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Shelters, Doggie Day cares and Kennel Security Camera Systems

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

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Video for Doggie Day Care, Animal Rescues and Pet Surveillance

Are you a pet lover? Or a business owner who runs a doggie day care?  Or perhaps you are a shelter looking for your animal’s forever home?  Whether you are a veterinarian or a person who simply loves to care for animals, pet surveillance cameras may be a great solution for you. Surveillance systems can benefit animal lovers in every shape and size. From a working a pet owner to a doggie day care facility, any animal lover would like the opportunity to peek in and make sure their pet is safe and happy and in a healthy environment, wherever they may be.

“It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.” – Joaquin Phoenix

How do Surveillance Cameras Benefit Animal Shelters and Animal Rescues?

Animal shelters and rescues take more than just homeless dogs and cats. Sometimes they are the caregivers and life savers of abused and injured animals. Sometimes animals that would have never received a second look get a second chance when they come into the care of an animal shelter. The goal for these compassionate people is to rehabilitate and to locate forever homes for their shelter residents. Having a surveillance system not only allows the shelter the added benefit of increased security, but also volunteers, veterinarians and even potential adopters have the ability to check in on the resident animals. Essentially, shelters could use security cameras as a marketing tool for potential adopters. Shelter cameras can stream live video from the camera at the animal’s kennel, or a central play yard location, to the shelter’s website where potential adopters can log in and view the animals. Sometimes seeing the animals at play and in action will make a larger impact than just a simple photograph of the animal. Not only can shelters benefit from cameras to increase the security within the facility but in this case they have the opportunity to utilize the camera as a tool to find potential adopters. In the case where a shelter takes in a sick, injured or recovering animal, security cameras can be set into place for around-the-clock surveillance. When caring for a sick or injured shelter resident, a camera that is accessible any time day or night allows the volunteers, veterinarians and vet techs instant access to that animal. This could potentially increase recovery rates by providing around-the-clock access to a health provider.

Kennel Security Camera Systems and Doggie Day Care Business and Retreats

Surveillance cameras for Kennel and Doggie day care business are almost essential to running a successful business of this nature. Pet owners are investing in your staff as well as your facility to take care of their pet, whether they are at work, on vacation, or out of town on a business trip. Let’s face it. Some owners treat their pets like royalty and when they leave their pet in your care they want to know, “what is my baby up to?”  Setting up a camera surveillance system is the perfect solution to put your customers at ease. Give your customers access to your facility’s cameras where they are able to see your care for themselves. There will be less worrying on their part and more credibility on yours. A surveillance system added to your facility can also be considered an additional service to your business reputation. Access to video surveillance shows that your business has nothing to hide and your customers have nothing to fear. Do not let potential customers bypass your pet care facility just because they desire a way to access their pets. Increase your potential with quality HD security from a surveillance system built by SecurityCameraKing.com. Our industry experts are available to create the perfect system based on your unique business and security goals.

Pet Lovers and Home Surveillance Systems

What does my dog do when I am away? How did he get out of the yard? Most importantly, is my pet okay while I am away? We at SecurityCameraKing.com know how you can find out what your pet is up to. What better tool to have than a home security system. Home surveillance systems can add more than just value to your home, you will never have to wonder again. With video surveillance you have the ability to keep an eye on whatever and whoever you care about, wherever you may be. A good home surveillance system secures your property, allows you to visibly manage your assets, and also allows you to keep an eye on your your beloved four legged family friend while you’re away a work. Your home surveillance system can include indoor and/or outdoor cameras so whether your furry friend is inside or out, you are able to find out exactly what they were up too. Have you ever come home to a situation like the image below?

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Well with your home surveillance system you can find out who, what, when, where and exactly how.  For residential surveillance systems, SecurityCameraKing.com has a number of pre-packaged security camera systems that will fit perfectly into most homes. When choosing SecurityCameraKing.com, your system comes complete with applications that allow easy access from a smartphone, tablet or web browser.

Pet owners, pet businesses, veterinarians, animal rescues and animal lovers of all types can benefit by adding surveillance video to their list of security needs. It is a fact that having a camera visible will detour criminal activity. Whether you are a pet owner who just wants to keep an eye on your fur baby, or an animal rescue who is looking for creative tools and resources for animal care, video surveillance systems give you and your business the tools you need to keep an eye on all the important things you care about.

If you think a security and surveillance system can benefit you or your business feel free to contact our team of surveillance experts at securitycameraking.com or call 866.573.8878

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Technical Support Might Be the Most Important Part of your Security Camera System!

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Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

If you’ve ever shopped for a security camera system you know there are a lot of options available. Do you go with an economical analog CCTV system or one that’s a high definition and state-of-the-art? Should you go with HDCVI or a Network IP setup? Analog cable, CAT5, POE switches, small hard drive or a large hard drive? There is a lot to think about if you want a solution that is going to work for you reliably and give you the quality and functionality you expect.

But one of the most over looked and under-valued components of any modern day security system is TECHNICAL SUPPORT! Without good technical support you might end up with a pile of expensive hardware that was not installed or configured property. Worst it might never get setup at all.

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One company that realizes that quality technical support is just as important as the superior products they provide is SecurityCameraKing.com. In addition to all of the product information, product videos, and downloadable content, they also have live technical support for the life of the product. This means you will get FREE lifetime support for any security camera or recording device you buy from them.

Locations in the USA on the East and West Coasts allow for SecurityCamerKing.com to have extended support hours. Live industry experts are available to help you with the installation, initial setup, system configurations, networking and remote viewing / mobile app implementation.

This support starts with the knowledgeable sales team. Whether you are a professional installer or just looking to secure your home or business you are sure to get all the help you need. Many of the sales team members are also experienced security system installers. This level of expertise ensures that the sales associates will be able to answer all your questions and recommend the best security system to fit you specific needs.

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The sales staff can also help you plan your installation. They can help you choose the technology that’s best for you and they can help determine power requirements, what type of cameras you need, how much storage capacity you want and much more.

Once your equipment has been purchased you will have access to a U.S. based technical support team. As mentioned earlier tech support is Free for the life of the product. Here are just a few things a SecurityCameraKing.com technical support representative can help you with:

DVR Settings: Including but not limited to the following:

  • Setting up your DVR time and Date format
  • Setting up Motion Detect for you cameras
  • Setup you cameras recording resolutions and recording stream settings
  • Setup motion masking and privacy masking on your camera
  • Setup text alerts
  • Setup storage management
  • Review recorded video
  • Export recorded video

IP Camera Settings:

Unlike analog cameras and DVRs, IP camera settings are usually stored in the camera itself. Each camera has it own IP address and they can be accessed individually or simultaneously through the use of an NVR (Network Video Recorder). IP cameras also use CAT5 cable instead of coax and can transfer power and video on the same cable with the use of a POE switch (Power Over Ethernet). Technical support can help you setup the IP addresses for your IP cameras and assist with your POE switch and network setup.

Remote Access, Remote Viewing & Mobile App Setup

Every DVR or NVR that SecurityCameraKing.com sells has remote access capabilities and FREE remote viewing software or mobile apps. The Pros at SecurityCameraKing.com can help you set up up remote access as well as get you set up on your PC, MAC, iPhone, iPad, Android Phone or tablet.

If you want to access your home DVR or NVR from a remote location, you must first connect to the IP address that was provided by your ISP. An ISP or Internet Service Provider is the company that provides your Internet like Comcast, Brighthouse or Verizon.

Once you have accessed the home IP address, your router needs to direct your connection to the home DVR or NVR, this is called Port Forwarding.

In addition to setting up your remote viewing apps the SecurityCameraKing.com technician can also assist you with your router configuration and port forwarding to your recording device.

DDNS Account

One more thing to consider when accessing your DVR or NVR remotely as mention above is that you will need to know what IP address your Internet Service Provider has assigned to you. Once you know that IP address you can set up your software or app to go to that IP address (your home’s IP) and direct you to your Recorder.

One problem you may face is that ISPs often change your assigned IP address (unless your pay for a static IP address). If the IP address of you house changes, then your software or app will not be able to connect to your home’s router until you update the setting with your new home IP address. One way to avoid this is to sign up for a DDNS account (Dynamic Domain Name Service). Simply put, this is a domain name like (YourLastName.FindMyDVR.com) that is aware of you current home IP and will always resolve to your home IP even if it changes.

The great news is that all SecurityCamerKing.com DVRs and NVRs support DDNS and for each recorder you buy, SecurityCameraKing.com will give you a FREE DDNS domain name. Better yet, one of the support representatives will be happy to get it all set up for you.

Even More Support

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In addition to the Sales and Live tech support SecurityCameraKing.com offers alternative methods of support including upward of 1000 high quality products, support and how-to videos. There is also an extensive download area where you can find the latest drivers, firmware, software and tools for your CCTV and security equipment.

Live chat for the sales and support department is available on the website Monday through Friday 9am to 8pm EST.

Last but certainly not least there is the CCTV Forum. This is the place to connect with experts in the industry, find answers to common problems and get help on your specific problems. The forum is a 24/7-support source for anyone in need of help regarding CCTV, Home Security, Access Control and more. This forum is constantly monitored by the support staff at SecurityCameraKing.com and is sure to get you the answers you need fast.

As you can see there is much more to a quality security system then just top quality products. The support you receive is just as important and the equipment you buy and the experts at SecurityCameraKing.com are there to give you both.

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Have More Peace of Mind with a Surveillance System

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Monday, June 29th, 2015

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Do you want to gain more peace of mind while you’re at home or away? Then, now is a great time to start considering a surveillance system!

Naturally, when many people first think about this sort of project, the very thought of having to make holes in your home to run wiring for a security camera system might seem like it’s too much to learn about or maybe it seems too expensive. But, times have changed since security cameras were first available to the public, and with the right information, tools and products it can actually turn out to be a very rewarding project for the safety and security of your family.

To start off, I would recommend that you locate areas up high near your roof where there is an overhang. This will be ideal for your cameras because it will protect them from all of what mother nature dishes out. When you choose this location for your cameras, it will give you a great viewing coverage for your security cameras and also help to eliminate the possibility of anyone trying to vandalize your new surveillance system.

One great reason for the roof being the best possible location for security cameras is there is normally a separation big enough for cables to be run through which means you don’t have to drill any more holes than is really necessary. Another reason is that with the cameras up high, you have a much better view and coverage for each camera.

After you have located an optimal location for your cameras, and after you have them situated, you will want to make sure that each camera gives you the best viewing coverage of the area they are located. There are Closed Circuit Television software available which will really assist when it comes to determining the proper setup and installation of your cameras. There are even free versions available to you that you can do a lot with. If you plan out the installation of your new security camera system it will ultimately save you a lot of time and frustration as well as make the end result be more of what you were wanting and expecting.

There is another thing that is very important to consider when choosing the right equipment for your new security camera system and that is the Cabling. The best idea is to use the industry standard which is RG59 Siamese cable. This cable has been widely used for the installation of CCTV systems. The RG59 cable has one video cable and one power cable (a positive and a negative) which is what gives it the name Siamese.

At this point you will have an idea of where to run your cables from the outside in. More often than not, your home will have some sort of attic or crawl space which is a great location to run your RG59 cables.

Once you have the location figured out you will also need to designate where the Digital Video Recorder (DVR) will be located and this is also where your monitor will go. The DVR is another very important item that you will need to do your research on when it comes to Analog or Digital. This will be determined with the kind of cameras that you plan on using, and also the type of recording and quality that you want achieve with your new system.

Once you have all of this groundwork laid out it is now time to start bringing the cables into this room. If your cables already have BNC connectors attached to them you are ready to connect it directly to your new video recorder. If the cables didn’t come with connections already in place it’s fairly simple to learn how you can connect them on your own.

So now when choosing the power options for your new system you have a few options available to you.  There are options which make the install very clean looking or options that seem to have a little more wires which could provide more options later on if you chose to add on to your system later on. A great method is to get a power supply box and then plug all of the power lines into here which makes it great because now you’d only have one line needing to go to an outlet, which makes for a much cleaner looking installation as well. Do not forget about your monitor which will need power as well. Once you have completed this task the next thing to do would be to power up these components.

Utilizing a power supply box as mentioned above can save you in the long run a lot of time and possible frustration, because all of your power is centralized to only one outlet versus many. And, if there was an issue it is easier and quicker to diagnose and correct the issue.

If you now have your cabling run and the power connected you can power up your monitor and DVR and start playing around with the many functions and options available to you. One of the best options is being able to set your DVR to start recording when it detects motion, which can save you valuable recording space on your hard drive(s). You can also set up your recorder to continuously record during specific times of the day or night, and most DVRs have the ability to send you email or text message alerts when it detects motion. There are Apps available to you that make most all of these options simple and easy for you.

These days most people have smartphones, a computer or a laptop which makes it easy for you to be able to remotely view your new camera system from anywhere in the world that your phone or computer has an internet connection.

This makes for a better vacation away from home with the family or if you have to be away on business, but your family is at home. You now have more peace of mind being able to remotely view your new security camera system from anywhere.

If installing your own security camera surveillance system is not for you, then hire a professional. You can find out more about our professional security camera installations here.

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Taking the Confusion out of a Security Camera System

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Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

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

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

Do you have an existing security system?

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For years, the standard has been RG59 coaxial cable with BNC connectors to hook up your CCTV system. Today, many newer homes and businesses have been or are being wired with CAT5, CAT5E or even CAT6.

Do you have any existing usable cable?

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You have options! The next step depends on your budget and what your ultimate goal is. The best case scenario is that you have an existing CAT5/5E/6 infrastructure since that will allow you to use the latest technology and continue to grow. If you’re not pre-wired with network cable and don’t want to break the bank running new CAT5/5E/6 cable all over your property, then hopefully you have RG59/RG6 coaxial cable. If you have no cable and need to start from scratch, I’m going to suggest that you do it right the first time and have CAT6 cable installed since applications running at 1GB/s are already putting strains on the bandwidth capabilities of CAT5E.

With existing or new CAT5/5E/6, your best choice for a recording device will be an NVR (aka Network Video Recorder). You would use an NVR along with IP network cameras. The NVR uses your local network to send and receive data and is ideal for remotely monitoring your surveillance system from your computer, tablet, or smart phone all while recording to a hard drive. Because IP cameras are on the cutting edge of surveillance technology, your security system, anchored by a quality NVR allows you to include new cameras with more advanced features. While most IP cameras and NVRs are compatible, you should always check with your surveillance system supplier to ensure all of your products will work together properly. In case you didn’t already know, when using an NVR and IP cameras, you have the ability to power your cameras through the network cable! This is an excellent benefit that eliminates the need to run an additional 18/2 power cable. We have packages like this 8 channel NVR with built in POE that are ready to plug in and go!

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Do you have coaxial cable? Ideally you would have RG6 coax cable since the larger conductor, thicker dielectric insulation and aluminum braid shielding help to more effectively handle Ghz level signals. If you don’t and have an older CCTV system and you have been using RG59 coaxial, you have a couple of options. First, confirm that you have continuity in your coaxial cable runs. Once you’ve done this, you can choose between a few options for DVR’s.

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The first option is a standard analog DVR or Digital Video Recorder that records at a 960H resolution (960×480). These are still widely used and are considered a reliable option due in part to the stability of the software (usually Linux) that is embedded in the chip. Capable of achieving resolutions up to 960H, this is an inexpensive upgrade from traditional D1 systems. The images are saved directly to a hard drive that we install before shipping when you purchase a hard drive along with your DVR. We’ll help you choose the number of channels (4-32) of the DVR that you need depending on the size of your property, what kind of coverage you want/need and any future expansion plans! A great place to start is with this complete 8 channel 960H DVR System!

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Option number two is one of the newest and most interesting technologies called High Definition Composite Video Interface or HDCVI for short! The HD-CVI DVRs are capable of achieving resolutions up to 1080p and frame rates up to 30fps. This is the best choice if you want higher resolution images without having the expense of running CAT5/5E/6 cable. HDCVI technology helps you to realize multiple signal technology over one cable with video, audio and control signals all through the same coax cable! On top of that, HDCVI allows for longer distance cable runs (1600 feet or more) with no need for repeaters! HDCVI DVR’s MUSTuse HDCVI technology cameras made specifically to be used with them. Take a look at this complete 8 channel 1080p HDCVI package.

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Last in your choice for DVRs are the MOTHER OF ALL DVRs…the Hybrid or the Tribrid! The Hybrid gives you the best of both worlds. You can combine 960H analog AND IP Network technologies for the most flexible system available. Along with all of the best features of both technologies, the coolest feature by far is the ability to DOUBLE the amount of cameras you can record (not available on all DVR’s/NVRs). That’s right! With the 16 channel HYBDVR-FE016-DH-160 you can record 16 analog cameras AND 16 IP cameras simultaneously if you choose! While the Tribrid doesn’t give you the ability to double the channels, it steps it up another notch and gives you the option of HDCVI in addition to Analog and IP Network.

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You know what type of cable you have and what your choices are for a recording device. Now you need to figure out how many cameras you are going to need. With Google Maps we can see an aerial view of your property and we can help you decide the best placement of cameras to give you the maximum coverage! As far as choosing the type…THAT can be overwhelming! But, when you choose our products, we will help you every step of the way and that includes deciding on camera types and options like bullets, domes, indoor, outdoor, PTZ, auto-tracking, night vision (IR), WDR, varifocal zoom, etc. etc.

Let’s pick some cameras!

You’ll be utilizing CAT5/5E/6 cable so you’ll be using an NVR and you will need to purchase IP Network Cameras. As I said before, the choices can be overwhelming but unlike the soda aisle with ten different types of the same brand, you don’t have to make uninformed choices! Let’s see what type of options you have.

IP Bullet Cameras

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  1. With Bullet Cameras you have to choose whether these will be indoor or outdoor. The most important thing to look for is an IP66 rating. A camera that has that rating can be used indoor and outdoor and will be protected against the elements. The price difference is almost negligible so I would recommend getting cameras that can be used indoor or outdoor like our very reasonably priced 1.3MP IPOB-EL1MPIR50.
  2. You should choose whether you want to be able to see at night and at what distance. We have bullet cameras that have IR (Infrared) night vision capabilities so you can better identify intruders at night or in poorly lit areas. We have cameras, like our IPOB-TP2MP250L660-W that can see up to 250’ in the dark!
  3.   Your lens is also another aspect to consider. Do you want a fixed lens or do you want the ability to zoom in on objects? We offer varifocal bullet cameras that can be adjusted directly at the camera and we also offer motorized bullets like our IPOB-EL3IR100ML-D2 that is controlled right through your browser.
  4. There are other considerations like ONVIF compatibility, color, etc. but the above three are the most important.

IP Dome Cameras

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  1. Dome Cameras give you options as well but there are a few different things to consider when using Domes. Again, look for that IP66 rating and that will ensure that you can use that camera inside or out! Consider our top-quality but inexpensive IPOD-EL1MPIR50-E as a great starting point.
  2. Do you want to be able to view people more clearly at night? You’ll want a Dome with IR (Infrared) night vision capabilities and the bad guys won’t be able to hide. See what 100’ of IR and 3MP looks like with our IPVD-EL3MPIR100!
  3. You can get fixed or varifocal lenses that will let you adjust the zoom from the camera. If you hate getting up on a ladder you might want to consider a camera like our IPVD-EL3MP100ML2812 that allows you to adjust the zoom from your browser.
  4. All of the things discussed previously like ONVIF compatibility, color, etc. are all still options but with domes you should also consider whether you want a standard turret style that has glass over the lens or a vandal proof Dome rated at IK10 which protects against a 22 pound object dropped from 15¾” in height.

IP PTZ Cameras

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  1. With IP PTZ Cameras, you have control! You have control of what you see because this camera has the ability to PAN, TILT and ZOOM in on a subject! Yes, they can be more expensive, but if security is your main concern then you should consider a PTZ and we have them starting at $529 for the IPPTZ-EL2L12X-Mini-i
  2. Just like the Bullet and Dome cameras, you will have the option of IR so you can see images in total darkness!
  3. The zoom function on the PTZ camera allows you to zoom into objects AND move from side to side and up and down! The full feature IPPTZ-EL1MPIR250L20X is a 1.3MP PTZ with 250’ of IR and 20X zoom that won’t break the bank.
  4. You still have options including the option of Auto Tracking that tracks a moving object upon entering the frame. Check this beauty out IPPTZ-EL2IR2L30X-AT!

You have RG59 or RG6 coaxial cable and you have a choice between Analog and CVI. Either way, we have pre-designed systems ready to ship or a helpful staff that will guide you through everything you need to know to help you make an informed decision based on your needs!

Analog Bullet Cameras

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  1. The Analog Bullet Cameras are similar in design and construction methods so continue to make sure that they have that IP66 rating. We have bullets ranging in price from $19.34 for a special purchase that we made so stock up on the ELI-AN3-EB54-49R .
  2. The picture quality of these bullets measures in terms of TVL (TV Lines) which is the line density where the camera is no longer able to reproduce individual lines. The higher the number…the better the picture! The highest we currently have available is the OB-CM800IR50-W.
  3. Keep in mind that you will need to have existing power cable running with the coaxial cable or you will need to run an additional 18/2 power cable!

Analog Dome Cameras

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  1. Our Analog Dome Cameras have you covered from 600TVL – 1200TVL. Take a look at our 1200TVL Vandal Resistant Dome that is only $44.95!
  2. You can get Domes with up to 100’ of IR and a top quality 1/3” SONY Image Sensor for under $100 with a varifocal zoom lens when you purchase our OD-LX700IR100L2812-W!
  3. Remember everything we’ve previously discussed and if you’re ever been baffled by all of the lingo, check out our online CCTV FORUM for answers 24/7.

Analog PTZ Cameras

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  1. If you need to monitor your security system and want some of the most amazing detail that you can get, the PTZ with up to 36x zoom is for you!
  2. We have PTZ Cameras with no IR that you can use for the hard to see areas of your retail store starting at only $499.00!
  3. You will be amazed at the detail and quality of these images like the 23x PTZ-EL700IRL23X-D2. Imagine how helpful crisp, clear images will be if you ever need to turn them over to the police!

That covers standard analog cameras over coaxial cable! Now let’s check out some HDCVI cameras and remember, these MUST be used with HDCVI DVR’s!

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  1. The HDCVI Bullet Cameras utilize the HDCVI technology that allows you to get HD quality over coaxial cable. Check out these tiny bullets that have a 720p resolution for only $59.95 CVIOB-EL1MPIR50-E
  2. HDCVI is a specially developed technology that only works with HDCVI compatible DVRs. MAKE SURE you are using HDCVI Cameras with HDCVI DVRs only!  We have a great assortment of bullets going up to 2MP!
  3. Keep in mind that you will need to have existing power cable running with the coaxial cable or you will need to run an additional 18/2 power cable!

CVI Dome Cameras

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  1. Imagine 1080p quality images for under $100! That’s what you get with the CVIOD-ELV22MPIR50! You couldn’t have even come close just a couple years ago.
  2. Not only do you have options in terms of image quality, IR distance, etc. but you can get domes in black like the CVIOD-TP2IR100L2812B!
  3. Don’t allow yourself to be confused. Check out our website at Security Camera King and take a look around. It’s easy to navigate, informative and we includes tons of videos! Everybody likes videos!

CVI PTZ Cameras

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  1. From 12x to a screaming 20x zoom, we have a PTZ that will do and see what you need! If you think you can’t afford one . . . check again because our CVI PTZs start at just $449 and that’s a bargain for your security!
  2. Imagine a 20x PTZ with 250’ of nighttime IR for under $600 – we’ve got it CVIPTZ-EL1IR250L20X!
  3. Monitor employees, customers and areas of your business where you have limited visibility!

Don’t forget about the incidentals like cables, connectors and power supplies! That’s the easy part! Hopefully you have a better idea of what you need to put together a Home or Business Security System but if you still need help . . . we’re here! Just give us a call at 866-573-8878!

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Contingency and Congruency: Planning for your Surveillance System

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Friday, May 8th, 2015

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When building a security camera system, it is important to plan out your security layout to include contingency and congruency options. What does this mean really? It means planning for the worst case scenario. Planning for all foreseeable contingencies and running congruent systems to compartmentalize as much potential damage the system could possibly receive in a worst case scenario. When our sales team helps you plot your layout or system, we take many factors into account and in doing so we account for contingency and congruency options in a variety of ways. Our discussion here will focus on awareness of these options and allow for you to consider multiple possible solutions.  This is to make you more conscious and understanding of infrastructure options when it comes to your cameras, digital video recorders, and cabling. Furthermore, these thoughts and strategies can be applied to all your systems, including access control, loss prevention, employee accountability and even some grow strategies.

The first step is planning for contingencies. This allows you to  present the best and strongest defense you can have.  Any good boy scout can tell you “Preparation is key”. Contingency planning is essentially just preparing for the worst case scenario and this can include even the improbable and unlikely. In considering these things, you will find your surveillance system encountering far fewer slow-downs during emergencies. This is extremely important for businesses who depend on their surveillance systems. For example, let us consider for a moment the unlikely scenario of a fire in a secured room containing a safe or a vault. Damaged surveillance cameras could cause a serious hole in your security.  Having this added issue could cut further into your profits than just the initial loss by slowing your routine.  This could be a devastating blow to a business. Meanwhile, having a spare camera, cable, and perhaps other equipment could bring that room back to recovery much faster than ordering replacements would allow.   This would also allow you to neatly avoid rush shipping which can be an expensive emergency cost if your budget isn’t prepared for it. While extremely unlikely or improbable, everything is subject to Murphy’s Law. Even though these events are indeed unlikely and more so improbable, they are still a very real possibility. Having extra cameras on hand or a spare digital video recorder and hard drive, if your budget allows, can benefit you in multiple ways. For example, if an opportunity to expand or grow avails itself, you may have less start-up costs because of your reserve equipment. Contingency planning and purchases can and should include other items such as generators, battery backups, and surge protectors to protect against harmful lightning strikes or power surges and failures. This will allow you to continue working and protect your product when others may lose their ability to produce. The ability to have your system constantly running can keep you above reproach and protect you during moments of vulnerability. It can also allow you more flexibility in your infrastructure as it pertains to organizing and congruency.

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Which naturally leads us to congruency planning for your layout or surveillance system. Congruency planning is preparing and planning your system so that it can be interchanged and switched as your operations grows and the shape of your layout changes. It is the art of interchangeable compartmentalization. Congruency planning is best explained as simplifying your systems and hardware to be interchangeable.  The phrase “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” is a simple and shrewd business strategy that can be applied to your surveillance system, access control systems, and other security measures. Just as you have multiple computers or point of sales that have the same software and hardware, so can you have multiple digital video recorder systems in case one is vandalized by a manager knowing he is about to be terminated or damaged by an act of God. For example, having multiple small digital video recorders with one or two ports unused allows that if you need to expand or move cameras from one digital video recorder to another you are free to do so without having any loss in coverage.  No fretting, No hassle, quick resolutions to emergency situations.  Whether it be cameras, digital video recorders, hard drives, cabling, it is important to use the same items throughout. This makes any individual part of your system interchangeable with the other. Say you want to enlarge one room and shorten another. Relocating a camera is far easier when it doesn’t matter which camera you move. From running multiple systems to using the same digital video recorders, congruency is an integral part of planning your surveillance system. Congruency is a simple solution for contingency planning and your most effective option.

So what can we do to help? First we take into account your needs when we give you your initial layout and quote. We leave room for you to expand your system as your business grows, from adding cameras to alarm inputs and outputs. Next we provide multiple solutions to your surveillance and security needs. We look at each case and assess whether it is more effective to utilize two 16 channel digital video recorder units, or one 32 channel digital video recorder unit.  We also include simplified solutions by trying to maintain redundancy as much as possible with your camera choices while still recommending the right camera for the right job.  In each case, we carefully plan out your system to offer you the optimal solution for your layout or system.  Beyond that, our tech support is for the lifetime of the product, available to help you adjust your settings and help you set up, as needed. We can also help you with your access control needs and simplify your layouts for these systems as well by maintaining equipment redundancy.  Access control is just another aspect of the field we specialize in, again providing you with unparalleled service and support. We are always here to offer you multiple solutions to your surveillance requests.  Give us a call wed be glad to assist you!

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