will not need to modify anything in your cabling when adding HDCVI cameras and and HDCVI DVR.

You could also use Cat5 & Cat6 cable. This cable will need a different set of fittings such as RJ45 connectors. These fittings are the same type of connectors you will find on a regular Ethernet cable.

How can I identify HDCVI cameras from Analog, HDSDI Cameras & IP cameras?

HDCVI cameras have an extra pair of cables. These cables are color coded with a purple and white color. When connected together the video through HDCVI will stop outputting and then the camera is able to reproduce video over an analog DVR or handheld monitor. This is by design and is just intended to be used solely to adjust the camera while it is mounted and connected to a hand-held monitor.

ANALOG cameras have only 2 wires. These are mostly Power and Video. There are some cameras that will have an extra pair of wires and they are commonly used for PTZ controlling, while some other cameras use these cables to access the OSD menus of the camera.

HDSDI cameras will normally have 3 wires. Two BNC wires and 1 connector for Power. One of the BNC connectors output analog signal, and this will allow you to connect the camera to an analog DVR or handheld monitor. The second BNC connector will allow you to connect to an HDSDI DVR and it will only display HD video through those kind of devices. The third connector is power.

IP cameras will have 2 wires also. These will be an RJ45 style connector and a power connector. Some IP cameras are able to be powered over RJ45 with a single cable. They will be able to distribute power, data and control.

HDCVI, HDSDI, Analog and IP Connectors.

Refer to the following sample pictures to learn the differences between these connectors:

HDCVI Camera Connectors

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HDSDI Camera Connectors

HDSDI Camera Connectors

Analog Camera Connectors

Analog Camera Connectors

IP Connectors

IP Camera Connector

HDCVI Installation and Configuration

There is not too much involved when installing HDCVI cameras. There is no need to configure any IP address, ports, etc. For installations where there is pre-existing Siamese cable, the procedure is very simple as you just need to replace the analog camera and installing the HDCVI camera in its place.

One of the most notorious features of an HDCVI camera is the fact that the video data, audio and RS485 controls is transmitted over the same cable. Our HDCVI cameras have an OSD (On Screen Display) menu that can be accessed to configure features of the camera video such as brightness, exposure, sharpness, Frames, etc.

To access the OSD, simply connect the camera in the desired channel of your HDCVI DVR and begin to configure the RS485 communication in the DVR on the channel where the camera is connected. An example to this is if the camera is connected on channel 1 then you will need to configure the RS485 settings of that channel. Same thing will occur for any other camera you connect to the DVR.

The following settings will need to be configured in the DVR in order to establish communication with the camera’s OSD. Follow the screenshot below:

Go to: Main Menu>Settings>Pan/Tilt/Zoom and make sure these settings are there.

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Another exceptional feature and hassle-free with HDCVI cameras is that when configuring the RS485 control feature on each camera it is not required to change the address or baud rate on each camera, making it extremely easy to install and configure all the cameras without interference.

After you have applied these setting to all the channels then it is time to test the RS485 communication with the cameras and DVR. To access the OSD of the camera, simply right click on the channel you want to open the Pan/Tilt/Zoom Controller:

Right Click Pan Tilt Zoom
Page Search
HDCVI main Menu

Navigate through the OSD of the camera using the arrows of the controller, and then if you want to change a value or a feature simply click the right arrow to change values. You will also notice that some of the menus have an arrow in it. That means there is a sub menu that you can access and change settings. To access the sub menus simply click the (ENTER) button and the new menu will appear. To go back menus select the (BACK) option and click enter to go to the original Menu.

Configuring the DVR and its settings

There are a few things we will need to tweak to make sure we get accurate recordings. You can do this using the Setup Wizard as well as doing it manually.

Login to the DVR by right clicking on your mouse and select Main Menu. A prompt for your username and password will appear.

You can use the 888888 or the admin to configure your DVR and the password will be the same as the users name. After you have logged in the MAIN MENU window will appear.

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Next click on SETTINGS then GENERAL.

HDCVI General Setting

Under the GENERAL settings make sure the system time is set correctly based on your Time Zone. Make sure you click “SAVE” after changing the time. Next you can change the Date Format to MM/DD/YYYY. You can also set the Time Format to 12H or 24H if you like. Here is a screenshot of the general settings:

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Next we can see the schedule of how your DVR will be recording. Under the SETTINGS page click on SCHEDULE Then the following window will appear:

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If you would like to change the settings of the schedule to Motion Detection (MD), then you will need to uncheck (Regular) and just check (MD) for Period 1. Click on “Copy”; click (All) to apply these settings to all of the channels. Next click the Drop Down arrow under “Period” and select (All) to apply these settings to every day of the week. Click OK when you are done.
At this point your DVR should be recording based on motion event only and you can make sure this is happening by seeing the following icons on the screen:

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Indicates motion is occurring when is displayed.

HDCVI Encode Icon

Indicates that the DVR is currently recording an event. This will stay ON until motion ends.

Next setting to configure and one of the most important ones is the ENCODING (Camera Resolution). Under SETTINGS click on ENCODE and the next window will appear:

HDCVI Encode

All of our DVRs, NVRs and IP cameras have the capability of recording at different resolutions, FPS and Bit Rate based on Events, either Motion Detection, Continuous recording (Regular) or an Alarm. The left column is called Main Stream and the right column is called Extra Stream or Assistance.

Lastly you can configure the sensitivity of the camera by going to SETTING and select DETECT.

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NOTE: DO NOT click on “Copy” on this section because all of the settings will be copied to channel one, making the DVR not recognized motion on any other channel .

Here you can change the sensitivity of each camera, activate email notification, enable tour and even show a pop-up message when motion occurs on any channel. Always remember to save your settings.

I hope you find this article intuitive and helpful.

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How to Configure PSS to View Your New HDCVI Camera System

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Thursday, April 17th, 2014
What is HDCVI - Here is an 8 Channel HDCVI System

I often get asked what is the best method of viewing my new HDCVI camera system. My response varies and that is because not everyone has the same needs.  In my personal opinion, Techpro Security Products PSS (Pro Surveillance Software) is the best all around application for viewing a single unit or hundreds of units. One of the best things with this software is that it is my favorite four letter F word, FREE!  Another really nice thing about this software is that you can change almost every configuration of the recorder right from the software, so you can literally configure a hundred recorders without ever having to leave your computer and physically touch any of the recorders.

Another really nice feature of the software is that you can configure it to automatically launch at start-up of your computer and have it continue where you left off when you shut it down.  I find this to be a very handy feature, so that I don’t have to think about the layout of the cameras every time I open the software.

Getting Started

The first thing you will want to do is grab the DVD disc that came with your new HDCVI recorder. You will take this and insert it into the DVD drive of your computer.  This is what your screen should look like.

Once you put the disk in your computer, you will want to select the “Tools & Resources” folder to open.  Under here you will see this.

 

You will open the TechproSS-PC folder, which will give you these options.

Select and run the setup.  You will install this like any other program you install on your computer following all the prompts.  Once the program is installed you will see the PSS icon on your desktop.

Once you double click the icon, a Login box will appear.

Here you will be prompted to login to the software.  Incase your program does not automatically populate the username and password, they are defaulted as “admin” for both the username and password.  Note that it is in all lower case for both fields.

Once you are logged into the software, you will have a range of different options.  The interface will look like this.

Now the default look, will show a PTZ controller on the right side of the screen where my device list is showing.  I will go over how to change this later on in this article.   The next thing you will need to do is to add devices to your software.  On right side options, you will see “Config Manager”, this is where you go to add the devices.

Once you open the “Device Manager”, you will be able to add the device by the smart search option or by a manual add.  The smart search option, searches for Techpro Security Products devices that are on your network.  If the device is going to be accessed only inside of the network, this is the only way you need to add the device.  If you are installing the software on a laptop and plan on accessing the recorder remotely, then you will want to use the manual add option.  You will also want to make sure to use the EXTERNAL IP address of the location or the ddns account information.

On the screenshot above, you will notice that it is only asking for the username and password.
 
This is because I was using the smart search option and all the other information will be populated. The screen for the manual add is slightly different, but asks for this information as well.

Once the device is added to your list, you will be able to select the “Device List” on the upper right side of the screen.

When your device is logged in you will see a plus symbol to the left of the title of the device.  You hit the plus symbol and the list of cameras will drop down.  Now if you do not have the plus symbol it means that your recorder hasn’t logged in.  If you double click on the title, this will attempt to login to the unit.  Now if you are still not getting a plus symbol, watch for a slide up of information at the very bottom right of the screen.  This will be where you get the information for why the unit is not logging in.

 Software Configuration

Now that you have successfully inputted your HDCVI recorder into the software, we can now configure the software to make your life easy!  One of the first things that I like to do is to go into the Configurations at the very bottom of the window of the software.

Once you have clicked on the “Config” button at the bottom, you will need to select the “Option” option.  This will open the software configurations and look like this.

In this dialog box, you can have the software automatically login to PSS, so that you won’t be prompted every time you start the program for the username and password.  You can have PSS auto run when the computer starts up.  One big thing that you will want to make sure is selected in this dialog box, is the “Login all devices” in the upper left side of the box.  In here you can also have the software automatically start a “Task”.  A task is a specific set of cameras in a specific configuration that you configure.  To set up a task, you will go to the “Config Manager” section on the right side of the screen.

You will title the task to what will make sense to you.  Then you will select the amount of cameras that you are looking to have be displayed.  Once you have filled this information in, you will want to click “OK” to save the scheme task.  Now that you have the task saved, open the desired cameras in the appropriate window/s.  You will then right click with the mouse in one of the windows, and choose the option “Add All Windows To Task”.  This will have a pop out window that list the tasks that you have created, select the one that you want the current setup to be assigned to.

Now that you have the system up and operational, here are a few things that you can do with the system conveniently and easily.  You can pull footage from any of the connected devices, through the Playback button at the bottom of the screen.   You can configure which of the Tasks you want to run in the viewing screen under the Task button at the bottom of the screen.

You can control any PTZ that is attached to the system with the PTZ Direction section on the right side of the screen.

With the systems that are connected you can also change almost all the configurations of your recorder from this software, that you can do at the recorder itself.  To access the configurations of your recorder, you need to open the Device List on the upper right of the program.  You will then right click on the device you want to configure.  Select the Advanced option, which will have another sub-menu pop out.  You will then select on Device Config.

Once the configuration dialog box pops open you will see almost all the same options that you would see on the main menu of the recorder itself.  This is how I do most all of my configurations of my devices.  I honestly haven’t touched my recorders in years from being able to do everything remotely.

This software can make your life with your security system simple and actually pleasing, especially if you have multiple recorders deployed!

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The Science Behind HD-CVI

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Friday, April 4th, 2014

HD-CVI System

High Definition Composite Video Interface (HDCVI) is a brand new video transmission applied science in the CCTV world. This technology allows high definition video footage to be transmitted over coax cable at considerably longer distances than network based cameras. The overall cost of the HDCVI cameras are lower than most network cameras as well to further enhance their staying power.

The main feature that makes HDCVI cameras images so vibrant is the signal itself. The HDCVI technology modulates the image signal then transmits by using both base-band and quadrature amplitude modulation. Base-Band is a word that details signals that range of frequencies from zero hertz to a cut-off frequency or highest frequency signal. Digital base-band signal transfers the digital stream over baseband channels, normally an unfiltered wire such as coax.

Baseband Transmission

Quadrature amplitude modulation differs in implementation as QAM uses both analog and digital modulation. It can use either two analog signal messages or two digital streams. This is accomplished by modulating the amplitudes of the two carrier waves. QAM high efficiencies can be achieved by setting size limited by the noise for communication channels. Another way of describing QAM is the amplitude of the two carrier waves are 90 degrees out of phase with each other in quadrature. Making the way the signals are carried equivalently viewed as both while being phased modulated into a single carrier.

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This new way to apply the science QAM effectively separates the brightness signal and hue to enhance image quality. Also the separation of the signals diminishes the cross talk or external radiation that interrupts the signal.

Currently the two camera types available are 1920H and 1280H which translates to 1080P and 720P respectively. These cameras are using a technology that is actually a group of technologies used as one called Auto Signal Compensation or ASC. A video signal such as the standard NTSC (National Television System Committee) has different synchronization pulses used for the receiver scan timing. The features of a waveform are in the details of the synchronization. Synchronization occurs in the video lines of the sequential scanning of horizontal lines starting in the upper left corner then going right until all lines are scanned. The operation will happen hundreds of times depending on how many TV lines. Once modifications of the horizontal sync are complete vertical synchronization waveforms are initiated. The actual shape of the wave form is affected in this application, ultimately giving an extremely vibrant color display. If you take the anti-interference ability of the HDSDI science and compare it with the HDCVI, the HDSDI is fairly poor when operating in a high frequency radiation areas. Radiation by definition is electric magnetic waves. This is considerably different than nuclear or thermal radiation. Electro-magnetic waves come from all electric devices. A standalone air-condition unit is a perfect example. The AC compressors inside puts off enough electromagnetic interference to scramble the video signals traveling down the coax cable should the lines be too close. By separating carrier waves and changing their shape the signal becomes resilient to interference.

Another aspect of the signal usage was a realization that other signals can be embedded in the blanking zone. Blanking interval was originally designed to blank out the receiver to allow time for retrace in the receiver.

It’s first implementation was the closed captioning system in TV for example.

Closed_Caption

We can now use the vertical blank for something else called two-way data communication. The end to end transmission can support features for PTZ control. Other non PTZ cameras that support RS485 control can be used. These cameras’ OSD menu can be accessed without having to run extra control wiring same as the PTZ. You will no longer have to pull extra cable for PTZ control either. Originally installers would use Cat5 cable to get around that old limitation on the analog systems. I would use a pair of wires for video. Another pair of wires for RS485 control. Then splice the remaining 2 pairs to have 2 wires for positive and 2 wires for negative on power supply. That is a nice little work around, but at long distances that does not work as single strand wire is not thick enough to carry the amps needed. With the new implementation of ASC it makes communication for control available.

HDCVI equipment is similar to HDSDI equipment in that you can you use RG6 or RG59 and not have any problems. You can use you standard connectors without any special requirements or the need to find obscure vendors for the connectors. Using standard cabling and connectors will allow for the same level of ease for installation as legacy CCTV cameras.

Comparing HDCVI to HDSDI both technologies can transmit an image at resolutions of 1080P and 720P. For distance of signal transmission the HDCVI has an enormous advantage over HDSDI. HDSDI can reach about 100 meters or 320 feet. HDCVI can transmit up to 500 meters or 1600 feet. To put those numbers into perspective HDSDI can have the camera at one end of a football field and the DVR at the other end. HDCVI can reach 5 times as far. If you have a huge piece of property you need to get High definition cameras HDCVI is the way to go. Of course keep in mind power for the cameras are subject to the same restrictions of older technologies when it comes to alternating or direct current electricity.

HDCVI technology uses a peer to peer type of transmission. This means there is a continuous transmission with no creation of packets such as in IP based cameras. IP cameras are subject to the normal rules of data transmission. That means packets are created then transmitted over the Ethernet cable. The packets need to arrive in the correct sequence and be spaced evenly apart.

Packets

Issues with network congestion, configuration mistakes, and improper queuing for the data stream will result in choppy and degraded video display. Those issues are inherent of an IP based system. There are extra steps an installer can take to reduce the jitter problem, but that takes advanced knowledge of the cameras themselves as well as advanced knowledge of networking in general.

To recap the HDCVI cameras do operate much better than IP camera systems or HDSDI systems. The HDCVI provide mega pixel quality like the HDSDI and IP cameras. They are not subject to the same outside interference the HDSDI devices are or IP systems. HDCVI have able to go 5 times the distance for video transmission than HDSDI or IP. The new technology is as simple to use as legacy equipment is. Lastly you get Mega pixel quality at analog camera prices.

If you would like to know more about HDCVI, how it compares to IP and Analog and how to connect the system together, check out our What is HD-CVI page.

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i-502 Security Camera Law – Why this Marijuana Law is Necessary and How it Protects Your Investment

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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

marijuana security camera Law
After several studies were conducted over the last decade, Washington State legalized the recreational use (i-502) of marijuana after decades of it being outlawed based on information from the past. Partially because this is expected to stimulate both the local and state economies, several other states have begun to consider making similar changes in their laws. Politicians from across the country are closely watching how these controversial changes in the state laws will affect our society and economy.

The government of Washington state is strictly regulating this industry and part of these regulations make the use of security camera systems a requirement through i502 Initiative to be a part of this lucrative industry, which is expected to generate over 2 billion dollars in 2014. This is not only one way that a good security camera system can benefit people involved in this industry at any level. Security cameras can also be a good idea because this industry is more vulnerable to theft as a result of the national bank’s policies toward handling funds for these types of businesses. High quality security cameras can even be useful during the growing process. In this article we’re going to take a closer look at these applications.

Legal Requirements For Marijuana Security Camera Systems

To get a general understanding of what these state laws require we’ll take a look at how the Washington State Liquor Control Board i-502 law says that surveillance cameras must be used at any facility which is a licensed part of this industry. The DVR or NVR used to record the security camera footage must be accessible over the internet and be able to record video footage that is stamped with the accurate date and time. The DVR or NVR at any location which is a licensed part of this budding industry must also be protected by a lock box or similar method of preventing unauthorized tampering.

The security cameras have to be positioned in such a way that they can record video footage of the perimeter of the premises in order to be able to monitor both pedestrian and vehicular traffic traveling both ways.

At retail locations a fixed camera, which is able to identify all activity within twenty feet of all entry points, must provide video coverage of the point-of-sale areas at all licensed retail locations. There must also be additional cameras that are able to identify anyone inside this type of facility.

Growing facilities must have cameras that are capable of providing video in low light conditions located so that they will record video of all entrances from inside and outside the building and allow a viewer to easily identify the actions of anyone inside the building. Approaches to the premises must also be monitored with fixed security cameras. All areas where marijuana is grown must have a camera that provides an unobstructed view of any activity involving the plant, including the destruction of any waste.

Protecting the investment.

There are a couple problems facing this fledgling market because of the fact that federal government still considers this plant illegal even though these two states have made it legal and several other states have either already allowed the legal use of marijuana for medical purposes or are going to be voting on it in the near future. The first of these problems is that none of the financial institutions are offering financial services to any business that is involved in selling marijuana. The second problem facing this industry is the fact that the larger, national security camera installation companies will not provide their services to this type business.

The fact that banking institutions will not deal with these businesses means that it is becoming an all cash industry. A pound of marijuana sells for around 2,000 dollars so there is quite a bit of cash being handled and that combined with large amounts of the valuable product makes facilities at all levels of this process a tempting target for thieves. There have been reports of robberies happening all along the supply chain of this business: from the growing all the way to retail sites.

One daring robber cut a hole in the ceiling of warehouse where large amounts of pot was being stored and then used a rope to repel into the building. Once inside the thief gathered a significant amount of the valuable buds before figuring out that he couldn’t climb back down the way he came in and all the doors were locked from the outside. Another thief rammed a car through a warehouse door to gain entry. In yet another robbery people were dressed up like ninjas as they drove off on motorcycles after stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of product in broad daylight. These are just a small portion of the robberies which have been reported to officials and employee theft is always a concern in business.

Exacerbating the problem is the fact that all of the larger security camera companies won’t do new installations for anyone in this business. In many cases these security camera companies have terminated existing contracts without any advance notice. The fact that these businesses are such a tempting target combined with the hands off policy of the national security camera companies is creating an exceptional demand for the services of local security camera installation companies.

Helping to grow quality products.

Marijuana is in fact a weed that will grow in a wide variety of environments without any attention but to be able to consistently yield a quality product requires a lot more attention and care. There are many potential problems that can ruin these crops if you don’t address the issue quickly. Surveillance cameras can help to monitor the situation and allow you to respond quickly if the need arises.

In order to get a high quality bud, the moisture and lighting levels must be closely monitored and maintained throughout the growing cycle. These plants will need different amounts of these nutrients depending on the current stage of their life cycle and staying on top of the changing needs of the plant.

Insect and pest infestations are another thing that can be a sneaky and destructive problem which can ruin an entire crop. There have been studies published that say that there are 272 different types of insects and mites that can damage these plants. If an infestation by any of these critters begins then catching it early is the key to saving your crops.

The female of the species of plant is the only one that will produce the valuable bud. It is even possible for a whole room of marijuana plants to change sex, becoming males overnight if they are stressed enough in the early stages of growth. This stress can be caused by handling the plants too much, not being properly seated in the soil, poor lighting and many other possible factors.

The legal requirements, protecting the investment and that fact that surveillance cameras can help a business to consistently produce a quality product mean that finding quality video surveillance equipment and service are going to crucial for this industry for years to come.

For a cost effective approach to installing an HD Security in your Marijuana Retail Store, Marijuana Farm or Marijuana Distribution Center, check out an HD-CVI System from Security Camera King. It can record 720p over standard Coax cable and is Marijuana Law Compliant.

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